The Demographic Crash
From Fatalism to Hope
The purpose of this book is to explain as clearly as possible the drop of fertility rates worldwide. Why are women having fewer children? Why is the growth rate of the population diminishing? Why is the population ageing? These phenomena are seen practically everywhere in the world. Sometimes, as in Europe, they show the traits of a crash. This word is especially rich in meaning. It habitually evokes the plummeting of an airplane. As we will demonstrate in the first three chapters, fertility and the birth rate are, in effect, rapidly declining to such an extent that we can indeed speak of a crash.
Furthermore, as we learn from the famous Webster dictionary, the word crash can also evoke a sudden bankruptcy of an enterprise or the collapse of a society. In a decidedly suggestive way, Webster's dictionary further indicates that the word crash also designates a period of elevated mortality and of a marked decline in living persons. As a result of the ageing population, this problem is increasingly prevalent among human beings. Finally, when the English word crash is used as an adjective, it has the connotation of urgency: a situation thus qualified is so grave that we must do something as quickly as possible with maximum utilization of all resources available. We couldn't say it better.
Applied to population, the word crash evokes the rapid fall in fertility and birth rates. The very clear drop of these indicators is a recent enough phenomenon, and can be explained by increasingly numerous interventions to control the transmission of life. Our demographic decline is taking the form of a disaster, a shipwreck: if man is dying out, what is the future of the world? Why this decline? Why this collapse? What consequences will it entail?
Our study, however, will have to go beyond the mere analysis of the decline of demographic growth. Therefore, we have devoted two chapters (IV and V) to an analysis of the activity of the UN, the principal promoter of population control policies. In this self-assigned task, the UN relies on the assistance of its agencies or organs as well as the support of powerful nongovernmental organizations. With remarkable consistency the international organization convokes innumerable meetings whose common aim is to curb the growth of world population by any means.
We are not going to limit ourselves to describing the principal conferences of the last few years. We will analyze the ideology behind demographic control, which underlies all the programs of the international organizations. The hard nucleus of this ideology has certainly shown a remarkable stability. Nevertheless, over time and during the international conferences, diverse themes have been incorporated, for better or for worse, into the first versions of this ideology. In their quest for legitimization, the actual programs organized with an authoritarian demographic agenda have certainly not been unfaithful to Malthus, but they now use terminology such as "new rights of man," "reproductive health," "gender," "new family models," "Mother Earth" -without forgetting the omnipresent and magical term consensus.
Confronted by such powerful organizations, one is strongly tempted to simply throw in the towel. Others may dream of the UN and its satellites becoming "Babelized": it cannot be denied that the confusion of languages will (really and figuratively) take over, that the Third World will rebel, or more prosaically, that Moloch will fail. As for ourselves, we believe that it is urgent to undertake systematic action to prevent every totalitarian measure which bears the law-and-order ideology of demographic control. Accordingly, the last three chapters will suggest actions individuals or organized groups can undertake to confront this immense peril. Let's not mince words: we are providing a detailed plan for lobbying on behalf of life.
Michel Schooyans, The Demographic Crash. From Fatalism to Hope, translated by John H. Miller, published by the Central Bureau, 3835 Westminster Place, St. Louis, MO 63108.
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