Never before have birth and fertility rates fallen so far, so fast, so low, for so long, in so many places, so surprisingly. In Fewer, Ben Wattenberg shows how and why this has occurred, and explains what it means for the future. These stark demographic changes will affect commerce, the environment, public financing, and geo-politics. In Wattenberg's world of The New DemogNever before have birth and fertility rates fallen so far, so fast, so low, for so long, in so many places, so surprisingly. In Fewer, Ben Wattenberg shows how and why this has occurred, and explains what it means for the future. These stark demographic changes will affect commerce, the environment, public financing, and geo-politics. In Wattenberg's world of The New Demography readers get a look at a topic often chattered about, but rarely understood....
|Title||:||Fewer: How the New Demography of Depopulation Will Shape Our Future|
|Number of Pages||:||241 Pages|
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Fewer: How the New Demography of Depopulation Will Shape Our Future Reviews
The book presents a case that global population will peak lower and sooner and then start to decline. This is refreshing news and has interesting implications.That said, BEWARE: Ben Wattenberg is a NeoCon (he proclaims this himself about 2/3 of the way through, even after 4 years of Bush presidency) and the book was basically put out by the conservative think tank the American Enterprise Institute (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American...). It gets 5 stars from Newt on Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/review/R28DS013...)!Assuming there even is a UN Population Division, that its data is not entirely manufactured for political purposes, and that he has faithfully represented the data, the book is a worthwhile read - just to submerge yourself into what the reality of a shrinking and aging population will mean. On some of the fundamental implications Mr. Wattenberg and I agree, and of course on some others we don't. You just have to keep your eyes open for NeoCon bias and grotesque blind patriotism.
The information that Wattenberg presents in Fewer is interesting: For the first time falling birth rates and not some disaster will be the cause for a drop in human popluation. This drop in population will have many social and economic effects, particularly in the western world.I take issue with the unprofessionally casual and ignorant tone of this book. Wattenberg attributes falling birthrates to the fact that "feminisim was coming on with a rush". He describes Africa as the contienent that progress missed and as starting out "way behind in the race to development." He then refers to undocumented workers as "Illegals" several times in the book. I read this in the hope that I could use it in the classroom, but the non-academic tone of this book is beyond ridiculous.
Every now and then, you get a book that synthesizes a good bit of the junk in your head and you get an "AHA!" lightbulby moment.This really did a great job of taking several things I adore: politics, religion, economics and just a sprinkled dash of the military industrial complex.Combine ingredients and bake for 42 years, and you get a global population that plateaus out at 9 billion and then begins a precipitous decline that ends up leaving a world full of Mormons and Orthodox Jews. The only glaring absence(s) that I can think of is/are the societal changes that will make cloning feasible, and the science of extended aging turning us all into elves.Granted, I dont have pointy ears, but I do like to frolic, so I think I will make an ok elf.
I don't know how to feel about this book. Even though it's over 10 years old, it's still pretty legitimate overall. However, I didn't realize the writer was as right-leaning as he was and the moralizing later in the book put me off. Still, it's always good to read something you don't agree with once in a while to balance your mind, right? I agreed with more than I would have believed if I had gone into this book knowing Wattenberg's politics.
I enjoyed the basic argument of the book, and I liked reviewing the factors that demographers must analyze to determine trends in population. However, this was definitely an amateur's argument of the topic and a little bit underwhelming as such. I didn't even finish reading it after making it about half-way.
very interesting; quick read