The “West” invented and promoted eugenics and birth control (aka reproductive health) to limit the populations of the developing countries (it still does through the U.N.), but the irony is western developed countries are now at below replacement birth rates, and don’t have enough workers to support those born after WWII. Without immigration, much of it illegal, the United States would be at negative population growth. But Mexico has a birth dearth we’re contributing to.
70 countries are below replacement fertility. Now, environmentalists will say this is a good thing. What do you say? Slavery used to be a solution for a shortage of manpower. Would you like to go back to that? Or maybe just a slow double decade of sluggish economy like Japan?
Look how the baby boomer demographic in the U.S. drove our economy from 1945 to 1980. Do you really think the collapse in 2007 was just about banking and bad government policies, or can you watch that generation and see there is no one to buy the McMansions or shop at the malls? Old people save, not spend.
There’s a reason for the term “human capital,” and our current government policy is to destroy it. The age group that has babies is the one who create the inventions that make our life better.