Birth Rates Are the Right’s Secret Weapon as Liberal Values Backfire
My father wants me to have an abortion.
My mother decided not to listen to him. She’s Catholic – not the hardline, biblical, aloof type – but she was raised by conservative immigrants and adopted many of those beliefs. I owe my life those beliefs.
Because of these circumstances, I spent a lot of my adult time thinking about relationships, sex, and procreation. When I entered college – and a very liberal person – I was quickly exposed to a culture of prostitution, the widespread use of birth control and refuse to commit.
I wonder: Do libertarians really have more sex? If they do, doesn’t that mean they have more children? In other words, does their “sexual revolution” mean that their party base is growing?
Political power ebbs and flows, and population data are the main determinants of those flows.
Data from the General Social Survey indicate that during the 1970s “there was little or no difference in fertility rates between liberal and conservative women,” according to the report. Family Research Institute.
As of 2018, the gap has widened markedly, with conservative women aged 30-44 having an average of almost 2.5 children and liberal women just over 1.5.
To approach the data differently, the survey also found that a random sample of 100 conservative adults would raise 208 children. One hundred liberal adults would feed only 147 children, according to Belonging to the patriarchy.
That gap means conservatives can keep the political edge, as the size of liberal families continues to decline. The evidence supporting this idea is numerous. Liberals often abstain from sex and dating during pandemics, compact liberal cities tend to restrict families from having fewer children, and liberal social values have can motivate libertarians to completely stifle children.
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While many speculated that the pandemic would usher in a baby boom, preliminary data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has shown that number of births in the US has decreased lowest level since 1979.
Perhaps that’s because libertarians are more often at home and alone than conservatives, and in the case of libertarians staying home together, that doesn’t necessarily mean they are giving birth.
A 2020 Kinsey Institute study that looked at the pandemic’s impact on people’s sex lives, found that “[l]Conservatives are more likely than conservatives to report a decline in their sex lives since the start of the pandemic,” according to the report. Politico.
The survey began when social distancing restrictions were implemented in mid-March and looked at more than 2,000 adults.
While 49% of libertarians said their sex life had declined, only 33% of conservatives said the same. The researchers argue that the difference may be because libertarians tend to follow social distancing guidelines as well as experience stress and anxiety during the pandemic, which could worsen reduce their sex drive.
Either way, it’s clear that the pandemic has stunted relationships and potentially proliferating opportunities for libertarians. However, it did not have the same effect on conservatives.
If there’s anything the 2016 election showed us, it’s that the liberal-conservative divide is now an urban-rural divide. Research shows that city dwellers, libertarians, are less likely to have children due to high crime levels, rising costs of living and the chaotic nature of the “hustle” city.
Derek Thompson delves into the child-free city conundrum in a 2019 article for Atlantic. His findings looked at a piece of data that revealed that “the number of babies born in New York fell 9% in 5 boroughs and 15% in Manhattan.” At that rate, Manhattan’s infant population will be half that in 30 years.
Thompson notes that those living in the suburbs enjoy a variety of kid-friendly amenities, such as parks, schools and stroller-friendly areas, making the environment much more appealing. for adults who are considering starting a family.
Instead of, replace, New York saw a wave of white, college-age liberals arrive in the city. Thompson explains that New York is “becoming an Epcot theme park for child-free affluence, where the rich can act like kids without having to actually see anything.”
As libertarians continue to overwhelm cities, they will either be restricted from having fewer children or end up flocking to the suburbs, risking mingling with people who may not share their beliefs. surname.
For some libertarians, it’s not cost or space concerns but ideology that makes them question whether or not they want to have children.
Recently, many groups have sprung up with messages against procreation. Conceivable Future, a network of women across the United States, was founded in 2015 to raise awareness of how they believe overpopulation can affect climate change.
Josephine Ferorelli, the group’s co-founder, is concerned that data is a ticking clock. “A period of 11 years is more or less the equivalent of a lot of our reproductive windows,” she said CNN in 2019. “What harm will a hotter and more painful world do to my child?”
In addition to these groups, influential libertarian celebrities and politicians have also floated the idea of childlessness in the face of the “climate crisis.”
In 2019, the Democratic House of Representatives. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York speak Her 3 million Instagram followers say, “Basically, there’s a scientific consensus that our kids’ lives are going to be tough… Still having kids?”
Environmental concerns are just one area, but many other liberal ideas can affect birth rates – the widespread use of birth control, access to abortion, and denial of gender roles .
I truly believe that every person has the right to choose whether or not they have children. I also believe that parents have the right and responsibility to educate their children.
Just as I argue that liberals may face a shortage of “liberals,” I also acknowledge that liberals dominate educational institutions. education, with elite academies overflowing with left-wing professors, increases the pressure to important racial theory in public schools, and promote sex education for young children.
The irony of it all is that they are likely teaching the children of conservatives.
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