- China’s total fertility rate isn’t that much lower than ours: 1.57 births as compared to 1.76 births per woman here.
- Here’s why—this problem is a cultural one. As one liberal commentator put it, instead of taking the role of parents in our society seriously, many Americans, especially the affluent, treat having children as a discretionary activity, like collecting classic cars or visiting every parrot sanctuary in the world. This attitude is the stuff of which western demographic decline is made. Denying the inherent connection between sex, marriage, and babies is like denying gravity. We may choose to step off the roof, but we can’t choose not to hit the ground.
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