Tuesday, November 14, 2006


You said "population" has declined far faster than expected, but don't you mean "fertility rates"? Global population is not declining, in fact it is still on the rise. Of course, things will slow down and reverse if fertility continues to drop, but not for a while.

Ben's response:

They feed off of each other.

Lower TFRs yield lower pop numbers down the road.

Lower pop numbers yield fewer potential parents.

Both trends proceed geometrically, not arithmetically.

Never have birth and fertility rates fallen so far, so fast, in so many places, so unexpectedly.

Yes, countries and people and languages have gone "out of business" as demographers say.

Where are the Hittites, the Amelikites, the Phoenicians, the Lost Tribes of Israel etc. etc. etc. ?

Gone, and sometimes forgotten.

Ubi sunt.



PS: If anyone doesn't get my remarkable, recondite references, foreign or domestic, all you have to do is respond for a reply. Or give me your own musings which will be rejected, or published, or moderated, probably the latter.

Screedy, annonymous anti-Semites need not respond, but it's a free country ain't it?

Even for screedy, annonymous anti-Semites to whose posts I may reject, moderate or publish probably the former.

But I like a fight, even with screedy, annonymous anti-Semites.

Stop me before I go 'round and 'round again, roundelay again, and a partridge in a pear tree.

Get it? Got it? Good?

Who said that?

Let's hear it for Google, googling, googlizing, as technophobia recedes not rapidly, not too well, but slowly.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Screedy, annonymous anti-Semites need not respond, but it's a free country ain't it?

So you think my saying part of the reason you think unconditional US support for Israel is a good idea is because you're Jewish makes me an 'anti-Semite'?

Wow, that's unique.

Actually, I'm not "anti-Semitic", although suggesting American Jews who unconditionally support Israel do so, at least in part, because they are Jewish, and not because it is in best interest of the US, commonly results in such a charge. This seems to happen for two main reasons: 1) it is nearly impossible to prove one is not 'anit-Semitic', and 2) it saves the person making the charge from actually having to construct a good argument to show that such (unconditional) support for Israel really does benefit the US.

Mr Wattenberg, you were asked to provide such an argument, and so far you have not. Instead, all you've done is try to smear me as an 'anti-Semite'. (BTW, this is exactly the sort of thing Mearsheimer and Walt highlight in their paper.)

Again: your intellectual credibility and integrity are near flatline.

It is more than sad that you count in America as some sort of public intellectual.

November 14, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

But global population is NOT declining. Population continues to increase, despite declining fertility rates.

Do you claim otherwise? It is an objective fact that population continues to increase on a global basis.

November 14, 2006  

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