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Saturday, 3 September 2016

UK former Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks: "Western civilization is on the brink of a collapse like that of ancient Rome."

His intervention, in an interview with The Daily Telegraph, makes him one of only a handful of public figures in recent memory to raise the alarm about declining fertility rates as a serious social problem.
But among a list of problems he said neither the market nor the state could ultimately solve he singled out the "collapse" of birth-rates throughout Europe.

This, he said had led directly to "unprecedented levels of immigration that are now the only way the West can sustain its population".

But he added that there had been a "systemic failure" to integrate new arrivals.

Speaking to The Daily Telegraph, he said similar falling birthrates had been the hallmark of the last days of the Roman Empire.

He also warned that Britain is losing its national "memory" and cultural identity because people in the digital age simply have shorter attention spans and have little grasp of history.

And he dismissed the standard of debate in the run-up to the EU referendum as shallow, parochial and “fusty” as if "from the 1950s" rather than the 21st century.

He was speaking after receiving the Templeton Prize, which, at £1.1 million, is the world’s biggest annual award, for his work promoting religious understanding.

Speaking to The Daily Telegraph, he said similar falling birthrates had been the hallmark of the last days of the Roman Empire.

There was, he said, "no question" that this poses a serious threat to the future of western civilisation as we know it.


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