I have many peeves, but one of them is this: the near-permanent state of anxiety some people have about fertility. Not just their personal fertility (anxieties about too much or too little of that are reasonable), but cultural fertility. We are apparently doomed if not enough of the right people, and by that they usually mean us white people, have enough babies. My annoyance is prompted by this post, in which a man-baby predicts the end of the Western world, because feminists don’t have enough children.
We’ve got records of ancient Romans moaning about this ‘problem’, and creating laws to induce more people to have children, so it’s not just this one guy. It’s a concern that’s been going around for millennia. And it’s nonsense.
World population is going up. One problem we don’t have is a deficiency of people. What this really is is a) a selfish complaint that women won’t have sex with him and bear his children, and b) a racist complaint that there other demographics than his that are increasing faster than his.
To the racists who believe white people have an obligation to have more children, I say…you’ve lost already. If your measure of success is simply the number of people of your same color in the world, white=loser. You’re only 16% of the planet’s population. If your preferred, elite group consists of white Americans, they’re only 63% of 320 million people, or about 200 million people — you’re less than 3% of the world. You’re not going to outnumber everyone else on the planet any time soon, and the more populous you get, the more likely everyone will start subdividing into finer-grained categories that will lead wackos to moan about the declining numbers of white Texans who vote Republican and drive American-made cars. You’re always going to be a minority of some subgroup.
Give up. If it’s a race to large population size, the Chinese already won, and they won big.
But that’s not the race, is it? Our goals are simple personal things: security, comfort, productivity, happiness, community. None of those are improved by simply increasing numbers. Your house does not become more content and more satisfying if 50 more people are crammed into it. Managed, sensible growth, or even stable maintenance, are more compatible with a productive lifestyle. Proliferation for the sake of proliferation is what cockroaches do, and it does not make your world happier.
It does not make your life better to just engage in mindless procreation (OK, one problem is that it does feel great in the short term, before all the responsibilities come crashing down). You want to encourage people to have more children? Here’s how: provide more basic public healthcare. Make more daycare available. Support education at all levels — most parents want to see their children get the best education they can, to the limits of their ability. Guarantee a living wage to every worker. And, you know, a small point: if you want to see the population grow, limiting the availability of deadly, indiscriminate killing devices, guns, would be helpful.
I’ll also add that we’ve got an eager immigrant work force. Educate and train them, respect them as members of our communities, and look, no problems.
OMG, that’s the progressive liberal agenda!
Furthermore, the decision to have children is always going to be personal. You are not going to get laid by insisting to women that they have a responsibility to the white (or whatever) race to have babies with you. Children are a gigantic personal commitment that will take over your life for a couple of decades — and men and women will make those kinds of decisions on the basis of personal and selfish reasons. Shouldn’t the Libertarian conservatives out there appreciate that?
So when I hear some guy whining about the lack of fecundity by women of his preferred race, I just roll my eyes and tune them out. They’re just too stupid and short-sighted to have anything interesting to say. Besides, give them a little encouragement and soon they’re babbling about Cultural Marxism and other imaginary problems, and I just don’t give a damn about their idiocy.