First and foremost, I ought to clarify that the quotation below is not mine and in fact I do not agree entirely with it
“Our problem is how to devise a system of disincentives so that the irresponsible, the social delinquents, do not believe that all they have to do is to produce their children and the government then owes them and their children sufficient food, medicine, housing, education and jobs…. We must encourage those who earn less than $200 per month and cannot afford to nurture and educate many children never to have more than two. We will regret the time lost if we do not now take the first tentative steps towards correcting a trend which can leave our society with a large number of the physically, intellectually and culturally anaemic”
No prize for guessing who. Be it a result of nature or nature, the underlying assertion is that there is a high tendency (taking into account that there may be exceptions) for children to turn out like their parents because of genetic reasons or the environment
Most of us probably would disagree with the factuality of the theory because of an argument to consequence or emotion — usually an Urk with a “how can you say such things about others” or “my parents are blah, how can you say such things about ME” sentiment. At the very least, maybe we might disagree with the actions taken based on such a theory. Would the overly paternalistic think otherwise though?
Somewhat disturbing. So much for meritocracy when certain things are supposedly *judged* by others even before you are born.
Then again, perhaps we do inherit some character traits from our parents — such as laziness (Ahem), sneakiness (ohwell!), craziness (Ahem) or even a kind heart and a short temper — but we cannot judge how a person would turn out because of his background or parents. No doubt, circumstances might make the process easier or harder, you know the “support and money for tuition and assessment books” argument, but everything is left up to one’s self in the end. Pre-conditions can only take a person so far, from there on, it is one’s own hardwork, intelligence and luck.
(Unless, they are saying that this supposed increase in advantage from background is enough to warrant trying to discriminating and disincentivising. That however, imho, is overly extreme!)
Ah, I’d like to assume that the quote above was from the Early Years and is hence outdated and not put into practice.
This post is very LC i think. Just that i have more apathy and less poetic angst