What political position, if any, should anti-natalists adopt? Is there any ideology that dovetails with the anti-natalist position? Given that the best of anti-natalism comes from a desire to reduce human suffering what form of government best facilitates that aim?
In ‘Better Never To Have Been’ David Benatar expresses his own uncertainties concerning the issue. On the one hand, he speculates that introducing sterilising chemicals into the public water supply would be the only way to put an end to procreation, yet also admits that such a manoeuvre would go against deeply felt moral intuitions concerning individual rights and the ownership of one’s body.
Is it morally defensible to violate an individual’s rights in order to serve the greater good? Especially when, as with anti-natalism, the conception of the greater good (non-procreation) is held by a tiny minority and abhorred by the majority.
The Chinese one-child only policy is probably only enforceable due to the lack of any independent civil society in that country. If such a civil society were to emerge, one could bet that the restriction on procreation would be one of the first laws to be challenged.
On a broader level, given that apart from the structurally necessary miseries of existence, humans have contrived a world where inequality reigns, 25,000 people die of hunger every day, political power is the preserve of the few, violence dominates and so on, should the anti-natalist take a stand or should he throw his hands up and say “So it goes, always has gone, and always will”?
I really have no idea.