Mark: Those numbers you cite are certainly sobering. But I was especially struck by this graf:
The decline is the largest in both number and rate since 1950, when comparable figures were first available.
Gee, what could have been happening back in 1950? Lemme think now . . . Don’t hold me to it, because I was only one year old at the time, but I do believe that “when comparable figures were first available,” Japan was just starting to recover from a world war that killed some 2.35 million of its people, thus not only erasing them but their descendants as well. Now it seems that western-style civilization, adopted by the Japanese after the war, and its discontents are leading Nihon even more quickly down the same national-suicide path as its western European counterparts.
Japan is something of a special case, since its manners and mores remain quite different from ours. But what to expect when a large segment of any nation’s females decide that personal self-fulfillment is better found in a career than in a family? As Lee Kuan Yew, no less, wrote at Forbes last year:
Western European countries have low fertility rates, below the replacement rate of 2.1. Germany: 1.4 (its total population is 81.9 million, of which 8.2% are foreigners). Holland: 1.8
(16.5 million, of which 4.4% are foreigners). Belgium: 1.8 (10.8 million, of which 9.8% are foreigners). Spain: 1.4 (46.1 million, of which 12.4% are foreigners). Italy: 1.4 (60.2 million, of which 7.1% are foreigners), the Pope’s views notwithstanding. Sweden, which provides deep support for parents, has a high TFR of 1.9 (9.4 million, of which 6.4% are foreigners), but that’s still below the replacement rate. Ireland and the U.K. also have high TFRs, at 2.1 and 1.9, respectively, but these rates are derived from non-European immigrant parents.
To have babies is, of course, a personal decision, but for a nation’s population that decision carries considerable consequences.
That’s putting it mildly. Culturally speaking, not having children is bad enough. Actually murdering them in the womb is even worse; America since Roe v. Wade is currently minus some 56 million people and their progeny, at least some of whom might have grown up to pay Social Security taxes to support that aging population the Japanese are getting to know all too well. The Regressives want us to think there’s a “war on women” going on, but the fact is, there’s a war on children — which means there’s a war on the future, and the future is losing. What World War II could not accomplish — the complete eradication of whole populations — western-style feminism just might.
You’ve come a long way, baby.