Choosing Death, Part I: “We Know What We Want…”
A nearly-straight copy-paste from An embarrassing truth about the fertility crisis
A few years ago, in Budapest, I delivered a paper at a major conference convened to find the best programs to increase fertility rates. All Europe was grappling with below-replacement fertility levels, some dire. Low fertility rates lead to labor force shortage which leads to economic slowdown. It is a serious issue and is changing the make-up of nations and driving migration patterns across the developed world, despite governments’ best efforts. (1)
My paper focused on levels of religious worship and intact marriage, the two factors that deliver above-replacement fertility. Married couples have more children, and those who worship weekly even more. I finished speaking and their response? Not a single comment, challenge, or disagreement: only an embarrassed silence.
Their embarrassment stemmed from the form of family these countries have chosen, the secular family: married, remarried, divorced, out of wedlock parent, and cohabiting. This family is source of the fertility crisis. The “embarrassing solution” is the always-intact-weekly-worshipping family. Not only does it outdo the modern secular family on fertility, it thrives on every other measure that concerns government: education, health, longevity, care of the elderly, good citizenship and tax revenues. It is by far the least troublesome and least costly family, on crime, abuse (physical and sexual), addiction and long-term health care costs.
Since the always-intact-weekly-worshipping family is the solution, how should a democratically elected government treat it? The answer is simple: protect it. Ensure it has the same resources as the secular family but with the freedom to use them their own way. It’s simple justice. This minority (the always-intact-weekly worshipping family) delivers the most in human and social capital outcomes. So, investing in their freedom makes economic and social policy sense.
But what differentiates them from the majority is their sexual morality, which they are intent on passing on to their children. This is big when it comes to education, for sexual norms are implicit in the teaching of literature, history, art, economics and about religions and moral codes. Thus, though the minority delivers the most, it is alien to the majority in its need to educate its children in its own ways.
 Singapore is one of the most telling examples. Though a market-based economy with free elections, Singapore had a draconian two-child policy decades ago, in which the whole family lost all social welfare benefits, including free education, if they had a third child. The policy worked — too well. Fertility rates dropped but too much. The government then reversed course and worked to stimulate fertility. It has failed miserably. Singapore’s present fertility rate is 1.16 or 42% below replacement, and its labor force shrinkage intensifies. This trend is well advanced in all the economies of the world.
An embarrassing truth about the fertility crisis by Patrick F. Fagan
Our Leaders KNOW what road they have chosen… and so does most of the electorate.
The Christian Duty, therefore, is to position themselves to inherit the land after the sterile Walking Dead stop walking. This takes work and risk and sacrifices now: but, as the wicked kindly age out, dry up and blow away, it will get easier and easier.
Especially as their promises fail, the welfare state goes bankrupt, and the might of the State – The Source of the Law in a secular age – withers up.
Choosing Death, Part II: “…and We’re Happy With What We Got”
A broad copy-paste from The long autumn of our content
What if winter isn’t coming? Ross Douthat’s new book, The Decadent Society: How We Became the Victims of Our Own Success, offers the dour proposition that we not only live amidst decadence, but that we may remain in it for a very long time. We may not suffer the rigors of winter, but neither shall we see the revivification of spring, instead remaining in a civilizational autumn, in which it is always November but never Thanksgiving.
This provocative thesis gives this book not only the task of demonstrating that we inhabit a decadent society, but of showing that this state may persist, rather than swiftly be ruined and replaced.
…the most telling indicator of decadence may be that, “amidst all of our society’s material plenty, one resource is conspicuously scarce. That resource is babies.” We have fewer children, and are less optimistic that their lives will be better than ours. Nor is this the result of a natural catastrophe: often-voluntary barrenness is why “below-replacement fertility is the fundamental fact of civilized life in the early twenty-first century.”
A Long Decline under Soft Despotism
Douthat’s diagnosis of decadence is thorough and persuasive. He departs from the many (mostly conservative) prophets and pundits who decry decadence, insofar as he does not believe a hasty decline and fall to be inevitable, or even likely. Rather, in the book’s invaluable second section, he argues that our decadent society may long endure, lacking as it does either an obvious external foe that could conquer us or a compelling internal alternative.
After all, decadence is good at making us docile. We have enough wealth to provide not only for basic needs but even for excess comforts; and our technology increasingly focuses on allowing each of us to create a digital universe of endless entertainment, curated to our individual tastes. Living alone with streaming music, shows, and porn does not make us happy, but our discontents tend not to be violent.
Douthat suggests that even the rage of political Twitter is not a ticking bomb, counting down to real political violence, but instead a safety valve, an online roleplaying game for the politically inclined. As he sees it, “If you want to feel like Western society is convulsing, there’s an app for that,” but in reality, and even accounting for recent surges in populism, our politics are more sclerotic than tumultuous.
Even the upheaval of war might be tamed, as war is made indefinitely sustainable through surveillance, drones, and volunteer forces, so long as massive nation-building deployments are avoided. Our leaders may be able to quietly manage foreign threats in perpetuity, rather than conquer them or admit defeat.
Likewise, many threats to domestic stability are controlled through increasingly hidden violence and coercion. Douthat notes that, though abortion and mass incarceration still provoke criticism and even outrage, they are “hidden forms of violence, one imposed through a distant archipelago of prisons, and the other in the darkness of the womb.”
And still subtler forms of control are becoming normal. Some are the seductive, soporific kind: easy consumer indulgence via internet shopping, legal weed, illegal but readily available opioids, video games, and internet porn. These may destroy lives, but they tend do so quietly, rather than via violent social upheaval or rampant criminality.
As for the coercive side of decadence, it is not likely to end civilization either. Douthat explores James Poulos’s idea of the “pink police state” and notes that, at least for now, it “isn’t experienced by most people as oppressive.”
Yes, there are speech codes and taboos enforced by HR departments and by the threat of the social media mob; but most people are soft, and so soft despotism works on them. For instance, we all know that trans-women are actually men; but who, other than religious traditionalists and a few nettlesome feminists, wants to die on that hill?The long autumn of our content by Nathanael Blake
Just one quick addition, before I respond:
It’s hard to deny that Caldwell is onto something here as the most absurd progressive causes reliably triumph in the long run:
Once social issues could be cast as battles over civil rights, Republicans would lose 100 percent of the time. The agenda of “diversity” advanced when its proponents won elections and when they lost them.
The wildest utopian suggestions of the “radicals” turned out to be only the smallest down payment on the system-overturning change they would eventually get….
All institutions were now under the purview of the civil rights laws. Aggrieved minorities no one had considered in 1964 had a mysterious set of passwords and procedures that would require government and business to drop everything and respond to their demands.
Thus by 2016 the NBA, of all institutions, went to the mat to force the state of North Carolina to allow a handful of mentally ill grown men to shower in women’s locker rooms.Civil Rights Gone Wrong by Steve Sailer
OK, NOW I can comment.
Every victory for Christ comes as a cost: and Western Christians (as opposed to Christians in China, or Iran, or Algeria, or Nigeria) are simply not willing to pay the price to win.
Indeed, the solid majority of Christians think that winning is impossible: that God has arranged the universe to insure that His people to suffer and fail, until either the Rapture or the Judgement at the End of Time.
Officially, the reason for this Christian attitude is the love of escape. The real reason is that the only framework for a Christian society is what God told us in His Law, “as relayed to Moses and modified by Christ.”
Most Christians — pulpit and pew — quietly hate God’s law, and just want Him to shut up.
(And you’d be surprised, with just how many secularists and atheists agree with Christians on this point!)
You can call it decadence. Or rebellion. Or irreligion.
But most Christians just want comfort and ease, lots of forgiveness and little (preferably no) repentance. Or even acknowledgement that any law has been broken, that there was any sin in the first place.
Which is why Christians would rather have men walk into women’s washrooms than give up their games.
For instance, we all know that trans-women are actually men; but who, other than religious traditionalists and a few nettlesome feminists, wants to die on that hill?
Once upon a time, Christians most literally died rather than burn a little incense before an image of Caesar, and say “Caesar is Lord.”
Today? Forget death: most Western Christians will not sacrifice… well, anything… to uphold God’s word over that of powerful and wealthy men. They won’t fight, they won’t leave, they won’t hide, they won’t tolerate any loss in order to uphold the Lord of Reality.
You worship what you fear: and “the pink police state” — and their quiet backers — know what Christians really fear.
Powerless, reactionary whining. No idea what went wrong, how they brought on their own defeat, no interest in repentance, no vision for victory in this world.
Just simpering, bleating wailing… in their closets, far from who they really fear.
Why should God raise a finger to bless and reward such utterly contemptuous servants, with their worthless ‘fear and worship’ of Him, their total and comprehensive disrespect of His laws and commandments?
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’Matthew 7:21-23, English Standard Version
To choose to live means choosing to follow Christ, whatever the cost.
Note that Christ promised victory and blessings for His people in this world as well as the world to come, despite some serious if temporary pain.
Not endless public defeat for God and His Law, which is what the solid majority of Christian churches teach (and quietly prefer.)
Now, if you assume that the Good Guys Win – despite some serious trials — than it is not so bad if the Secular Culture just quietly lays down in a comfortable, well-heated tomb with the latest stream of “sequels, reruns, and remakes”.
Let them die quietly, in their delusions: it will cause less issues as we inherit the land, in time and on earth.
(And for eternity, too!)
“And when the Lord your God brings you into the land that he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give you—with great and good cities that you did not build, and houses full of all good things that you did not fill, and cisterns that you did not dig, and vineyards and olive trees that you did not plant—and when you eat and are full,Deuteronomy 6:10-11, English Standard Version
Inheriting wells we did not dig, and vinyards we did not plant. As we did not even need to lift a finger against the enemies of God, who elegantly killed themselves in a self-pleasuring way. No need for that rough stuff, damaging the property God will take from His enemies, and give to His friends.
“The best problems are problems that solve themselves.”
There are REASONS why Jesus is named after Joshua son of Nun!
But do not forget the rest of the passage:
then take care lest you forget the Lord, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. It is the Lord your God you shall fear. Him you shall serve and by his name you shall swear. You shall not go after other gods, the gods of the peoples who are around you—for the Lord your God in your midst is a jealous God—lest the anger of the Lord your God be kindled against you, and he destroy you from off the face of the earth.Deuteronomy 6:12-15, English Standard Version
We are watching God’s enemies being wiped off the face of the earth… without any muss or fuss, and with the comfortable compliance of said enemies: happy to age out, die off, and go to hell… so long as the road there is easy and soft.
Best stay on God’s good side, if you want to live, and have your children inherit the land.
The part that most Western Christians detest and despise is in bold:
“See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil. If you obey the commandments of the Lord your God that I command you today, by loving the Lord your God, by walking in his ways, and by keeping his commandments and his statutes and his rules, then you shall live and multiply, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land that you are entering to take possession of it. But if your heart turns away, and you will not hear, but are drawn away to worship other gods and serve them, I declare to you today, that you shall surely perish. You shall not live long in the land that you are going over the Jordan to enter and possess. I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live, loving the Lord your God, obeying his voice and holding fast to him, for he is your life and length of days, that you may dwell in the land that the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.”Deuteronomy 30:15-20, English Standard Version