Russell and Duenes

It’s a Girl

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Written by Michael Duenes

January 24, 2012 at 2:38 pm

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  1. Abortion is not a good method of birth control. However, birth control is both necessary and appropriate in a world where water and other resources are becoming increasingly scarce.

    It’s time for everyone to become sensible about family planning. Just about everyone agrees that infanticide is wrong. Just about everyone agrees that killing a child a month before it is born is wrong. If people who oppose abortion want to get more agreement and support, they will have more success if they stop opposing reasonable birth control methods.


    January 24, 2012 at 3:50 pm

  2. Always great to have a reminder that although we may not endorse feminism, and we may believe that men and women have separate roles, our little girls are God’s treasures, too. I wouldn’t trade away my daughters for anything!

    Speaking of this, there’s been some talk in the Canadian media recently about the awkward situation that sex-selective abortion places feminists into.


    January 24, 2012 at 6:49 pm

  3. modesty-

    “water and other resources are becoming increasingly scarce”

    I couldn’t disagree with you more.

    Price is the only meaningful measure of scarcity.

    Worldwide, resources are more accessible and less expensive, therefore less scarce. Daily caloric intake, access to clean water, access to electricity, infant mortality rates, human life spans, leisure time, child labor, literacy rates, etc.- all show positive trends world wide, long term.

    Common resources- minerals, fuel, metals, all have decreased in price world wide, long term, when adjusted for inflation.

    There is no evidence that we have too many people, and we certainly shouldn’t be killing anybody to make room for ourselves.



    January 25, 2012 at 10:39 am

  4. Bates, Thank you for your comment and disagreement.

    “Price is the only meaningful measure of scarcity.”

    [First of all I will say (and ask), in the interest of full disclosure: 1) I do not claim to be an expert on agriculture or water resources. Are you? 2) My wife and I live on five acres of land, have our own well, and grow and raise some of our own food, though we do not consider ourselves “survivalists,” and do not for a millisecond consider ourselves self-sufficient in terms of our society and its resources. Where are you in terms of your independence from society and your self-sufficiency, if I may be so bold as to ask?]

    Your comment about price is an interesting comment. While it is not in my opinion an ignorant nor stupid one, I am not sure it covers all the bases, in terms of forecasting and preparing for the future. For example, the Australian magazine STOCK AND LAND writes “Groundwater is a key driver of the global economy – but water will be scarce in critical food production regions by 2030 unless urgent steps are taken to protect it from over-extraction and pollution, international water scientists have warned….A satellite study has proven groundwater tables in the United States, North Africa, India, the Middle East and China, are falling…”

    Home page: Water discussion:

    From the home page of KVUE (a Texas television station):

    Home page: Water shortage story:

    “SPICEWOOD BEACH, Texas — It rained, it poured, and it even thundered, yet Tuesday’s weather did little for the residents of Spicewood Beach in Burnet County.

    “The ground was green and wet, yet the water supply continued to dwindle.

    “It’s been pretty bad for us down here,” resident Connie Heller said.
    “Heller said the situation has become so bad that people have begun filling up large trucks with water from the Colorado River….”

    I am not a libertarian, nor am I a socialist/statist. In any case, whatever the merits of libertarian theory, as far as I know, no purely libertarian society exists anywhere on earth. Even if it did, I don’t know that the price signals of the market would be powerful enough to create sufficient innovation/market redirection/resource development/resource redirection to increase the water supply before people start dying of thirst and or starvation.

    I am not an expert on Africa, either (though my brother did live in Senegal for three years at one time). However, the following excerpt from the web site AlertNet (which seems to be associated with the Reuters new agency) gives me pause, though I am not sure it does for you:

    Web site: Article about possible Chad crisis:

    “Chad, again on the brink of a food crisis, will keep lurching from one emergency to another unless donors overcome their “repetitive amnesia” on the country and tackle chronic malnutrition there, International Medical Corps (IMC) warns.

    “Aid groups have warned that hunger threatens between 5 and 9 million people in countries in Africa’s Sahel region just below the Sahara including Chad, Niger, Mauritania, Burkina Faso and Mali…”

    Perhaps this is all false rumor-mongering/alarmist hysteria. Perhaps some emergency conversion to a libertarian price-responsive economic system in Chad, Somalia, and other nearby countries, in the next year or so (or whatever time period you consider appropriate) will fix the situation and make sure everyone has enough water and other resources to avoid dying of thirst, hunger, tribal violence, or who knows what? (What is a reasonable time period for this theoretical miracle to take place? A month? A year? A decade?)


    January 25, 2012 at 2:32 pm

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