• War in Ukraine Shows Hidden Danger of Demographic Winter … for Russia and the Rest of the World

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    Surge Summary: “Demographic Winter” – shrinking national population – could be one Putin motivation for the invasion of Ukraine. Yet, it is a perilous problem that is not limited to Russia. In fact, Russia’s birth rate is actually slightly higher than America’s.

    by The Ruth Institute

    “Most observers are missing the demographic dimension of the war in the Ukraine,” said Ruth Institute Communications Director Don Feder. “Russia needs people, and in Ukraine there are 41 million people who are ethnically identical to its own.”

    “By absorbing Ukraine, it will increase its population almost 30% overnight,” Feder observed.

    “Like every other industrialized nation, Russia faces a demographic crisis. Although higher than our own, Russia has below replacement fertility and a much smaller population base. Its population is 146 million, less than half of America’s 332 million,” Feder explained. “That’s 146 million people to hold the largest land mass of any nation.”

    “Moscow’s answer could be to absorb neighboring populations. International instability is one of the hidden dangers of falling fertility.”

    Ruth Institute President Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., added: “Demographic Winter could be the plague of the century. Replacement level fertility is 2.1. After decades of decline, the U.S. fertility rate is now 1.78. Russia’s is 1.82. In 1960, worldwide, the average woman had 5 children. Today worldwide fertility is 2.4 and falling. As early as 2030, the world could be at below replacement fertility. That means we will soon begin running out of people – people to man the factories and farms, people to serve as first responders, and people to fill the ranks of the armed forces.”

    “The Ruth Institute is one of the few organizations to sound the alarm on declining fertility,” Morse said. “Don gave an excellent presentation on this issue at last year’s Summit for Survivors of the Sexual Revolution. And we launched our Demographic Winter Resource Center with a wealth of information on what could be the greatest challenge humanity will face this century.”

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    The Ruth Institute is a global non-profit organization, leading an international interfaith coalition to defend the family and build a civilization of love. The Institute’s 2022 Summit for Survivors of the Sexual Revolution is June 24-25 in Sulphur, LA.

    Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse is the author of The Sexual State: How Elite Ideologies are Destroying Lives, Smart Sex: Finding Life-Long Love in a Hook Up World, and Love and Economics: It Takes a Family to Raise a Village.


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