Sunday, April 21, 2019

Faith and Bad-News Demographics

This story is twisted a bit; in fact, the lede was buried in order to accommodate certain interest groups. 

Here's the stuff that 'immigration rights' and 'cheap-labor big ag' people want you to read:

...The Wisconsin Counties Association’s nonpartisan research arm, Forward Analytics, recently released a study that raises concerns about the state’s migration patterns. The report says Wisconsin doesn’t have enough young people to take over jobs from baby boomers set to retire in the coming 10 to 15 years.

“We’ve got to figure out how to turn that around and we’ve got to do it fairly quickly because baby boomers are nearing retirement,” said Dale Knapp, Forward Analytics’ research director.

The state’s migration of children dropped below 10,000 from 2010 to 2015. Before 2010, Wisconsin added 40,000 children from outside the state over a five-year period....

In fact, this is a demographic collapse which has serious implications for schools, colleges, AND 'the workforce.'  This is not something to be dismissed lightly, friends.

The real story--the one that underlies almost every economic story in the US and Western Europe--is here (quoting the article):

"Wisconsin’s birthrate has also declined to its lowest in four decades."

This is due to the Collapse of Faith.  It is no small irony that this story is running on Easter Sunday; whereas Easter is the definition of hope and confidence in the future, the West's secular-materialist denial of hope and confidence produces a shrinking West--and in the case of Wisconsin, a shrinkage to the point where the society will be incapable of sustaining itself with its own progeny.

To be brutally honest about it, the Catholic faith (as written, not as practiced) was right:  large families are good for the nation AND the families.  Note that I said "not as practiced".....just visit any suburban Catholic parish on a Sunday to find out what that really means.  I dare you, Abp. Listecki!!

There's a reason that Russia, Poland, the Czechs, France, Singapore, Italy and others pay "baby bonuses" to their citizens. 

And there's a reason that Wisconsin has a problem.

Read the entire essay of Fr. Schall again--or read my quick-take on it here.  He is right.

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