N00b13 wrote: clintmemo wrote:
N00b13 wrote:Not to get too political but the reduction of birth rate doesn't work. The one child policy in china does show one major flaw. 1 grandchild is supporting 2 parents and 4 grandparents. We also have a similar effect here in the US with our current batch of seniors. Society needs a certain level of reproduction to remain stable at least with everything that is happening now.
On star trek my understanding is it's a rep based economy. Picards family are well know winemakers so they use a big plot of land to make wine then gift it to the people who say they can make wine.
And yes there is population control in star trek. it's called the holodeck.
The big difference is that in the U.S. and in Japan, lower birth rates are a result of economic and social forces and not a government mandate. I also doubt that the 1 kid is supporting 6 ancestors. It's probably more like 3 supporting 4.
You can look it up. It's called the 4-2-1 problem. At the moment it's only starting but as it stands now if nothing changes china will have a population composed of 1/4 60+ year old people by 2030.
They will just push the retirement age further out. (Do they even have mandatory retirement age?)
Also, it's not strictly one child. Some couples have one, some have two. Some even have three. There are some convoluted rules involved, as explained to us by our guide when I went there back in 2012 (?). First off, there are different ethnics groups - Hahn (?) Chinese, Mongol Chinese... I remember one of the rules was that if you were married, had two children and got divorced and remarried, you could have one more.
The idea is to have a steady population, not a declining one. That would mean each married couple having two kids, not one. That would make it a 4-2-2 problem, not a 4-2-1 problem.
I suspect that 4-2-1 is more of a Japanese problem since having an only child (or no children) has becoming the norm.
The same thing is happening here.
16% of the US is already over 65 so we are not that different. (I couldn't find a number for over 60.)