Singapore has terminal fertility – a fertility rate so low that it is likely to end Singapore. Smart people go to Singapore, and just do not reproduce. Black hole dysgenesis. The Singaporean government has issued a bunch of laws and incentives intended to raise fertility, with rather small effect.
Similarly, the emperor Augustus, noticing that Romans were on a similar path to oblivion, passed a bunch of laws to encourage marriage and fertility, with similar lack of effect.
I have a lot of hope in Singapore as a place where technologically advanced civilization might continue as the rest of the world slowly slides into another dark age, but that is not going to happen if Singaporeans do not reproduce
What is the highest fertility country in the world (ignoring black African countries, since they achieve high fertility by methods we cannot emulate and should not want to emulate):
Afghanistan, 7.07, increasing the population three and half times every generation, where they artificially lower female status by drastic and brutal methods in accordance with the Koran and Islamic tradition. Right up with the highest fertility black African countries. Afghans are caucasians, light skinned, dark haired, but a reasonable proportion of them have green eyes or blue eyes. They are generally white enough to pass if dressed in a business suit rather than Islamic costume.
OK, we might not necessarily want to go full Taliban. What is the highest fertility non black Christian country?
Timore Leste, 6.53, Nearly the same as Afghanistan and the high fertility black African countries, still increasing the population three and half times ever generation – and their generations are pretty fast.
OK, Christian, not black,
normal IQ race, and they are giving Afghans and African blacks a run for their money, how do they do it?
They don’t do it by brutal means. They have benevolent patriarchy in accordance with the bible and Christian tradition. Women are not allowed to own most kinds of property. Women are subject to their fathers until they marry, whereupon they are subject to their husbands. Under the one flesh tradition, a man and his wife are legally one person, and that person is the husband – the husband effectively owns all family property. While in Afghanistan, wives are almost property of their husbands, in Timore Leste, in accordance with the Christian tradition, the wife is the ward of her husband. He is responsible for her welfare, and she is expected to submit to him. And the practical effect of the laws on property is that she is in effect legally compelled to submit to him as well as socially compelled. If she wanders off, she has nothing, and necessarily finds herself dependent on someone who, unlike her husband, is not legally and socially required to care for her welfare. Also, finds herself in social disgrace.
But, Timore Leste is third world. Do we have examples of high fertility in an advanced first world nation in recent times?
Well, as a matter of fact we sort of do: The baby boom among Mexicans in California following the 1986 amnesty.
What happened was a bunch of single male Mexicans got green cards, and promptly sent off for Mexican fiancees. Because of laws and procedures intended to prevent fake marriages, when a woman came to America on a fiancee visa she was, under the laws then prevailing, at first very much under the power of the man bringing her in. He could send her back if displeased.
If you imported a bride, you had a lot legal power, because she needs continuing paperwork to turn a fiancee visa into a green card visa, and because she was not legally entitled to welfare, and a lot of social power, because, you are at home, and she is in an alien country.
During the short period that the new brides were relatively powerless, they were extremely fertile, creating a baby boom that knocked the hell out of the California school system, a baby boom that swiftly subsided as they legally and socially got a stronger hand. I assume the husband said “No oral contraceptives for you, no abortions for you, no condoms for you, and we are having sex whenever I am up for it. Also, toast me a sandwich.”
And the bride said “Yes dear”
Comparing these examples with Singapore, it is obvious what Singapore is doing wrong. What did Augustus do wrong?
Under the marriage laws of Augustus, a wife was legally part of her father’s household, rather than her husband’s household. Not only could she own property independently of her husband, she could not even give her property to her husband, because it was part of her father’s family property, rather than her husband’s family property. So when a man married, he did not have his own household, rather he had a household shared between two people. His wife was theoretically subject to her parents’ authority, rather than her husband’s authority, though obviously, in practice out of reach of her father’s authority.
This really cannot have been much fun for husbands.
Wife, fetch me a beer, or else I will complain to my mother in law.
And so Rome eventually fell for lack of Romans, though it took a few hundred years.