Fat Steve's Blatherings

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

The Secularism Effect

      For some time, James Taranto has been talking about the "Roe Effect": the tendency of women who support and receive abortions to have smaller families than average, thereby undercutting their long-term political effect.

      Today we have a contribution from "Spengler," a columnist at Asia Times Online that I check on periodically.  "Spengler" did a little research, and comes up with the following graph:



      Which leads him to an observation:
      Underlying the demographic crisis of the industrial world, I believe, is a spiritual crisis.  If the above analysis has any merit, the issue is not wealth, but rather the desire of men to continue to inhabit this planet.  Secular ideologies - socialism, positivism, and so forth - promised a world free of bigotry and hatred, and an unending vista of peace and prosperity.  Humankind, however, has vomited up these ideologies.  Secular Europe and radical Islam in that sense represent two sides of the same coin: both have rejected the secular order, the latter through open battle, and the former through fatal resignation.

      Demographic analysis can help strip secularism of its progressive mask and reveal the death's-head underneath.

      And if you haven't encountered "Spengler" before, you might want to add him to your weekly blog check list.  He's always gloomy, but usually insightful.

THE HOUSE OF SAUD MUST BE DESTROYED — AND WILL BE!

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