Thursday, February 28, 2013
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.