DemographicsAndTheDustbinOfHistory (ThoughtStorms)

I don't like this at all, but I respect EricRaymond enough to listen to what he says in "Demographics and the Dustbin of History".

Disturbing :

Something in this direction :

The comments are good.

Economic trends against Europe :


I can muster some counter-arguments though.

: There are certainly other explanations for not having children. For many, children are an insurance ... "who'll look after me in my old age?" Not having kids isn't a sign of pessimism about the future, just a sense of security and optimism that society will provide.

: Of course, this still means that people are basically taking advantage of the common pool of young people created elsewhere. So it is a CommonsProblem. See also TheEndOfInsurance

Contrast :

See also :

CategoryPolitics, CategoryEconomics