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The Vanishing American Dream
Immigration, Population, Debt, Scarcity

ISBN 9781412863377
Published June 30, 2016 by Routledge
350 Pages

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Book Description

The United States has gone off track, allowing domestic and foreign aid policies to be co-opted by a government—abetted by mass media—that serves special interests rather than the greater national good. Americans' tendencies to trust, play fair, and help have been abused and require replacement by a realistic outlook.

The Vanishing American Dream posits solutions to get America back on the right track. Abernethy sees population growth driven by mass immigration as a major cause of economic and cultural changes that have been detrimental to most Americans. The environment has been degraded by over-crowding and increasing demands on natural resources. Work is cheapened by explosive growth in the labour force creating a buyer's market. One salary or wage no longer supports a family and educates children. Women working outside the home is a necessity, not a choice, for most American families. Furthermore, feminism, aimed originally at balanced gender roles, has been turned viciously against males of all ages and ultimately against females through degrading their traditional and valuable contributions.

Abernethy proposes that Americans need time to regroup, untroubled by a continuing influx of foreign peoples. The family, small business, and responsive local government are centres around which a solvent and confident citizenry can prosper again.

Table of Contents


1 Trust
Jobs, Politics, and Immigration
Effects of Mass Immigration
Immigration Misinformation: Teeming Masses and Funny Numbers
Census Bureau Distortions Hide Immigration Crisis: Real Numbers Much Higher, Part I
To Reform Welfare, Reform Immigration
Immigration and the Nation's Health

2 Carrying Capacity and Complexity
The Politics of Conservation
Doing Government to the People
Carrying Capacity: The Traditions and Policy Implications of Limits
A State Shows the Way
Population Problems

3 Explaining Fertility Rates: The Search for Causality
Foreword to Aldine-Transaction Edition of Ester Boserup's The Conditions of Agricultural Growth
Population Planning in a Premodern Context
The Shipibo: Modernity Begets Fertility

4 Surprised by Sex: The Fertility Opportunity Hypothesis
Fertility Decline No Mystery
Crowd Control. Review of George M. Moffett's Critical Masses: The Global Population Challenge
Population Dynamics: Why We Can Sit Back and Watch Fertility Fall
Eskimo Adaptation to a Harsh Environment
Why Asian Population Growth Is Grinding Down
Fertility Decline in Former "Asian Tigers"

5 The Unintended Consequences of Redistributed Wealth
Optimism and Overpopulation
The Demographic Transition Revisited: Lessons for Foreign Aid and US Immigration Policy
Immigration Reduction Offers Chance for Softer Landing
The "One-World" Thesis as an Obstacle to Environmental Preservation

6 Population Growth Threatens Women and Children
Coverage of the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development
The World's Women: Fighting a Battle, Losing the War
Cultural Perspectives on the Impact of Women's Changing Roles on Psychiatry

7 Winners and Losers from Population Pressure
Population Politics
Family Formation in America
Changing the USA's Population Signals for a Sustainable Future
Environmental and Ethical Aspects of International Migration

8 Marriage, Motherhood, and Power
Compassion, Control, and Decisions about Competency
American Marriage in Cross-Cultural Perspective

9 Seeds of Conflict
Government for the People?
Census Bureau Distortions Hide Immigration Crisis, Part II
Book Review of Ethnic Politics by Milton J. Esman

10 Restoring the Tradition
Report Confuses "Diversity," "Multiculturalism"
Promotion in the San Francisco Fire Department
Responsibility—The Lost Virtue
Marriage and Reproduction Make Sense After All



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Abernethy, Virginia Deane