In a worrying trend, the birthrate of Europe is plummeting at the fastest rate in the world, with migrant populations slowly replacing them. The world’s birthrate is falling, except for Africa. The drop in birthrate is slow in poorer countries while it speeds up in the richer countries, while in Africa the birthrate is growing. There seems to be a correllation between birthrates and a few other factors; education, access to birth control, and rate of urbanisation. As African countries are the least developed, Africans would have the least access to education, birth control and the slowest rate of urbanisation, thus Africa is the only continent where the birthrate is increasing as opposed to decreasing. And the rest of the world’s birthrates decreases only as slightly as there is access to education, birth control and rate of urbanisation, and these three factors can only increase depending on how economically developed a country is; in a more developed country, there would be more job opportunities in the cities, thus drawing in more people from the country and increasing the rate of urbanisation; there would naturally be more birth control facilities in more developed countries as more people can afford them and, of course, they would be concentrated in urban centres where more people will access them; more developed countries build more schools, and more well off families can send their children to be educated for longer periods of time, up to finishing university; I will explain how education contributes to a decrease in birthrates later on in the article.
Up until the turn of the 20th century, fertility was highest in Europe, the most developed part of the world at the time, while it was lower in less developed countries. The more productive people with higher IQ had as many, if not more, children than those with a lower IQ, and familes in Europe were quite large, with single-child parents being almost unheard of. So less productive people of lower IQ still had high birthrates as they do today, even as they couldn’t afford to feed their children and provide them with healthcare, and infant mortality was extremely high in poorer families due to malnutrition and diseases, but still the fertility of lower IQ families remained high namely because of poor or lack of access to birth control and education in family planning. As opportunities grew hand in hand with developing technology, which allowed for mass, lower cost production, so too should the cost of living and poverty should have been a thing of the past by then, had it not been for a major institution that recklessly handles and devaluates the legal tender; the Banks. But the banks couldn’t pose much harm to the general population unless they were able to sell loans and produce more fiat currency to keep up with demand, but the banks did have one, major customer; the Government. Governments turned to the banks to help fund their wars, and raised taxes to help pay off their debts to the banks. A couple hundreds of years ago, only the richest paid tax, but the cost was passed on right down to the poorest. Quickly enough, the banks grew so big and the currency was devalued at such an extent that producers and manufacturers had to borrow from the banks in order to purchase property and equipment. The poorest were dealt a triple blow, as they then had to pay the government’s debts, the debts of the businesses they purchased from, and they were paying them with currency with an ever decreasing purchasing parity. As a result, the quality of life improved for all only at a slow pace.
The first half of the 20th century saw a steep rise in Socialism and bigger government. Bigger governments of course needed to be paid for, which meant a higher tax bill for the citizens. Governments introduced social policies to help the poor. Primary and Secondary education became ‘free’ and compulsory in Europe by the second half of the 20th century; education is the favoured tool of governments for conditioning and keeping the population in line. There is of course no such thing as a ‘free’ public service and it had to be paid for through a raise in taxes, and borrowing, which of course had to be repaid by the public. As governments borrowed from the banks, the banks create more fiat currency, further devaluing the legal tender, causing higher inflation in the price of property and means of production, which forces the government and the public to borrow more from the banks, and the cycle continues. The rate of urbanisation, a contributing factor to Europe’s declining fertility, was bound to happen as improved technology increased rural production and removed the need for farm hands, thus employment opportunities shifted more to the industrial cities at an ever growing rate. Birth rates are higher in rural areas than in urban areas because of the higher adundance in undeveloped, affordable land on which to build homes and to engage in commercial activity, such as agriculture, livestock, forestry etc. The rise in the cost of living is correlated with devaluing currency and more taxation. With improved access to birth control, longer working hours in order to pay their debts and high cost of living while paying their rising taxes, and being left with less disposable income, Europeans are having less children.
Then there is education. With their spiralling debts, tax bills and cost of living, families simply cannot afford to privately educate their children. So education is the government’s monopoly. Education in Europe is contemporary mixed-gender. Traditionally, men were the breadwinners in households while women were the homemakers. That was the natural order since prehistoric times, but today women too must work in order to help their households pay the ever surging cost of living. Education today is not suited to the needs of women; women do have every right to economic activity and financial independence, and while the education system does cater to this, it does not cater to the traditional and natural role of women in a stable society. This can only result in more women choosing career over family life. In adult life, one cannot educate themselves, just as they cannot buy property or start a business, without going into debt. University education takes years to complete and leads to eye-watering amount of debt for the student; obviously the facilities for providing the education has to be paid for, but on top of that is also the much inflated salaries of the lecturers. With the long years of no income, followed by the long years of paying off their debt, those who choose to study in university do so at the cost of starting a family. As disastrous as its’ policy of eliminating poverty by borrowing more and redistributing wealth, the government’s solution to the aging population is taking in migrants of lower IQ racial backgrounds from countries where birthrates are no doubt much higher than Europe’s, thus offsetting Europe’s replacement of its’ population.