I Chose Not To Have Kids Because I’m Afraid For The Planet

    Growing up Mormon, I was taught that having babies is part of God’s plan. Today, I believe that humans owe it to each other (and the world) not to. Ash SandersBuzzFeed Contributor Posted on July 24, 2019, at 1:29 p.m. ET     Tallulah Fontaine for BuzzFeed News     When I first made the decision not to have a baby, in 2008, I did it because I couldn’t imagine bringing another human into a world already so overheated and overcrowded. I didn’t know anyone like me...
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In Praise of Demographic Decline

Jul 2, 2019 ADAIR TURNER, Project Syndicate Our expanding ability to automate human work across all sectors – agriculture, industry, and services – makes an ever-growing workforce increasingly irrelevant to improvements in human welfare. That's good news for most of the world, but not for Africa. LONDON – Every two years, the United Nations issues its latest estimate of future population trends. Its 2019 projection reveals a stark divide. Across all of Asia, Europe, and the Americas, populat...
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Women Are Sharing The Devastating Reason They’re Deciding Not To Have Children

Laura Paddison, HuffPost |July 1, 2019 There’s a moment in the evening when I go to check on my children in their beds. I stay and watch them sleep for a while, enjoying their peaceful, steady breathing and the rare stillness in their faces. I feel a wave of love for them but also a jab of fear. There were many things I expected to experience when I became a parent. Love, a fierce sense of protection, exhaustion, bone-crushing tedium. What I didn’t expect was so much fear — not so...
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How Much Immigration is too Much?

DAVID FRUM-THE ATLANTIC-APRIL 2019 ISSUE I. The Wave That’s Still Building Through much of the 20th century, the United States received comparatively few immigrants. In the 60 years from 1915 until 1975, nearly a human lifetime, the United States admitted fewer immigrants than arrived, legally and illegally, in the single decade of the 1990s. If you grew up in the 1950s, the 1960s, or even the 1970s, heavy immigration seemed mostly a chapter from the American past, narrated to the nostalg...
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‘Replacement Theory,’ a Racist, Sexist Doctrine, Spreads in Far-Right Circles

By Nellie Bowles, The New York Times, March 18, 2019 SAN FRANCISCO — Before the massacre of 50 people in New Zealand mosques last week, the suspect released a document called “The Great Replacement.” The first sentence was: “It’s the birthrates.” He repeated it three times. If the phrase about replacement sounded familiar, perhaps that was because it echoed what white supremacists bearing tiki torches shouted in Charlottesville, Va., in 2017: “You will not replace us.” It is also the sloga...
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Will the world RUN OUT of people?

Book claims global population will start to decline in 30 years despite UN predictions - and says once it does 'it will never end' There are 7.7 billion people living on Earth, expected to climb to 9 billion by 2050 Book says population will start to drop in roughly 30 years and steadily decline Authors say improvements in women's education worldwide will have big impact This and other factors will cause many people to choose not to have children By CHEYENNE MACDONALD FOR DAILYMAIL.COM ...
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Americans aren’t making enough babies to replace ourselves

Jan. 9, 2019, 10:53 PM MST / Updated Jan. 10, 2019, 6:06 AM MST / NBC News By Linda Carroll and Shamard Charles, M.D. Americans are having fewer and fewer babies, a new government report finds. In fact, we now aren’t making enough babies to replace ourselves. For the population to reproduce itself at current numbers, the “total fertility rate” needs to be 2,100 births per 1,000 women of childbearing age over their lifetime, researchers for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sa...
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What explains America’s mysterious baby bust?

The Economist - November 24, 2018 In some ways, the Atlantic Ocean seems unusually wide at the moment. Polls by the Pew Research Center show that western Europeans take an increasingly dim view of America, and not just its president. On the other side of the ocean, conservatives think that a clinching argument against universal health care is to call it European. Yet in other, more intimate, ways the two continents appear to be converging. American families are increasingly hard to disti...
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Japan’s Successful Economic Model

Sep 20, 2018 ADAIR TURNER |Project Syndicate Japan’s GDP growth lags most other developed economies, and will likely continue to do so as the population slowly declines. But what matters for human welfare is GDP per capita, and on this front, the country excels. TOKYO – Nearly everyone says that Japan’s economic model has imploded. Since 1991, growth has averaged just 0.9% versus 4.5% over the previous two decades. Slow growth, combined with large fiscal deficits and near zero inflation, h...
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Paul Ryan’s recipe for a robust economy: Have more babies

By Christine Emba December 15 The Washington Post 2017 draws to a close. “Feminism” has been declared the word of the year. And House Speaker Paul D. Ryan has just urged women to have more babies for the good of the state. A joke? An outtake from “The Handmaid’s Tale”? Alas, neither. At his weekly news briefing Thursday, Ryan (R-Wis.) suggested that the most important way to shore up the economy was for Americans to have bigger families. “This is going to be the new economic challenge f...
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