The West’s Baby Shortage
According to an essay in the New Criterion (I believe you need to be a subscriber to access the link, but it’s run in other publications, too; try Googling It’s the Demography, Stupid), the West is suffering birth dearth. Many Western nations are not averaging 2.1 children per family, which is the number needed to replace aging populations. Meanwhile, Allah-worshippers are breeding like proverbial rabbits. This scenario, writes Mark Steyn, will by mid-century likely threaten democracy, freedom, capitalism, Christianity, and other blessed byproducts of Western Civilization.
The piece is a classic bit of conservative hand-wringing about the Feared Other, with obligatory digs at multiculturalism, abortion, homosexuality, feminism, and tolerance in general. Steyn may have valid reasons for fretting about the burgeoning Islamic populace, but his argument smacks of the same alarmist propaganda that marked the McCarthyist Red Scare. Nevertheless, I am feeling slightly guilty for not carrying my reproductive weight.