When I started this blog, worrying about falling birthrates was a white racist obsession, very distasteful or even criminal since the mainstream was then much concerned with the population bomb. It was the time of the FAO warnings of coming famine, of the Club of Rome models and Dr. Ehrlich public vasectomy after having one daughter. Amazingly (to me, seeing it happen in front of my eyes), times are changing and population collapse is being recognized to the point that now it is almost polite to talk about it in the salon. Even the ultra-sensitive German government has taken courage and dares to mention it.
As Angela Merkel pointed out in 2009, for Germany an Obama-sized stimulus was out of the question simply because its foreign creditors know there are not enough young Germans around ever to repay it. The Continent’s economic “powerhouse” has the highest proportion of childless women in Europe: One in three fräulein have checked out of the motherhood business entirely. “Germany’s working-age population is likely to decrease 30 percent over the next few decades,” says Steffen Kröhnert of the Berlin Institute for Population Development. “Rural areas will see a massive population decline and some villages will simply disappear.”The collapse of Greece's economy is now clearly attributed to its demographic collapse.
The problem with the advanced West is not that it’s broke but that it’s old and barren. Which explains why it’s broke. Take Greece, which has now become the most convenient shorthand for sovereign insolvency — “America’s heading for the same fate as Greece if we don’t change course,” etc. So Greece has a spending problem, a revenue problem, something along those lines, right? At a superficial level, yes. But the underlying issue is more primal: It has one of the lowest fertility rates on the planet. In Greece, 100 grandparents have 42 grandchildren — i.e., the family tree is upside down. In a social-democratic state where workers in “hazardous” professions (such as, er, hairdressing) retire at 50, there aren’t enough young people around to pay for your three-decade retirement. And there are unlikely ever to be again.In Israel, the fishwrap HaAretz is waging a veritable difamation war against the religious population. HaAretz hates the religious because they are having children and are spreading to secular neighborhoods. Its latest casus-belli is modest dressing for females imposed in Beyth Shemesh religious neighborhoods. Someone harassed an 8 years old American girl in the street for dressing too provocatively. I'm a Western liberal Jew, my dear daughters dress like streetwalkers, yet my heart is 100% with the Orthodox. I care nothing if an 8 years old girl's T shirt advertises "I am Hot" or "Fuck Me", they do nothing to me, but the religious are on something vitally important. The quotes are from Al Fin blog.