One of the most ominous events of modern history is quietly unfolding. Social scientists and economists agree ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´å we are headed toward a demographic winter which threatens to have catastrophic social and economic consequences. The effects will be severe and long-lasting and are already becoming manifest in much of Europe.
A groundbreaking film, ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_Ì´å«Demographic Winter: Decline of the Human Family,ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_ÌÎå´ reveals in chilling soberness how societies with diminished family influence are now grimly seen as being in social and economic jeopardy.
ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_ÌÎå´Demographic WinterÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_ÌÎå´ draws upon experts from all around the world ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´å demographers, economists, sociologists, psychologists, civic and religious leaders, parliamentarians and diplomats. Together, they reveal the dangers facing society and the worldÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´åÇs economies, dangers far more imminent than global warming and at least as severe. These experts will discuss how:
The ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_Ì´å«population bombÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_ÌÎå´ not only did not have the predicted consequences, but almost all of the developed countries of the world are now experiencing fertility rates far below replacement levels. Birthrates have fallen so low that even immigration cannot replace declining populations, and this migration is sapping strength from developing countries, the fertility rates for many of which are now falling at a faster pace than did those of the developed countries.
The economies of the world will continue to contract as the ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_Ì´å«human capitalÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_ÌÎå´ spoken of by Nobel Prize-winning economist Gary Becker, diminishes. The engines of commerce will be strained as the workers of today fail to replace themselves and are burdened by the responsibility to support an aging population.
Government programs will slow-bleed by the decrease in tax dollars received from an ever-shrinking work force. The skyrocketing ratio of the old retirees to the young workers will render current-day social security systems completely unable to support the aging population.
Our attempts to modernize through social engineering policies and programs have left children growing up in broken homes, with absentee parents and little exposure to extended family, disconnected from the generations, and these children are experiencing severe psychological, sociological and economic consequences. The intact familyÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´åÇs immeasurable role in the development and prosperity of human societies is crumbling.
The influence of social and economic problems on ever-shrinking, increasingly disconnected generations will compound and accelerate the deterioration. Our children and our childrenÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´åÇs children will bear the economic and social burden of regenerating the ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_Ì´å«human capitalÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_ÌÎå´ that accounts for 80 percent of wealth in the economy, and they will be ill-equipped to do so.
Is there a ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_Ì´å«tipping pointÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_ÌÎå´ after which the accelerating consequences will make recovery impossible without complete social and economic collapse? Even the experts canÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´åÇt tell us how far we can go down this road, oblivious to the outcomes, until we reach a point where sliding into the void becomes unpreventable.
Only if the political incorrectness of talking about the natural family within policy circles is overcome will solutions begin to be found. These solutions will necessarily result in policy changes, changes that will support and promote the natural, intact family.
Just as it took the cumulative involvement of activist organizations, policy makers, the business world and the media to create the unintended consequences we are beginning to experience, so it will take the holistic contribution of all of these entities, together with civic and religious organizations, to change the hearts and minds of all of society to bring about a reversal.
It may be too late to avoid some very severe consequences, but with effort we may be able to preclude calamity. ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_Ì´å«Demographic WinterÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_ÌÎå´ lays out a forthright province of discussion. The warning voices in this film need to be heard before a silent, portentous Fall turns into a long, hard Winter.Product Details
- Runtime: 56 Minutes
- Format: DVD Color