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Declining birth rates in the Western world may tip the balance of power to the East. A top intelligence advisor says the economy, international security, even the United State’s stature, are all on the line. And it’s because we are not having enough children.

But a leading economist disagrees: technology and education will ride the U.S. economy into continued success. A global populations expert warns if we overpopulate the planet we will have nothing left.

There is a heated debate about how–and whether–to cool the sizzle of the West’s dwindling birth rates.

This hour On Point: the Western world’s shrinking population.

Guests:

Herbert E. Meyer, former Vice Chairman of the CIA National Intelligence Council

David Kelly, Senior Economic Advisor, Putnam Investments

John Guillebaud, Co-Chair, Optimum Population Trust

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  • http://mitchelllbaseball@yahoo.com Mitchell

    I agree that having too many children can deplete all of the worlds resources at some point. But there is a point where there can be just the right amount. Sort of like the “Butter-Zone” for a population. And I agree with the fact that education and technology can put growth in the US economy. And by doing that, we will find the butter zone.

  • http://mitchellbaseball@yahoo.com Mitchell

    What I’m trying to say is; the west needs to put growth in their economy through education and technology first before they can put growth in their population.

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