The year is 2042, and a long-predicted tipping point has arrived. For the first time in human history, the economic pyramid has flipped: The feeble old now outnumber the vigorous young, and this untenable situation is intensifying a battle between competing cultural agendas.
Reporter Julia Davidson-a formerly award-winning journalist seeking to revive a flagging career-is investigating the growing crisis, unaware that her activity makes her a pawn in an ominous conspiracy. Plagued by nightmares about her absent father, Julia finds herself drawn to the quiet strength of a man she meets at a friend’s church. As the engrossing plot of FATHERLESS unfolds, Julia will face choices that pit professional success against personal survival in an increasingly uncertain and dangerous world.
In the dystopian tradition of books like 1984, Brave New World, and The Hunger Games, FATHERLESS vividly imagines a future in which present-day trends come to sinister fruition. The second and third books in the series, CHILDLESS and GODLESS, will follow at eight-month intervals.
In a recent USA Today opinion piece, Dobson writes about the “numbers” behind his book, Fatherless:
Americans are realizing they are facing a demographic nightmare that has been looming in other Western nations for decades.
For the first time in history, fewer American babies are being born while the number of senior citizens is growing. Baby Boomers are reaching retirement age, increasing the ranks of the elderly. At the same time, women living without a spouse outnumber those who are married. The result is a birth rate in decline. If it were not for immigration, our nation would be in serious trouble.
Men and women have a right not to procreate, but serious consequences emerge when an increasing percentage of couples choose barrenness. A nation can reach a tipping point from which it cannot recover. America is not there yet, but that appears to be where it is headed.
Other countries have gone even further down that road.
The Russian government is offering incentives now for women who produce babies. Japan’s birth rate has fallen so dramatically that the Japanese population has the oldest average age on earth. Last year, more diapers were bought and used by aging Japanese than were purchased for babies.
China, with its “one-child” policy, is not producing enough females for Chinese men to marry. Its birth rate is plummeting. France, Germany and other European countries are also concerned. Declining fertility is a worldwide phenomenon.
If the human population continues to wither, it will have shocking implications for nations, economically, politically, culturally, socially and spiritually. Every dimension of life will be impacted. Medical plans will fail. Pensions will not be sustainable.
When calculations were made to test the viability of Social Security in the 1930s, the numbers appeared to “work” because the young and healthy were always expected to outnumber those who were old and sick. Now politicians are talking quietly about the inevitability of “rationed health care.”
It comes down to this: A society with a serious decline in its birth rate will become a world without springtime or regeneration. The laughter and exuberance of the young will become a diminishing treasure. The result will be a self-absorbed culture dominated by old, tired, dying individuals. The world will be the worse for it.
It’s not too late for politicians to begin cherishing and nourishing our families and treating them as our greatest natural resource. Instead, with the exception of the child tax credit, legislatures have showed a disregard for the contributions of this venerable institution.
For example, in 1969, Congress imposed a “marriage penalty tax” on married couples. It continued for the next 32 years. By contrast, unmarried couples living together, most without children, received tax advantages.
Now, President Obama wants to reinstate the marriage penalty under the guise of ending “tax breaks for the rich.” Come on, America. We can do better than that.
Not only should the government do what it can to encourage families, but the culture at large must honor those who are investing themselves in children.
Boys and girls are among God’s most precious gifts to humanity and our link to future generations.
In other words, Dobson thinks we need MORE people in the world not less. I love how everything Dobson opposes is a “nightmare.” The real nightmare is a world of 10 billion people, a world where natural resources are rapidly depleted and people turn to violence to get enough food to eat.
I predict a lot of Evangelicals will buy this book and, just like they did with the Left Behind books, confuse FICTION with reality.
People like Dobson and Glenn Beck are scaremongers. Anything to advance their kingdom and make a buck. (interesting that Dobson appears on Beck’s show, Dobson, a Christian Fundamentalist, does not think Mormons are Christians.)
This is another reminder of why we cannot ignore people like James Dobson and Glenn Beck. If they ever gain power and control in this country, THAT would a true-life dystopian thriller, one in which our country as we know it ceases to exist.
Anyone who says we need more people in the world is delusional and living in denial of the real suffering that is going on most everywhere one looks. Dobson, even thinks China needs MORE people.
I just requested this book from the Library. I will try to hold my nose long enough to read it. I will write a review when I am finished.
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