In the CatholicThing, Austin Ruse is grumping about the UN reaction to baby 7 billion.
After all, they celebrated Baby 7 Billion’s birth on the scariest day of the year, Halloween. Coincidence? Maybe they didn’t know. Halloween is not on the official U.N. calendar. But they certainly acted scared, like Baby 7 Billion was more of a trick than a treat.
In truth, no one can really say which child puts the human population at 7 billion. So in typical U. N. fashion, several leaders around the world chose their own. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon bemoaned the birth, in any event. He grumped, “Plenty of food, but one billion people go hungry. Lavish lifestyles for a few, but poverty for too many others.” Poor Baby 7 Billion, causing global hunger and poverty, and on her first day, too.
Please note how arbitrary all this is. In addition to the absurdity of their being several Baby 7 Billions, the U. S. Census Bureau, at least as authoritative as U. N. numbers crunchers, says Baby 7 Billion has yet to be born, that he won’t arrive until sometime in March. And only a few weeks ago it was the reported the United Nations had not yet determined the country Baby 7 Billion would be born in. Get that? The U. N. had to decide.
It designated the Philippines as the site of Baby 7 Billion’s birth. Quite a lot of symbolism and overt political pressure went into that choice. The Philippines has the fifty-fourth highest birthrate in the world. The fertility rate in the Philippines is on a ski-slope slide from 6.5 births per woman in 1968 to just over 3 today…
The population control paladins therefore both despised and needed Baby 7 Billion in order to scare the world back into population control mode. Things have gone both good and bad for them in recent years. The global fertility rate continues to slide. Even the U. N. predicts global population will peak in a few years and then begin to slide. Some countries, like Russia, are actually losing population. The U. N. predicts every country in the world will soon be below replacement levels of fertility. You would think they would declare victory and move on.
The bad news for them is that the world is awakening to the impending crisis of aging that threatens economies and social welfare systems all over the world. Demographic winter has grabbed the spotlight from the population bomb and this has some in the U. N. deeply worried.
The double bad news is the huge cohort of under-twenty-five’s that now populates the globe. The baby-boomer’s babies are now of child-bearing age and the U. N. is intent on their not reproducing. Baby 7 Billion is, therefore, a warning…