Junior Ganymede
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Mene Mene Step 3

July 27th, 2017 by G.

What do various ideologies look like when weighed in the Step 3 balance?

All about class, nothing about kids. Radically deficient.

All about maximizing returns, not about rearing kids. Radically deficient.

Boo, hiss.

Classical liberalism/libertarianism
By themselves, they have nothing in particular to say about kids. In fact, for libertarians at least kids fit pretty awkwardly into the theory.

On the other hand, Darth Vader’s version of classical liberalism pays close attention to what freedom is and therefore has much more to say about children. Understanding that freedom is agents making meaningful choice means that having more children and raising them leads to more freedom. First, in that the choice to raise children and the choice of how to raise them is extremely meaningful. Second, in that the child develops into another agent.


Mormonism excels at this, but most religions seem to have some explicit acknowledgment of family, and Christianity and Mormonism in particular seem to have a role for family that fits well into the whole structure instead of just being tacked on.

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Carter Craft
July 27, 2017

Most traditional religions and cultures place a strong emphasis on familial relationships.

Arguably, the Chinese (that is Confucianism) took this the most seriously, with the duty to have children and the rules governing parent-child relationships being treated as ends unto themselves.

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