I’ll continue some discussion from the comments at TVHE here because it’s getting significantly off the topic of the original post.
I’ve come across quite a few people advocating breeding licenses in casual conversation, it doesn’t seem that much more repugnant to add a genetic element.
Some parents are bad, therefore we should stop them being parents. The unstated premise is that we have a wise and benevolent government capable of doing this. I don’t think eugenic thought is as anachronistic as you suggest. I’m guessing most people think eugenics was largely confined to Nazi Germany, and are unaware of the nastiness that happened in the States and elsewhere under liberal democratic governments. We’re not racist like those Nazis: we have nothing to worry about.
Eric Crampton replied:
Brad, I think we’ve got another example here of fiscal externalities generating meddlesome preferences – here of some of the…
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