The Rockefeller Commission Report of 1972: On Population Growth and the American Future

The Commission on Population Growth and the American Future was a Presidential advisory commission established on March 16, 1970, by Public Law 91-213. The Commission conducted and sponsored studies and research on United States population growth, and its effects on the economy, government resources, and environmental pollution. The Commission presented its findings in a final report to the President two years after the study began and terminated sixty days after submission of the report. The Commission membership consisted of two members of the Senate appointed by the President of the Senate, two members of the House of Representatives appointed by the Speaker, and twenty members appointed by the President. President Richard M. Nixon designated John D. Rockefeller III as chairman. What is interesting here is that John D. Rockefeller III created the Population Council in 1952 (the same year that the International Planned Parenthood Federation begin). Controversially, the Council had its roots in the eugenics movement. The first president of the Council was a eugenicist appointed by Rockefeller; Frederick Osborn, author of Preface to Eugenics (New York, 1940), leader of the American Eugenics Society, and one of the founding members of the Pioneer Fund. Osborn was vice president or president of the Population Council until 1959. In 1968 he wrote, “Eugenic goals are most likely to be achieved under another name than eugenics.” In short, Nixon appointed one of the most influential and wealthy persons in America, who, in his heart, was a eugenicist…to oversee the creation of a national policy of birth rate reduction…to (eventually) be considered a model for the world. While some of the recommendations have never been implemented, many were (such as abortion on demand and sex and population education). This document, called “The Rockefeller Commission Report of 1972: On Population Growth and the American Future,” is considered to be one of the founding documents of American population reduction. Since population reduction is one of the key elements of all more recent agendas I recommend it to all persons interested in tracing the evolution of Agenda 21.


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