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Topics: fertility decline

Why America’s Birth Rate is Still Tanking: The Cost of Raising a Child and Lost Millennial Wealth



It’s been ten years since the Great Recession ended. Yet, despite robust economic growth and low unemployment over the past two years, births in the United States have continued to plummet. Before the Great Recession, the fertility rate—the number of children women have on average during their lifetimes—had been on the rise. But once the recession hit and unemployment rose to 10%, many couples put off having children and birth rates declined. Demographers and economists …

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Why Bernie Sanders’ ‘overpopulation’ theory is total bunk



This article originally appeared on the New York Post Bernie Sanders is a real blast from the past. Not only does the aging pol peddle failed socialist ideas that are better at producing tyranny than prosperity, now he’s recycling the long discredited idea that we are breeding ourselves off the face of the planet. Even that other New York City newspaper long ago abandoned the cherished leftist belief in “overpopulation,” calling it one of the …

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India Prime Minister Calls for Population Control, Says Small Families are an “Act of Patriotism”



The leader of the world’s largest democracy has called for population control policies to contain what he claims is a “reckless population explosion” in India. In a high-profile and widely publicized address to the nation on India’s Independence Day on August 15, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi called on the central and state governments to implement policies to control the country’s population growth rate. “Population explosion will cause many problems for our future generations. We …

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Are We Running Out of People?



Ask anyone if the world is overpopulated, and you know what they will say. The idea that we humans are breeding ourselves to death—and taking the planet with us–is in the air that we breathe. It was drummed into us in high school biology, where we were told that the world is like a tiny “lifeboat.”  We have to lighten the load, our teachers told us, or the “lifeboat” will sink and we will all …

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China Begins “Mobilizing the Masses” to Reproduce



When the Chinese Communist Party implemented a “comprehensive two-child policy” in early 2016, outside observers assumed that it would be voluntary.  And why should they not? To all appearances, this was a dramatic relaxation—a doubling, no less–of the restrictive one-child policy. But appearances can be deceiving, especially where China is concerned. Instead of enjoying a new dawn of reproductive freedom, Chinese couples are actually being herded into something resembling reproductive servitude.

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Nearly 125 Indian Members of Parliament Back Petition to Introduce a Two-Child Policy



Nearly 125 lawmakers in India’s Parliament have signed a petition to Indian President Ram Nath Kovind, calling for a nationwide two-child policy. Members of Parliament (MPs) who signed the petition have called for a law prohibiting Indian couples from having more than two children with stiff penalties for couples who exceed the proposed two-child limit.

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Chinese Provincial Government Calls for an End to Birth Restrictions



The provincial government in Shaanxi, a province in north-central China, has published a report that calls for an abolishment of birth limits under China’s planned birth policy. Currently, China’s two-child policy prohibits couples from having more than two children. In many provinces, couples are allowed a third child only in narrowly-crafted special circumstances that often require government approval, such as when a child has a severe disability or in second marriages. Couples who exceed their …

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Just why do we need more people in the United States?



The spectacle of caravans of desperate people trekking across half a continent to get to their Promised Land elicits strong reactions from those who are already here. Some Americans would like to welcome all comers with open arms. Others, like the Canaanites of old, would like to shut down immigration altogether. Among these is my friend Michael Anton, the former director of communications for the National Security Council, who recently argued in the Washington Post that …

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