Originally Posted by Ataturk
And isn't it interesting that the US has higher birth rates than all those countries with the progressive leave laws and extensive middle-class welfare programs?
Our birth rate is significantly increased by immigrants. If you correct for that, we're right in line with the other Western countries. And that's only looking at birth rates, which is far from the limit of the effect here.
If we "actually cared" about it, that'd be the sort of thing that would motivate the market, isn't it?
The market is very far from perfect, and certainly the current state of the market is not the perfect solution.
"The market" isn't going to give workers added benefits simply because they want it without reasons more pressing than long term social discontent and personal unhappiness. Employees evidently don't have a lot of leverage in the US right now, judging from stagnant wages among other things. Maybe if we get back to very low unemployment, advances on that front will happen, but who knows?
I do appreciate that you put forward the eugenics argument though.
It's not really a eugenics argument, although people certainly make that case. There are plenty of other reasons to want the high performing segment of society to have kids, or at least not to actively disincentivize them from doing so.