Randy McDonald (rfmcdpei) wrote,
Randy McDonald

[BRIEF NOTE] Demographic Speculations

Inspired by a typically incisive post by one_serious_cat about demographic determinism, I've a question.

Let's say that the United Nations' projections of world populations are accurate, and that upper- and middle-income countries will experience accelerated population decline. This decline will not be caused by high death rates or substantial emigration, but simply by individual men and women deciding not to become parents or to have only one child because they want to enjoy a higher standard of living than they could otherwise afford.

Assuming that the appropriate government policies exist to support these millions of individual choices, why would this decline be a bad thing?
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