This is the script for my Demographic Doom podcast episode (#46) recorded on 22 October 2020 (released on 23 October 2020). The definitive version of this episode, with annotations, is housed on YouTube, with the audio-only version at Podbean. Available on most major podcast platforms, including iTunes and Google Podcasts. See the description on the YouTube version for extensive annotations, links and corrections. You can also comment on this episode there. The main website for this project is DemographicDoom.com
This transcript is based on the original script, written before recording, corrected on 14 Feb 2021 to reflect the actual broadcast.
I’m Glenn Campbell. I call myself a demographic philosopher. I’m looking at life and trying to predict the future through the lens of demography, or the study of human populations. I'm trying to view humanity from a distance, as aliens would see us from space.
Today is Oct 23, 2020, and I'd like to return to the core of my Demographic Doom project, which is designing a new family structure. It is evident to me that the traditional nuclear family isn't producing enough babies to sustain modern society and that it never will. Couples today might have one or two kids, and these one or two offspring don't make up for the many adults who have no children at all.
- The family has between 9 and 18 kids raised under the same roof by a consortium of adults.
- Children are evenly spaced in age, from infancy to adulthood.
- Most of the routine internal labor of the household is provided by the children themselves.
- The number of children is held constant over time. As one child ages out of the family, a new child is born into it.
- The adults who manage the household do not live there themselves. They live as they choose in their own separate lodging.
- Most adult parental duties are scheduled in advance. The rest of the time, each adult can live as they wish.
- Elderly, sick or disabled members of the family are cared for in a location close to the children.
- Every adult family member must pay their family taxes throughout their working life.
- The number of families can be increased through a system of mitosis, which divides one family of 18 kids into two families of 9 while preserving the family's culture.