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The neoliberal hierarchy escalation goes back to the 80ies, where the projection for Africa went off track.

das monde:

Fertility of the poor will likely meet the conditions (and demographic dynamics) of the 19th century. Their resource limitations is already a model of a wide civilization collapse. Before long, we will see how much poor population can be supported in this economic regime.

In the 19th century you have almost universal high fertility. What you also have is high death rates in most of the world, though Europe and european colonies had lowered the death rate through improved agriculture and basic hygiene. The means to sustain that low death rate are 19th century. So when you write that we are going back to the 19th century, I tell you that that means a larger population boom where it counts. Hierarchy may be a mechanism related to population increase, but if so it is a feedback mechanism for larger populations.

das monde:

As for the middle class mysteriously lower fertility - the futility of their race for sufficient wealth and status is getting yet more obvious.

There is no mystery unless you insist on forcing the observations into a evolution biology mold where it does not fit. If increased wealth led to increased number of children the post-war decades would have seen an increase in children in the west. Instead you have a continual decrease.

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by A swedish kind of death on Mon Sep 22nd, 2014 at 11:11:08 AM EST
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