Book Talk: Susan B. Anthony List conference

Written by Rebecca Oas. Posted in Demography

Dr. Susan Yoshihara spoke at an April conference sponsored by the Susan B. Anthony List in Washington, DC.  The title of the session was “Depopulation, Eugenics, and the American Future.”

Writing for the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute’s Friday Fax, Stefano Gennarini reports:

Dr. Susan Yoshihara told the crowd that for decades scholars have said that lower fertility would result in more peace, “it turns out the opposite is true.” Demographic developments in Europe and Asia could have devastating effects on trade and national security, according to the scholar of international relations and author of Population Decline and the Remaking of Great Power Politics.

 Yoshihara doubts technology can replace a robust workforce and sufficiently manned armies. Nations are already struggling to maintain their armies because of fertility decline and aging. They may have to strike now while they still have the means. U.S. allies in Europe are reticent to back U.S. security interests because of the costliness of warfare, and this will result in more U.S. unilateralism.

Elizabeth Crnkovich of the Population Research Institute writes:

Susan Yoshihara talked about the population decline that is hollowing out the great powers of the world. China and Russia both aspire to be superpowers, but the Chinese work force is shrinking because of the one-child policy, while Russia is in the middle of a demographic meltdown. It’s hard to see how they can compete with America on the world stage over the long term. America’s allies in Asia and Europe also suffer from population decline. As their populations age and shrink, they are retreating from their international commitments, leaving America alone to face the problems of the world. They will turn inward, focusing on maintaining their own faltering economies. They will literally have no money and no one to spare.

America, on the other hand, is poised to reap the benefits of its still robust fertility and its openness to immigration. This relatively rosy demographic picture constitutes a tremendous opportunity. The U.S. must seize the advantage while it still can, since birth rates, even in America are falling. No one, of course, can bring back the 55 million unborn children that have been lost to abortion. But America can value the children that are born and better educate them in order to remain the world’s only superpower.

Other speakers at the event included Dr. Robert Zubrin and Jonathan Last.

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