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Pied Piper: a Prescient Parable
12/27/2002

"There's a lack of energy," Deputy Mayor Tiziano Tagliani said in a recent interview here. "The society is colder without children."

Europe is addressing the left-wing fantasy of overpopulation by depopulating. Ironically (conservatives might prefer "logically"), one result is that socialist pension plans must be cut back. In Russia, entire towns may be in danger of disappearing, so they are instituting plans whereby couples get a house in exchange for producing three children in five years.

Unfortunately, the trend seems limited to nations that could afford to support large families. Poorer nations, in the Middle East, South America, and Africa, are still going strong, as far as I can tell. In fact, the United States is only replenishing its population through immigration, which is occurring at levels that many (including yours truly) believe are dangerous.

Somehow, this isn't what I thought of when I read that the poor would inherit the earth.

(Via Rod Dreher and Drudge)

Posted by Justin Katz @ 09:06 AM EST