Thursday, April 23, 2009

Demographic Winter Spells Economic Collapse

First - here's a great article by Mark Steyn:
Take a “toxic asset”. What would improve its current pitiful value? That’s easy: More demand. Less supply. An asset is only an asset as long as there’s a buyer willing to buy it. If you’ve got 50 houses and 100 would-be homeowners, that’s good for property prices. If you’ve got 100 houses and 50 would-be homeowners, that’s not so good.

Which is the situation much of the developed world is facing. A bank is a kind of demographic shorthand, by which old people with capital lend to young people with ambition and ideas. Unfortunately, the western world is running out of young people. Japan, Germany and Russia are already in net population decline. Fifty per cent of Japanese women born in the Seventies are childless. Between 1990 and 2000, the percentage of Spanish women childless at the age of 30 almost doubled, from just over 30 per cent to just shy of 60 per cent. In Sweden, Finland, Austria, Switzerland, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, 20 per cent of 40-year old women are childless. In Germany, 30 per cent of all women are childless. In a recent poll, invited to state the “ideal” number of children, 16.6 per cent of Germans answered “None.”
Now look at it from a business point of view. In the United States, depending on what line of work you’re in, your sales territory may be your town or your state or the whole of America. But for Germany, Italy and Japan, their only viable sales territory is the world. When your median age is 43 and rising, any economic growth is down to exports. Wall Street experts talk about restoring “consumer confidence”, but in much of Europe they won’t restore “confidence” until they restore consumers – ie, figure out a way to generate sufficient numbers of them. Until then, the domestic market is maxed out.
Our politicians think they've already figured out the way to generate more consumers. They believe - immigration is the way. What they don't realize is that they've effectively turned immigration into a "Ponzi scheme", as the new arrivals are expected to become the consumers and the taxpayers (let alone - CPP contributors) which the economy badly needs. Ponzi schemes don't last long.
"Demographic Winter is a timely account of a crisis we cannot ignore. The loss of confidence and the decline of faith that afflict much of the West are leaving us with empty cradles and emptier hearts. This film is a call to recover the family so that we can renew our future."
Tony Perkins, President
Family Research Council
Unless hundreds-of-thousands of concerned citizens watch this movie and take action, the following factors will erode our culture and bring about the demise of our society:
  • Childless Culture and Abortion
  • Delayed Marriage and Cohabitation
  • The Normalization of Homosexuality
  • Population Control
  • The Decline of Natural Marriage
  • A mass media (including Hollywood) that inculcates an ethic of selfishness and a live-for-the-moment existence
  • The decline of religion and traditional morality
The threat is real. It is here NOW!
Follow this link to request the full-length documentary on Demographic Winter.

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