Dear Abigail Dillen,
Many charities, funded by wealthy persons more interested in protecting their wealth than doing good, push distracting campaigns that do little in the face of things like massive inequity and a climate crisis set to kill millions. These groups base their planning and work on the assumptions behind the Cairo Consensus on reproductive rights, which – in what some call the #famscam – was fundamentally exploitative of future generations and the nonhuman world, and only exacerbated inequity and the climate crisis.
A specific example of this is when civil society organizations knowingly undo claimed progress with outdated family policies that disempower most people in order to – per one Nobel Laureate – grow economies that benefitted a few at cost to freedom and democracy. And even when shown the undoing, some groups have continued on course, opting for growth policies that will continue to undo claimed progress.
These policies ensure children are tortured to death by their own parents, more and more animals are subjected to suffering and death, other species are wiped out, the gap between rich and poor widens, and each person has less of a say in their political systems.
Many are fighting back against that, and for true freedom.
That scam skewed the baseline for climate reparations in favor of wealthy donors and in a way that could harm billons of people, and has set the stage for litigation around fraud, and the need to fund climate restoration via a variety of tactics, including birth equity family planning reparations which enable true ecosocial empowerment through constituting just communities around parental readiness, redistribution of wealth for birth equity, and a default of smaller families.
This scam hides something called the “constitutive fallacy,” basing one’s obligation to follow the law on coercive top-down instruments like written constitutions rather than bottom-up family reforms that actually empower and liberate people – in terms of their actual relations – and in a measurable way, enabling them to physically constitute – under the Children’s Convention – legitimate power relations between people from whose authority things like written constitutions must derive.
Put another way, try to think, say, or do anything that does not derive from some set of theoretical or actual power relations, relations that would have had to derive from whatever norm created the people between whom those relations exist. It’s not possible to do, and for those relations to create obligations between people they must be created fairly and in a way that measurably empowers people. Acts of mass violence may be driven in part because we have failed to empower people.
Resolving the fallacy allows each of us – individually – to orient from a just position, rather than knowingly being part of systems in which some benefit by placing costs on others.
Truly free people will limit and decentralize the power others have over them, including via reallocating property rights, by actually using resources at the top of the economic pyramid in the act of constituting systems in which they are empowered. This can be done universally through a simple change in employment benefits that ensures discretionary benefits impacting kids should be scaled inverse to wages, or more acutely, targeting the heads of companies like Exxon, as well as leadership at the United Nations, who use their massive influence to preserve unjust systems that heap costs on others.
Please consider dozens of ways to adopt Fair Start modeling, rather than the Cairo Consensus, as the base of your work and consider taking part in the #wholetruth campaign which allows groups to discuss the impact of family policy on their work.
Thanks for considering,
The Team at the Fair Start Movement