Paul Morland
2024 |
Social Science

A population calamity is unfolding before our eyes. It started in parts of the developed world and is spreading to the four corners of the globe. There are just too few babies being born for humanity to replace itself. Before the end of the current century at the latest, and probably much sooner, the world's population will start to decline. Leading demographer Paul Morland argues that the consequences of this promise to be calamitous. Labour shortages, pensions crisis, ballooning debt: what is currently happening to South Korea - which faces population decline of more than 85% within just two generations - threatens to engulf us all, and sooner than we think. In time a ballooning number of elderly people will simply be left to their own devices as there will not be enough people of working age to meet all needs. Whole settlements will start to be abandoned. Social collapse may ensue. Procreate or Perish will chart this future, explain its causes and suggest what might be done. Unless we radically change our attitudes towards parenthood and embrace a new progressive pro-natalism, we face disaster, argues Morland. We can and must rise to this challenge.

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