> > But in a dictatorship, while my > > child-rearing opportunities suffer, my business opportunities suffer > > even more. > > But what if you live under a capitalist dicatator, like Chile's General > Pinochet or South Korea's General Park [is this name right?]?
If my understanding is correct, in a lot of those places you have to "know someone" to take advantage of the capitalism. There are probably not enough such people to change the data, in any (reasonable) income bracket. Even if that's not the case, "business opportunities" is just an example. Substitute "political opportunities" if you like. The point I was tryign to make is that it's possible for a dictatorship to depress child-rearing opportunities less than other opportunities, thus making child-rearing relatively more attractive. > > I was under the impression that > > fertility in the USSR and the Warsaw pact countries was very low, and > > I think it's still very low in Russia. > > Yes. In fact, it's even lower since Russia and other Warsaw bloc countries > adopted democracy than when they were ruled by Communist dictators! Perhaps -- but calling Russia's current form of government "democracy is stretching a bit. They're closer than they were in 1991 to be sure, but right now I think "oligarchy" would be more accurate. --Robert