I relaxed somewhat only when birth control became available in the 1970s, although to this very day I am still frustrated that contraceptives are not made universally available to whoever in the world wants them, especially in countries where they are most needed.
Fewer workers and more retirees? If people live longer and are healthier, they can retire later, and many will. With the age of automation and robotics looming upon us, fewer workers will be needed anyway. Abandoned homes? That could hopefully end homelessness. There will be less pressure on world resources and the environment, less poverty, less wars, less migration.
We will have to make some adjustments, but I have no doubt we will all be better off, no matter what the current economists say.
To the Editor:
Re “We’re Running Low on Americans,” by Farhad Manjoo (column, May 24):
I am dismayed by recent articles that portray a global decline in the birthrate as…