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 : http://armedndangerous.blogspot.com/2002_12_01_armedndangerous_archive.html#85370632

Something in this direction : http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/philg/2004/06/15#a5099

The comments are good.

Economic trends against Europe :

Counterarguments

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