Bryan Moss wrote:
> Parents are the weak link in our chain; we need to remove them as early as
> possible and replace them with someone who has a genuine (economic) interest
> in the child. To begin with the best we can do is offer good money for
> children, soon after we might contract women to give birth to wholely owned
> children, and eventually we would grow them in labs (or farm them if you're
> looking for an appropriate visual image). I want child welfare to be an
> systematic process of our economy without interference by parents who expect
> more than dividends.
Whoa, whoa, whoa! I'd be real hesitant about replacing a genuine reproductive-fitness interest with a "genuine" economic interest if the first doesn't work. Love really is stronger than greed, speaking as an evolutionary psychologist, because the selection pressures are stronger.
Note also that, as I recall the statistics, the rate of child abuse is roughly one hundred times larger with stepparents than with natural parents.
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