Junior Ganymede
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We are Literally a Sterile Civilization

October 21st, 2013 by G.

Mead:

Americans are having so few babies that the demographic transition is wrecking the federal budget and our social safety net, and we aren’t taking particularly good care of the ones that we have.

This can only be seen as a spectacular, and spectacularly dangerous social failure. It is a catastrophe of historic proportions, but we are reacting to it with a mix of learned helplessness and willed ignorance.

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October 21st, 2013 13:32:37
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Vader
October 21, 2013

I was already familiar with voting with one’s ballot and voting with one’s feet, but one of Mead’s commenters suggested there is such a thing as voting with one’s seed. A frightening concept when you reflect on it.


Bookslinger
October 21, 2013

The sucking sound you hear is:

1) the abortionist’s vacuum.

And,

2) the demand for those millions of citizens who are not there (due to abortion or not being conceived in the first place)

There is a mighty rushing wind caused by the millions of immigrants, legal and otherwise, rushing in to fill void.


Bruce Charlton
October 21, 2013

“It is also true that the baby bust exacerbates problems and conflicts over immigration. Countries with low birth rates need to import more workers to do necessary jobs.”

This line is wildly (and dishonestly) false – because recent and continuing mass immigration is predominantly of unemployed/ unemployable dependents to add to the already bloated welfare, health, education and housing demands drawing on a shrinking and highly taxed productive minority.

In fact both the fertility collapse AND uncontrolled mass immigration are likewise aspects of the willful destructiveness of the ruling secular Left – as is the fact that discussing both of these subjects is hedged about with taboos.


John Mansfield
October 22, 2013

I wonder what to make of this report that Sailer repeated:

“There’s been a baby boom in Washington, D.C.

“Census figures show the number of children younger than 5 has grown by almost twenty percent to 39,000 over the past 3 years.

“The number of children ages 5 to 13 rose 7 percent.

“The biggest increases came from white infants and toddlers, which are up 34 percent.”

Also, why is the sentence to paragraph ratio in news reports under two these days?


Vader
October 22, 2013

Paragraphs are the expression of a single thought. If your thoughts are shallow enough, it doesn’t require more than two sentences to express one of them.

Yes, I am aware of the irony.


Bookslinger
October 22, 2013

@BC, that may be true in Britain. In the US the vast majority of first generation immigrants do work. However, i suspect that their social costs ( welfare, direct crime costs, plus criminal justice/jail/prison costs) exceed the tax contributions of those who do work.

There have been studies that illustrat this point, but of course they are dismissed by academia and ignored by the media.


Zen
October 22, 2013

In a similar vein, modern futurists blithely imagine how things will change the family. Recently this was derided as the Jetson fallacy – such folly to imagine the Family unchanged! http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/future_tense/2013/10/jetson_fallacy_if_we_live_to_150_the_nuclear_family_will_explode.2.html

While they are partly correct, the sustainable and prosperous parts are not something they have given sufficient attention to.

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