By Thomas Rodham Wells
The Philosopher's Beard
Originally published November 5, 2014
Parents' private choices to procreate impose public costs without public accountability. Society is presented with expensive obligations to ensure every child a decent quality of life and their development into successful adults and citizens, and that means massive tax-subsidies for their health, education, parental income, and so forth. In addition, children have a demographic impact on public goods like the environment which creates additional costs for society and perhaps humanity as a whole.
So, is parenthood an irresponsible and selfish lifestyle choice?
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