Join the Revolution to Give Every Kid a Fair Start in Life
The most effective way to protect YOUR future?
Universal Child-Centric Family planning policies that promote smaller families cooperatively and equitably investing more in every child.
It’s called #fairstart.
The most comprehensive, inclusive and effective way to protect kids, animals, the environment, and our democracies is through new policies that ensure socially and ecologically sustainable family planning. That means reorienting family planning policies from a focus on what intending parents want to a focus on what all future children need and are entitled to, like the Children’s Rights Convention. There is no form of social justice, or legitimate political system, that does not prioritize giving every child an eco-social Fair Start in life by reforming its laws and policies.
Nothing else we can do comes close to doing as much good.
When communities and parents work together to embrace policies that promote smaller and more equitable families, we can invest more in every child and create the future we all deserve with an optimal world population, the creation of which should be based upon justice. In practice we can do this through progressive transfers of resources and incentives that act like entitlements for future children. Let’s make sure future generations are free and equal citizens with influential voices, not just consumers, workers and taxpayers who serve others.
The quality of our lives depends on the people around us, and people are largely products of the conditions in which they were born and raised. That means our and our kids’ future depends on how other people have and raise their children. The way forward? Child-centered and cooperative policies that help everyone do a better job at planning their families. It’s not about population and counting people. It’s about making people count, and constituting just communities. There is no way to create truly inclusive communities without changing the way we all plan families and starting from the first principle, or grundnorm, that all kids deserve am eco-social fair start in life.
This is what the right to have children, and the collective duty to do it responsibly, looks like.
Parents who plan, and wait to be ready before having kids.
Communities and governments who ensure resources to give all kids a fair start.
Small, sustainable Families who make it all possible.
Specific, concrete, and enforceable standards for all three aspects of this Fair Start model are spelled out, in context, here. We owe future generations for the harm we have caused, ecologically and socially. Exchanging poor planning, inequitable starts in life, and unsustainably large families, for greater investments to give all kids eco-social Fair Starts in life is the best way to compensate them.
Investing more in kids through family planning reform, by building resilience, and by redistributing power to them from the top of our communities is the best way to pay them for what we have done. It limits the power we have over future generations – which is the fundamental source of oppression and injustice. The massive impact of that reform would ripple through the countless generations that vastly outnumber people alive on the Earth today, empowering them in inclusive communities, and liberating them. There is no greater act of justice than linking the obligations of existing concentrations of power to the empowerment needs of the most vulnerable, like future generations and the nonhuman ecologies that free them.
That is working upstream – and nothing is as effective.
Future children have a human right to #fairstart resources, and because it is the first and overriding human right – making us who we should be, we may take and distribute those resources by all means effective. Fair Start family planning is the genesis of true social justice. Legal systems that do not ensure them are not democratically empowering people, and are fundamentally exclusive, nonconstituitive and illegitimate. People opposed to Fair Start reforms hurt children, women, nature, and democracy. Help us bring them over, and build the free future we all deserve.
Focus in on almost all work done by those who hold themselves out as animal protectionists and you will see them focused on the particular behaviors of those who abuse animals. From research labs, to factory farms, to puppy mills, our brains - given to think in the...
Members of Congress are urging President Biden to declare a climate emergency and use his presidential powers to take immediate action to address the crisis, which is quickly accelerating. Having Kids is urging Biden to do the same. Here's why: The climate crisis...
Every crisis we face, from the climate to Covid-19, is a function of family planning laws and policies that actually do nothing to ensure planning. They do nothing to give children minimum levels of welfare, or birth equity, and nothing to promote sustainable...