The Demographic Winter

Proponents of the notion that European populations are falling in to decline because of the increased birth rate among the ‘wrong type’ of people are gaining influence. There is a close link to be observed between these types of arguments and those of populist writers such as Christopher Caldwell who, in Reflections on the Revolution in Europe, links culturalist arguments about the danger posed by Islam to Europe to demographic ideas, seemingly inspired by Gobineau, about the ‘bastardization’ of the European race. More on my approach to the return of biological racism can be found in Chapter 4 of Racism.


2 Comments

  • Lisa

    September 2, 2009

    Alana Lentin,
    Canada’s reproductive rate is 1.5, well below the 2.1 replacement rate. At 42, I need the gov’t to confirm that I will have Social services when I retire, or will the tax burden from increased costs of Baby boomer services, limit future services with a heavier tax rate. The 70 countries under TFR need to invest in their families for global success. We need a taxbase(people) to pay for our Social services.

    Our governments NEED to support the women/couples who wish to parent, through tax credits, cheaper daycares, etc. so the women who chose to marry or not and wish to parent will have financial commitments, ensuring future generations will experience the wonderful standard of living and Social services we are now experiencing.
    Please watch the films again, and support our future generations.

  • Alana Lentin

    September 2, 2009

    Dear Lisa,

    I agree with you completely that the governments in all countries need to support all women to have families. However, what the demographic Winter is claiming is that the only women who are having babies are immigrants and that the so-called European race will be wiped out. This is statistically untrue, but moreover it is racist. Do you care whether the people paying for your retirement are white, black or brown? If so, you are saying that only certain people (racially conceived) deserve to be born, the others don’t. Where do we go from there? Mass repatriation, eugenics, or another Holocaust? These are the implications of the arguments of racist demographers such as those behind The Demographic Winter.

    Respectfully,

    alana

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