posted on Sep, 16 2012 @ 03:19 AM
Originally posted by ollncasino
Originally posted by GreenGlassDoor
Because rich people are always better than poor people.
Rich people are better at feeding their children.
You mean to say they have better access to food.
Overall however, in agricultural societies children are an economic asset. This results in people in poorer countries having lots of kids to help with
the manual labor and to look after them in their old age.
That's a bit of an old sociology theory that has never been proven. Most societies had the elder insurance placed on the back of the eldest child, as
they were the inheritor of family assets. The others had to fend for themselves. Other common theories are education (or lack there of) and infant
Why do the poor have more children? Nobody
They just do.
In the affluent West, children are an economic liability. People in the West expect to be supported by the state when they are older, while kids cost
a lot of money. The result is that people have fewer kids.
This is sort of true (see above link), but the state-support argument has only been true for the past 50 years (again see above about pre-SS fertility
rates). In developing nations, where there is no social insurance, the child-birth rate has also been declining. In fact, the global birthrate is on
. Some of us
will hit a point-of-no-return before others.
For example, this World Bank report
cite children as their social safety net because an adequate government solution does not exist; it also points out that there has been a decline in
the fertility rate of the Haitian population.
The World Bank then punts and attributes the decline to an increase in education, but it has done little to affect the overall poverty situation.
I could go on about the abnormal population growth in Utah among Mormons and the decline among Catholics despite the similar religious views on
abortion and contraception, but I think my point has been made:
The population of the human race is declining. Unless civilizations maintain a 2.3 fertility ratio your civilization is doomed. At about 1.4 it
takes 100-years to get back a 2.3 fertility rate.
So what's that again about the rich and poor?
edit on 16-9-2012 by GreenGlassDoor because: Fixing the quote