They like to talk about lowering birth rates. “We’re in grave danger. The population is on the decline. Who will do all the jobs? Who will produce the resources and commodities we enjoy today if the population drops to a certain level?” They use this as they argue, “We need to bring in a bunch of third world immigrants!” How could we possibly sustain our current situation without the same, or an increasing population? Well let me present you this:
We’re going through an automation revolution. Manual labor, low-skilled jobs are being replaced by automatic programming, robots, systems that can be told to do it and it does it right and the same. Robots and programs can replace tens to hundreds to thousands of people. We see it happening in grocery stores and restaurants. It’s happened in manufacturing; it will happen everywhere.
Birth rates in the west have been on the decline for decades as scientists and social
magazines told western civilization populations that the world was overpopulated. Time Magazine and others like it published articles for decades telling first world countries they needed to stop having families. Overpopulation was killing the earth and the environment. The “Childless Life” was published as glamorous and having children or a family was pushed as cumbersome, annoying, and selfish. Women were told they needed to have careers, not children and they needed to hate men who wanted to have kids. This created a divide in men and women, made women more unhappy, and destroyed what could have been the next generation in western societies.
After decades of media and scientific communities telling people to not have kids, we have the same people now saying, “We need to bring in third worlders and immigrants because the population of these countries is declining.” Well, no shit the populations are declining–that’s exactly what they said they wanted; but it wasn’t about protecting the environment, it was about killing the native society and replacing them with another.
So now with that brief overview, here are my thoughts on why I think the west doesn’t need immigration or increased population at all. As we’re shoved this idea that we need someone to take over the low skill, low labor jobs, the current population in the west (and in countries like Japan) are designing automated processes and robots to take over low-skill, necessary labor. We don’t need immigrants with low skill because we’re creating things that can do the work. We don’t need a higher population to maintain the same amount of work because we are creating devices which can do the work. Aside from the population-decline experiment brought on by the scientific community and media, I think society is adjusting to what is necessary for it to run appropriately.
The more low-skill workers we let into countries like America, the more people we will have relying on the government because their jobs have been taken over by robots and programming. We went through this before with the industrial revolution as factory jobs disappeared with new technology reducing the need for conveyor belt employees and I think we’re seeing a new technological revolution now. If we stopped all immigration, I don’t think we’d run into a problem of ‘too low populations to maintain our current systems’ because even now we’re replacing current workers with robots. If we remove the system of bringing in NEW people who need jobs and just focus on replacing what we can with robots, we will be able to operate with a smaller population–and that’s not necessarily a bad thing if the population is native.
Whether you agree with this vision of the technological revolution or not, something is obviously happening. Our unemployment rates are already high and getting higher as more low-skill work is taken away from humans. I think there’s plenty to argue in stopping the import of people until our job market subsides and we see there’s a need for more people in it. I believe, in the coming decades, we will see more replacement of human workers with automated processes which will leave more people unemployed. We will see an increase of need for people who know programming or robotics or technology in some way to help maintain processes or create new ones. These are not skills that third world immigrants will have–which begs the question, why import them? What benefit do they add to American (or western) society?
For immigration, for employment, and for the logistics of the countries, we can’t just consider the number falling, but everything around the falling number and what it means. More automation means less need for human involvement. More automation in basic areas means we do not need low skill workers, but people who can innovate and add to our society. I don’t think the declining population is just because societies were told not to have babies and I don’t think we need to fill in the gaps with immigrants or human imports. I think we need to take time to evaluate jobs, technology, and population. To evaluate current skills we have, what we need, and where they come from.
We need to focus on educating our citizens in what our country needs, fill the needs, then see if we still need any human imports. Right now, I see no need for human imports. I see no need to bring people into America from South America, Africa, or the middle east. I see no net benefit to any of it because they do not, as a whole, offer the skills our country is going to need in the coming technological revolution.
Where do you see these skills coming from?