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Climate doom is harming the young

6 November 2021

9:00 AM

6 November 2021

9:00 AM

The Satanists came out to play in Noosa last week on Hallowe’en, staging a Black Mass at the Surf Club roundabout. There were nuns, fright masks, cloaks, fake clerical collars, wigs, Goth platform boots, little red horns, and lots of black clothing, rather hot on a steamy tropical evening. As toxic philosophies go, this bit of street theatre was too silly to be taken seriously. In an era of race and identity politics, pandemics, vaccine and digital passports, climate change shenanigans and energy blackouts, it is almost relaxing to worry about something as nutty as demoniacal pantomimes.

Far more concerning was the recent Suzi Weiss report of young US women sterilising themselves against having children. These were 20- and 30-year-olds getting their tubes cut, before having children. No numbers were given, but it is occurring on top of already record low fertility rates in the West. Between 2007 and 2020, the US fertility rate fell from 2.1 to 1.6. In Australia it is 1.6. Both are well below the replacement rate of 2.1. It is a statement of the bleeding obvious to say that a society that doesn’t renew itself is on the way out. Many reasons are given for this falling fertility: women having careers, abortion, delayed child-bearing and infertility of various kinds, including a plunging male sperm count. Moreover, living in small, expensive apartments in Democrat cities like LA and NYC is as inimical to family life as expansive, rural life is a blessing to it. The Weiss piece, however, focussed on fear of climate change, quoting a poll reporting that 39 per cent of Gen Zers are hesitant to procreate for fear of the climate apocalypse. A typical quote is this from Isabel, 28: ‘I think it’s morally wrong to bring a child into the world’.

This fear-mongering seems to be achieving its purpose, which is to scare the daylights out of young people who haven’t seen various crises come and go, and haven’t learned to take it all with a grain of salt. If you are told by authorities that the white race is uniquely and poisonously racist, the planet is about to fry or freeze or be rendered lifeless, and traditional Judaeo-Christian culture is patriarchal oppression, you might just take this nihilism to heart and decide, what’s the point? Eat, drink and be merry, right?

These leftist ideologies and life choices carry political overtones in the US, with cheerier conservatives now outbreeding doomy, gloomy ‘liberals’. In an Institute for Family Studies piece, ‘A Conservative Fertility Advantage’, economist Lyman Stone says: ‘In the 1970s, there was little or no difference in fertility rates between liberal and conservative women. But by the 2000s, completed fertility for liberal women had declined markedly below that of conservative women… in other words, the “family gap” between conservatives and liberals is a new phenomenon’. By the 2020 election ‘most pro-Biden counties (had) total fertility rates almost 25 per cent lower than the most pro-Trump counties’, Stone says. Data reportedly shows a random sample of 100 conservative adults will raise 208 kids, compared with liberals’ low of 147.

I have met many women who regret not having had children, or not having had more children, but I only ever met one woman who regretted having had children. Life has its longueurs, and children are one of the few permanent joys. Mindsets can change in ways that are unimaginable, and sadly it is certain that some of these self-sterilising young women will come to regret their choices. That’s a far darker and more painful outcome than dabbling in devilry at the beach.

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