The Sexual Revolution And Demographic Winter – A Speech By Don Feder* To The International Forum: Large Family And The Future of Humanity
Moscow, September 10-12, 2014
The greatest crisis humanity will face in the 21st century isn’t global warming, or declining resources, or regional conflicts or a super-virus ravaging the planet or any of the other disasters – real or imaginary – that national governments and international bodies agonize over.
If current trends continue, we won’t run out of energy or other resources in the foreseeable future. We will run out of people. This global catastrophe will be the result of rapidly declining fertility, designated Demographic Winter.
The fertility rate refers to the number of children the average woman has in her lifetime. A rate of 2.1 is needed just to replace current population.
In 1960, worldwide, the average woman had 5 children. Now, that number is 2.6 and falling. Today, 59 countries with 44% of the world’s population have below-replacement fertility – in some cases, well-below replacement. Many developed nations have fertility rates of 1.5 or lower.
How did we get here? The principal culprit is the Sexual Revolution – a phenomenon first manifested in the late 1960s, not coincidentally, about the time birth rates began to decline.
The dogma of the Sexual Revolution – which has become ingrained social wisdom in Western nations – might be summed up as follows:
- Sex is the most important aspect of existence.
- When sex is consensual, it’s always good.
- The primary purpose of sex is pleasure, not procreation or spiritual connection.
- The primary purpose of life is pleasure.
- Inhibitions lead to neuroses and must be overcome.
- Sex has nothing to do with morality or values and
- Sex should not only be guilt-free, but free of consequences – hence contraception, hence abortion, hence the abandonment of marriage.
My wife and I were in Montreal a few years ago. In a store window, we saw a T-shirt that said „Make Love, Not Babies.” That could be the motto of the Sexual Revolution – except, it’s not even making love anymore, but what’s called „having sex.”
The prophets of the Sexual Revolution include „researchers” (and I use the term advisedly) like Alfred Kinsey and Masters and Johnson, pornographers like Playboy founder Hugh Hefner and feminists like Margaret Sanger, Betty Freidan and Simone de Beauvoir.
The effect of the Sexual Revolution on fertility has been profound, far-reaching and possibly irreversible.
For the first time in history, just under half the world’s population of child-bearing age uses some form of birth control. By 2015, the global contraceptives market will generate an estimated $17.2 billion annually.
Generally, this is financed by governments, businesses or international agencies. Many species have become extinct. Ours may be the first to finance its own extinction.
Worldwide, there are roughly 42 million abortions a year. That’s more than twice the number of military deaths in World War II – the bloodiest conflict in human history – except that, instead of a country’s soldiers killed in battle, these are casualties a nation inflicts on itself.
From a demographic perspective, we’re not just losing 42 million people annually, but also their children, grandchildren and other descendants down through the ages. We are, quite literally, aborting our future.
The decline of marriage has affected fertility far more profoundly than contraceptives.
In the United States, in 2009, 41% of all births were out-of-wedlock. As these children mature (most in single-parent homes), they’re likely to continue the family tradition of not forming families.
Childbearing does not thrive in a climate of uncertainty. In 2008, in the U.S., 40% of all marriages ended in divorce.
And fewer and fewer are marrying in the first place. In France, in 2010, more people began living together than married.
In 1960, 72% of all U.S. adults were married. By 2008 the figure had dropped to 51%. Among 18-to-29-year-olds – those in their prime childbearing years – 59% were married in 1960, compared to only 20% today.
Once a central reality of existence, marriage is now optional. We marry because we choose to, not because we ought to. Not surprisingly, fewer marriages result in fewer children.
Just as the declining birth rates are the result of the Sexual Revolution, the later is a product of something called Cultural Marxism – a movement associated with Antonio Gramsci (he of the „long march through the culture”) Georg Lukacs, the Frankfurt School and Herbert Marcuse. Cultural Marxism was their answer to the failure of worldwide revolution after the First World War. Gramsci theorized that the family and the church gave workers a „false class consciousness” that made them immune to the appeals of Marxism.
The solution, then, was to destroy family and religion – and what better way to do that than to foster licentious („free love” in the vernacular of the era), and a society oriented toward mindless pleasure, rather than childbearing, family formation and the search for higher meaning.
While there’s no proof that dramatically declining fertility is what Cultural Marxists wanted, if you think about it logically that’s the natural consequence of undermining faith and family and a highly eroticized society where family is viewed as an obstacle to self-fulfillment and children as a burden.
We won’t find our way out of the forest of demographic winter until the Sexual Revolution is overthrown – its premises rejected, its prophets exposed and its dogma debunked.
Ultimately, the Sexual Revolution is about death – abortion, contraception (preventing life from happening), sexually-transmitted disease, pornography and promiscuity, in place of marriage, fidelity and childbearing.
To combat Demographic Winter, we must embrace a philosophy of life. As the Bible says: „I have set before you this day life and death, blessing and curses. Therefore choose life, so that you may live, you and your children.”