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We want more children, so why don’t we have them?


I posted an excellent video of Douglas Murray a few weeks back, but I am make no apologies for doing so again. It is not like you are going to see him on our national Biased Broadcasting Corporation any time soon. (When was the last time you saw Murray on Question Time? Exactly.)

In this short video, on the Mark Steyn show, Murray and Steyn discuss why Europeans don’t want children.

Unlike pretty much every other politician and Leftist out there, Murray asks the critical question as to why Europeans don’t have (more) children. The truth is that most women do want them, at least a couple, but not in the current environment, as raising children is so damned expensive.

Murray points out the obvious – to immediately jump to the idea that we must have mass migration to compensate for plummeting fertility rates is extreme. Any society would do the research first and actually ask women why they don’t have the children they say they want, and perhaps change government policy accordingly.

Housing costs are a critical reason why families do not have the number of children they want, but Murray points out that almost 300,000 houses are needed to be built each year in the UK, and amazingly that is close to the net migration figure. If you point this out as Murray says, you get shut down: Oh, you are banging on about immigration again. But immigration does affect ‘almost everything’ so it is a pretty good subject to be banging on about, according to Murray.

I will say however that I don’t think this tells the entire story of collapsing fertility rates. This blog, for instance, crunches the numbers on government policies and attempts to raise fertility rates and concludes that government policy tools, Nordic-style or otherwise, appear to have very limited impacts on long-term fertility.

On the other hand, Poland is enjoying a bump in fertility rates thanks to government policy.

However, it may not be sustainable: ‘Several European countries, such as Germany and Sweden, are staving off severe fertility declines by accepting immigrants, a path Poland has eschewed. Time will tell whether Poland’s expensive bet on tight border control and moderately higher native birth rates will prove wise.’

Ultimately, I believe the collapse in Christianity has a lot to do with the fertility collapse in the West. But that is an issue for a different day.

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