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WPR's The New Rules: America's Demographic Edge in 'Post-American' World

A growing population had long been considered a prime determinant of national strength -- at least until the “population bomb” crowd commandeered the dialogue almost a half-century ago and declared such growth to be a threat to human existence.  But since then, with globalization’s rapid expansion encompassing the bulk of the developing world -- and specifically demographic behemoths India and China -- we’ve seen industrialization and urbanization work their usual magic on female fertility. As a result, humanity is now projected to top out as a species sometime mid-century and likely decline thereafter.

Read the entire column at World Politics Review.

Find the Kotkin book here.

Reader Comments (1)

Heard Kotkin speak a few years back at the LA TImes Book Fair. Thanks for the tip.

July 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPatrick O'Connor

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