Russia, the Incredible Shrinking Country
Businessweek magazine recently published a list of the 25 countries that are losing population most rapidly, in other words shrinking the fastest. In this most basic test of national success, Russia is #18. That means that only 17 countries on the entire planet are shrinking faster than Vladimir Putin’s Russia.
The data indicates that in the next four decades Russia’s population will fall by a shocking 15 million people, or 10.7%. While there are 17 nations who are losing population at a faster rate than Russia, only one of them, Japan, will lose more people than Russia over this period. Poland, South Korea and Bulgaria all rank ahead of Russia in terms of rate of loss, but Russia will lose more people than all three of them combined.
What’s also stunning about the BW list is that only four of the 17 countries who are even worse than Russia (Japan, South Korea, Cuba and Germany) are outside the former USSR’s sphere of enslavement. In other words, a jolting fourteen of the top eighteen population losers in the world, nearly 80% of the total, are in former Soviet space, a space that was until quite recently dominated by Russian policy. The absolute failure of the USSR, spearheaded by Russia, has doomed not only Russia itself by a whole vast array of other nations bludgeoned by Russian aggression.
The chickens of Communism are coming home to roost, even in Cuba. Yet, the benighted, bean-brained citizens of Russia are rushing to recreate the USSR, and have chosen to be led by a proud KGB spy. Little wonder, then, that these poor idiotic wretches cannot manage even the most basic task of maintaining their population.
As BW notes: “A declining population impacts a country’s economic growth, labor market, pensions, taxation, health care, and housing. Globally by 2050, the number of older persons in the world will exceed the number of young for the first time in history. The imbalance will create havoc in the pension systems and make it difficult to support retired and elderly persons.”
So Russia’s failure has wide and deep consequences, and stands to destabilize and destroy not only Russia but the outside world as well. We are reminded of the movie Dr. Strangelove, in which Russia devised a “doomsday” weapon that would destroy the planet even as Russia was destroyed.