More (White) Babiez!

Melanie McDonaghon’s “The cry should go up in Europe: more babies, please,” though infused with a sort of poor-man’s Sex and the City insistence on allusions to gin habits and “the dinner party circuit” to mask its alarmism over low birth rates (“Europe needs more babies – the average continental family has a mere 1.37 children.”—gasp!), reminded me of nothing so much as Pat Robertson’s hang-wringing last year about Europe commiting racial suicide by not having enough babies.

Every few months, a new article comes out about how “Europeans” aren’t having enough babies, or “middle class” Britons aren’t having enough babies, or “investor class” Americans aren’t having enough babies, and, every time, it really strikes me as saying the same thing Robertson was willing to say more plainly: “White women—get those uteri in gear!” (With white men, natch.) Why I’m supposed to care if white people fall from the face of the planet at some point in the future, I’ve no idea. I don’t even care if people fall from the face of the planet in the future; in fact, I’m quite certain they will before this big blue sphere stops spinning. So big wev.

But there are sure a lot of people who appear to be concerned about it all, especially, as Robertson put it, Europe’s “racial suicide.”

The futility of noting there’s not a single race in Europe notwithstanding (because we all know over what race’s “suicide” he’s fretting), I’d like to reiterate that as one of the despairing, deliberately childless members of that particular race, I don’t really think of it as suicide, racial or otherwise. I like to think that those of us of any race who aren’t contributing to the continuation of the species at nearly the rate of breeding champions (like the Duggars, for example) on Robertson’s side of this existential struggle, are just going to kind of slowly die out, quite likely taking enlightenment, reason, and science with us, so the Quiverfull can scrabble about in the dirt unimpeded by our presence.

Consider it the Rapture in Reverse.

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15 responses to “More (White) Babiez!

  1. L

    I read a very interesting article by Johann Hari (at The New Republic of all places) where he took a cruise with the crazy ass readers of the National Review. This was one of their favorite topics: white people better get to breedin’ and fast. They were very sure that the brown people were taking over. They had totally written off Europe and saw the US as the last white nation standing. It’s very disturbing.

  2. They were very sure that the brown people were taking over.

    Of course. And naturally that would be A Bad Thing.

  3. Allie

    I remember riding the subway once with a very chatty older african american man who told me that the solution to all the racial problems we have was more interracial couples having kids. Somewhat simplistic – but there’s a part of me that kind of likes the “somewhere over the rainbow”ness of love and adorable multiracial babies solving the world’s problems…

  4. Odd, the Social Demo’s (Governing party right now.) have just offered a 2500€ reward to ALL new babies born in Spain. No mention what color they should be, everyone is invited. And we’ve got quite a few Brown/Black skinned folks here in Spain. (Being this close to Africa and having strong ties with Central and South America does have that effect.) Didn’t mention which religeon they should be either. And the largest group of immigrants here are Muslims, most at least, from Morocco. And as I have stated before, I as a patriotic white man,(I won’t tell them about my Indian mother.)I am willing to help out for a quite small fee. No conception, you don’t get your money back but you get another ride on the carrousel.
    That’s fair ain’t it?

  5. CTD

    “Europe needs more babies – the average continental family has a mere 1.37 children.”—gasp!

    Actually, such a situation is dire in this case. That’s well below replacement value. Countries with generous welfare states require an ever-expanding base of taxpayers to pay for them. If that base starts to contract at the same time as people are living longer than ever (and needing more and more state-provided care/pensions/etc.) nations with such systems will be facing a fiscal Armageddon.

  6. If that base starts to contract at the same time as people are living longer than ever (and needing more and more state-provided care/pensions/etc.) nations with such systems will be facing a fiscal Armageddon.

    Most governments here in Eroupe have already seen that coming up and have done the simple thing. Appropriated more money for the health system. Plus, due to the serious rise in production and also wages they take more in in taxes which they DON’T SPEND on shit like sending a live badger to Pluto or what ever. Nor do they go about invading other countries to steal their resources which is a fairly costly thing to do as I believe the Americans are finally discovering.

    Toothpaste Tony did just that in the UK and was forced to almost destroy the NHS because of it. Now he is out on his arse and all he will ever be remembered for is being Bush’s first hemorrhoid. (According to the Oxford Dictionary that’s the one closest to the asshole for you who will not understand.)

  7. goldsmith_ie

    Well, Europe is, in general, already an incredibly crowded place – with very rough maths, it’s 100 million people more than the population of the US (to say nothing of lovely, empty Canada) on a MUCH smaller space. I have long suspected, in an entirely unscientific manner, that Europeans simply breed less because they are sick of seeing throngs of their own every place they go.

    For a much better reasoned attempt as to why we shouldn’t get too panicked about population replacement values etc., I would recommend this article by George Monbiot:

    http://www.monbiot.com/archives/2004/05/15/just-fade-away/

    On that whole awful race argument, I am fully with Melissa. I really don’t care about less white people in the world. We have had our day (well centuries of it) for long enough.

  8. Most governments here in Eroupe have already seen that coming up and have done the simple thing. Appropriated more money for the health system. Plus, due to the serious rise in production and also wages they take more in in taxes which they DON’T SPEND on shit like sending a live badger to Pluto or what ever. Nor do they go about invading other countries to steal their resources which is a fairly costly thing to do as I believe the Americans are finally discovering.

    LOL! And right on.

  9. there are always these kinds of dire predictions in the mix. i seem to recall that a lower birth rate for white people was one of the arguments that the fundies used against the birth control pill way back in the sixites. now all they are doing is running the “see told ya so” angle.

    when this here pound puppy isn’t in the mood to kick me some pedigreed ass i will calmly explain to the racists that:

    i am mixed race. my children are mixed race. my grandchildren are mixed race. we are merrily and joyfully fucking you assholes into irrelevance.

    maybe the white folks who are lagging so far behind should take a page from madonna and angelina. go buy yourselves some colored kids and when the inevitable takeover happens you’ll have yourselves at least two or three in our camp. i heard that when she completed the process to adopt the latest vietnamese child angelina made a committment to adopt an iraqi kid in 35 years, and then make all the same mistakes raising it.

  10. white babies rule!

  11. I don’t understand. Europe is committing racial suicide by not having enough babies? The human race is dying out in Europe? Are these people afraid that rats and cockroaches are going to take over the continent? Or is there an alien invasion from space that I have somehow not noticed?

    I despise “”race” and its separatist connotations. We are all humans, period. The whole race thing is just arbitrary divisions, based on physical and ethnic traits (and, yes, I know that you all know that).

    Stupid fucking humans….

  12. Ah, yes – the lurid assumption that “demography” = “race”. It doesn’t. Europe is in serious trouble. Sorry, Grumpy – the ‘fixes’ in place suck. The dependency ratios in Europe are dropping too fast and health care costs rise at least linearly past age 55 [statistically]. With population momentum swinging Europe older so fast and the European aggregate TFR at 1.7 social welfare programs ranging from pensions to health care to paid leave will collapse before you know it.

    Its worse in Asia – Asia has the same fertility issues and they don’t have the infrastructure, investment, or hard cash reserves of Europe. With the just-released total fertility rate in China at an actual 1.47, China right now has the most people of working age for the foreseeable future, maybe *ever*. Since cheap labor and the investments based on it are the basis of the majority of the Chinese economy, they are facing the same problems with the added hits of a poor populace and a totalitarian government.

    South America is right behind them both. Northern Africa, too.

    Many writers worry about Europe first because they have relatively high levels of immigration. The worry is about ‘brown people’ [a term I loathe]. it is also about Poles in France and Latvians in Ireland: what happens when you have a [relatively] large, young, poor immigrant population with limited political power in a nation controlled by a small, old cadre of the wealthy? Especially when that small, old, rich elite starts cutting social programs? Whether that is based on Polish immigrants in France, or East Germans in Belgium, or whatever wherever, that could spell ‘socio-political turmoil fueled by economic disparity’, i.e., war.

    Just like some of us who write about these things are worried about a China where all of the promises of the Communist Party start being broken *because of* the One Child Policy. Or when pro-fascism agitators in Argentina start pointing to the pro-natalist policies of Peron as a “cure” for current problems.

    Oh, it won’t be the end of th world. Far from it. But it is going to be very, very messy for a while. It could likely end the Social democratic experiment all over the world, maybe erase all Liberal social programs. It could also end laissez-faire. We’ll see. It is far too late to stop it.

    Oh, BTW – because of current trends, even without any more Muslim immigration and with the fact that immigrants mirror the fertility of the ‘natives’ in just 1-3 generations, Europe is going to be not just more religious than it is now, but more *Christian*. Religious fundamentalists have more kids, and more of their kids are also fundamentalists. This feedback loop have really strengthened in the last 20 years and seems to be growing, too. if it grows at the current rate for 15 more years…. Well, its an interesting theory.

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  14. Iceman

    If the world population continues to grow, the environment will collapse. The world can’t sustain 9-10 billion people living at anything close to a decent lifestyle – global warming, oil and natural gas depletion, freshwater supplies, and sustainability of farmland and fisheries are just a few of the issues involved. There are definitely real issues with an aging population, but the problems caused by a continually growing population would be far worse. If populations stabilize in poor countries like China, South America, and Northern Africa, that would reduce their poverty and unemployment without destroying their environments – if their populations continue to grow then the vast majority of their people will live in extreme poverty in endless urban slums or eking out a living on tiny farms, and much of what remains of the world’s nature will disappear. If you are a Chinese factory owner who wants to ensure a continual supply of desperate people willing to work for 15 cents an hour in dangerous conditions, then you worry about China’s fertility rate. China’s workers benefit from not having ever-larger numbers of people entering the labor market.

  15. The most ridiculous argument was that of Muslim take over of Europe by 2015. Mulims are only about three percent of the poputaltion over thier now. Are they each having 45 babies each?

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