February 28, 2013
"Disaster Coming": An interview with Jonathan Last about demography, etc.
An interesting (and sobering) interview with Jonathan Last, over at National Review, about demography and his book, What To Expect When No One is Expecting, here. A bit:
[C]hildren are — as high-minded economist types will note — both public and private goods. And society can’t function very well, or for very long, without a certain number of them being born. So whatever people decide to do at the individual level, there are macro effects to consider. I would just note that it’s a little weird that certain types of people are happy to consider the macro effects of individual behavior when it comes to smoking, or drinking soda — but say that we’re not allowed to notice these things when it comes to kids. I mean, it’s only the entire future of Western civilization we’re talking about.