Except when he offers his views on tariffs, namely, that sales taxes on imports would help America, I like Pat Buchanan’s views. He sees that the West is in a state of moral decline.
He sees that Europe is committing suicide demographically. This is visible in the various national birth rates: below replacement rate of 2.1 children per woman. The silver medalist in Western Europe’s race to extinction is Italy, a supposedly Catholic country. The birth rate is below 1.4 children per woman, meaning below replacement rate. It is way below.
The gold medalist is Catholic Spain. It had the highest birth rate in Western Europe in the 1970’s when Franco was alive. Today, it is at the bottom: 1.3 children per woman.
“The drop in fertility is associated with the rapid shift to democracy,” explained Gerardo Meil, senior professor of sociology at the Autonomous University of Madrid.
From 1939 to 1975, Spain was under the rule of dictator Francisco Franco. Meil explained that during Franco’s reign, women were expected to have many children and stay home to raise them. While birth rates in the rest of Europe were slowly declining, Spain remained a country where the average family consisted of three or more kids.
With Franco’s death in 1975, though, the culture changed rapidly. During this period, access to education, contraceptives and divorce increased for women, while birth rates plummeted. “In the past it was a priority to get married and have children. It is not anymore,” said Macarron.
Currently, 20 percent of the population is younger than 25, while 35 percent is over the age of 55. By 2050, Spain, which today has 47 million people, is expected to have the highest median age in the world, with half of Spaniards over the age of 55, the World Bank estimates.
Yet the Catholic church has an official policy banning any artificial contraception. The attitude of Catholics everywhere is seen in this ditty regarding papal authority: “He no play-a the game; he no make-a the rules.” He chose celibacy. The people in the pews did not. The entire Catholic church shrugged off Catholic dogma on birth control 70 years ago. It never gave a thought to the Church’s official teaching.
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