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Originally posted by Helig
The only way a program of this scope will ever work is if all food is produced, packaged and distributed by the government allowing for a mass birth control measure. Even then you would have to outlaw gardens, farming, fishing, or any other possible source of food in order to make sure everyone is getting their medicine.
Another downside that people are not looking at is that a controlled breeding program would make it so that the unskilled labor workforce would dwindle to nothing as they couldn't afford the permits, so there would be major economic impacts from such a program.
Originally posted by apacheman
Seriously, what an incredibly arrogant, self-centered idea.
Those people you rail about: perhaps if they were paid a living wage and allowed the time, energy and monetary surpluses to properly raise their children, things might be better, yes? Most of the problems are caused by the greed of the the wealthy. They have no other measure to seperate themselves, to be "better" than others, but money: they are no more skilled or intelligent than people from the lowest rungs of society, therefore they need wealth to show their "superiority". However, if you gave them what the poor start with, they too would be stuck where they started. Without the connections, or the the access to accumulated wealth from their familiy, they would do no better than anyone else. Without the time or energy surpluses there is no way to create the wealth necessary to lift yourself out of whatever class you were born in.
But the better-off think that it is their skill alone which places them where they are, not luck, not connections, not early advantages. It's illusory as well as delusional. Start from zero and see how far you get.
Originally posted by OLD HIPPY DUDE
reply to post by Hardstepah
I fail to see any logic or reason for your post, other than you have an agenda.
Who should be given the authority to deciede who can cannot have kids, and on what grounds would their decision be based.
We are all human and subject to ERROR.
So when one gets a licences would one also get an owners manual and a list of LAWS to on what parents can and can not do, what to feed them, when to change them ,when to bathe them , when to take them to the doctor, what schools the child should go to.
The system already has too much say in how parents raise their kids.
Just because the system thinks a couple is responsible does not make it so.
Child services has placed children into foster care and the child has died at the hands of the foster parents after the foster parents were interviewed and ruled good parents.
To bad ATS doesn't require a license to post threads.
Originally posted by Blaine91555
reply to post by Hardstepah
What would they base it on? If your a waitress in a restaurant no kids because you earn to little? Rich you can have all the kids you want no matter what kind of jerk you are? Overweight, you can't have children. Eat at McDonalds, you can't have children? Smoke cigarettes, you can't have children.
[edit on 4/20/2010 by Blaine91555]
Originally posted by Thirty_Foot_Smurf
How about having a license for existence. What if the populations of the earth had to go in front of a committee and justify their existence every year or so. If you stop producing then you are eliminated. Would this also help eliminate social burdens?