Fewer: How the New Demography of Depopulation Will Shape Our Future

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Ivan R. Dee, Jan 1, 2004 - Literary Criticism - 241 pages
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Fewer tells a monumental human story, largely ignored, but which promises to starkly change the human condition in the years to come. Never before have birth and fertility rates fallen so far, so fast, so low, for so long, in so many places, so surprisingly. In Fewer, Ben Wattenberg shows how and why this has occurred, and explains what it means for the future. The demographic plunge, he notes, is starkly apparent in the developed nations of Europe and Japan, which will lose about 150 million people in the next half century. Starting from higher levels, but moving with geometric speed, the demographic decline is also apparent in the less developed nations of Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Only the United States (so far) has been exempt from the birth dearth, leaving America as more than "the sole super-power." Perhaps it should be called the global "omni-power." These stark demographic changes will affect commerce, the environment, public financing, and geo-politics. Here Wattenberg lists likely winners and losers. In Wattenberg's world of "The New Demography" readers get a look at a topic often chattered about, but rarely understood.

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Wattenberg (American Enterprise Inst.), moderator of PBS's Think Tank with Ben Wattenberg , examines the surprising new data collected by the UN Population Division, which show that, contrary to years ... Read full review


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Ben J. Wattenberg is a Senior Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C. For the past eleven years he has been the moderator (or "immoderator" as he likes to call himself) of the prize-winning weekly PBS television discussion program Think Tank with Ben Wattenberg. He is the author of ten books, many of which have shaped the public dialogue, including Values Matter Most, The Real Majority (in collaboration with Richard Scammon), The Birth Dearth, and The Good News Is the Bad News Is Wrong. Wattenberg was a member of the U.S. delegation to the 1984 UN World Population Conference, and has participated in population symposia with the United Nations Population Division, the National Academy of Science, the Population Association of America, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has been appointed to foreign policy advisory posts by Presidents Carter, Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and Speaker Thomas Foley. He lives in Washington, D.C. To read more of Mr. Wattenberg's work, visit his blog.

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