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Demographic philosopher Glenn Campbell looks at life and tries to predict the future through the lens of demography, or the study of human populations. Not content to predict humanity's long-term future, Glenn seeks to change it by introducing a new family structure called the "Post-Nuclear Family".

Demographic philosopher Glenn Campbell looks at life and tries to predict the future through the lens of demography, or the study of human populations. Not content to predict humanity's long-term future, Glenn seeks to change it by introducing a new family structure called the "Post-Nuclear Family".


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Demographic philosopher Glenn Campbell looks at life and tries to predict the future through the lens of demography, or the study of human populations. Not content to predict humanity's long-term future, Glenn seeks to change it by introducing a new family structure called the "Post-Nuclear Family".






64. Personality and the Post-Nuclear Family (40 min)

In this unscripted episode, Glenn Campbell discusses the role of personality in the formation and maintenance of his hypothetical post-nuclear family system. Discussion includes MBTI, the Five Factor Model, the Dark Triade traits and other recognized personality disorders.


63. Post-Nuclear Family: Insulating Children from Parental Disputes (8 min)

As an addendum to the previous episode, Glenn Campbell provides a 6th reason that parents should not live with their children in the post-nuclear family: It insulates the children from the parents' disputes. The children's household is governed by rules established and enforced by the adults. With multiple parents, there are bound to be disputes on matters of policy and on specific conflicts. These should be debated and resolved outside the hearing of the children, which is less likely if...


62. Post-Nuclear Family: Why Parents Should Not Live With Their Children (18 min)

In an unscripted episode, Glenn Campbell answers a question about his theoretical post-nuclear family system: Why he believes the parents should not live in the same household as the children. He cites 5 reasons: ① to preserve the child-friendly culture and physical features of the main household, ② to encourage division of labor among the adults, ③ to insulate the children from the parents' wealth, ④ to encourage the independence of the children's household, ⑤ to facilitate a...


61. Babies in the Post-Nuclear Family (42 min)

In this unscripted episode, Glenn Campbell discusses various topics relating to babies in his hypothetical Post-Nuclear Family. Inspired by a screaming baby on a red-eye flight. First, he says a baby would rarely fly in a plane under his system, because babies and young children are firmly attached to house in which they are raised. Only older children are likely to travel. Another issue he raises is why one baby on a plane is crying while others seem to sleep. It may be an issue of...


60. Things I Can't Predict — What Demographics and Macroeconomics Can't Tell Us (15 min)

Glenn Campbell on what is predictable and what isn't, based on demographics and macroeconomics. They place a hard ceiling on future economic, but they don't tell us what will happen below that ceiling. The wildcards are human politics and human behavior, which escape easy predictions. Glenn illustrates these limitations with three results of the pandemic that he never would have predicted: (1) a rise in stocks and asset markets despite a failing economy. (2) Race riots in the midst of a...


59. Making Sense of UFOs (36 min)

Glenn Campbell reveals the connection between UFOs and human demographics: There isn't any! [Expanded description coming soon.] — Twitter: @DemographicDoom — See the YouTube version of this episode for notes, comments, corrections & links to other resources: [ep 59, 10 June 2021]


58. Biosphere 2 and the Post-Nuclear Family (35 min)

Glenn Campbell reviews the 2020 documentary "Spaceship Earth" about the 1990s ecological experiment Biosphere 2. In September 1991, eight "astronauts" were locked in sealed greenhouse in the Arizona desert, where they were expected to produce their own food, water and air. It was a utopian system destined to fail, but Glenn sees lessons in it for his own speculative system, the post-nuclear family. — Twitter: @DemographicDoom — See the YouTube version of this episode for notes, comments,...


57. Introduction to Demographic Doom and the Post-Nuclear Family (64 min)

Glenn Campbell summarizes the humanity's greatest demographic threat—a shortage of babies in the developed world—and his proposed long-term solution: a system he calls the "post-nuclear family". Speaking without a script (and on video), Glenn first describes the global baby bust and the financial crisis it is creating. Although the population is getting older and less productive, governments are spending money far more money than they are collecting in tax. This condition has to end in...


56. The Zero-Inflation Theory: New Insight on a Collapsing Economy (39 min)

For two decades now, the US government his spent far more money than it collects in taxes, and the pandemic has only accelerated the process. Before Covid-19, the government borrowed one of every four dollars it spent. In 2020 and 2021, the deficit is one of every two dollars. The shortfall has been made up by government borrowing and ultimately the printing of new money. A mystery among investors and economists is why all this money creation hasn't resulted in staggering consumer inflation....


55. Jim Rogers on Government Debt and Economic Collapse (19 min)

The world is heading for a massive monetary collapse due to runaway money printing. Glenn Campbell has said it before on this podcast, and he'll probably say it again. This time, however, he has a witness—or at least someone with public stature who is saying the same things. Glenn begins this episode by playing a 4-minute edited clip from Jim Rogers, a 78-year-old investor who has warned about a coming calamity for several years. Rogers says government money printing is out of control and...


54. Parentification in the Post-Nuclear Family (13 min)

[13 min] Continuing the discussion of his proposed post-nuclear family, Glenn Campbell explains the critical role of "parentification"—or having older children care for younger ones. To child welfare workers, it is often considered child neglect when an underage child is found to be caring for their parents or siblings. Glenn seems to be proposing the same thing, except that in his system there are still responsible adults on duty. They just don't do the dirty work. Children are expected to...


53. Fifteen Defining Features of the Post-Nuclear Family (44 min)

In a "dramatic reading" of his webpage, Glenn Campbell lists 15 key characteristics of his proposed post-nuclear family. In this system, between 9 and 18 children are raised in a single household by a consortium of parents who do not live there. Glenn begins with an overview and a list of five issues the structure is intended to address, including the high cost of parenting. He then lists the 15 "defining" features followed by a dozen "implied" ones. The implied features are not essential to...


52. A World Without Money: An Allegory For The Coming Collapse (23 min)

Glenn Campbell returns to his predictions of dire economic collapse using a new device: imagining a world without money. If society had no dollars, euros or yen, would the economy still be in trouble? It could be, says Glenn. —— Without currency, people could still trade with each other through direct barter and the next-order alternative: an exchange of promises. Instead of trading one product for another, you could trade one product for the *promise* of another, written on a piece of...


51. Year in Review 2020: Personal and Macroeconomic (36 min)

At the end of 2020, Glenn Campbell offers a review of the past year and makes some predictions for coming years. The pandemic is the obvious bombshell of 2020, but Glenn focusses more on his own personal year—defeating cancer once again—and on the bigger macroeconomic picture beyond the pandemic. Glenn spent the first few months of the pandemic in cancer treatment, and he tells us about his adventures. He also describes his surprise in watching the stock market RISE in the face of an...


50. Post-Nuclear Family: Where Do The Babies Come From? (36 min)

In his fourth episode on the "post-nuclear family", Glenn Campbell talks about where the babies come from to populate his proposed family structure. The family may be started by a consortium of three or more couples who create babies in the traditional way. This works for the first couple of decades, but eventually the fertility of the founding mothers runs out, and the family has to look elsewhere for new babies. In the world of 2048 and beyond, many fertility methods will no doubt be...


49. Predictions for the Biden Era (35 min)

About two weeks after Joseph Biden was elected President of the United States, Glenn Campbell analyses the demographic damage caused by Trump and makes some predictions for the Biden Administration. Although the President of the United States will no longer be actively damaging the country, most of the macroeconomic problems of the Trump era will continue into the Biden era. The US Government has accumulated more debt than can possibly be paid back, and even the most competent administration...


48. The Post-Nuclear Family: Education and Family Culture (25 min)

In his third episode on his proposed "post-nuclear family," Glenn Campbell describes how this large family structure would educate its young. Since "software programming" is the main function of the family, it is not taken lightly. While public education is a possibility, most post-nuclear families would probably prefer home schooling. With 9-18 kids in one house, supported by many adults, the household could afford to hire a teacher, but this person would do less teaching and more managing....


47. The Post-Nuclear Family: Is It Communism? ☭ (24 min)

Glenn Campbell responds to comments on his previous episode suggesting that his post-nuclear family is "Communism" and is destined to fail for the same reasons. Glenn compares his system to two different kinds of 20th Century "communism": Soviet Communism and the kibbutz's of Israel. Every family is inherently communistic: "From each according to his abilities. To each according to his needs." However, the socialism takes place only within the childrearing unit. In the post-nuclear system,...


46. The Post-Nuclear Family: An Introduction (25 min)

Glenn Campbell describes his proposed family structure, the "post-nuclear family", intended to address the shortcomings of the traditional nuclear family. Instead of one or two adults raising 1-3 children, Glenn proposes 9-18 kids raised under one roof by a consortium of adults who do not live in the home. The advantages of this system are economies of scale and the "captive labor force" of older children caring for younger one. Although the household is supported from the outside and...


45. Rip van Winkle Awakens... to Insane Economics

On Oct. 8, 2020, after 4½ months on hiatus, Glenn Campbell returns with a new podcast, recapping what has happened both in the world and in his personal life. While there has been plenty of "news" over the past four months, not a lot has changed in the big picture. The pandemic is almost certain to accelerate the birth collapse in developed countries, which will be confirmed by birth statistics in December. While the long-term prospects haven't changed, Glenn is surprised by three...