I am the future

Posted on May 18, 2012 by

As Vox reported, last year was the first year where white, non-Hispanic births were no longer a majority in America. From the New York Times: Whites Account for Under Half of Births in U.S.

Non-Hispanic whites accounted for 49.6 percent of all births in the 12-month period that ended last July, according to Census Bureau data made public on Thursday, while minorities — including Hispanics, blacks, Asians and those of mixed race — reached 50.4 percent, representing a majority for the first time in the country’s history…

A more diverse young population forms the basis of a generational divide with the country’s elderly, a group that is largely white and grew up in a world that was too.

The contrast raises important policy questions. The United States has a spotty record educating minority youth; will older Americans balk at paying to educate a younger generation that looks less like themselves?

Wow, talk about missing the mark. The more immediate policy question is: Will younger Americans balk at paying the retirement and health care for a generation that looks less like themselves?

Minorities are not breeding like rabbits, it’s just that their birth rate is falling at a slower rate than the white one. Birth rates, in fact, are falling all over the world, as the Orthosphere recently reported:

It’s not just European secular types who are failing to replace themselves. Every region on the planet that is not already hovering at or just below replacement rate is suffering a precipitous collapse of live births per female. Third World fertility is plummeting, much faster than it did in the developed world. If current trends continue, the whole world will be at or below replacement levels in just a few years.

Google apps has a great interactive chart that allows the user to look at demographic trends from any country or region on the globe, using data from the World Bank. This link will take you to a version of the chart that shows female fertility by region; it tells the story of the demographic collapse.

If you want to see something even more disturbing, check out: How Many Households Are Like Yours?. There you can find out that families like mine (married couple, two kids under 18) only make up 7.25% of all American households, down from a peak of 11.77% in 1960. Before that, the majority of married couples had more than two, now they have two or fewer. By contrast, single female households are 15.28% and single males are 12.05%, up from 8.36% and 4.96% in 1960 respectively. These trends to smaller households reflect both the decline of marriage and the aging of the population, and neither bodes well for a healthy society.

But, if you’re part of the thinspo movement, you’ll find the next fact even more disheartening: fat people have more kids, so obesity is being selected for. That’s right. Stupid people and people with ADHD also have more kids, as only someone with low impulse control manages to get knocked-up more than twice anymore. On the plus side, religious people also have more kids, cause they do everything their god tells them to do, and gods generally tell people to make a bunch of kids (I think liberals would lump this group in with “stupid people”).

So, what future will the biological solution bring? Well, apparently, people like me:  non-white, ADHD, religious, overweight, and without a college education. Our contraceptive world is looking rosy.