Europe’s Low Birthrate

On Dennis Prager’s radio show today, Dutch novelist and essayist Leon DeWinter accounted for Europe’s tendency towards pacifism as largely due to its low birthrate. When you only have one son, you’re very reluctant to send him off to war. When you had many sons, it was typical for one to join the army and one to join the priesthood, etc.

Europeans don’t want to fight now because they don’t have enough sons to do the fighting.

Prager and DeWinter expect the death of the European Union and the European welfare state.

Prager says the welfare state — in Europe and the U.S. — is a ponzi scheme. It pays out more than it brings in. This can’t go on forever.

Greece’s problems will be our problems.

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