SOURCE: Vision Media

October 23, 2007 03:00 ET

Society & Culture: Freedom and Our Demographic Destiny

The Fertility Rate Is a Social Issue That Defines Our Freedom and Our Future

PASADENA, CA--(Marketwire - October 23, 2007) - On October 28th the Statue of Liberty will be one hundred and twenty-one years old. When she was young and looked down on American society and culture she would not have been faulted had she decided the primary social issue of the twentieth century was a concern for over population. Now as she celebrates her one hundred and twenty-first birthday the coin has flipped and there is new concern about the Total Fertility Rate (TFR).

Vision.org writer Thomas Fitzpatrick says, "If you agree that prudent people should keep a close eye on rates that can significantly affect the global society and culture, you may want to add the TFR to your watch list." It has been computed that an ideal population replacement rate is 2.1 (two parents are replaced by two children with a small buffer).

It is worthy of concern that in 2007 more than 70 countries have a total fertility rate of less than 2. For example: Singapore at 1.07, Lithuania at 1.21, Czech Republic at 1.22, Japan at 1.23, and even Canada at 1.61. The total fertility rate for the United States is just above replacement value at 2.09 and the total fertility rate for the world is now 2.59. It is also worthy of concern that the total number being born will be inadequate to support and help an aging population on welfare.

"Dramatic declines in fertility rates over the last several decades do portend certain cultural changes if current trends continue," says Fitzpatrick. "Falling fertility rates foretell enormous socio-economic and geopolitical eventualities.... The dual dynamics of increased longevity and falling fertility has created a demographic destiny that is inescapable, and the impending implications for our society and culture loom large on the horizon."

The lady that holds her lamp beside the golden door says, "Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free." With the falling TFR are we now creating a future where we can no longer extend a helping hand. This Vision.org article suggests that to ensure the future of our society and culture we should reconsider the wisdom of the Judeo-Christian adage to "be fruitful and to multiply."

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