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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Pro-life essays are censored

Vox.com was looking to launch a new section for unusual, provocative arguments, and it solicited an article from a Swedish professor of practical philosophy. His article began:
You should have kids. Not because it’s fun, or rewarding, or in your evolutionary self-interest. You should have kids because it’s your moral duty to do so.

My argument is simple. Most people live lives that are, on net, happy. For them to never exist, then, would be to deny them that happiness. And because I think we have a moral duty to maximize the amount of happiness in the world, that means that we all have an obligation to make the world as populated as can be.
Vox.com rejected it by saying:
I ran the piece by some other editors and they weren't comfortable running it; I think the concern is that people will misinterpret it as implying opposition to abortion rights and birth control, which, while I know it's not your intent, is a real concern.
You can read the Tannsjo article on Gawker. While I found the essay unconvincing, the author has written a book on the subject that is taken seriously by other philosophers, and he is pro-abortion.

Apparently Vox will not permit an opinion if it can be misconstrued as being anti-abortion.

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