Tuesday, January 10, 2006
Here is another excerpt:
"A decade and a half after victory in the Cold War and end-of-history triumphalism, the "what do you leave behind?" question is more urgent than most of us expected. "The west," as a concept, is dead, and the west, as a matter of demographic fact, is dying."
Consider what Steyn is writing against the absurd circus about to get under way in the Alito Hearings, where the main complaint against Alito is that he might be too conservative, and that he might be against abortion.
There is little doubt that the Democratic Party in America has a death wish.
Here is what Steyn writes [note that a man and woman to even replace themselves have to have two children at the least - that is the population replacement rate]:
"Scroll way down to the bottom of the Hot One Hundred top breeders and you’ll eventually find the United States, hovering just at replacement rate with 2.07 births per woman. Ireland is 1.87, New Zealand 1.79, Australia 1.76. But Canada’s fertility rate is down to 1.5, well below replacement rate; Germany and Austria are at 1.3, the brink of the death spiral; Russia and Italy are at 1.2; Spain 1.1, about half replacement rate. That’s to say, Spain’s population is halving every generation. By 2050, Italy’s population will have fallen by 22 percent, Bulgaria’s by 36 percent, Estonia’s by 52 percent. In America, demographic trends suggest that the blue states ought to apply for honorary membership of the EU: in the 2004 election, John Kerry won the sixteen with the lowest birth rates; George W. Bush took twenty-five of the twenty-six states with the highest. By 2050, there will be 100 million fewer Europeans, 100 million more Americans—and mostly red-state [Republican] Americans."
Via email from Bradenton, Florida (thank you) containing snips of articles in The Herald, we discover that The American Dialect Society (ADS) in its 16th annual words of the year vote, has chosen "truthiness" as the Word of the Year 2005, i.e. as the word best reflecting the year 2005. According to the ADS:
"Truthiness refers to the quality of preferring concepts or facts one wishes to be true, rather than concepts or facts known to be true."
It used to be that what we now call "truthiness" was simply "wishful thinking".
That same society also voted "podcast" as "the most useful word" of 2005, with podcast defined as "a digital feed containing audio or video files for downloading to a portable MP3 player. From the brand name MP3 player iPod + broadcast."
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