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Debate Score:14
Arguments:22
Total Votes:15
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Should there be a limit of children you can have?

If yes, how many children are you allowed?

Yes

Side Score: 8
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No

Side Score: 6
2 points

As many as you can responsibly care for both with time and money.

I remember a story about some parents who left their two year old in a corn maze and didn't realize it until the next day. They had....I think 11 children and didn't even realize they left that poor child behind, not even when tucking their kids in at night. THAT is too many and irresponsible.

Side: Yes
Antrim(1000) Clarified
1 point

Agree entirely.

The 'HOME ALONE' movie may have been inspired by the corn field incident you mentioned.

Side: Yes
1 point

I was actually thinking about this yesterday, but overpopulation is a huge problem and it's not being recognized as much as it should be. If you remember taking biology, thereĊ› something called carrying capacity. Right now, humans are at an exponential growth with no limitations. Eventually we will reach the carrying capacity, like a shortage of food, or space, or change in environment (global warming), that will end up with a mass number of deaths. The problem is that America wants everyone to be happy and free to do anything they want. China, however, is on the right track.

Side: Yes
EldonG(478) Clarified
1 point

That's an excellent argument for a rational limit - but a hard limit? Are you for that? If so what's the hard limit?

Side: Yes
12335(24) Clarified
1 point

I'm assuming a 2-child policy would be fair enough. Currently, the average number of children per family is about 3-4.

Side: Yes
nobodyknows(744) Disputed
1 point

I dispute the premise that we are doomed to the Malthusian Trap unless we restrict family size. Fertility has dropped dramatically in the past half century, especially in the most developed nations. In fact, in 2010 about 48 percent of the world population had an average total fertility of less than 2.1 children per woman.The replacement rate is approximately 2.1 children per woman. Less than that means a shrinking population.

I think what you need to argue is that the population that we will level off with exceeds the carrying capacity of earth.

Side: No
12335(24) Disputed
1 point

All these little statistics saying that the population is declining is baloney. Everywhere I turn, people are pushing through each other, squeezing to get out of the way. Have you heard of traffic? Yeah... that's kinda what happens when too many people exist.

Side: Yes
1 point

The limit is very clearly however many that God provides. If the state says that I can only have 2 kids, and I have 3 what happens?

Something abominable, that's what happens.

Side: Yes
1 point

There should be FAR more talk about this in the media. Limits should be voluntary, maybe even rewarded with tax breaks for fewer children. If you want to put a burden on the planet, like the Duggars, you should PAY for it ... the more burden, the more you pay. Likely that would start at a base limit, like, maybe two. We only have one planet for the foreseeable future .... and it's hard, at the moment, to see beyond Trump.

Side: Yes
EldonG(478) Clarified
1 point

Those are some good ideas - but you're then damning some children into worse poverty - and I'd argue that it's not the child's fault.

Side: Yes
2 points

If you're referring to a hard limit then no. A rational limit, sure - but what that rational limit might be is based on so many individual factors that it's not reasonable to even assume limitations financially.

In some poor countries, children work from a young age, and enable a family's survival...while they wouldn't be able to afford a single child in a typical US family.

Side: No

To even ask such a question when America's abortion trade has reduced our birth rates to record lows. There are not enough children being born to support our retirees, or keep our economy going at full speed.

Side: No
xMathFanx(671) Clarified
1 point

To even ask such a question when America's abortion trade has reduced our birth rates to record lows. There are not enough children being born to support our retirees, or keep our economy going at full speed.

This would suggest that there are issues with the social program within the society designed to help support retirees and other solutions may be necessary. However, this does not imply that there is an under-population problem. We have quite a substantial over-population problem accumulating both here (the US) and world-wide that is becoming increasingly dire

Side: Yes
FromWithin(5443) Clarified
1 point

No, we do not have an over population problem in America.....................

Side: Yes
Atrag(5184) Disputed
1 point

If you want more workers : don't close the fucking borders!!! Yet another ridiculous republican hypocrite

Side: Yes

The Left can move to controlling Socialist nations, and leave our freedoms alone. We are intelligent enough to know how many children to have with out Big Brother corrupt Government sticking their noses in it.

They screw up everything they touch.

Side: No