In the wealthy post-war era of the 1950’s and 60’s, the West saw a baby boom. America added nearly four million each year for almost two decades, adding a total of about 76.4 million babies. This population growth did not continue in the West, rather, it collapsed entirely, leading to what we have now where millions of baby boomers struggle to be supported by the younger, much less numerous generations. While on paper the boom seems great, giving us more manpower, a larger economy and a much larger population, it has a fair amount of drawbacks later down the road.
Since the 1960s, birth rates across the Western world have fallen drastically. In America the birth rates have fallen from just above 3.20 down to a record low of 1.84 in 2015. Iceland fell from 4.29 to 1.93 since 1960. The required fertility rate needed to sustain the same population is 2.10, while anything lower will inevitably lead to a decline. When America is broken down by state, a darker picture is painted for the South with our dear states having some of the lowest fertility rates, or at the very least, definately not high enough.
As you can see, this created an unbalanced pyramid of the generations with older generations being larger and vice versa. As the population ages and as older people retire from the workforce, younger people take on more of the strain that comes along with that, no doubt hurting the fertility even more. Further problems are created when White Americans have less babies than immigrants coming into America, leading to a rapidly growing immigrant population and a declining American one.
But why did the fertility rate go down in the first place?
One large contributor has been abortion. In 2014, around 4 million babies were born in America while 652,659 legal abortions were performed. Had most of those abortions been delivered, that would increase the number of births by 15-20%.
Another contributor is the decline of the family with an all new stigma surrounding parenthood and the taking up of responsibility. Young people today want to postpone parenthood and the responsibility that comes with it as long as possible, causing their fertility to lower as their time runs out. It’s not hard to find a millenial feminist who loves her cats and proudly flaunts about her lack of children, often complaining that they are too much trouble. They also state that paying for the children and the stress it brings lowers happiness even though the opposite is true and families experience a deeper bond and more longterm happiness after growing with their children.
But even these irresponsible imbeciles are not the majority, no matter how loud and abhorrent they are, thank God for that. Evem today the most cited reason for not having a larger family is a lack of money and most Americans want family sizes above the replacement rate.
The decline in marriage and rise of single mother households has also no doubt played into this. Women make poor decisions with their sexual urges and get pregnant by good for nothing losers who inevitably leave the moment they find out the girl is pregnant. After this, the mother is left with only her income, which likely isn’t high in the first place as women choose lower-income jobs, and is forced to provide for herself and her child. This struggle prevents her from having more children, and if she does, she usually never has more than two total.
These declines in fertility have been used as a catalyst for mass immigration. Mass immigration in order to replace us, no doubt. In fact, it’s already been labeled replacement migration by the UN. This is just one reason that leftists oppose tax cuts as they provide families more resources to pour towards family formation, though the leftists obviously oppose tax cuts for their own economic gain as well.
Given this, it’s clear that the solution to the fertility crisis involves more of an economic approach than a social one as the amount of people not wanting kids is small compared to the ones who just can’t afford it. That’s not to say that combatting the loud, child-hating, adult brats that don’t want children should not happen or that we shouldn’t participate in blowing holes in their philosophy and selfishness.
So what exactly are the solutions or what should we aim for?
-Tax cuts on families should be in order, though I would argue that single-parent households should be restrained from said cuts, otherwise we encourage them. They should be given to married couples rather than simply anyone with children.
-An end to abortion
-More praise for children and all the love and happiness they bring with them, in order to encourage families to decide economic struggle over a small family and less longterm happiness as well as to make those child-haters think twice.
-We must also heavily discourage women from hooking up with lousy men who will abandon them. Normally when this happens the woman is shown sympathy, but we should blame her just as much, as she had the choice of choosing him or not. Divorce laws should also be strengthened in cases where the reason does not include abuse, adultery, fornication, or other sexually immoral acts so that neither husband nor wife can easily detach from the family.
In conclusion, the fertility crisis is something that Millenials and Generation Z will have to deal with, no matter what. However, these generations have the chance to fix the problem for the future generations and to stop our ageing and declining population for a new wave of intact familes. If the crisis goes unsolved, we will be unable to compete in the modern world as we will be so encumbered will low manpower, a declining workforce, and more old to take care of than babies; that is, if we are not replaced entirely.
-By Southern Revivalist