1. That’s life
Oh well, it’s just several billion pesos of damage. Compared to the over-2-trillion pesos wasted every year henceforth via the national budget, this ‘responsible parenthood’ machine is peanuts.
If, however, you use contraceptives for whatever reason, e.g. water balloons, you can expect prices to rise, and for access to diminish. And the poor will eventually be even worse off with regard to contraceptives than unlucky you. Read why here.
2. Economic ignorance ― I don’t know, and I don’t care that I don’t know
Most feel so strongly, and are quick to express such feelings, about what is actually an economics issue, without making an effort of economic analysis. They leave this to the economists of UP and Ateneo, who have made studies of course.
But what do these so-called economists do? They present figures of the depressing situation of infant and maternal mortality, of children forced to live in substandard conditions. This is no analysis. This is a presentation of facts, of which, for the sake of argument, I assume to be true. But nowhere in such data is it found that, by enforcing a government program involving education on and distribution of contraceptives, the poor people’s access to contraceptives will be increased. This is taken for granted, and therein lies a fatal error.
If people only rechecked this premise of “important issue = government program for important issue,” things might be different. If they actually studied the nature of monopoly and the harm it does in any sector, then they might realize that having the government handle it is the worst thing they could possibly do for their cause. You can’t just say “Leave the technicalities to the government” when government management of resources is technically impossible.
3. “Tingnan mo yung nanay na may sampung anak at sabihin mong walang overpopulation!”
Another careless premise is, of course, the Malthusian theory of overpopulation. It seems so obvious that there are plenty of people, and poverty is prevalent, hence larger population = poverty, in their minds. But by reducing populations while nonetheless maintaining the rate of poor productivity, poverty will just be as prevalent.
What is needed is not reduction of populations, but a harnessing of capital in the most useful manner as determined by consumers, a market process hindered by prevalence of government in all our sectors.
In short, the inherently monopolistic, violent nature of government is the cause of poverty. Everything else ― inadequate health care, lousy education (including of the RH-loving bourgeoisie), work hardships, bad roads, frustrating traffic, high market interest rates, poor showings in international sports events, etc. ― is a symptom.
I sometimes have fun in this blog and call people “stupid” for not knowing any better about political economy. No more.
It sucks to hear wrong-headed statements from family and friends whom I know aren’t stupid. Heck, if you were to ask them, they know that I am the stupidest tanga-head of them all.
These RH Bill proponents are misguided. That’s all. Calling them stupid, even as a joke, is unnecessary. Of course, the condescension of shifting from ‘stupid’ to ‘misguided’ may even be more insulting.