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Overpopulation May Not Be Our Downfall—Underpopulation Might


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Anyone who attended university knows the tired liberal doctrine: there are just too many people on the planet.

Too many people are having too many babies and this is stressing our natural resources, the climate, and the general well-being of people the world over.

This has been the prevailing argument since at least the 1960s. Unfortunately, we may now be experiencing the exact opposite problem.

It is an accepted fact of life that there is a reverse correlation between wealth and fertility rates. The wealthier a country becomes the fewer children that society has.

Many factors are cited as reasons for this decreased birth rate: professional opportunities for women, children as financial liabilities within a capitalist framework, and the effect of opulence upon human motivation.

After all, who wants to bear the responsibility of having children when a million other concerns and luxuries predominate one’s mind? A litany of endless entertainment, bread, and circuses?

Japan can be said to have the most severe fertility problem with the U.S. not far behind. China has an imbalance between males and females, and India will experience a sharp decline in population beginning around the year 2100.

This issue is affecting or will come to affect the entire world in due time.

The current climate orthodoxy claims that overpopulation is a massive problem, but the fact remains that for a vast majority of the planet’s inhabitants life has never been better.

At no other point in history has the average human being enjoyed the standard of living that we do today.

Scientific and technological innovations are taking place at a breakneck pace, with the rate of change increasing at an exponential rate.

All of this is a function of having the highest population ever recorded. Knowing this, we must ask ourselves: is overpopulation really the problem?

Elon Musk has voiced his concerns over this poignant issue, claiming that he does not believe people are having enough children, he claims that the perils of underpopulation far outweigh human overpopulation.

Innovation is, after all, achieved by people. More people equals more innovation, more ideas, and more possibilities for the human race.

Here’s what we currently know about the looming fertility crisis in both the U.S. and abroad:

Daily Wire writes:

The total fertility rate has dropped from 3.77 average children per woman in 1957 at the height of the post-war baby boom to just 1.66 average children in 2021, according to the CDC.

In 2020, the rate dipped even lower to 1.64 children per woman, a record low since the government began tracking the rate in the 1930s.

Now, the U.S. is nowhere near “replacement-level fertility,” or 2.1 children per woman.

U.S. News previously reported:

New provisional figures in a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show the number of births in the U.S. dropped in 2020 for a sixth straight year to hit their lowest level since 1979.

There were 3,605,201 births in 2020, marking a 4% decline from 2019.

That compares with year-over-year drops of about 1% to 2% since 2015, other CDC data shows.


 

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