7 Billion Humans in 2011 | National Geographic Magazine: Empty Nests | Too Many Elderly | Shimonoseki City, Japan

Empty Nests | Too Many Elderly | Shimonoseki City, Japan

Empty Nests | Too Many Elderly | Shimonoseki City, Japan

Many economists try to scare the public in developed countries into thinking that aging populations are a problem. Ultimately, they urge incentives for population growth, both to increase the birth rate and to increase net immigration. These arguments are based on a view of the future that is, in reality, a Ponzi scheme. Endless growth of the population is impossible, and additional young people and working-age immigrants will grow older and need support… Instead, we should be celebrating aging societies, not trying to find ways to offset them with higher birth rates… An example is Mongolia, which is paying $25 per Mongolian baby born. There are reports of some people having babies just to collect the $25, before turning the child over to an orphanage.

—William Ryerson, president of the Population Institute

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