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Given that Western societies, once you take out immigration, have negative growth rates, over-population is not a problem. There are two problems. The first is that liberalism has produced certain expectations with regard to government services, yet with an ageing population, it will need to figure out a new way to continue to provide such services and in a sustainable way. I think that’s possible. However, at the end of the day, there may very well be an over-population problem on the planet, and it is a “we or they” problem. The liberal solution might be to go quietly into the pages of history, but the virile solution would be to be on the winning side of history. The harsh reality of that is that the other guy gets a smaller piece of the pie or none at all. If you add up all the people in developed nations, the world could support them. Sorry, but fuck the developing world. In this respect, I’m a social Darwinian all the way.
The second is that the very existential natures of many Western societies and their cherished institutions are under immense pressure. Liberalism is not very good at defending itself in this respect. At present demographic projections, some of the most liberal societies will become decidedly less so in coming decades, either as they are taken over or as a response/defence to being taken over. It’s only a matter of years before we see a massive shift to conservative politics in Europe, if not to the outright neo-right.