I find Mark Steyn’s argument in this piece to be persuasive. Steyn has often written on the perils of low birthrates in Western countries, but this is probably the best and most comprehensive article I’ve read yet. Steyn argues that Toynbee’s observation, “Civilizations die from suicide, not murder” will again be proven true by Western civilization primarily by not obeying the very first commandment: be fruitful and multiply. As Steyn sees it, islamofacists only have to play a waiting game before they inherit the world by default. They are breeding, and we are not. Eventually, the numbers will tip precipitously in their favor.
Liberals in general will probably argue strenuously against Steyn, and Steyn points to the irony of this. It is the abortion fanatics who are promoting the killing of their future voting base. It is the multiculturalists who are championing tolerance of the cruelest intolerance. It is the radical feminists who are protesting a President who is seeking to break the regimes that truly oppress women. It is the socialists who are seeking to undertake the basic responsibilities of human existence, thus enslaving the meek hoi polloi to a State that cannot defend itself. It is the extreme environmentalists who want to preserve a world for a future that may be very empty of humanity.
And remember what the stakes are. The modern Western world, despite all its flaws and failures, has done more to better this world than any other civilization, and it deserves to be preserved even at high cost. We must recognize that the survival of our civilization is at stake because the enemy wants to destroy us utterly. As Zarqawi put it just recently, one of the conditions for the end of the jihad is, “. . . instal [sic] sharia (Islamic law) on the entire Earth and spread Islamic justice there (…). The attacks will not cease until after the victory of Islam and the setting up of sharia.”
Steyn does spend some time detailing the failed prophecies of doomsayers of the 1970s, so it is natural to wonder if Steyn’s warnings might also fall in the same category. However, I find it hard to argue with the hard numbers of declining birth rates and the unforgiving demographic arithematics that may be at play by mid-century. But even if you don’t agree with Steyn’s conclusion, it’s worth a read.