have more kids as social security

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Hello everyone,

From the book Thank You for Being Late by Thomas Friedman.

Mr. Friedman talks about poor countries with large population that is still growing.

But when Moore’s law and glo-balization accelerate at their current rates and your country falls behind on education and infrastructure, it falls behind at an accelerating rate as well. So you have more people who are less able to participate in the global flows. And then they have more kids as social security.

Does "have more kids as social security" mean they have kids so that they (their kids) take care of them when they (parents) grow old?

Thank you.
  • PaulQ

    Senior Member
    English - England
    Yes. There are several aspects to this, but you have identified the main one.
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