01 06 12 - 10:43The more prosperous a population becomes, the more it ceases to breed, which corresponds to its helping less prosperous populations to become halfway prosperous, a point at which they still breed recklessly:
The labor demonstrators, now an almost-daily occurrence in Madrid and other economically-devastated southern European cities lambast austerity and budget cuts as the primary cause for their current national crisis. But longer-term, the biggest threat to the European Union has less to do with government policy than what isâor is notâhappening in the bedroom.
In particular, southern Europeâs economic disaster is both reflected â and is largely caused by â a demographic decline that, if not soon reversed, all but guarantees the continentâs continued slide. For decades, the wealthier countries of the northern countries â notably Germany â have offset very low fertility rates and declining domestic demand by attracting migrants from other countries, notably from eastern and southern Europe, and building highly productive export oriented economies. - Forbes
It requires a strong culture to keep itself together, and not rely on the easy solution of importing replacements.