July 12, 2006

Free Market Babies


What if babies were allowed to be bought and sold on the free market? Child protection laws would still be in order; we're not talking about a slave market here. But, if you could start getting $10,000 per illegitimate child, I think you would start to see a shrinking abortion rate in America. And doesn't that seem to be where free market capitalism is at it's best, enforcing morality by creating custom-ordered kiddies?

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Adoption is already extremely expensive, but that money obviously doesn't go to the parents of the child. To add $10K to the cost would severely reduce adoption. Do you want to government to fund this thing?

Anonymous said...

You'd also see a whole new accupation. Babymaker.

Eric Olsen said...

this idea would be the exact opposite, getting the red tape out of the event. Get rid of the federal agencies. Create a private free market, an e-bay for children.

Anonymous said...

I find it hard to believe there is enough demand for the supply of babies. Babies would go cheap.

Eric Olsen said...

Perhaps, but people are paying $10K for babies right now, only through an adoption agency.

Anonymous said...

if only babies could be put to work, then maybe they would be worth something.

Eric Olsen said...

Kat and I were riding our bikes around the neighborhood the other night and we saw an 8 year-old mowing the lawn, and I realized that there are those clever enough to have gotten around the child-labor laws after all.

Anonymous said...

Would certain babies cost more than others?

Maybe its just because I was just on an NBA Web site, but I'm now imagining a baby draft, with Stuart Scott talking about how hard it must be for the final two-month-old left in the green room.

Eric Olsen said...

oh heck yeah, no baby socialism here. This is where the free market works, that pitt-jolie baby could go for $200,000 or so. Think of it like buying a racehorse...exactly like it.

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