America’s 21st-Century Population Edge: Babies, Demographics, Power, & Influence

Ben J. Wattenberg at the Wall Street Journal (via Google): Birth rates are dropping all over the world, often below replacement rates. But not in the U.S . . . Every other major modern nation and every developing country has low or falling birth rates. Japan and Poland see 1.3 children per woman, Brazil and China 1.9, Pakistan 3.6 (down from 6.6 three decades ago). American fertility rates are relatively high, at nearly 2.1 . . . Having children is an affirmative act, so it’s little surprise that surveys—Gallup, Harris and others—show Americans to be the most optimistic nation in the world. (Israel, too, is an optimistic nation with a sense of mission and high birth rates.)