“Istook Live!” has a fascinating discussion today with Dr. James Dobson and Kurt Bruner. The noted Christian broadcaster has teamed with Bruner to produce his first-ever novel—and it ain’t pretty.

As Dobson tells Ernest Istook, “”Fatherless’ projects what the world will look like culturally and socially about 30 years from now, if the present demographic trends continue.” What we’re experiencing now, he notes, is an “inversion of the population pyramid that foretells catastrophic changes.”

Put simply, “Fatherless” portrays a U.S. that is far grayer than even today. Thirty years on, people are living longer, and there are fewer young people. It’s increasingly difficult to support oneself and one’s family, much less pay the taxes necessary to support the elderly now grown almost completely dependent on government programs. In the scenario, the temptation grows to simply get rid of people who have become “too big a burden on society.”

Bruner notes that other countries are already further down this path than the U.S.  “Japan has already reached the tipping point of depopulation,” he says, noting that Japanese retailers last year sold more adult diapers than baby diapers. Small surprise, then, that the Finance Minister recently said the government should let old people “hurry up and die,” so as to not burden the state with their medical expenses.

You can listen to the interview here:

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