Bringing Children into a Statist World
Q&A Radio: Sunday, 13 January 2013, Question 3
In the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on 13 January 2013, I answered a question on bringing children into a statist world.
Is it wrong to have children in an increasingly irrational and statist culture? People should think about the long-range effects of their actions, and act based on principles. So if a person thinks that our culture is in decline – and perhaps even slipping into dictatorship – is it wrong for that person to have children? Is such an assessment accurate? Along similar lines, were people wrong to have children in the Soviet Union and other dictatorships?
My Answer, In Brief: If you don't want to have children, that's fine, but don't use the ridiculous dogma of secular apocalypticism to justify that decision. Life, particularly for children, is better than ever before.
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