The Right Coast

February 16, 2004
Missing Proletarians
By Maimon Schwarzschild

Fascinating Washington Post piece by Nick Eberstadt (registration required) on the shrinking population in Russia, and the trouble it portends for that country.

The original Latin meaning of "proletarians", of course, was "people who produce children for the state". It wasn't -- or shouldn't have been -- entirely a sneer. Or, as Abraham Lincoln might have said, "God loves the proletarians; He made so many of them; and there would be serious demographic trouble if He stopped doing so".