And from Italy, we get a new twist on the West’s march to oblivion.
From Daniel J. Mitchell’s Move over Greece, Italy’s Crisis Will Be Worse
Simply stated, I fear that Italy, along with certain other “Club Med” nations, has passed the point of no return in terms of big government, demographic decline, and societal dependency.
And this means that, sooner or later, the proverbial wheels are going to fall off the bus. And it might be sooner.
Actually, I vote for later.
“Later” meaning 2021, as opposed to late 2017.
Not a great amount of difference, if you are using proper Biblical timeframes, geared to generations as opposed to a single year.
Here’s what Desmond just wrote about the country’s economy.
…while the euro could very well survive a Greek exit, it certainly could not survive in anything like its present form were Italy to have a full-blown economic and financial crisis that forced it to default on its public debt mountain. …
Well, yes, but for all sorts of reasons the Eurozone isn’t going to make it. Certainly of importance on the great scheme of things — like a Great Recession II, or even a Great Depression II — but this isn’t what my immediate focus is on.
So what’s the Italian government doing to solve these problems? Is it slashing tax rates? Reducing the burden of government? Cutting back on red tape?
Of course not. The politicians are either making things worse or engaging in pointless distractions.
Speaking of which, I’m tempted to laugh at the Italian government’s campaign to boost birthrates. Here’s some of what’s been reported by the New York Times.
…a government effort to promote “Fertility Day” on Sept. 22, a campaign intended to encourage Italians to have more babies. …Italy has one of the lowest birthrates in the world… Italian families have been shrinking for decades. In 2015, 488,000 babies were born in Italy, the fewest since the country first unified in 1861. It has one of the lowest birthrates in Europe, with 1.37 children per woman, compared with a European average of 1.6, according to Eurostat figures.”
By the way, I actually commend the government for recognizing that falling birthrates are a problem.
Not because women should feel obliged to have kids if that’s not what they want. But rather because Italy has a massive tax-and-transfer welfare state that is predicated on an ever-expending population of workers (i.e., taxpayers) to finance benefits to retirees.
But old people are living longer and low birthrates mean that there won’t be enough taxpayers to prop up the Ponzi Scheme of big government.
But while the government deserves kudos for acknowledging a problem, it deserves mockery for thinking empty slogans will make a difference.
Women bear children when there is hope for the future — financially, sure, but culturally as well — and when they can trust their men to find decent work and uphold their commitment to the family.
By far, it is our leading men — and by far it is men, not a bunch of ideologically-driven collectivist puppets feminists (aka anti-women, anti-family, anti-freedom activists) — who, acting as judges and legislators and pastors and professors, created this profoundly anti-masculine, anti-youth, anti-family society.
But then again: if you cut yourself off from the Father, you are going to get gelded. And bedding a new woman a month, or a day, won’t give you back the strength and respect that stems from taking your lawful commitments to the Lord and to your family seriously.
Last but not least, CNN is reporting that the government is also enabling other forms of Italian “culture.”
Italy’s highest court has ruled that masturbation in public is not a crime, as long as it is not conducted in the presence of minors.”
No, this is not a joke.
The decision came down from the Italian Supreme Court…in the case of a 69-year-old man…The man was convicted in May 2015 after he performed the act in front of students on the University of Catania campus, according to documents filed with Supreme Court. The man was sentenced to three months in prison and ordered to pay a fine of €3,200 (around $3,600). However, the defendant’s lawyer appealed the case to the country’s highest court, which ruled on the side of the accused in June but only just made its decision public. Judges ruled that public masturbation out of the presence of minors is no longer deemed criminal conduct due to a change in the law last year, which decriminalized the act.”
Great. I’m looking forward to my next trip to Italy. Though I guess it’s nice to see Italian seniors are staying active in their communities.
When a society dies, the blighted land within it’s borders fill up with filth and rot and worms.
Spiritually at first, then physically.
The Christian’s job is not to weep over Post-Christian America: it is to build up Post-America Christianity.
They may choose death: you choose life.