Storks Don't Take Orders From the State

Posted on AllSides May 2nd, 2023
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Illustration: Joanna Andreasson; Source images: Andreea Popa/Unsplash, Ricpe/iStock

On the left and the right, in Europe and the United States, a consensus is growing: People aren't having enough kids—not enough to support the welfare state, not enough to preserve the culture, not enough to keep advanced economies young, thriving, and entrepreneurial.

The last time the U.S. was at replacement level fertility (the number of kids the average woman must have to stave off population decline, without immigration) was 2007. Replacement level fertility is roughly 2.1 kids per woman. Since then, America's total fertility rate dropped to 1.66. This,...

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