Mark Steyn on demography as the biggest hidden issue for our time


Longtime SteynOnline regulars will be familiar with the demographic thesis Mark outlined in his 2006 international bestseller America Alone: The End of the World as We Know It. Almost the entire developed world is mired in deathbed demography from which no functioning society has ever recovered. Meanwhile, there is a demographic tsunami underway from the non-functioning parts of the world, manifest in the ceaseless flotilla of boats crossing the Mediterranean every single day (and nothing to do with civil war in Syria). More.

Reality check:  One cannot declare war on arithmetic and expect to win.

For better or for worse, as they used to say in marriage ceremonies, Africans and middle Easterners, mostly Muslim, will probably inherit Europe. But why shouldn’t they, if they are willing to raise children and Europeans aren’t? Whether people today opine that they will do a good job or a bad job is irrelevant. Someone will live on the European plains, as humans have for millennia.

One concern Mark discusses is what happens to seniors’ welfare state entitlements when most of the young people who must bear the tax burden do not see those seniors as “their” old folks. The answer, I fear, is galloping euthanasia. Already, the Netherlands is planning to introduce euthanasia on demand for people over 75, and you can bet on the age slowly dropping. Maybe even swiftly dropping.

See also: Netherlands to euthanize healthy people over 75

But WHY the surprise that 431 people were involuntarily euthanized in the Netherlands in 2015?

Involuntary euthanasia push: Charlie Gard safe till July 25. This is not only involuntary but explicitly against the wishes of those able to give consent.