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Posted: 3/18/2006 5:41:01 AM EDT
The Empty Cradle

I heard a segment on this on NPR on the way into work this morning. What I found interesting is that the NPR announcer's angle was, "does this mean that liberals and secularists will decline as a percentage of the population?" Answer- "Yes." Mormons, fundamentalist Christians and Islamists will increase.

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The Empty Cradle—Falling Birth Rates and the Human Future
Friday, Dec. 30, 2005 Posted: 1:52:57PM EST

For decades, Americans have been warned of an impending population explosion that would threaten world happiness, human health, and perhaps even threaten the end of the human species. The prophets of a population explosion have issued regular books and bulletins that paint a depressing picture of a planet running out of both room and resources. Now, it turns out that these Cassandras got the picture almost entirely backward.

Though the population of the planet continues to increase incrementally, long-term demographic trends point not to a population explosion, but to something of a population implosion by this century's end. The real threat to human welfare is more likely to be a precipitously falling birth rate, rather than anything like a population explosion.

The latest evidence of what some now call the "birth dearth" comes from Phillip Longman of the New America Foundation. His new book, The Empty Cradle: How Falling Birthrates Threaten World Prosperity, And What To Do About It should prompt immediate reflection and a change in both planning assumptions and governmental policy.

In The Empty Cradle, Longman presents convincing evidence that there is no "population bomb" in our future--at least not the way the prophets of population explosion presented it. To the contrary, the falling human birthrates now spreading across the planet point to a future with too few, not too many, human beings.

"Today, global fertility rates are half what they were in 1972," Longman reports. But that statistic doesn't come close to telling the whole story. As Longman illustrates, "No industrialized nation still produces enough children to sustain its population over time, or to prevent rapid population aging. Germany could easily lose the equivalent of the current population of East Germany over the next half-century. Russia's population is already decreasing by three-quarters of a million a year. Japan's population meanwhile is expected to fall by as much a one-third--a decline equivalent, the demographer Hideo Ibe once noted, to that experienced in medieval Europe during the scourges of the plague."

Longman first presented his arguments in the May/June 2004 issue of Foreign Affairs. In that article, Longman presented his case that a "global baby bust" would have dramatic consequences in the world's economies and national destinies. The rate of the world's population growth has fallen by more than 40 percent since the late 1960s. Specialists at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis predict that the total human population will reach its climax at 9 billion humans by 2070 and then begin to shrink. As Longman comments, "Long before then, many nations will shrink in absolute size and the average age of the world's citizens will shoot up dramatically."

Furthermore, "forecasts by the UN and other organizations show that, even in the absence of major wars or pandemics, the number of human beings on the planet could well start to decline within the lifetime of today's children."

The dramatic decrease in human birthrates is one of the products of the modern world. As the populations of industrialized nations gravitated into cities and professional occupations, the number of children born to each woman went into something of a free fall. The average woman in the world today bears half as many children as did her counterpart just 30 years ago. As Longman argues, "Although many factors are at work, the changing economics of family life is the prime factor in discouraging childbearing. In nations rich and poor, under all forms of government, as more and more of the world's population moves to urban areas in which children offer little or no economic reward to their parents, and as woman acquire economic opportunities and reproductive control, the social and financial costs of childbearing continue to rise."

A nation's future is found in its children. A look at the average American playground will show a large number of children at play and most metropolitan communities continue to build new schools for an expanding student population. How can America's population of children be shrinking?

Other demographic trends also come into play. Not only are native-born Americans failing to reproduce themselves in the population, vast improvements in human health have extended the life cycle so that a burgeoning population of the elderly adds an entirely new dimension of stress to the society.

Longman has collected a vast array of statistics to prove his point. It took half a century for the median age of Americans to rise just five years, from 30 to 35. By 2050, the median American age is projected to be 39.7. During that same period, the median age of Mexicans will rise a full 20 years.

Researchers have noted the phenomenon of falling birthrates in industrialized nations for many years, as children were no longer needed for manual labor on the farms and as child-labor laws prevented children working in factories. Under these economic conditions, children became a net economic liability in sheer financial terms. The U.S. Department of Agriculture projects that the cost of raising a middle-class child born in 2004 through age 18 will exceed $200,000--and that does not include college. The total social expense of child-rearing must also include what economists project as "foregone wages" the parents would otherwise have earned. Some economists estimate that cost to be more than one million dollars per child.

Even as birthrates have been falling in Western nations, many observers had expected birthrates in much of the world to rise, at least throughout the next century. Instead, the reverse is taking place. "Fertility rates are falling faster in the Middle East than anywhere else on earth," Longman reports, "and as a result, the region's population is aging at an unprecedented rate." As an example, Longman points to the experience of modern Iran. "Post-revolutionary Iran has seen its fertility rate plummet by nearly two-thirds and will accordingly have more seniors than children by 2030."

The economic impact of falling birthrates is both immediate and long-term. Longman rightly observes that falling birthrates in advanced economies came only after the precipitous rise in personal income and wealth. The opposite is happening in much of the rest of the world. "Countries such as France and Japan at least got a chance to grow rich before they grew old," Longman comments. "Today, most developing countries are growing old before they get rich."

China's fertility rate indicates that its working population will begin to shrink by 2020, and a full 30 percent of its population could be senior citizens by mid-century.

In the United States and much of the industrialized world, the immediate economic impact is likely to be determined by a shrinking labor pool and a monumental escalation in the costs associated with senior citizens.

"Population aging is . . . likely to create huge legacy costs for employers," Longman projects. "This is particularly true in the United States, where health and pension benefits are largely provided by the public sector." These "legacy costs" will be passed on to the next generation, and any reasonable economic analysis would question whether the economy can sustain such costs as the work force and consumer base is shrinking.

From a Christian perspective, the economic issues are important, but not paramount. Phillip Longman's new book is a prophetic warning about falling birthrates and a population implosion. He makes his case with skill and authority, and his book serves an important purpose in punching holes through the arguments put forward by "population explosion" theorists.

The Christian conscience should be primarily directed at the consequences of an anti-natalist worldview that sees children as economic liabilities, rather than as gifts to be received with joy. The prejudice against babies and children is evident in America's public life, especially among the elites.

Falling birthrates point to spiritual, as well as economic causes. The population implosion the world seems soon to experience will be due to the confluence of materialism, human ambition, self-interests, and secular ideologies.

Longman is bold to identify ideological feminism as one of the precipitating causes of falling birthrates, and he seems intent on sending a signal to social progressives that they may well be out-numbered by conservatives before long. "Today there is a strong correlation between religious conviction and high fertility," Longman comments. "In the United States, for example, 47 percent of people who attend church weekly say that the ideal family size is three or more children, as compared to only 27 percent of those who seldom attend church."

Longman offers several "secular solutions" to the population decline, and his policy proposals deserve careful attention. Nevertheless, the most interesting dimension of his argument comes back to theological roots.

"Does this mean that the future belongs to those who believe they are (or who are in fact) commanded by a higher power to procreate?," Longman asks. "Based on current trends, the answer appears to be yes." His research is certain to spark fierce debate and spirited discussion. In the final analysis, doesn't it make sense that those who see children as gifts from God would have more children than those who see children as economic cost units? How could anyone be surprised?

[Editor's Note: This article was originally published on Tuesday, May 25, 2004.]
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R. Albert Mohler, Jr. is president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. For more articles and resources by Dr. Mohler, and for information on The Albert Mohler Program, a daily national radio program broadcast on the Salem Radio Network, go to www.albertmohler.com. For information on The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, go to www.sbts.edu. Send feedback to mail@albertmohler.com. Original Source: www.albertmohler.com.>

R. Albert Mohler, Jr.
Christian Post Guest Columnist

Link Posted: 3/18/2006 5:42:54 AM EDT
The country is becoming polarized and liberalism doesn't lend itself to a definitive position.
Link Posted: 3/18/2006 5:47:02 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/18/2006 5:47:36 AM EDT by five2one]
Regarding the birth dirth:
As a lay person, I sort figured the US would be OK since some many people want to immigate into our country. This looks like an interesting book to read.

Link Posted: 3/18/2006 5:48:54 AM EDT
That is a correct assessment. Since the libtards are having so few children, eventually, like the Phrench, they will pass into history...at least as a political force to be reckoned with.

Those facts are incontrivertable and it can't be stopped without them REALLY upping the birth rate.
Link Posted: 3/18/2006 5:51:04 AM EDT
Liberals don't have to breed. They control the media and the education system. They recruit and brainwash converts.

If it weren't for talk radio and the internet, (honest "free speech") they'd be nearly unopposed.

Any wonder why they hate homeschooling, "hate radio," and the blogosphere?
Link Posted: 3/18/2006 5:59:17 AM EDT
Mormons, fundamentalist Christians and Islamists


pardon my lack of enthusiasm
Link Posted: 3/18/2006 6:18:19 AM EDT

Originally Posted By LWilde:
That is a correct assessment. Since the libtards are having so few children, eventually, like the Phrench, they will pass into history...at least as a political force to be reckoned with.

Those facts are incontrivertable and it can't be stopped without them REALLY upping the birth rate.



I disagree, and can explain why in a single sentence: As long as there's no political pre-qualification for voters--I don't see how there could be--and because humanity produces more suckers than thinkers, there shall certainly be Socialism/"Liberalism." It's unavoidable--it's natural. The people who're fooled by the dangling carrot are salvageable while the stupid ones are what they are--stupid.
Link Posted: 3/18/2006 6:21:46 AM EDT
Liberals dying out?


We can only hope so....

Link Posted: 3/18/2006 6:28:00 AM EDT
I suspect abortion helps. Most of the aborted kids would have grown up to be good little liberals.
Link Posted: 3/18/2006 6:28:09 AM EDT
There will allways be stupid people. Therefore, you will allways have liberalism.
Link Posted: 3/18/2006 6:39:06 AM EDT

Originally Posted By falaholic1:
There will allways be stupid people. Therefore, you will allways have liberalism.



Question is, will there be enough money to fund them? 9,000,000,000,000 in debt and counting. If we keep printing it, will the rest of the world continue to want to hold it? (Not to say "conservatives" won't spend a buck or two more than they have as well.)
Link Posted: 3/18/2006 6:40:35 AM EDT

Originally Posted By TheFreepster:
Mormons, fundamentalist Christians and Islamists


pardon my lack of enthusiasm




no doubt.
Link Posted: 3/18/2006 6:42:22 AM EDT
So if I hate liberals I should support abortion???
Link Posted: 3/18/2006 6:46:19 AM EDT

Originally Posted By falaholic1:
There will allways be stupid people. Therefore, you will allways have liberalism.



I nominate this for the 'Quote of the Day' award.
Link Posted: 3/18/2006 11:45:07 AM EDT

Originally Posted By KBaker:
Liberals don't have to breed. They control the media and the education system. They recruit and brainwash converts.

If it weren't for talk radio and the internet, (honest "free speech") they'd be nearly unopposed.

Any wonder why they hate homeschooling, "hate radio," and the blogosphere?




Yup. Exactamundo.


-K
Link Posted: 3/18/2006 12:02:51 PM EDT
They aren't dying out - they are being aborted.....
Link Posted: 3/18/2006 12:04:21 PM EDT
Liberals are now socialists with communists leanings, and are clueless. The republicans are becoming the new pro-gov party with facist leanings. I quietly hope the Libertarians replace the democrats as the opposition party. Fingers crossed expectations low. Our Gov both parties need to be reigned in hard.
Link Posted: 3/18/2006 12:09:46 PM EDT
I would think so,with abortion on demand,and the rise of the black middle class,I think there numbers will decrease,probably not die out though
Link Posted: 3/18/2006 1:40:44 PM EDT
What does the title "liberals dieing off" have to do with a population implosion????
this is the most irresponsable piece of writing and stupidity i have ever seen.
But then again look at what writer it's coming from. Some jackass who thinks that Evolution is a theory, Oil is a 'renewable' resource, and the greenhouse effect is a "liberal fantasy" and that the environment is nothing compared to what 'the baby Jesus wants'. It's easy to talk about "there's plenty of room" when you live in podunk Iowa and are an evangelical. HE wants to talk about China and Japan???? Maybe he should go to Tokyo during rush hour and tell me there are'nt enough people on the planet! People literally sleep in closets and coffins over there. Remeber that Sienfeld episode when Kramer had the Japanese businessmen sleeping in his dresser drawer?? Thats not a joke thats real. In order to feed Japan they have literally stripped the ocean near them and now Japanese fishing boats scour the worlds water from artic to antartic to try and find food for Japan. Ask the Average professinal fishermen about the size of the avarage Tuna they catch!!! They are getting smaller and smaller as their are less older fish to catch due to overfishing. guess how much a whole tuna costs now? 20000$! but thats ok cause how can CEOs make money without a population explosion?? He wants to talk about China???? They only have 5% of the worlds fertile farming land yet 25% of the world people, how do you feed them? More so when most do not grow thier own food??? They are sucking up most of the worlds resources in oil and metals becuase they have such a demand. Is this a good thing for us? or the planet? Why do you think they instituted such harsh birth policies? Because they DONT want more little commies walking the planet????? Maybe he should visit the "mega-slums" of Brazil or Mexico before he opens his big yap. How is more people in those countries helping anyone? It just means less resourses like fresh water, food, clean air land etc. to go around for everyone. this aint 754 AD anymore. Maybe he would be better off in a country where population explosion and poverty go hand in hand like India and or Afghanisatn or Pakistan, yeah go live there you fanatic, ignorant fool.
Link Posted: 3/18/2006 6:09:41 PM EDT
Don't hold back, t-stox, tell us how you REALLY feel!
Link Posted: 3/18/2006 6:14:39 PM EDT

Originally Posted By t-stox:
What does the title "liberals dieing off" have to do with a population implosion????
this is the most irresponsable piece of writing and stupidity i have ever seen.
But then again look at what writer it's coming from. Some jackass who thinks that Evolution is a theory, Oil is a 'renewable' resource, and the greenhouse effect is a "liberal fantasy" and that the environment is nothing compared to what 'the baby Jesus wants'. It's easy to talk about "there's plenty of room" when you live in podunk Iowa and are an evangelical. HE wants to talk about China and Japan???? Maybe he should go to Tokyo during rush hour and tell me there are'nt enough people on the planet! People literally sleep in closets and coffins over there. Remeber that Sienfeld episode when Kramer had the Japanese businessmen sleeping in his dresser drawer?? Thats not a joke thats real. In order to feed Japan they have literally stripped the ocean near them and now Japanese fishing boats scour the worlds water from artic to antartic to try and find food for Japan. Ask the Average professinal fishermen about the size of the avarage Tuna they catch!!! They are getting smaller and smaller as their are less older fish to catch due to overfishing. guess how much a whole tuna costs now? 20000$! but thats ok cause how can CEOs make money without a population explosion?? He wants to talk about China???? They only have 5% of the worlds fertile farming land yet 25% of the world people, how do you feed them? More so when most do not grow thier own food??? They are sucking up most of the worlds resources in oil and metals becuase they have such a demand. Is this a good thing for us? or the planet? Why do you think they instituted such harsh birth policies? Because they DONT want more little commies walking the planet????? Maybe he should visit the "mega-slums" of Brazil or Mexico before he opens his big yap. How is more people in those countries helping anyone? It just means less resourses like fresh water, food, clean air land etc. to go around for everyone. this aint 754 AD anymore. Maybe he would be better off in a country where population explosion and poverty go hand in hand like India and or Afghanisatn or Pakistan, yeah go live there you fanatic, ignorant fool.



BREATH, dude! BREATH!
Link Posted: 3/18/2006 8:01:35 PM EDT
To a large degree, liberalism isn't something that you inherent from your parents - It's something that you adopt in rebellion against your parents. It doesn't propagate by breeding, but rather by contact with peers.
Link Posted: 3/18/2006 8:08:00 PM EDT

Originally Posted By unkempt1:

Originally Posted By TheFreepster:
Mormons, fundamentalist Christians and Islamists


pardon my lack of enthusiasm




no doubt.





Link Posted: 3/18/2006 8:15:18 PM EDT
that article skips around one other issue that is already happening in certain parts of europe -killing old people.

there will be more and more pressure to "euthanize" old people that have a low quality of life, or are uncapable of speaking up for themselves. We also see it already in Oregon as well, as "legalized suicide".

the netherlands leads they way not only on liberal drug policies, but euthanasia as well holland's euthanasia links

commentary starting from the Schiavo case

I could just imagine if China ends up with serious financial commitments for elderly care how they might be tempted to handle the situation, since it is/ was a common practice to abort girls.

Link Posted: 3/18/2006 8:28:11 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Zaphod:

Originally Posted By t-stox:
What does the title "liberals dieing off" have to do with a population implosion????
this is the most irresponsable piece of writing and stupidity i have ever seen.
But then again look at what writer it's coming from. Some jackass who thinks that Evolution is a theory, Oil is a 'renewable' resource, and the greenhouse effect is a "liberal fantasy" and that the environment is nothing compared to what 'the baby Jesus wants'. It's easy to talk about "there's plenty of room" when you live in podunk Iowa and are an evangelical. HE wants to talk about China and Japan???? Maybe he should go to Tokyo during rush hour and tell me there are'nt enough people on the planet! People literally sleep in closets and coffins over there. Remeber that Sienfeld episode when Kramer had the Japanese businessmen sleeping in his dresser drawer?? Thats not a joke thats real. In order to feed Japan they have literally stripped the ocean near them and now Japanese fishing boats scour the worlds water from artic to antartic to try and find food for Japan. Ask the Average professinal fishermen about the size of the avarage Tuna they catch!!! They are getting smaller and smaller as their are less older fish to catch due to overfishing. guess how much a whole tuna costs now? 20000$! but thats ok cause how can CEOs make money without a population explosion?? He wants to talk about China???? They only have 5% of the worlds fertile farming land yet 25% of the world people, how do you feed them? More so when most do not grow thier own food??? They are sucking up most of the worlds resources in oil and metals becuase they have such a demand. Is this a good thing for us? or the planet? Why do you think they instituted such harsh birth policies? Because they DONT want more little commies walking the planet????? Maybe he should visit the "mega-slums" of Brazil or Mexico before he opens his big yap. How is more people in those countries helping anyone? It just means less resourses like fresh water, food, clean air land etc. to go around for everyone. this aint 754 AD anymore. Maybe he would be better off in a country where population explosion and poverty go hand in hand like India and or Afghanisatn or Pakistan, yeah go live there you fanatic, ignorant fool.



BREATH, dude! BREATH!



huuuuuu whewwwwwww huaaaaaaaaaaaa wheeeewwwwwwwwwwwww........ huuuuuuuueh whewwwwwwwwwww.............. i think i just got a deprived of oxygen headrush!

i count 50 question marks! i just get started when i hear some fool spout off how there are NOT enough people on this planet. Like somehow pushing out puppies you can't afford to feed is a virtue. When God said "be fruitful and multiply" he was talking to THE FIRST TWO PEOPLE ON EARTH! those specific instructions were to Adam and Eve 5000 years ago, not to Polly Wolly Wing Wong in modern China who already has 15 kids. Guess why the Mexicans are flooding in here when they did'nt before? cause each woman has on average 6 children! Enough already.
Link Posted: 3/18/2006 8:40:11 PM EDT
Liberals dying out? Don't I wish. For all I care they can go to Commiefornia and have hugging parties. And to make them safer, they should get all the gangsters and dumbasses over there and have them turn in their guns, because obviously they would do it. Then they could all live in peace and harmony and all that bullshit picking daisies and saving forests.
Link Posted: 3/18/2006 8:55:56 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Hellhound:
Liberals dying out?


We can only hope so....


+1

Link Posted: 3/18/2006 9:03:14 PM EDT

Originally Posted By SPECTRE:

Originally Posted By unkempt1:

Originally Posted By TheFreepster:
Mormons, fundamentalist Christians and Islamists


pardon my lack of enthusiasm




no doubt.








Link Posted: 3/19/2006 9:17:19 AM EDT

Originally Posted By unkempt1:

Originally Posted By SPECTRE:

Originally Posted By unkempt1:

Originally Posted By TheFreepster:
Mormons, fundamentalist Christians and Islamists


pardon my lack of enthusiasm




no doubt.











Yes......Mormons and other Christian denominations are a such a threat.
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