The Problem With Entitlement Democracy Is That You Run Out Of Other People’s Babies

That’s the closing phrase in a compelling article from Bill Frezza at Real Clear Markets. While I don’t agree with all of it, there are some points that I would like to highlight from it.

The root cause of the economic disaster that lies ahead is the kamikaze drive of democratic governments to displace the functions of the family, including the care of relatives in their old age. Since time immemorial, in every human society that ever was, and buttressed by social mores central to every religion ever practiced, children, grandchildren, and kin did what governments the world over now promise to do.

While Frezza focuses on the elderly, this new dependency actually begins at the prenatal stage. Parents don’t need children, but children equally don’t need parents. The state steps in at every level of life, from providing an education to providing senior care.

And the same thing is happening to marriage as well. The state is displacing traditional and biological bonds leaving behind social rubble in its wake.

Now consider the fate of modern democracies as birth rates plummet. Educated, liberated 20- and 30-somethings are increasingly dodging the rigors of marriage and parenthood as they search for self-actualization, zipless hook ups, and ecological consciousness. Growing ranks of childless, single citizens are dealing themselves out of the cycle of life. This has never happened in all of human history.

It has happened, but usually to elites. In this case the problem is not so much with elites, as Charles Murray has shown, it’s that the misbehavior and agendas of the elites damage the family structures of the working class.

Tomorrow’s workers, including those yet unborn, have no particular kinship to the people who will be feasting on their paychecks…

It takes a live birth rate of 2.1 children per woman to maintain a stable population. Birth rates across Southern Europe have plunged below 1.5, and are expected to drop even further as Euro Zone economies continue to contract. Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, and Japan are converging on birth rates closer to 1.0, literally halving their population each generation. Even the Black Plague didn’t do that.

The trend is slower in countries like the United States that attract large numbers of both legal and illegal immigrants, whose babies fill the gap. But don’t get too comfortable. The fertility rate associated with recent immigrants disappears with assimilation.

Frezza neglects a very important point here. Tomorrow’s workers are increasingly immigrants who are far more dependent on social services and no kinship at all with the elderly or the rest of the society that they have entered.

Other points that Frezza fails to make is that unlike other countries which actually encourage families and provide subsidies for childbirth, the United States finds way to economically penalize married couples and to make the cost of child-rearing into a truly horrific number.

Frezza spends far too much time attacking the elderly and far too little time discussing why, aside from the cultural factors that he mentions, the birth rate has dropped so badly. Nevertheless his closing line is quite important on a social scale. “The problem with entitlement democracy is that you eventually run out of other people’s babies.”

  • jstan442

    then pray that it happens even faster–i would not want to raise a child up in this sinful environment–gay marriage,weed,lib policies all around–until we return to our Christian roots we will fail as a country–we are a failure in Gods expectations of what He has put down as right and wrong–it will only get worse

    • LiberalCommunist

      Good. Our recent, progressive social changes are deterring religious zealots from reproducing. What a convenient byproduct!

      • rcandrews

        Yea because murdering atheist and your heroes like Stalin, Pol Pot, Napoleon Bonaparte, Alfred Kinsey,Than Shwe, Kim Jong Il, Jim Jones, Benito Mussolini, Mao Zedong were such loving caring souls :rolling eyes:

        I left your hero Hitler out because that whack job of an atheist leaned more towards occultism than his fondness of atheism.

        • LiberalCommunist

          I'm sorry, did these leaders commit mass genocide because they were atheists? I think not. They committed evil acts because they were deeply evil. More people have been killed in the name of god than for any other reason. It's simple Darwinism at work.

  • Mary Sue

    I've noticed that a lot of "Childfree" people (people who will not have children on purpose, as opposed to those who cannot) are Liberal, but I've noticed something else about them. They're usually horribly damaged individuals (by a$$hole parents usually, sometimes by foster care), and a lot of them seem to qualify as "autistic" in some way (given that autistics can be sensitive to certain sounds to the point of pain, and many childfree's complain they cannot stand the sound of a crying baby, it literally hurts their ears).

    The more militant ones, the ones that think nobody else should have kids either, are more than likely part of the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement, which is about as insane (and hypocritical, if you think about it–how many of these people have committed suicide to 'help Mother Earth'?) as any movement you can think of outside Salafist Nazism. People who insanely think that China's One Child Policy is a great idea, but aren't there to see the effects of it.

    The reason they get angry with people like the Duggars and the "Quiverful" movement is they know full well that such people will eventually outbreed the "liberals".

    Watch them backtrack when the Salafist Islamists start outbreeding them…with twice as many retarded inbred children as they allege the Christian-based "breeders" crank out. (Because you'd HAVE to be "retarded" in order to want more than 1 or 2 kids, amirite? [/sarcasm])

  • @pamnsc

    If its isnt Obama's atheist friends like Soros ( open society ) its Bill and Melinda Gates ( world economic forum ). In fact all PBS foundations ''help '' him in his merciless Agenda 21 program of wiping out black jews and hispanics off the globe then its Obama making our govt go broke by repealing Mexico City 2 weeks after he was elected in 2009 ! Oh no dont take away Margret Sangers wicked agenda off the federal deceit right ?

    • Mary Sue

      The Childfree and Voluntary Human Extinction Movements are slowly but surely eating away at Liberal birthrates (not to mention the tendency to have just one or two).

      What's in question is whether the Quiverfull crowd can beat the Abdul with the million extra wives…

  • LiberalCommunist

    I know that most people here will have a very limited understanding of basic arithmetic, but let me try to make this plain. Each year, we produce (globally) enough food to feed 10 billion people. Our population is currently at 7 billion and is forecast to surpass 10 billion within ten years (mostly thanks to uneducated, religious freakshows). If we don't make a conscious effort to curb the population growth, mass starvation, war and chaos will ensue. You can "pray to god" to solve these problems all you want, but any attempts at telepathic communication with a cosmic magician aren't going to solve any problems (or do much of anything else for that matter). More important than the human suffering is the environmental suffering. If we can somehow get the human population down to 300k or fewer (presumably by going the route of Japan), we can likely go back to using leaded fuel and driving 8 cylinder SUVs. However, with 7+ billion of us, we are abusing the resources and atmosphere of the planet.

    What Obama and his administration need to focus on is granting tax breaks and/or cash payouts to individuals who voluntarily sterlize themselves (vasectomy, tubes-tied, etc.) or simply abstain from reproducing. Further, heavy tax burdens should be placed on those who have 3 or more children.

    • rcandrews

      Let me help you out with your math and ideology, it's known as extinction.

      Were you born this stupid or did you graduate from a public school?

      • LiberalCommunist

        Despite graduating from a public school in a state dominated by an anti-science, 17th century paradigm, I can still understand the difference between "population control" and "extinction" unlike yourself.