Barbara Kay explains the coming demographic crisis

Here’s Barbara Kay explaining the relationship between feminism and the coming demographic crisis. (H/T Andrew)

Excerpt:

The causes for the coming demographic crisis are not in dispute: improved longevity, urbanization and rising female education. The United States’ total fertility rate is relatively high at 2.06, but when you break it down, the American women with the highest fertility rates are those who have no post-secondary education. The rule is unvarying: The more educated the woman, the fewer her offspring.

If any. Voluntarily childless couples (oops, make that “child-free” couples), once uncomplaining outliers from the matrimonial mainstream, now confidently assert the superior moral standing of environmentally-friendly “hedonic” marriage, in which shared interests and pleasures rather than children form the relationship glue. Some exhibit overt disgust at “breeders” and “moomies” (nursing mothers).

These righteous depopulators are indifferent to the big picture. An article entitled “The Old World” in Sunday’s New York Times Magazine paints a grim demographic portrait of the developed and developing world’s future. By 2018 65-year-olds will outnumber those under five, “a historic first,” and by 2050 the median age–now 28–will be over 40.

Autocratic governments can make people have fewer children, but they can’t make people have more. Singapore tried. While modernizing in the 1960s after gaining independence from the British, Singapore’s newly minted Family Planning and Population Board launched a billboard campaign, messaging “Stop at Two” and “Small Families Brighter Future.” Abortion and sterilization were encouraged at the government’s expense. Maternity leave was denied after two children.

It worked. Singapore reached its fertility rate target of 2.1 in 1976, a 53% plunge over a decade. But it didn’t stop declining, as women’s education rates went up. A reverse strategy was implemented. Abortion wasn’t banned, but pre-op counselling is now required for women with three or fewer children. The billboard and media messaging was changed to “Have Three or More Children if you Can.” But no dice. Singapore’s fertility rate in 1960 was 5.45. Today it is 1.1.

I would like my wife to have advanced degrees to be able to write and speak so she can protect the family by advocating for good policies that will enable us to have autonomy from the government and taxes and politically correct fascism. I think getting an education is an excellent thing for a woman. And she can complete her education by the time she is 25. It’s having a job outside the home when there are young children that is problematic for me. A writing career is an excellent option since research and writing can be done from the home.

The real concern I have about this is children having a lower standard of living than we do. Because of these massive government pension programs (Social Security in the USA, Old Age Security in Canada), children will taxed at very high rates. Either these entitlement programs have to go, or children will be poor. These redistribution schemes cause people to depend too much on the government and not to plan ahead for their own needs (retirement, health care, etc.). It’s immature to expect other people’s children to pay for your health care and retirement. You have to pay – you have to earn and save your money to pay for what you need.

I was reading recently about how George W. Bush, a fine President and a good man, thought that his greatest success was keeping us safe (true) and his worst failure was the failure to privatize Social Security (also true).  It’s the Democrats who are telling us that Social Security doesn’t need reform, just like the Democrats told us that Fannie and Freddie did not need to be regulated and reformed. Until we get serious about keeping them out of power, it’s not really safe to marry and have children.

UPDATE: Alisha found this story about a woman who focused on her career and his now marrying HERSELF.

9 thoughts on “Barbara Kay explains the coming demographic crisis”

  1. Anybody ever see the movie, “Idiocracy”?

    “During the prologue, a narrator (Earl Mann) explains that in modern society, natural selection is indifferent toward intelligence. In a society in which stupid people easily out-breed the intelligent, the result is a crumbling Earth.”

    Taken from:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Idiocracy

    It’s a weird take on it.
    The opening prologue is priceless, if you never watch the rest of the movie, which is mostly brain-rot.

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    1. *shrug* Warmed-over Malthusian mush, and if I felt the need to write essays on secret meaning I could find a load of racist justification malarkey.

      Elf thought it was hilarious. I’m a little too sensitive to the stuff folks pull when they can talk themselves into thinking they’re inherently better than folks who disagree with them.

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        1. I don’t know.

          Guess in my line of work I’m a bit jaded. I see more of this than is probably healthy.

          Some of our clients are so prolific that you want to ask, “You know what causes this, right? You know what to do to prevent it, right? Did you know they have procedures that can stop this? You might want to look into it.”

          A lot of them aren’t all that bright.
          And they are all Caucasian since our tri-county area is predominantly white. So I guess I completely missed the racial side of it.

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          1. If you remember that “idiots that breed like rabbits” is a pretty good description of what racists characterized their disfavored minority as, it makes sense.

            A bit funny you should suggest those questions– every Catholic lady blogger I know has been asked those, if she has more than two children. (Most of them have college degrees, too.)

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          2. Well, the difference between your Catholic Blogger ladies and our clients is (I assume) your Catholic ladies are married and they not expecting government hand-outs.
            If this is so, nobody has the right to suggest those things to those ladies because it’s none of their business.

            I had four children myself and I refused WIC even when I qualified. I didn’t want the government in my business.
            My mother-in-law had eight. And she wasn’t Catholic.

            Any woman who has children and expects the government to pay for any part of it makes it the government’s business and MY business how many children she has since my tax dollars are being used to pay for her indescretion.

            I like big families and think they are perfectly in order when done right. Father & mother present and little to no help from the goverment, except to protect their rights as parents. Otherwise, leave the parents the heck alone to raise their children right.

            (And you all thought I was liberal. Guess now you finally get to see my conservative side showing.)

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          3. Don’t have to be conservative to be sensible. It helps, though. ^.^ (Teasing, teasing!)

            While I don’t wish for you to lose your job, I’m REALLY not a fan of government help in anything but the most dire of situations. I think the phrase for it is “perverse incentives”?

            Make it less expensive to be married and have kids than to be single and have kids, and you’ll end up with more marriages.

            Found out recently that my state is spending over a million a year in free birth control for college kids– and getting $9 of federal funds for every dollar they spent. Found out because they’re cutting the program, and my facebook exploded with high school classmates bemoaning that they’ll now have to pay for their own pills…at a subsidized rate through another program, sliding scale based on their income, which is also funded at a 9:1 fed:state rate.
            No WONDER we have a budget crisis, an STD explosion and a high rate of unmarried pregnancy. (over 50% of unwanted pregnancies are in folks who were using BC that month– chemical birth control, as I’m pretty sure you know, can be screwed up pretty easy)

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  2. Hmm, so if conservatives like us feel that it isn’t safe to marry and have children, then only people who support big government will marry and have children! Then we will get Idiocracy… for real!

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