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Weekly Digest: America's Demographic Winter
Welcome to my weekly digest for April 29, 2022.
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America’s Demographic Winter
My latest column in Governing magazine looks at flatlining population growth in the United States. Here’s an excerpt:
According to the Census, two-thirds of American counties experienced a natural decrease in population in the last few years. That is, in a reversal of the normal situation, they had more people dying than being born. Again, some of this is from the pandemic. But American birth rates have been falling since the onset of the Great Recession and are now at a record low. Between 2007 and 2020, America’s total fertility rate — the average number of children a woman will have in her lifetime — declined from a replacement level of 2.12 to just 1.64. U.S. fertility rates are starting to look much more like those in Europe than they used to. And countries throughout the world have found it very difficult to raise fertility rates, even with significant public subsidies.
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More Content and Media Mentions
I was asked to write a short piece for the Institute for Family Studies about what healthy masculinity is. I threw the question out on twitter and got a range of interesting replies.
New this week:
Lessons from Grove City (Subscriber Only) - I look at the controversies around “CRT” at Grove City College.
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Best of the Web
Institute for Family Studies: The Mr. & Mrs. Degree: Which Colleges Have the Highest Marriage Rates? - Very interesting stuff in here
Today: I wanted my son to reject masculine stereotypes. Then he fell in love with tractors - Credit to this man for allowing his boy to be a boy. But I think this shows that when it comes to gender, left-leaning parents are often pushing to subvert their child’s gender identity rather than affirming it. He did not take a hand’s off approach to finding out his son’s preferences but was actively trying to shape them.
NYT: The mental health crisis among US teens - it’s interesting that as teenagers have given up the traditional acts of rebellion or ways of dealing with angst - like drinking and smoking - they are becoming more mentally ill.