The demographic challenge – not of rising but of falling population

May 3, 2021 by

by Neil O’Brien, Conservative Home: […] And the total growth is only part of the story. Broadly speaking, when the share of the population of working age is increasing, countries get an economic tailwind, which turns into a headwind and slows them down when the share of working age starts falling. On average, and unsurprisingly, countries where the working age share is growing see GDP per head growing faster. That’s something that we don’t take into account enough when we try and work...

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US births plummet to 90-year low in 2020 Census

Apr 29, 2021 by

by Rodney Pelletier, Church Militant: The United States is in the midst of a population crisis, according to the U.S. Census. At the beginning of every decade, the U.S. Census counts the number of people in the country and locates where they live. It’s actually mandated by the U.S. Constitution and is used to determine how many representatives and electoral votes each state is allotted. It’s also useful for other reasons, including determining policy on infrastructure and financial...

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The End of the World as We Know It?

Dec 14, 2020 by

by Glenn Stanton, Quillette: How is the world going to end? Polls consistently show that most believe the cause will be environmental. “Climate anxiety” has reached such a fevered pitch among young people across the globe that the Lancet recently issued a special “call to action” to help with the problem. Clinicians have even created “climate anxiety scales” to measure the runaway angst spreading through our children, and the rest of us. But what if the best, emerging science is actually...

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Children – from a blessing to a curse

Dec 7, 2020 by

by Ann Farmer, The Conservative Woman: FIGURES from the Office for National Statistics show that in 2019, nearly half of women (49 per cent) turning 30 in England and Wales were childless. In comparison, 38 per cent of their mothers’ generation and just over one-fifth of their grandmothers’ generation (born in 1961 and 1934 respectively) were childless at 30. Separate ONS figures published last month showed that the average age of first-time mothers hit a record high. Amanda Sharfman, of the...

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Three heroes in the fight to end China’s draconian birth policy

Nov 16, 2020 by

by William Huang, MercatorNet: Here are some early tips for the Nobel Peace Prize. A month and half ago, this writer predicted that China would end its two-child policy at the October meeting of Communist bigshots in Beijing. It was there that they hammered out their economic and social policies for the next five years, formally known as the “14th Five-Year Plan”. I was hoping for a repudiation of a policy which had probably murdered more unborn babies than any other time in history and a...

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Declining birth rates linked to secularization, growing hostility toward religion

Nov 15, 2020 by

by Brandon Showalter, Christian Post: Declining fertility rates have a significant correlation with increased secularization, according to Baylor University professor Philip Jenkins. In a Regent College (Vancouver, British Columbia) live-stream titled “Fertility and Faith: A Conversation with Philip Jenkins,” the Baylor University professor of history and co-director of the program on historical studies of religion, explained Thursday that demography derives from changes in...

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