Liberals! Progressives! Lefties by whatever name! Your end is nigh! You are a vanishing breed on your way to extinction because you do not reproduce.
No more blue states. The future is red, which used to be a Chinese Communist slogan but which to Phillip Longman means that the left-leaners are dying out. You can read your coming vanishment in the current issue of the authoritative Foreign Policy magazine.
Longman says that “the gradual drift of American culture away from secular individualism and toward religious fundamentalism” is owing to the failure of lefties to reproduce, regardless of the pornographic movies liberals are famous for defending. Here are the hard facts. Read ’em and weep: “Among states that voted for President George W. Bush in 2004, fertility rates are 12 percent higher than in states that voted for Sen. John Kerry.” It’s only a matter of time, folks.
Red staters, fundamentalists and neocons are holding up their end, banging away in bed every night. It’s the lib-labs who are extinguishing themselves, and Foreign Policy has the facts to prove it: “According to polling data assembled by demographers Ronny Lesthaeghe and Johan Surkyn, you are less likely to be married and have kids–or ever to get married and have kids–than those who say they have no objection to the military. Or again, do you find soft drugs, homosexuality, and euthanasia acceptable? Do you seldom, if ever, attend church?… People answering affirmatively to such questions are far more likely to live alone, or in childless, cohabitating unions, than those who answer negatively.”
Nor is the declining number of liberal babies merely an American phenomenon: “It may also help to explain the increasing popular resistance among rank-and-file Europeans to such crown jewels of secular liberalism as the European Union. It turns out that Europeans who are most likely to identify themselves as ‘world citizens’ are also those least likely to have children.”
It appears the liberals, or like-minded people often thought of as intent on saving the world by sharing other people’s property with third parties, are incorrigibly infertile. They are, we are to infer, the otiose portion of the population with little interest in their posterity. Our author tells us that “as governments going as far back as imperial Rome have discovered, when cultural and economic conditions discourage parenthood, not even a dictator can force people to go forth and multiply.”