What ‘population control’ really means
David Warren - Feb 13 2010
Why is abortion so popular with women who would never dream of having an abortion?
This is among the questions I’ve been asking myself for years, while trying to understand what motivates people to vote the way they do. Again and again I see examples of people voting to the left of their actual convictions. At the bottom of it, I often suspect they vote not for the effect of government programs on themselves, but what they will do for other people. Yet this does not mean they are altruistic.
The classic case is “tax the rich.” Very few people are in favour of having their own taxes raised, or their own spending regulated. But if a politician will assure them that he is going to put taxes up on everyone above a certain income, he is sure to generate some enthusiasm among those below it.