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We aren't anywhere close to declining population count. Despite a decline in birth rates, we are still rapidly increasing population. I think the birth rate could stand to decline a fair bit more before I would get concerned.

I hear you xtn. But sadly that means many traditional institutions are headed for extinction. They will fail economically. There will be bankruptcies, foreclosures, mergers, and buildings repurposed to something else. And with it quite a shift in our culture. Seems inevitable. Everyone seems to think nothing can be done to stop the decline.

In a recent discussion it was noted that much of that too low birthrate is actually due to immigrants and the poor. Hence, the true number for the middle class is far lower.

There is ample evidence that the institutions we are talking about are mostly supported by the middle class. So once again we have implied declines in middle class institutions.
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