Yet more reasons for China to change course

From Mercatornet’s Demography is Destiny blog: I thought today that I would follow up Shannon’s blogpost from last week about China’s demographic decline.  This piece from the Economist shows that the inexorable rise of the Dragon will be hindered by its demographic Achilles heel.  According to the UN medium variant population projection, China’s population will dip to below 1.3 billion in 2050 (assuming that its … Continue reading Yet more reasons for China to change course

Paul Ehrlich – he’s still got it!

Hard to believe this guy is still making “predictions” and claiming he has been accurate in the past when all of his dire prophecies about worldwide starvation failed to come true: What do you know about Paul Ehrlich? If you’re anything like me, probably not a lot more than the following: in 1968 he published a book called the Population Bomb.  It was kind of … Continue reading Paul Ehrlich – he’s still got it!

The Long-Term Importance of Fertility

I meant to post something about this during the squall that erupted over Obama’s contraception mandate, but that’s the same week a ship off Mombasa dropped anchor on the cable carrying high-speed Internet into Kenya, and life online slowed down to a crawl. 😉 That’s okay. Plenty of other folks took time to comment, both on friends’ Facebook threads and on blogs.

During the brouhaha, I read an absurd and inaccurate article about how “quiverfull” women (those of us with more than the acceptable 2.1 children, I guess) are basically put-upon martyrs, roasted upon the spit of fecundity while our brains go to rot. It was such drivel I didn’t even bother to bookmark it, so now I can’t find it, of course. But it really brought home the fact that feminism still paints mothers at home (and especially mothers with several children) as brainless slaves who can’t make a coherent choice about what color to wear on a daily basis, let alone how many children are “realistic” or how we’re supposed to have any semblance of a cogent thought at the end of a long day full of homemaking, homeschooling, and the general work of any normal marriage relationship.

So I’ve got a long article in the works. It’s bubbling along in my overworked (or is it “underworked?”) brain, and I promise I’ll eventually get it from brain cell to keyboard. Until then, I’d just like to put a shout out to all my fellow wives and mothers who are exercising their minds in the bringing up of the next generation of producers. Continue reading “The Long-Term Importance of Fertility”

The Coming Demographic Catastrophe

We picked up our local paper last Tuesday to read the lead story: that Kenya would begin a strong contraceptive push to bring down its population growth in the next 20 years. Key to the article was the easy-to-miss one-line admission that foreign aid to East Africa is now dependent on the EA community’s acceptance of western birth control policies. In other words, Kenya either … Continue reading The Coming Demographic Catastrophe

Unnatural Selection

From Mercatornet: A book by a pro-choice feminist faces up to an unintended consequence of the West’s fertility war. This brave and timely book has many strengths and one glaring, but understandable, weakness. The strength of this book is the reporting. Mara Hvistendahl, a liberal, pro-choice feminist, painstakingly documents the catastrophic consequences of the worldwide “choice” for male babies: gender imbalance leading to prostitution, sex … Continue reading Unnatural Selection

Destroying Children Will Destroy Us

Several sobering pieces in the past couple of weeks: The distorting of the human sex ratio ~ Even a rational optimist is pessimistic about some things. Here’s one: the gradual distortion of the human sex ratio by sex-selective abortion. A new essay by the demographer Nicholas Eberstadt concludes that “the practice has become so ruthlessly routine in many contemporary societies that it has impacted their … Continue reading Destroying Children Will Destroy Us

Rethinking Contraception

Several share-worthy posts have come through the newsfeed this week: Anti-Baby Pill Father Laments Bulgaria’s Demographic Bust ~ Djerassi, now 88 years old, was one of three researchers whose formulation of the synthetic progestagen Norethisterone marked a key step in the creation of the first oral contraceptive pill. He has repeatedly said that young Europeans who fail to procreate are committing national suicide. The fall … Continue reading Rethinking Contraception

Elisabeth’s Barrenness and Ours

From Mark Steyn over at National Review Online: We now live in Elisabeth’s world — not just because technology has caught up with the Deity and enabled women in their 50s and 60s to become mothers, but in a more basic sense. 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 … Continue reading Elisabeth’s Barrenness and Ours

The Brutality of “Population Control”

From Demography is Destiny: About a month ago this tragic story from China surfaced in the Western media (the UK’s Guardian).  It’s a terribly sad story about a mother, Ma Jihong, who died on an operating table in Lijin, Shandong province, when she was forced by state officials to have a late-term abortion.  Why were they forcing her to have an abortion? Because Ma had … Continue reading The Brutality of “Population Control”

“Baby-boomers failed to plant their gardens”

We post often on demographics, because childbearing (or the lack of it) has huge consequences on our world–both on families and on nations. I’ve picked several excellent pieces to share (now that Internet is working again consistently here!): From Pundit & Pundette: “Pregnancy, childbirth, babies, toddlers, teenagers — they introduce uncontrollable variables into life. Having children is messy and risky, opening the door to kinds … Continue reading “Baby-boomers failed to plant their gardens”