Which way, Western man?
Make America Mate Again
A "Pill" for men is the last thing a dying society needs.
The United States is in trouble. In 2020, according to the CDC, the provisional number of births was 3,605,201, down 4 percent from 2019. Meanwhile, the total fertility rate was 1,637.5 births per 1,000 women—again, down 4 percent from 2019, a “record low for the nation.” The last thing the United States needs is a male birth control pill. But that’s exactly what it’s going to get, if credible medical reports are to be believed.
If and when the pill does arrive, the U.S. will no doubt make it widely available. This is, after all, a country where Big Pharma reigns supreme, and what Big Pharma wants, Big Pharma always gets.
According to the researchers behind the new male contraceptive, human trials are expected to start sometime this year. In a press release, the researchers opined, “women have many choices for birth control, ranging from pills to patches to intrauterine devices, and partly as a result, they bear most of the burden of preventing pregnancy.” But, they added, “men’s birth control options—and, therefore, responsibilities—could soon be expanding.”
Some will argue that a pill for men is not just necessary, it’s vital. In the U.S., however, sex is not something that ranks high on people’s “to-do” list. Last year, millions of American adults didn’t have sex at all. Nearly one-third of young men between the ages of 18 and 24 are sexually inactive. A sexless society doesn’t need more contraception—it needs an intervention.
Of course, the United States is not the only country experiencing a sexistential crisis. At first glance, the U.S. and China don’t have a lot in common, but when it comes to sex—or the lack thereof—many similarities exist. China is also in a fertility crisis. Throughout the country, large public hospitals in cities like Beijing and Shanghai have stopped offering on-demand vasectomies, instead only allowing married men with children to get the procedure. In an effort to increase birth rates, the Chinese Communist Party is also clamping down on abortions. Demographically speaking, both the U.S. and China are in serious trouble. But only one country, as I have documented in great detail (see here and here) is doing anything about it.
It’s safe to say that China, the United States’ biggest competitor, won’t be rolling out male birth control. In fact, the Chinese are busy working on an infertility pill for men. From Shanghai to San Francisco, testosterone levels, which plays a key role in sperm production, have been dropping for decades. Hypogonadism—or low testosterone—also affects sexual desire. According to Dr. Soum Lokeshwar, a urologist at Yale School of Medicine, “overall male testosterone decline can be attributed to multiple etiologies. The United States has an aging population with older males exhibiting lower testosterone levels.” Furthermore, he added, the overall population has experienced “an increase in comorbidities, including diabetes,” which may have contributed to decreased levels of testosterone.
Why, then, is there such a push to introduce male birth control in the United States? Conspiracy theorists can go to town on this topic, but one needn’t be a card-carrying QAnon believer to be suspicious. John Maynard Keynes, the father of modern interventionist economics, believed that contraception should form a central part of economic planning, and that governments should play a key role in the regulation of fertility. Keynesian economics (and philosophies) shaped the world of today. It still shapes American policies. The English economist’s theories fundamentally changed the mindset of governments and global institutions like the International Monetary Fund.
A century later, the Davos crowd are busy shaping the world of tomorrow. Bill Gates, a prominent member of the Davos elite, has called for greater access to birth control. Now, it looks like Bill is about to get his wish. Contraception, we’re told, is the key to fighting climate change. Overpopulation, according to the elitist experts, is the greatest threat to humanity. In truth, though, it’s not. It never was. Malthusian predictions were wrong; Godwinian predictions, on the other hand, were far more prescient. Under-population, not overpopulation, is the greatest threat facing human civilization. The 1960’s gave us The Sexual Revolution; four decades later, we entered the Sexless Revolution. And we’re not going back. Societal castration is here to stay.
When fertility rates fall below replacement levels, populations shrink. They grow older. Lower fertility rates act as a barrier to economic growth. This in turn strains government budgets. The last thing the U.S. and the broader world needs right now is a pill for men. We need more children, not less, even if Bill Gates and his colleagues suggest otherwise. To Make America Great Again, we must Make America Mate Again.
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