Thanks for adding your thoughts, James.

There are, however, some ‘issues’ with your argument that you might like to have a think about:

  1. If Basic Income for children was set so as to cover only essentials, then this is unlikely to constitute an inducement to have more children. The extra Basic Income money parents receive for having an extra child would likely be entirely offset by higher expenses.
  2. Despite the theoretical potential for population growth to lead to war, we currently have the highest population levels in history and historically low levels of war casualties.
  3. As people become more affluent, they tend to have fewer children. Thus, by easing poverty, Basic Income may actually result in lower birth rates and potentially to a lessening of the over-population problem.

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