The trouble with negative population growth, as appealing as that sounds for easing the burden on natural resources, is that many government and private business programs are set up so that current taxpayers and workers pay for those in retirement. Pension plans and social security work this way. If there are less people working and paying taxes then there is less money available to help support those in retirement. Countries currently with negative growth like Japan and some places in Europe are seeing declining care for the elderly. Additionally, while the necessity of an army is questionable, population growth does help support a standing army.
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