Over the past year I’ve read that virtually every country in Europe has reached the tipping point in population growth and they are now shrinking. So in one or two generations Spain, for example, is going to lose more than half it’s population … that’s like 20 million people!
Why is this not getting broader play in the media? European civilization is going to virtually disappear in a few generations … shouldn’t this be topic number one? No civilization in the history of the world has ever reversed this trend once it’s started.
We keep hearing from liberals that we should be emulating the Europeans. What … towards death?
It seems that when the Europeans were building their utopia they forgot one little ingredient … having some children to pass it on to.
(Canada, Japan and Australia are all shrinking too … the US is the only western democracy that still has a positive native birthrate btw)
No one talks about it? Everyone talks about it on the right, it’s one of the standard tropes at places like National Review, and it is all that Mark Steyn ever talks about. If anything, I’ve gotten sick of hearing about it.
It’s also more complicated than you make it sound, especially when it gets tied in to the basically bogus “Eurabia” argument (which relies on flawed statistics). France, one of the most secular and wealthy European nations, has, I think, a fertility rates very close to that of native-born U.S. citizens. And demographic decline is not confined to the secular, modernist West: Iran’s fertility rate is in free-fall, to take one example. And check out U.S. fertility statistics some time, they are heavily influenced by fertility rates among recent immigrants.[/quote]
Well you’re right … I get a lot of Steyn because I read his books, but I haven’t seen anything on this from mainstream sources. I seem to recall the UN putting out some warning about imminent collapse in Russia due to it’s low birthrate a few months ago, but that’s about it.
My only explanation for why the left is ignoring this is because it reflects poorly on Europe and that’s the model they’d like us to emulate? Ergo they cover their eyes and hope it goes away?