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Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth… (Gen 1:28)

April 18, 2010 1 comment

Did you know that there is good evidence of a surprising (to many) reason why the world economy is under increasing pressure? Overpopulation? Not quite. Urbanization maybe yes, but, in fact, there are plainly less consumers & tax payers being born… A good idea in an ‘overcrowded’ world? Think again.

About The Film

Demographic Winter: the decline of the human family explores the severe economic and social consequences of family decline and plummeting birthrates worldwide. In Demographic Winter scholars from many backgrounds give economic, social scientific, demographic and historic context to population decline and the impact families have on the strength and stability of society. The film’s fast moving and artistic style highlights the research of economists (including a Nobel laureate), demographers, social scientists, and authors in an impactful way.
These experts show how a strong foundation of human capital is needed by every economy. The development of this human capital is more dependent upon the families from which they are derived than by any other institution. From their research these scholars illustrate the necessity of building strong moral and social capital, best accomplished within the family setting, as a basis for this human capital.
They also illuminate how the support of family is crucial in the development of skills and education. Stable societies and economies are centered upon these vital elements. Demographic Winter reveals how, popular myth notwithstanding, birthrates have been falling dramatically over the past 40 years and how much of the world now has birthrates well below replacement levels. Some countries have begun to depopulate, and will soon begin to feel the crunch of a contracting economy. The population of the world, these experts tell us, particularly in developing countries, is aging. The baby-boom generation is reaching retirement and will need to be supported by the generations that succeeded them, all of which have had fewer and fewer children. This means fewer and fewer workers paying into the social security, medical and welfare systems of the world. Economies will be strained and governments will slow bleed as relative production dwindles and tax revenues decrease.
The film exposes how many developed countries with below replacement fertility have looked to immigration to help bolster the diminished labour force. This increased immigration, almost exclusively coming from developing countries, has begun to change the social and political landscape in the host countries. This out-migration has begun to drain labour from developing countries, stunting the growth of their economies. What’s more, these experts tell us, because it so often means the separation of family members, usually the father, it is causing increased social problems and birthrates falling at a faster rate than did those for the developed countries.
Demographic Winter: the decline of the human family is the first of two films addressing this topic. This first film features interviews with many distinguished scholars including Gary Becker, Ph.D, University of Chicago, Nobel Prize in Economics, 1992; Phil Longman, Schwartz Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation and author of “The Empty Cradle: How Falling Birthrates Threaten World Prosperity And What to Do About It”; Nicholas Eberstadt, Ph.D., political economy and government, Harvard University, Henry Wendt Scholar in Political Economy, American Enterprise Institute; Victor Medkov, Professor, Department of Sociology, Moscow Lomonosov State University, co-author of “Population: An Encyclopedic Dictionary”; Steve Nock, Ph.D, Commonwealth Professor, Professor of Sociology and Director of the Marriage Matters project, University of Virginia; Kay Hymowitz, William E. Simon Fellow, Manhattan Institute, Contributing Editor, City Journal; Linda Waite, Ph.D. Lucy Flower Professor in Urban Sociology, University of Chicago, Director, Center on Aging at N.O.R.C.; Alban d’Entremont, Ph.D, Chair, Dept of Geography, Professor Economic and Human Geography, University of Navarra, Spain.

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