Czech, Hungary, Serbia Fight ‘White Plague’ of Low Birthrates with Pro-Family Policies

Shaun Walker – Russia Insider Dec 12, 2019

Procreate or face extinction: that is the message from central European leaders to their shrinking populations, as across the region rightwing governments implement so-called “family first” policies to incentivise childbearing.

Hungary’s government is holding an international summit on demography in Budapest this week, being attended by several regional leaders and delegations from dozens of countries in an attempt to trumpet their investment in family policies.

The country’s nativist prime minister, Viktor Orbán, said it was conceivable that Hungary, with a population of just under 10 million that is shrinking due to low birthrates and emigration of Hungarians to EU states further west, could simply disappear.

“It’s not hard to imagine that there would be one single last man who has to turn the lights out,” he said at the opening of the conference on Thursday.

Orbán, who has based his political campaigns in recent years on anti-refugee and anti-migration sentiment, said other European politicians saw immigration as the solution, but he firmly rejected this, tapping into the far-right “great replacement” theory.

“If Europe is not going to be populated by Europeans in the future and we take this as given, then we are speaking about an exchange of populations, to replace the population of Europeans with others,” said Orbán. “There are political forces in Europe who want a replacement of population for ideological or other reasons.”

Orbán’s words were backed up by one of the guests of honour at the summit, the former Australian prime minister Tony Abbott, who saluted the Hungarian leader for having “the political courage to defy political correctness”.

Abbott said dying populations, not climate change, were the biggest threat to western civilisation, and lashed out at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle for recent remarks that they would not have more than two children due to the effects on the environment. “Having fewer children in western countries will hardly make the climate better when so many children are being born elsewhere,” said Abbott.

A fear of rising populations in other parts of the world was the dominant theme during the opening morning of the Budapest summit, despite the presence of delegations from many developing countries. The tone was set by an artistic performance that opened the forum, portraying hordes of people from the south and east advancing on Europe.

“Europe has become the continent of the empty crib whereas in Asia and Africa they face demographic challenges of the opposite type,” said Katalin Novák, Hungary’s minister of state for family, youth and international affairs.

The two-day summit was also attended by Czech prime minister, Andrej Babiš, and Serbia’s president, Aleksandar Vučić, who both said boosting birthrates was a priority for the long-term development of their countries. Vučić said his country was losing the equivalent of the population of a medium-sized town each year. “Serbian people have one expression for negative population growth: the white plague,” he said.

Novák, in previous written responses to questions from the Guardian, said the Hungarian government doubled family spending between 2010 and 2019, with the goal of achieving “a lasting turn in demographic processes by 2030”. Fertility rates have gone up from 1.2 to 1.5 children per woman, according to government figures. This is still far from the 2.1 figure the UN says is the number required for a sustainable population.

Governments across central Europe have introduced financial incentives for having children, with Poland introducing the 500+ scheme, which pays parents 500 złoty (£103) a month per child from the second child onwards. The Polish scheme was extended in July this year to cover every child, including the first one, without any income threshold

Babiš said the Czech Republic also wanted to encourage big families. “It is the third child which is of key importance … We do not wish to bribe anyone to have a third child, but we must provide support primarily to families who voluntarily undertake the third child,” he said.

This year the Hungarian government introduced a 10m forint (£27,000) interest-free loan for families, which does not have to be paid back if the couple has three children.

Novák denied that this could put pressure on women to have children: “Contrary to the unjustified and politically motivated accusations, we do not want to force anyone to have children … It’s shocking that we are constantly attacked for trying to support families by all means available.”

  • This article was amended on 6 September 2019 to add that the Polish 500+ scheme was extended in July this year to cover every child, including the first one and to correct a reference in a quote from Serbia’s president Vučić which we misrendered as “white flag” when “white plague” was meant.


2 responses to “Czech, Hungary, Serbia Fight ‘White Plague’ of Low Birthrates with Pro-Family Policies”

  1. Over the decades since WWII, incomes have been reduced (using inflation) to the extent that for most White People it is no longer possible to raise a family on a single wage, forcing women into the workplace.

    Young couples can’t afford to get married and set up home together, and any children have to be “farmed out” to indoctrination centres at a time when the mother really needs to be at home caring for them.

    This is all by design.

  2. The root cause is hypothecation. This is a fancy word for creating bank credit as money. Credit and a debt instrument are created simultaneously.

    Credit as money channels toward real estate. Over 70% of new credit comes into being as debt against land and real estate.

    This then pushes prices of said real estate. If the access price of housing is high, then young couples will not form families. The money supply represents debt aimed at housing, when most people work in industry or create services. This mismatch is key to the malfunctioning of civilization.

    (When former credit pays down principle of a loan, said credit disappears. What comes from nothing returns to nothing.)

    K type breeders, especially white people, and especially white women, will look to the future and not breed. Whites especially have low time preference, and have a future orientation as part of their evolutionary make-up.

    Ironically, Hungary could convert their money supply to a sovereign type, where the money issued is legal and is NOT done with hypothecation. They have not done so, and probably are afraid of the tribe, who in turn are agents for mammon.

    In the old days, they had less hypothecation of new credit. If you wanted to buy some land or housing you used to have to borrow from a savings and loan (also called Trusts or building societies). Whatever you call it, you borrowed saved money that already exists, and this “already existing money” represents stored wealth and relates to goods and services production rather than new debt instruments.

    The movie “Its a wonderful life” shows the difference between bank credit hypothecation, and saved wealth. Of course, the bankers have won to our everlasting and civilization destroying detriment.

    Humans are reluctant to admit they are controlled by prices and money. We humans swim in prices and money like a fish swims in water.

    Western leaders better get a clue and fast, and their eyes need to refocus on the money system, rather than ignoring the water they swim in. Western governments own the law, and hence own the money power, but for the most part they have given away the money power to private banking corporations. Why?

    A truly sovereign country can deploy its human energy and national resources any way they want, and if they really wanted to, they could create a baby boom.