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Cornelius Tacitus, Jack C. Westman, Sir Roy Calne


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"Corruptissima re publica plurimae leges."

"(The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws.)"

-- Cornelius Tacitus

(55-117 A.D.)

Source: Annales, 1st century A.D.




"The denial or revocation of a parenting license

would be expected to be a painful experience,

particularly for mothers.

The overall importance of protecting innocent children

from incompetent parenting justifies the inconvenience

to a few parents and the inevitable imperfections

of a licensing system."

-- Jack C. Westman

Source: Licensing Parents: Can We Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect? (New York and London: Plenum Press, 1994), p. 243.




"It would not be unreasonable, by analogy with a motor vehicle licence, that a

permit to reproduce should also be needed with a minimum age of, for example,

twenty-five, and a proof required that the parents are of sufficient maturity

and financial resource to take proper care of the child. Young, sexually

active, but emotionally immature teenagers would need help."

-- Sir Roy Calne

Source: Too Many People (London and New York: Calder Publications and Riverrun Press, 1994), p.113.


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While i agree a parenting license might not be a bad idea, i think 21 might be a more reasonable limit. That's how old my parents were when they started their family of 7 kids. We were a typical dysfunctional family, but we always had adequate food, clothing and shelter and we all managed to leave home and live on our own without getting into any major legal problems. Just meeting that objective seems to be beyond the reach of many parents, but there are already government agencies responsible for taking care of unwanted children and abused children. Perhaps a better idea might be reform of those agencies.


I'm afraid that issuing licenses might just add to the government bureaucracy and contradict the sentiments of your first quote.

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Think that is what Liberty Quotes folks were working on, thoughts of "more laws" and one more way of imposing them.


If so inclined surf their site, tons of interesting snippets from all over the world.




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Parenting License?!!




Revolution anyone?

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