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Topics: total fertility rate

China Ratchets Up One-Child Policy; Ignores Calls from Population Experts



Recent reports from the Guangdong province show coercion in China’s infamous one-child policy is once again on the rise. Women in the southern city of Huizhou, which has a population of 4 million, are being targeted for sterilization. Those who have one child are being forced to wear IUDs. Those who have two children are subject to tubal ligation. Those who bear an “illegal” child are being denied all government services. This means life without …

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Europe as We Know It is Dying



It’s happened before. Writing a century and a half before the birth of Christ, the Greek historian Polybius observed “nowadays all over Greece such a diminution in natality and in general manner such depopulation that the towns are deserted and the fields lie fallow. Although this country has not been ravaged by wars or epidemics, the cause of the harm is evident: by avarice or cowardice the people, if they marry, will not bring up …

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Demographics as the Grim Reaper



More and more countries are hearing the death knell of low birth rates. We live in an age unique in human history. Per capita incomes have never been higher, lifespans have never been longer, and people are better fed and educated than ever before. At the same time, birth rates have fallen to historically low levels. In fact, they have fallen to levels so low that they will extinguish whole populations unless something is done. …

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From the Countries



32 Million Extra Men Spells Demographic Trouble for China With far more men than women, China’s sex imbalance has already reached epic proportions. But a new study published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) suggests that the problem is only going to get worse. The study, conducted by researchers Wei Xing Zhu, Li Lu, and Therese Hesketh, and published on April 10th, confirmed that men outnumbered women for all age groups. They write, “In 2005 …

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April 28 — When Gender Gaps: China’s One-Child Policy and the Wholesale Elimination of Little Baby Girls



28 April 2009 — Vol. 11/No. 13 With far more men than women, China’s sex imbalance has already reached epic proportions. But a new study published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) suggests that the problem is only going to get worse. The study, published on April 10th and conducted by researchers Wei Xing Zhu, Li Lu, and Therese Hesketh, confirmed that men outnumbered women for all age groups. They write, “In 2005 males under …

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Is Social Security Doomed by Contraception and Abortion?



In the July/August, 1996 issue of Culture Wars, I published an article, “Contracepting Social Security,” that used the Social Security Trustees’ reports to document how artificially reduced birthrates had seriously injured Social Security solvency. In that article, I argued that the key to the Ponzi functioning of the Social Security system, and financing of deficits, is an ever-expanding population base. Yet the breakdown of traditional family morality under the influence of sexually permissive thinkers, degenerate …

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Europe’s Cultural Imperialism



23 February 2007     Vol. 9 / No. 8 Dear Colleague: The world’s left-wing cultural imperialists are pressuring Nicaraguans to allow the killing of their children, but so far, so good. Steven W. Mosher President Europe’s Cultural Imperialism Last October, Nicaragua’s congress unanimously passed a bill outlawing all abortions in that small Central American nation.  Nicaragua’s then-president signed it into law, and the current president supports it. In fact, the current president announced his support for …

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Motherless Russia



“In general, Russia suffers from a frightening poverty in the sphere of facts and a frightening wealth of all types of arguments,” wrote Chekhov in a letter to a friend. Now, Russia suffers from a destructive poverty of a sort that she has not in a long time, of people, while she continues to groan under an increasing surfeit of social and domestic problems. Previous would-be conquerors of Russia such as Napoleon and Hitler failed …

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