This is a few days old, but I keep thinking about it. Here’s a headline from NPR’s News Blog: U.S. Birth Rate Drops; Do We Blame Recession Or Abstinence?
It’s a decent article, and there’s a thought-provoking map. But why is it a question of blame? I’d have thought NPR would ask who should get the credit. Not because I think a smaller population is better, but because that’s what the liberal mainstream has been saying for years: The birth rate is too high. The population explosion is going to kill us all. Malthus! Darwin! The Rainforest! Aaaah!
I think that’s at best goofy, and I think a declining birth rate is a bad thing. But when did NPR decide it was a bad thing? I mean, isn’t that kind of homophobic, or at least hetero-normative?
Maybe it’s not that at all, and instead the mainstream media are simply knee-jerk alarmists. Any news item must be presented as a threat, to engage the reader. So if the birth rate rises next year, it will be again a question of blame. I don’t know. Any thoughts?