Fake News and the Fall of Globalization

What seems to be the latest Russian specialty of the house (here, here and here), fake news have shaped people’s mind in recent years. Fueled by abused search engine algorithms and social websites, fake news have risen to the top and have been identified as the main contributor to recent unexpected results such as Brexit and Trump.

However, fake news are just one side of the coin. What has not been discussed so far and should be is why are fake news, and news in general, so powerful. If you don’t know what I’m talking about just take a look at the USA. According to Gallup around 43% of US citizens think ill of Muslims. However this number is a bit baffling when you take into account that the Muslim population in most of the states is below 1%.

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USA – Fear is the greatest Aphrodisiac

Today morning I was reading the news when I came across this article

Germany’s demographics: Young people wanted

Huh that looks interesting. For being the economic engine of Europe, Germany needing young people sounds curiously surprising. So why is Germany in such a dire position while the US, the No. 1 nation economic-wise, is not?

First let’s take a global view. It is well known that among the countries with the lowest birth rates are those in the EU. To be more exact here is the wikipedia entry for birth rates. Here the map in said page:

The bluest zones are the countries with the lowest birth rates. And yes, the correlation is pretty obvious, rich countries have less children. Which is no surprise since this (should be) is taught in high school. The normal demographics curve of a country looks something like this:

So according to this graph, half of the world is still Preindustrial, aka Europe in the early 1800’s. Well maybe not, but that is out of the scope of this entry.

Getting to the point, what want to put out there is that the birth rate of a country is not correlated to its wealth but rather to the general fear its citizens feel. So to prove my point on a global scale I present you this other map:

Try to match green-orange-reddish countries in the first map with red ones on the second one. Or the other way around. You’ll see that there is a strong correlation.

Now on to the US starting with a map of the states by birth rate:

And another map with the states by gun ownership:

So to me it would seem like the most liberal states, and therefore having less easy manipulable population, are the ones which have a lower birth rate.

So here comes the conspiracy part: The US government has been long using its propaganda machine (FOX, CBS, NBC and ABC) to keep the fear up. This has three major benefits. First it keeps up the gun ownership. Second it justifies its huge army budget. Third it keeps the birth rate up.

Whether or not you believe this conspiracy, the correlation between gun ownership and birth rate is striking. Too bad that the dumber, cough cough. Too bad that the gun owning states are the ones that are reproducing faster.

Note: No offense is intended to any state or nation.