In recent years, a worrying trend has emerged that could threaten the very fabric of our society. The “baby bust,” a term used to describe declining birth rates across the globe, has caught the attention of journalists, writers, and demographers alike. One notable expert discussing the problem is Alex Berenson, a former New York Times reporter and award-winning novelist, who has decided to delve deep into this issue, believing “nothing less than the future of humanity is at stake.”
Berenson’s interest in the matter was raised by the potentially problematic effects of the Covid mRNA vaccine on fertility. However, as he rightly points out, the issue transcends polarizing debates such as immigration and vaccines. Essentially, it boils down to “Humanity’s faith in itself.”
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— Bryan Beatty (@BryanB8) November 1, 2023
The declining birth rates are not a new phenomenon. For decades, demographers and pundits have been sounding the alarm bells. However, this existential crisis has received a different level of coverage than other crises. Why is that?
Some believe the answer lies in the cultural shifts that have taken place over the years. For instance, Camille Paglia, a renegade feminist, attributes the shrinking family size to the chaos unleashed by modern progressive feminism. The narrative that has emerged from the feminist movement, which often places careers ahead of children, coupled with the celebration of abortion and denigration of motherhood, has led to a society that is less inclined to have children.
This perspective is echoed by Brad Wilcox, a defender of marriage and the family, who argues that liberals have fallen prey to the false narrative that happiness is found in independence, freedom and work rather than marriage and family life.
So, what can be done to address this crisis?
Firstly, we must challenge the narrative that has taken hold of our society. As Berenson aptly notes, the baby bust is a worldwide crisis, with countries like Japan and South Korea facing the brunt due to their lack of immigration. There needs to be an open and honest conversation about the implications of declining birth rates without the fear of being branded as extremist or radical.
Secondly, there needs to be a shift in societal attitudes toward family life. As noted by Dennis Prager, secularism has played a significant role in the low birth rates witnessed in the modern world. The loss of religious values, which often place high importance on family and procreation, has contributed to the baby bust.
Additionally, we need to look at the economic implications of declining birth rates. The Social Security system’s central trust fund’s reserves are depleting, and the nation’s Medicare program is under strain. If this trend continues, we could be looking at a society that cannot support its elderly population.
Big reckoning coming due to low birth rate. Japan is a leading indicator.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 31, 2023
The baby bust is a crisis that deserves serious attention. We must not let cultural shifts and false narratives dictate the future of our society. Instead, we must engage in open and honest conversations, challenge the prevailing attitudes toward family life, and address the economic implications of declining birth rates. Only then can we hope to secure a future that is vibrant, prosperous, and full of hope for generations to come.