REPLACEMENT? WHO ME?


“When it comes to forecasting the future, the birthrate is the nearest thing to hard numbers. If only a million babies are born in 2006, it’s hard to have two million adults enter the workforce in 2026... And the hard data on babies around the Western world is that they’re running out a lot faster than the oil is. ‘Replacement’ fertility rate—i.e., the number you need for merely a stable population, not getting any bigger, not getting any smaller is 2.1 babies per woman. Some countries are well above that: the global fertility leader, Somalia, is 6.91, Niger 6.83, Afghanistan 6.78, Yemen 6.75. Notice what those nations have in common? Scroll way down to the bottom of the Hot One Hundred top breeders and you’ll eventually find the United States, hovering just at replacement rate with 2.07 births per woman. Ireland is 1.87, New Zealand 1.79, Australia 1.76. But Canada’s fertility rate is down to 1.5, well below replacement rate; Germany and Austria are at 1.3, the brink of the death spiral; Russia and Italy are at 1.2; Spain 1.1, about half the replacement rate. That’s to say, Spain’s population is halving every generation. By 2050, Italy’s population will have fallen by 2200, Bulgaria’s by 3600, Estonia’s by 52 %.... The latter half of the decline and fall of great civilizations follows a very familiar pattern: affluence, softness, decadence, extinction.... A society that has no children has no future!

----MARK STEYN.

 

SOURCE:

PatriotPost US

Patroit No. 06-02



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