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Joanne98 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 08:00 AM
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Right-Wing Groups Use Decline of White Birthrates to Stoke Fear of Homosexuality, Feminism and Abort
By Bill Berkowitz, AlterNet
Posted on June 30, 2010, Printed on June 30, 2010
http://www.alternet.org/story/147352 /

If youve been following the debate over population growth, youre probably familiar with the argument that it is economically unfeasible for the earth to sustain an unlimited population. You might subscribe to that argument, or you might believe that it isnt so much a problem of population growth but rather of the inequitable worldwide distribution of resources. Or you might see the two as interrelated.

In recent years, a new wrinkle has been introduced into the debate; a concept called demographic winter.

Unlike the term nuclear winter, demographic winter is relatively new and lesser known. Demographer Philip Longman, a researcher at the New America Foundation, says, "The ongoing global decline in human birthrates is the single most powerful force affecting the fate of nations and the future of society in the 21st century."

Declining birth rates -- and aging populations -- is a phenomenon that is of concern to countries around the globe. Conservatives have taken to using demographic winter as a catchphrase for turning the discussion into another battle in the culture war. For many on the Right, demographic winter describes a future of economic catastrophes, the decline of Western Civilization, and the destruction of the natural family. Embedded within the concept is an argument for a return to adherence to natural law, which one conservative writer pointed out reflects the will of Him whom the Founders referred to obliquely in the Declaration of Independence as Natures God.

For many conservatives, demographic winter -- or birth dearth as it is sometimes called -- is the ultimate culture war battle, rooted in the rise of feminism, legalized abortion, the acceptance of homosexuality, illegal immigration, and the growth of minority populations. All of this is supposedly the result of a multi-decade campaign by liberals to undermine natural law and the natural family.

http://www.alternet.org/belief/147352/right-wing_groups...
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GodlessBiker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 08:07 AM
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1. In 5,000 years who knows and who cares what humans will look like. Do we care...
what they looked like 5,000 years ago?
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FiveGoodMen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 02:50 PM
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5. Exactly!
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whyverne Donating Member (734 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 08:29 AM
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2. I propose state run nurseries, white only.
Idea stolen from Gunter Grass, "Headbirths: Or the Germans Are Dying Out".
Written 20 years ago.
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yurbud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 11:34 AM
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4. for Beck, Limbaugh, and O'Reilly fans? OK
that way they won't be able to hurt themselves or others.
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yurbud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 11:33 AM
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3. ''them gays R outbirthing us!''
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bergie321 Donating Member (797 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 04:36 PM
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6. Maybe
Stop your idiotic economic policies and we can afford more children? Just a thought...
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