Tsavo Lion wrote:Demographic catastrophe: capitalism is an endangered Russia
The usual drivel. It's always easy to look for a scapegoat, but modern European population dynamics is more complex:
1) The old family structure of the 1940s where the woman is the house-wife and raises the kids without having a
career is no longer a factor. The cost of living has gone up substantially over the last 70+ years. Women have to
work to support the family just like the men. Ignoring this factor makes any analysis not worth the bother.
2) The above is true for Russia and not just the west. Women do not stay at home to raise kids.
They have to work.
3) The result of working women and the overall high living costs has made children a financial and physical
(no time to look after them all day long since both parents are at work) burden. This has directly led
to the reduction of children per family unit. Raising 3 children is very expensive today compared to the rural
days when they were cheap and served as free labour on the farm.
4) The change in the economy of the family unit (both men and women working) has come together with
a change in the behavior of women. Women are now vastly more picky about which men the want to hook
up with. Studies have shown that women only like 20% of the men even if these women are not the
top 20% of the female sex. Compared to 70 years ago, the divorce rate has increased substantially.
This suppresses the overall birth rate since men don't to marry divorcees especially with children.
Nothing about the Russian birth rate indicates a singular state compared to the rest of Europe and even
North America. The birth rate in the USSR was just over 1.5% from the mid 1960s onward. So talk about
2% or higher birth rates is detached from reality. The natural progression being observed is for about 1%
annual birth rate.