While Elon Musk continues to expand his empire which now includes Tesla, SpaceX, and Twitter, it appears that the billionaire is concerned about the current state of Japan and what he believes might be the end of the country due to the death rate climbing above the birth rate.
Tweeting about a recent article showing how the country’s population fell 644,000 in just 12 months, Musk wrote, “At risk of stating the obvious, unless something changes to cause the birth rate to exceed the death rate, Japan will eventually cease to exist. This would be a great loss for the world.”
At risk of stating the obvious, unless something changes to cause the birth rate to exceed the death rate, Japan will eventually cease to exist. This would be a great loss for the world.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 7, 2022
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Surprisingly, this isn’t the first time Musk has been concerned about the birth rate of a country. Due to the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine, Musk shared a video, stating, “Pretty good summary, although national pride is underweighted relative to economics. Latter serves former, not other way around. The foundational issue imo, which this video doesn’t ignore, is low birth rate. After all, what good is land with no people?”
In January, Musk admitted, “We should be much more worried about population collapse,. UN projections are utter nonsense. Just multiply last year’s births by life expectancy. Given downward trend in birth rate, that is best case unless reversed.” He concluded, “If there aren’t enough people for Earth, then there definitely won’t be enough for Mars.”
Sharing his beliefs, German demographer and geographer Simon Keustenmacher shared a graph that showed the decline in population worldwide and how it is spiral out of control. “Elegant way of showing global fertility data for every country in 2019. It’s actually a rather elegant visual. Spend a few minutes studying it and might become as big as a fan of the piece as I am.”
Birth rate collapse is the biggest threat to human civilization
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 22, 2021
As birth rates appear to be dropping around the world, in America, the subject of abortion has taken center stage as a leaked document showed Roe v. Wade being overturned. For now, there has been no official ruling on the matter from the Supreme Court.
This piece was written by Jeremy Porter on May 9, 2022. It originally appeared in DrewBerquist.com and is used by permission.
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