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Posted 11/18/14
I think the biggest factor is if you can properly afford and support your family. If you can afford to properly take care of 50 children then so be it, have 50 children. If you can only afford 1 then have 1. I think I should make it clear that this is not take afford in the sense of money only, but time and proper relationship building needs to be there too. Too many kids without enough interaction with their parents is terrible for children as much (if not more) as being poor.
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Posted 11/18/14
As many as you can support, but let's hope that technology keeps up to solve the future major problems of overpopulation.
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Posted 11/19/14
There is over 7 billion people on this planet, so I don't think we need anymore people. So I say having few children is better than having more children. I say having one or two children is ok, but anymore children would be way too many children. This planet is suffering from a very serious case of overpopulation. There are way too many people. 5 billion too many people in fact. The ideal human population should be only 2 billion people or less. The only reason our planet can even support 7 billion people is because of fossil fuels. When we run out of fossil fuels, we cannot support anywhere near 7 billion people. The population of the planet without fossil fuels is 2 billion max. In fact because of all of the damage we've done to the environment, the post fossil fuel carrying capacity of this planet might only be around 1 billion people...by 2100, this planet might only be able to support only 1 billion people max, considering all of the damage we've done to the environment.
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Posted 11/19/14
1 Child per couple. People are breeding like it's "what the cool kids do", which isn't right because they're all stupid.
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Posted 11/19/14
This isn't an easy question to answer since it intersects so many other issues. Sure, the objective is basically to establish a stable population growth rate (ideally one near replacement) so that there isn't a sudden accumulation of retirees with an inadequate labor force to replace and support them, but at the same time how do we control population growth rates in a humane and ethical fashion? We could just force people to reproduce, forcibly sterilize other people, and perform sex selective abortions to ensure that an adequate supply of females is always available, but that's not a particularly ethically sound system unless authoritarianism just so happens to be your bag. It's not mine.
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Posted 11/19/14

Mugen417 wrote:

Not if you lived in a country like Japan. they're predicted to become an extinct ethnicity
What's up with journalists' fixation with japan's birth rate. They just can't help but to connect Japan with sex, it's almost instinctive.
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Posted 11/19/14

FlyinDumpling wrote:


Mugen417 wrote:

Not if you lived in a country like Japan. they're predicted to become an extinct ethnicity
What's up with journalists' fixation with japan's birth rate. They just can't help but to connect Japan with sex, it's almost instinctive.


To be honest I completely agree, plus many don't realize that China is in a similar predicament. It's just not covered as much because China is, after all, keeping the Earth from falling off it's axis (according to the Bankers ). I just focused on Japan because of the 20 year economic decline combined with the Fukushima disaster (creating further difficulties for people to start a family), they seem to be the poster child of depopulation. And considering that it is the origin of a culture that this website is based on, it is sad to think of (at least for me ).

However, I see it as a good thing for the people of Japan. Lower birth rate could mean less people which creates a smaller labor pool and increases the price of labor which could lead to increase wages for all workers. Low birth rates are occurring in ALL western countries, but most can supplement the low birthrate of their citizens with immigration reform. In Japan's case there is little hope for improvement because of the high standards placed on their immigration rules combined with, what many consider, a society with strong prejudices(which steers people away from migrating there in the first place).

Overall, this is good for the people of Japan but it's bad for the Government (less tax revenue) and the large corporations (less people to buy their crap) which is why so much attention is focused on Japan (because their is little the government can do unless it involves drastic changes to their policies.... or just force people to have sex )



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Posted 11/19/14
I would go further than what many are saying in regards to raising as many as you can afford and say as many as you can handle from a financial and psychological standpoint. That said, the concerns raised about overpopulation are also valid. If it comes down to it I won't be surprised that a child limit of 3 is imposed.
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I agree as some others have written, its not very good to force ideals on others but at the same time resources and the environment are equally important. What family can afford to do is a huge factor as well. I personally would like to have just one child but only after I have established a stable and secure lifestyle.
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Posted 11/20/14
I think that a family should be allowed to have as many children as they can afford and raise to be useful for society.
Instead of limiting the number of children you can have it would be better to limit the number of years you are alive.

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Posted 11/21/14
Yes
If it's possible,they shouldn't have children at all
Posted 11/21/14
If they want, however having less babies isn't really going to solve overpopulation,personaly I don't believe it's an issue...yet, were just over populating cities to the point where infastructure is unstainable long term. if we keep from crowding cities then I think it's do able.
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Posted 11/21/14
Never understood the whole chicken little thing with the number of children. Birth rate per woman is in free fall in developed countries, get places like Africa, Latin America and South East Asia out of poverty and this problem will solve itself.
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Posted 11/21/14
If you have the means to support it, go for it
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Posted 11/22/14
I say anyone should be able to have as many kids as they want but they have to be able to support them and handle raising however many kids they have.
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