Fair Start family planning and reproductive justice reforms are simple and their impact is unrivaled.
Here is what Fair Start family planning looks like:
But what makes the modeling unique is the way it frees us, ensuring – through an alignment of values – relative self-determination that is impossible without it. That means we can purse Fair Start by all means effective, and use it to identify and overcome those that threaten that our and our kids freedom.
For example, the autonomy would-be parents gain through self-development and meeting a standard of readiness to parent aligns with objective, constitutive and naturalistic reasons for having children, the diminishing interest in having additional children, and the quality–quantity tradeoff of a smaller family. These things align with the autonomy of a highly developed child and the morally valuable options and equality of opportunities in life they will have, which further aligns with the autonomy created by gender equity, cooperativeness within groups like our townhall scenario above, a level of inherent security in groups that avoids the need for top-down limitations on autonomy, as well as fluidity among groups.
The resulting smaller populations and high levels of development align with one’s having a meaningful voice in public affairs and the rules under which one must live. This participatory agency aligns with the autonomy created by fulfilling one’s need for meaningful group membership, which in turn aligns with reduced consumption and property-oriented around nonpolity, rather than group belonging or power and ranking over others. One’s consumption and property orient around nonpolity instead of one using those things to relate to other people. And that re-orientation supports the decentralization of concentrations of power into future generations, discussed below.
And all of these align with a healthy and safe environment and the freedom—or autonomy—from others that is only possible through interaction with the nonhuman world. This in turn aligns with the autonomy the animal liberation movement advocates for. Note this alignment spans many types of freedom, from communitarian to libertarian, that might be seen as conflicting, were we not temporalizing our perspective.