La Faillite Coupable des Retraites (The Self-Imposed Failure of Retirement Systems) (summary) elaborates on the explanation briefly sketched in Le Secret de l'Occident (The Secret of the West) in p.433-434, for the falling birth rates that have plagued developped countries since the 1970s. This evolution was one of the causes for the decline of the Neo-European period (p.389).
What is the cause for the falling birth rates? The answer brought about by the book is: the retirement systems because they are blind to the number of offspring. The generalizing of children-blind pension systems is the main culprit behind the decline in birth rates. Since they do not recognize the citizens' main contribution to their own retirement (their offspring), these systems have inverted the bottom line of raising children. They have consistently discouraged people to have kids. These biased systems are depopulating whole countries, unwittingly, unknowlingly, while self-destroying...
The reader shall find some media and academic reactions to my book under press clippings.
In a later version of The Self-Imposed Failure of Retirement Systems, en 2020 maybe, I shall explain how a similar evolution took place during the Hellenistic period, and hence led to the collapse of the Greek civilization. (This evolution was a point remaining unexplained in The Secret of the West, p.347-348).
Biased, children-blind, pension systems have been spreading fast to the intermediary third world, depressing fertility in these countries as well. In the end of the book, I suggest a few solutions to get out of the bottleneck of the children-blind retirement systems, without excluding childless people, without either letting natality explode.
La Faillite Coupable des Retraites Comment nos assurances vieillesse font chuter la natalité
L'Harmattan, Paris, January 2004
November 2003 (printed), December 2003 (in stock), January 2004 (at bookshops)
170 pages, isbn: 2-7475-5595-X, 15€.
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