THE EMPTY CRADLE: How Falling Birthrates Threaten World Prosperity And What to Do About It
Phillip LongmanISBN: 0465050506;
A controversial argument that reduced fertility and global aging threaten world prosperity, jeopardize national economies, and will change our way of life for decades to come. Overpopulation has long been a global concern. But between modern medicineand 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 tothe 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 population. Phillip 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...
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