In days of yore, the Ruling Classes needed people to serve them.
With modern mechanisms, such as electronic gizmos, the Ruling Classes don't need as many of us as they did during the Civil War days of Albert Pike when darkies picked cotton and — bad news for everyone — the more of us there are, the harder does controlling us become. Reducing the population has always been a preoccupation of the Ruling Classes.
While it is true that their social engineering programs have reduced the birth rate here, there are other problems: Mr. Bush and the Internet seem to have seriously damaged the mind control system that was working so well for years. So it may be necessary to reduce the population further, even here. What can be done with the "surplus population" today? They used to pack us off to the plantations in Virginia and the Caribbean. (I'm talking about white people here.) They sent us to Australia. Some went to (English) Canada. But where would they ship us today?
Of course, we-uns can be incited to wage war against our fellows to keep them in their place (and their numbers down). The Ruling Classes have been using us for centuries to slaughter folks in the less developed nations. Hate works well. Fear-mongering is useful. Naked aggression can be spun into "defence". A superior attitude can be cultivated. Patriotism and honour can easily be perverted. Young men can be bribed with a mere bauble awarded for "valour". Sex and drugs have proven excellent tools to demoralize and destroy the "middle class" and to keep the lower classes in their lower places. June Cleaver, following the advice of Betty Friedan and Gloria Steinem, became Britney Spears. Bishop Fulton J. Sheen became Rev. John Hagee, or did he become Charlie Sheen? Poor Britney has just hit "Rock Bottom" according to the tabloids. She's totally washed up at 26. Faust became a girl, then she became a woman. "I'm as fat as a pig now!"
There is always famine and pestilence. How does that go? War, Famine, Pestilence and Death — the four horsemen of the Apocalypse. It's the old recipe for population control. But something unexpected may yet surprise the Ruling Classes. They failed to predict the Internet, didn't they? Their war machine created the Internet! Now all sorts of subversive material is being read by millions. Gadzooks! Maybe our Rulers aren't as smart as they think they are.
Let's not be as dumb as they think we are.