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August 8th, 2006
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From:aldabra
Date:August 8th, 2006 01:35 pm (UTC)
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Tosh. ( 8-) ) Look after the people who need looking after. (Because the thing you're not considering up there is: value to whom? Value to the premie's parents, or value to the State, or value to the ICU staff?)

And then think about persuading them voluntarily not to have children, by making other lifestyles less demanding and more rewarding.

It's not as if we need everyone to be working forty hours a week; food production is almost entirely automated, and everyone would be better off if all tax lawyers, advertisers and professional sports players were sent on permanent golfing retirement now.

We don't know what we're maximising, but happiness seems as good a candidate as any. You don't make people happy through forced sterilisation; you make some of them very unhappy indeed. (And if we can't afford to look after the children we're not going to be able to make the "happy and healthy and wealthy" benefits very overwhelming; they'll turn into "be sterilised if you want subsistence support" once they're applied to enough of the population. Cf the one-child policy in China, which started out by giving extra benefits to only children, and rapidly turned into penalising children with siblings instead.)
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