When we finished building the tree house in our yard the first thing my son did was continue the age old tradition of forming a club with his buddies and the first thing they did was hang a sign, “NO GIRLS ALLOWED”. This was ostensibly to keep their sisters out. A small battle ensued, my wife negotiated the peace and all was fine - mostly. That club has now grown worldwide unfortunately it is now the women hanging up the same sign. There is a massive and growing imbalance between the number of men and women in China, India, and other Asian nations resulting from sex-selective abortion. It’s a kind of eugenics Margaret Sanger never saw coming. She once said, "More Children for the Fit. Less for the Unfit." She made it clear whom she considered unfit: "Hebrews, Slavs, Catholics, and Negroes." Now it seams that woman are unfit to live as well, you know, when given the choice.
What do people in modernizing cultures do when they take reproduction out of the hands of God and put it under self-conscious control? In much of Asia, the answer has turned out to be that they have sons. For those conditioned by U.S. abortion politics to think of reproductive choice as always and entirely pro-woman, this is a disconcerting irony, (and I am by far not the first to point this out) One expert has estimated that up to 200 million women are missing from the world because of the kill-the-girls phenomenon, leaving about 200 million men and boys unable to marry over the next 20 years—and growing. With this imbalance: What will be the plot lines of future love stories? Will women be allowed to have more than one husband at the same time? When I lost my first girl friend my dad said, “Don’t worry there are plenty of fish in the sea.” what will future dads say? Will this imbalance make the issue of homosexual marriage moot?
Yet no one is suggesting, to paraphrase Joseph A. D'Agostino, “…any of the genuine, time-tested remedies for this socially destabilizing problem. No one in a political leadership role is suggesting (in public anyway) a cultural return to the celebration of large families nor reducing the massive taxes that have prompted so many people worldwide to limit their family sizes. They don’t even suggest the abolition of China’s coercive one-child-per-family population quota. And never, never would it occur to the progressive mind to suggest encouragement for, and government policies to enable, more women to be homemakers, who tend to have more children than working mothers.”
There is an interesting new field opening up called “The New Biopolitics,” It is based on demographics linked to which country will run out of people first, the last one with the most babies wins. They will be the new world power. (see Jedediah Purdy article) The western narcissist and feminist (the latter is a subset of the former) attitudes being exported world wide is, quite literally, exterminating the Western world. Most of Europe’s birth rate is below replacement level, America is a close second. The only demographic that has a growing birth rate is the Moslem countries. Belloc said in The Great Heresies; “And for my part I cannot but believe that a main unexpected thing of the future is the return of Islam. Since religion is at the root of all political movements and changes and since we have here a very great religion physically paralyzed but morally intensely alive, we are in the presence of an unstable equilibrium which cannot remain permanently unstable.”
Even the UN sees the problem of low birth rates but they are not telling people have more babies they proposes the opposite: A massive feministization campaign.They talk about a strategy for women's empowerment: “Access to family planning,” “job training,” “an exit option from the family”: All these will export to Asia the suicidal birthrates plaguing Europeans and Americans. In fact, anti-family careerist attitudes are already taking hold. Even India’s fertility rate has been falling fast and will be under replacement rate, and thus into suicidal territory, within 20 years or so, according to the United Nations. The problem they believe will be solved with science both the technical and political kind.
From Lecture XXXVI, Eugenics and Other Evils by Dale Ahlquist; “Eugenics is also about the tyranny of science. Forget the tired old argument about religion persecuting science. Chesterton points out the obvious fact that in the modern world, it is the quite the other way around; “The thing that really is trying to tyrannize through government is Science. The thing that really does use the secular arm is Science. And the creed that really is levying tithes and capturing schools, the creed that really is enforced by fine and imprisonment, the creed that really is proclaimed not in sermons but in statutes, and spread not by pilgrims but by policemen - that creed is the great but disputed system of thought which began with Evolution and has ended in Eugenics. Materialism is really our established Church; for the Government will really help it to persecute its heretics.”
I remember, during the height of the ecology movement, a popular T-shirt that read ‘Save the world – plant a tree’. Maybe we should all get T-shirts that say ‘Save the world – get married have babies’.