Meet The Population Council

July 1st, 2017 | T. Carter
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John Davison Rockefeller III was the man who founded the Population Council in 1952. The organization continues to exist today with significant funding from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. The organization has an annual operating budget of $75M and employs more than 500 people around the world. The Population Council's board is made up of several prominent figures from the pharmaceutical industry, media, government and academia. This is all important because the organization's goals are rooted in eugenics and the Population Council's first president was Frederick Osborn, the head of the American Eugenics Society.

The American Eugenics Society took on a less sinister name in 1972 by re-branding itself as the Society For Biodemography And Social Biology. The society is still in operation under its new name today and continues to advance an agenda aimed at reducing the global population by means of birth control, abortion and gradual depopulation. When the American Eugenics Society changed its name, Frederick Osborn said, “Tying a eugenics label on them would more often hinder than help their adoption. Birth control and abortion are turning out to be great eugenic advances of our time.”

As the first president of the Population Council, Osborn pushed eugenics and birth control as the most important methods of depopulation, followed by education and social engineering. Ever since, the Council has been involved in spearheading and funding several biomedical achievements related to birth control, HIV prevention and various other forms of “family planning”. As years went on under new leadership, the Council began to expand its influence into media and journalism by employing members of America's entertainment and news industries. This is when the Rockefeller funded Council began attempting to shape the social norms within American culture.

1969: Encouraging Homosexuality & Poisoning Water Supplies

The most controversial memo ever written to the president of the Population Council came from the vice president of Planned Parenthood in 1969, Frederick Jaffe. In his memo to the Population Council's acting president at the time, Bernard Berelson, Jaffe wrote:

The debate thus far (in government, among conservation organizations, in the demographic field, within Planned Parenthood, etc.) has with only a few notable exceptions (e.g. Coale) virtually ignored current actual U.S. fertility behavior and its implications for public policies in other areas which may influence the realization of fertility preferences, nor with the predictable political consequences of a major effort to adopt and enforce an anti-natalist U.S. population policy. Nor has it viewed population policy as an element -- but only one -- of a larger field of social planning in which the direct and indirect costs and benefits of each element must be weighed against the direct and indirect costs and benefits of all elements in order to produce a coherent social policy.


Accordingly, at least as regards the United States, I believe that a number of activities must be undertaken as prior and necessary conditions to consideration of whether or not the U.S. should adopt any explicit population policy.

It is on the ninth page of the controversial memo that Jaffe mentions encouraging “increased homosexuality”. The original memo is available in its entirety to read here and here. In the same bracket as the encouragement of increased homosexuality is another stunning suggestion: “fertility control agents in the water supply”.

This is the stuff that comes straight out of the conspiracy theory matrix, but none of it is false. This was an actual memo written from one eugenics supporter to another in 1969, just before the sexual revolution and the rise of “free love”, radical feminism, the HIV epidemic of the 1980s (that would kill the sexual revolution) and the eventual move toward gay rights and transgenderism. Both men, Jaffe and Berelson, were heads of influential eugenics organizations at the time. Both of those organizations are fully funded and operational today.

Much of what Jaffe suggested in 1969 could easily be seen as a part of our culture in the 21st Century.

Today: Working Women, Accessible Abortions & Free Contraceptives

On page nine of Jaffe's 1969 memo, much of what the current socialist feminist movement fights for today was outlined as follows:

-Encourage women to work

-Payments to encourage sterilization

-Payments to encourage contraception

-Abortion and sterilization on demand

-Allow harmless contraceptives to be distributed non-medically

-Improve contraceptive technology

-Make contraceptives truly available and accessible

-Improve maternal healthcare with family planning as a core element

Some of this isn't really terrible, but most of it can be traced back to a eugenics plan prescribed by Jaffe and put into the minds of the Rockefellers and the board of the Population Council. It is almost as though Jaffe prophesied everything that would transpire after 1969. The only thing we should hope never came (or comes) true is the poisoning of our water supplies and the forced sterilization and child limits also proposed by Jaffe.  

Forced Sterilization, Child Limits & Chronic Depression

This is where we delve into the darker suggestions made in Jaffe's memo to Berelson. If putting fertility suppressants into the water supply wasn't a dark enough suggestion for you, don't worry. Jaffe also suggested that chronic depression would be an “economic deterrent” to help reduce fertility and drive down childbirth in America. That too can be found on the table on page nine of his memo.

The latest statistics tell us that women are more likely to suffer from depression than men and that the number of people diagnosed with clinical depression has risen steadily by 20% on a yearly basis. This is all according to statistics found at Healthline. Some causes of depression include loneliness or living a life without a spouse, poor workplace conditions, divorce, unemployment and limited access to healthcare. Coincidentally, limiting healthcare options, childcare and access to housing is mentioned as an economic deterrent by Jaffe just underneath “chronic depression”.

Some physical causes of depression have also been linked to some ingredients that are commonly used in foods. Tartrazine, the coloring agent in Kraft Mac & Cheese and processed cheeses has been linked to depression and anxiety, while newer research has linked gluten to depression. Relating to hormone imbalances, which can lead to fertility problems, foods containing soy and inorganic milk products have been shown to increase or mimic estrogen in both men and women. Many of these changes in estrogen are small and harmless, but dependent on how much a single person might consume.

When it comes to forced sterilization and abortions, Jaffe suggested the following:

-Compulsory abortion of out-of-wedlock pregnancies

-Compulsory sterilization of all who have two children except for a few who would be allowed three

-Confine childbearing to only a limited number of adults

On his new Netflix series, Bill Nye asked one of his guests whether parents in developed countries should be penalized for having too many children. This happened after an entire episode was dedicated to explaining that there are more than two genders, and after Netflix allegedly chopped out a scene from his 1990s television show describing that there are only two genders. The video of the latest exchange about penalizing parents in developed countries can be seen here.

In 1973, another famous Rockefeller named David wrote a piece for the New York Times in which he praised China, a country with legal limits on childbearing based partly on gender:

One is impressed immediately by the sense of national harmony. From the loud patriotic music at the border onward, there is very real and pervasive dedication to Chairman Mao and Maoist principles. Whatever the price of the Chinese Revolution, it has obviously succeeded not only in producing more efficient and dedicated administration, but also in fostering high morale and community of purpose.

This is the Rockefeller family that funds organizations like the Population Council through their various philanthropic and activist organizations like the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. The Council is only one of their many global organizations that aim to direct and control socio-economic outcomes around the world. Another creation of the Rockefeller family is the Trilateral Commission, which has openly made “population planning” a global goal for all countries.

The Population Council Today

Julia Bunting is the 9th and current acting president of the Population Council. She was appointed in late 2014 and has served since March of 2015, following her career as a director for Planned Parenthood. Until 2000, Bunting served as a statistician at the UK Department Of Health. At the Universal Access Project website, Bunting claims that becoming the president of the Population Council made her feel like she had “come home”:

At the Population Council now, I feel like I’ve come home. In this time of finite resources, we need good data and evidence more than ever to guide investment. Since 1952, the Council has conducted research and delivered solutions that improve lives around the world. Researchers for this independent nonprofit were among the first to argue that meeting the needs of adolescent girls was central to global development. Today, we are building the world’s largest body of research on programs to improve the lives of young girls, learning which interventions are most effective, for which girls, under what conditions and in what contexts.

Under the guise of helping young women with “family planning”, Bunting joined the Population Council to control and direct the organization's investments. As the Council's history proves, those investments seem to have gone to some of Planned Parenthood's earlier initiatives—some of which may have been mentioned by Frederick Jaffe. Bunting's appointment only confirms the Population Council's direct and long-standing relationship with Planned Parenthood.

John Bongaarts is the vice president of the Population Council. Bongaarts is considered an intellectual and published what is considered one of the most influential policy papers on world population and the causes of overpopulation. In his article “Population Policy Options In The Developing World”, Bongaarts pointed to fertility rates and “population momentum” while suggesting policies to deal with problems and habits that lead to dangerous population expansion.

Bongaarts has been a vocal advocate for worldwide contraception and “family planning” and he has published several articles and papers encouraging countries to make efforts to slow population growth.

The Population Council operates today on a $75M budget and continues to influence policy within the United States, Europe and the United Nations, but the organization is never mentioned in the news or in mainstream media.