The Empty Cradle: How Falling Birthrates Threaten World Prosperity and What to Do About It

Overpopulation has long been a global concern But between modern medicine and reduced fertility, world population may in fact be shrinking and is almost certain to do so by the time today s children retire The troubling implications for our economy and culture include The possibility of a fundamentalist revival due to the decline of secular fertility The threat to thOverpopulation has long been a global concern But between modern medicine and reduced fertility, world population may in fact be shrinking and is almost certain to do so by the time today s children retire The troubling implications for our economy and culture include The possibility of a fundamentalist revival due to the decline of secular fertility The threat to the free market as the supply of workers and consumers declines The eventual collapse of the American health care system as inordinate expenses are incurred by an aging populationPhillip Longman s uncompromisingly sensible solutions fly in the face of traditional ideas State intervention is necessary, he argues, to combat the effects of an aging population We must provide incentives for young families, and we cannot close our eyes and hope for the best as an entire generation approaches retirement age.The Empty Cradle changes the terms of one of the most important environmental, economic, and social debates of our day.
The Empty Cradle How Falling Birthrates Threaten World Prosperity and What to Do About It Overpopulation has long been a global concern But between modern medicine and reduced fertility world population may in fact be shrinking and is almost certain to do so by the time today s children r

  • Title: The Empty Cradle: How Falling Birthrates Threaten World Prosperity and What to Do About It
  • Author: Phillip Longman
  • ISBN: 9780465050505
  • Page: 260
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “The Empty Cradle: How Falling Birthrates Threaten World Prosperity and What to Do About It”

    1. This book was worth reading just for the multitude of statistics on how the family life in our society has changed over the last century. He draws many of the same conclusions based on science and economics as the Church does from faith and morals.People fail to see the collapse we're headed for because they think money has inherent value. But how will putting dollars in a retirement fund help you if there are no available doctors when you retire? How will saving money benefit your future if the [...]

    2. This is an interesting, easy-to-read book which details the global phenomenon of diminishing fertility, its causes and its consequences. To summarize: fertility rates are dropping everywhere, it's because people are selfish and stupid, and because of it we're pretty much screwed, at least in the first world.The book doesn't propose much in the way of solutions, probably because the author is a liberal and it was his type of thinking that got us in this situation to begin with (one of his primary [...]

    3. Anyone with even a rudimentary grasp of exponential mathematical functions and common sense would understand that this "documentary" has but a miniscule basis in fact. Although economic growth has been dependent on population growth thus far, this is clearly not a sustainable model, not for individuals, not for the environment, and certainly not for any country. If the filmmakers are worried about the economy, I would direct them to countries such as India, which has less than a third of the US' [...]

    4. Longman is a secular, mostly liberal (but not knee-jerk) economist. He discusses why we don't have to worry about a population explosion but rather that declining birth rates (especially but not only in the West) are problematic. He discusses why this is happening including the values of secular society -- because it's secular people who aren't having enough children to replace themselves. He contrasts how the religious "fundamentalists" of the world, such as Muslims and evangelical Christians, [...]

    5. In the developed world, fewer people have children than are needed to keep the population stable, and much of the developing world is becoming like this, too. The United States has a higher birth rate than many European nations, but the general pattern is still there. If this goes on for quite some time, society (economy, government) will change considerably and for worse: there will be less innovation, fewer skilled workers, and of course smaller old-age pensions. Longman proposes that couples [...]

    6. A must-read for anyone interested in economics, demographics, environmentalism, or overpopulation. This book lays out the sound reasoning which suggests that overpopulation may be a myth, and that the voices of demographers (who have consistently shown that the world will hit a peak population in the next 30-50 years and then begin falling due to declining birth rates) are being ignored. Further, the author lays out a convincing case that falling populations will necessitate slowed economic grow [...]

    7. I have to say this was an eye-opening book. Mass opinion says soaring population rates threaten the world's economy; in fact, I can remember learning that very thing as undisputed truth in high school. Turns out that if Longman is correct (and he certainly seems to have documented his hypotheses well), it's the opposite -- falling birthrates threaten world prosperity. That's WORLD prosperity, not just U.S. Definitely thought-provoking.

    8. Very fascinating look at the demographic future that we face. The book is certainly biased toward the negative impacts of declining fertility. It's a quick read and thought-provoking for future study but ultimately I wouldn't take everything in this book at its word.

    9. Makes you think. I don't agree with all his stats and such, but a different perspective than the main stream thinking.

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