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I don't dispute that social hierarchies have been key to containing population growth, particularly in the pre-industrial age. My argument is that there are many additional factors now. One key factor is women's equality and ability to choose career rather than family, availability of contraception, and the sheer cost of child rearing. Urbanisation, reducing male sperm counts and other social and environmental factors also play a role.

My argument about a reduction in inequality leading to increased sustainability was specifically in the context of the population carrying capacity of the planet. If rich countries continue to consume the vast majority of available wealth, that leaves much less for everyone else to share - resulting in a reduced overall carrying capacity. That in itself may reduce any further increase in population, but it also reduces the population the planet can sustain long term.

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