Is Europe already doomed? Mark Steyn has collected facts he thinks proves it is.
And they are not very comfortable to read.
Europe is in a demographic death spiral. "In the fourteenth century, the Black Death wiped out a third of the Continent's population. In the twenty-first, a larger proportion will disappear--in effect, by choice. We are living through a rare moment: the self-extinction of the civilization" (p 3).
Spain's population will be cut in half every thirty-five years. "By 2050, Italy's population will have fallen by 22 percent, Bulgaria's by 36 percent, Estonia's by 52 percent" (p 11). The statistics on Russia are terrifying and grim. Not to mention that it has all those nukes rattling around, like deadly snakes slithering across a graveyard.
What will happen when the bill comes due? Can the welfare states of Europe continue to pay huge benefits to every unwed mother and aging pensioner when there is no one left to pay into the coffer? With no children to take over the jobs and pay for our hols what will happen?
Steyn points out that "There's no precedent for managed decline in societies as advanced as Europe's" (p 114). Will there be a catastrophic depression? Who knows?
This is an important book. Please read it.
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