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'Death of the West': Where Have All the Children Gone?

Monday, 07 January 2002 12:00 AM

WASHINGTON – By 2050, it is calculated that the United States will have the dubious honor of being the first Western nation to turn its dominant culture into a minority.

Bill Clinton has hailed this as a good thing. The disgraced former president, it will be remembered, is a product of the 1960s counterculture that is playing no small part in what author Patrick J. Buchanan’s new book calls "

While some of this trend of de-Westernizing America can be traced to our lax immigration laws and the even more lackadaisical enforcement of them (a subject NewsMax.com will examine in a future installment in this series), part of it can be attributed to lower birth rates.

The world population has doubled to 6 billion in 40 years. At the same time, Buchanan says, European people – including Americans, Australians, and Canadians – have "stopped reproducing. Their populations had begun to stagnate in many countries.”

Not a single European country, except for Muslim Albania, has a birth rate that will enable it to survive in its present form through this century. By 2050, the author warns, only one tenth of the world’s people will be of European descent, and it will be the oldest tenth on Earth with a median age of almost 50.

"The people of the west,” the former presidential speechwriter declares, "have begun to fade away.”

The population of Europe’s 47 nations from Iceland to Russia in 2000 was 728 million. At present birthrates, without immigration, that is expected to come crashing to 600 million by 2050. That forecast comes from a study by the United Nations. Still another analysis, reported by the London Times, has Europe’s population plummeting to 556 million by mid-century, a dive not seen since the Black Plague of 1347-52.

"The Death of the West” quotes Jacqueline Kasun of California’s Humboldt University as noting:

"A couple still has parents and grandparents to support, directly or through their taxes. Since they’ve got fewer or no siblings to share that burden, having children seems even more unaffordable. So how do you dig your way out of a hole like a shrinking population?”

Excellent question, says Buchanan, "and if Europe does not find the answer soon, Europe dies.” Americans in NATO, he adds, "will soon be defending a vast Leisure World.”

The author lays part of the blame on European socialism.

Quoting Dr. John Wallace of Johns Hopkins University: "If everyone has the promise of a state pension, children are no longer a vital insurance policy against want in old age.”

Wallace completes the circle of consequences: "If women can earn more than enough to be financially independent, a husband is no longer essential. And if you can also have sex and not babies – and this seems to be true now of Catholic Italy as it is of secular Britain – why marry?”

Thus Buchanan notes: "By freeing husbands, wives and children of family responsibilities, European socialists have eliminated the need for families. Consequently, families have begun to disappear. When they are gone, Europe goes with them.”

And while this trend continues, the Third World adds 100 million people – the equivalent of one new Mexico every 15 months.

Here are some of the highlighted facts and figures:

It is calculated that Russia, already in a terminal population crisis, will, by 2050, be driven out of Central Asia by Islamic invaders and lose huge slices of its Far East to China, 15 times as populous. That would push Russia back over the Urals to its European borders and fulfill Putin’s warning of "a threat to the survival of the nation.”

There was the great upswing with the surge of birth in the Baby Boom generation of 1946-1964. Then came Roe vs. Wade, creating the legal green light to the 40 million abortions that have since been performed in the U.S.

In 2000, the FDA approved RU-486, a do-it-yourself abortion drug. No U.S. company wanted to be associated with any public relations flak or lawsuit threat that would accompany manufacture of the pill. A Chinese company filled the gap. China’s own policies of one child per couple and forced abortion, accompanied by its communist dictatorship, meant that public relations would not be an impediment.

"Cynics might characterize China’s role in producing RU-486 for America as an act of assisted suicide for the one nation blocking its path to Asian hegemony and world power,” says Buchanan.

The author cites Dutch demographer Dirk van de Kaa, who traces the birthrate decline in the Western world to:

Bottom line, says Buchanan: The decisions women are making today "will determine if Western nations will even be around in a century, and western women are voting no.”

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