2013 June 15 Saturday
Chinese Governments Expect Responsible Reproduction
Here is one of the ways I envy the Chinese:
The central Chinese city of Wuhan has published a draft ordinance that would fine women who have children out of wedlock more than £17,000.
Other parts of China such as Beijing and Guangdong province have already adopted similar regulations.
An academic was found who prefers to allow the same decay that inflicts Western societies.
"The regulation is ridiculous," Wang Qiong, a professor at Wuhan University, told the China Daily.
"What if a woman chooses to have a test tube baby without getting married? Should she also be fined?"
Yes, of course. We can lengthen our hiatus from the Malthusian Trap by creating selective pressures against the sorts of irresponsible behavior that the Malthusian Trap used to select against in Europe and China.
In freer America where rights recognized as a result of responsible behavior a person with a long criminal rap sheet can do illegitimate kid making on a scale that the Chinese would scarely believe: Tennessee man who fathered 22 children by 14 women sued for child support; ‘I was young an ambitious and I loved women’.
It would not surprise me if the Chinese started sterilizing the worst sorts of criminals. Once genetic variants that contribute to criminal behavior are identified the Chinese government could select for an even lower crime rate by targeting criminal reproductive capacity.
By Randall Parker at 2013 June 15 11:08 PM
China is indeed the closest to a benevolent planner's dream.
I don't think Chinese-style coercive/negative policies are necessary. All that probably actually needs to happen is to stop subsidizing undesireable behavior. Now, granted, this requires the state that currently does the subsidizing to a) admit that illegitimacy is undesireable and b) ignore the self-interested demands of the impulsive and immoral, and their government enablers, both of which seem unlikely. And maybe it wouldn't be enough, but I we should at least give it a shot before actively trying to tinker with people's lives.
In the US criminals and people who didn't take care of their children were once sterilized. I assume that these laws could be brought back. Maybe let criminals out earlier if sterilized. Otherwise keep them in. I don't think these laws have been declared unconstitutional. Could be wrong though.
Responsible reproduction laws should have more to do with number of babies rather than wedlock. It's the twenty-first century for christ's sake!
Responsibility in reproduction is as much or more about raising as spawning. The environment in which the children grow up is crucial, and wedlock is a big factor.
Engineer-Poet said at June 17, 2013 12:52 PM:
"...The environment in which the children grow up is crucial..."
Actually if you read the Minnesota twins study this is not true. Yes if children are abused they will be mental basket cases but as long as they are loved and fed they seem to grow mentally largely based on their genetics.
This is a win for White's. I read a blog, somewhere, that White's shouldn't worry so much about the perfect childhood for their children and start having more kids. Less toys and other material goods will not keep them from reaching their potential if they're loved.