What to Expect When No One’s Expecting: America’s Coming Demographic Disaster

“A powerful argument that the only thing worse than having children is not having them.”—P.J. O’Rourke on What to Expect When No One’s Expecting

Author Jonathan V. Last asks an important question:

Look around you and think for a minute: Is America too crowded?

Our likely answer is “yes.”

And why not? For years we’ve been warned about the looming danger of overpopulation: People jostling for space on a planet that’s busting at the seams and running out of oil, food, land, and everything else.

But Last implores us to stop for a second and reconsider.

In his book, What to Expect When No One’s Expecting: America’s Coming Demographic Disaster, Last writes that this so-called “population bomb” never actually exploded.

Instead statistics from around the world make clear that since the 1970s, we’ve been facing exactly the opposite problem:

People are having too few babies.

Here’s Last unpacking the particulars with TheBlaze TV’s Real News crew:

Last discusses the coming demographic disaster on CBS This Morning with Norah O’Donnell and Gayle King:

Population growth has been slowing for two generations. The world’s population will peak, and then begin shrinking, within the next 50 years. In some countries, it’s already started:

  • Japan will be half its current size by the end of the century.
  • In Italy, there are already more deaths than births every year.
  • China’s One-Child Policy has left that country without enough women to marry its men, not enough young people to support the country’s elderly, and an impending population contraction that has the ruling class terrified.

And all of this is coming (or more correctly, has come) to America, too.

Middle-class Americans have their own, informal one-child policy these days. And an alarming number of upscale professionals don’t even go that far—they have dogs, not kids.

In fact, if it weren’t for the wave of immigration we experienced over the last three decades, the United States would be on the verge of shrinking, too.

Last tells us that everything about modern life—from Bugaboo strollers to insane college tuition to government regulations—has pushed Americans in a single direction, making it harder to have children. And making the people who do still want to have children feel like second-class citizens.

What to Expect When No One’s Expecting explains why the population implosion happened and how it’s remaking culture, the economy, and politics both at home and around the world.

Last in a revealing, detail-rich radio interview regarding What to Expect When No One’s Expecting:

(Related: Check out Last’s article “America’s Baby Bust: The nation’s falling fertility rate is the root cause of many of our problems. And it’s only getting worse” in the Wall Street Journal.)