British ‘baby shortage’ could lead to economic decline, says thinktank

Sep 21, 2021 by

by Andrew Sparrow, Guardian: Britain is facing a “baby shortage” that could lead to “long-term economic stagnation”, a thinktank has said. The Social Market Foundation (SMF) said the birthrate was almost half what it was at its postwar peak in the 1960s, and the country’s ageing population could lead to economic decline. It said ministers should set up a cross-government taskforce to consider the issue, and one helpful measure might be better childcare provision. The thinktank said typical...

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Will the Amish take over America?

Sep 9, 2021 by

by Ed West, UnHerd: Historically persecuted religious sects are winning the demographic war. Most Amish communities don’t allow phones in their homes, but it’s not because they think phones are inherently evil and ban them completely. They often have shared phone booths at the end of the street to use when necessary and at their places of work. They just don’t have phones in the home because they believe it will take away from the purposes of a home — things like family bonding, chores, and...

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Children should be seen as a ‘blessing’, not an ‘environmental burden’

Jul 19, 2021 by

by Emily Wood, Christian Post: Children should be seen as a blessing and not a burden on the environment, says Jim Daly of Focus on the Family in response to a group that awarded Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, among others, for committing to have no more than two children or none at all. On World Population Day, the London-based group Population Matters, which pushes for abortion rights and population control, awarded the Duke and Duchess of Sussex with the “Change Champions” award for...

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The Sperm Count Culture War

Jun 17, 2021 by

by Geoffrey Kabat, Quillette: Attempts to make science conform to ideology have enjoyed a long and dispiriting history. For many centuries, religion was the main perpetrator, and scientists and philosophers who ran afoul of the Church and the Inquisition were burned at the stake or left to rot in prison. In the early 17th century, the astronomer Galileo was convicted of heresy by the Roman Catholic Church for daring to suggest that the Earth revolved around the Sun. His book containing the...

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Does the birth dearth signal the end of our civilisation?

Jun 11, 2021 by

by Louis T. March, MercatorNet: The visionary German historian Oswald Spengler might have foreseen our woes. Way back when, I harboured delusions of being a teacher. Didn’t happen – but I read a lot and am preternaturally curious. I’m especially curious about why people are having fewer and fewer children. What changed in modern times that has caused a half-century birth dearth? Many reasons are cited: loss of religious faith, collapse of traditional morality, urbanization, birth control,...

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What the Plummeting Fertility Rate Means for Churches

Jun 8, 2021 by

by Philip Jenkins, The Gospel Coalition: The New York Times recently published a major article addressing one of the most significant developments in the modern world. The story, by Damien Cave, Emma Bubola, and Choe Sang-Hun, was titled “Long Slide Looms for World Population, With Sweeping Ramifications” (May 22), and it reports on the sharp global decline in fertility rates. By mid-century, most societies worldwide—and not just in Europe—will have far fewer children, and their age profiles...

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