In the ponzi scheme that is global consumerism the most important thing is a continuous influx of new victims buying in at the bottom level. These rubes provide the profits for those at the top. No new rubes, no profits, no ponzi scheme. That is why the powers want us to breed new consumers.
In recent years the birth rate of many consumer countries (including my own) has been steadily falling. Economists are panicking! Business leaders and their friends in government are panicking!
The persecution of the childless, something that has always existed, is ramping up. We need more consumers for the ponzi scheme or, we are warned, the whole thing will go up in smoke.
Those without children are "selfish" and cause very bad things to happen including "disease, war, and economic stagnation or collapse".
Sorry about hastening the Apocalypse, but I can't remember a time that I ever wanted children of my own. I have no regrets about making this decision.
I am no grumpy child hater. I love children and have worked with kids in a variety of capacities ranging from camp counsellor to elementary school teacher. But it is silly to think that everyone has the obligation to have children of their own just to provide endless growth for a sick system.
If consumer economies must act like a cancer or die, then by all means let's let them die. We can then replace them with better ways of meeting everyone's basic needs in a sustainable fashion.
Now I am more satisfied with being child-free than ever before. It is always a pleasure for me to deny the consumer beast more fuel for the inferno of its dark mills.
I am happy to do my part whether that means buying less, traveling less, or breeding less. By not adding to the creche, we are helping to ensure there is enough for the children already born.