The Right to Matter

INDIAN JOURNAL OF POPULATION AND DEVELOPMENT Volume 2(1), July 2022: 1-18

18 Pages Posted: 21 Dec 2020 Last revised: 3 Oct 2022

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Carter Dillard

Uehiro Centre, University of Oxford ; University of Oxford - Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics

Date Written: September 2, 2020

Abstract


This paper assesses what it means for the people to matter and demonstrates that mattering – in the best sense of playing an influential role in the democratic self-rule of a legality – first depends upon the norms that determine our creation. The paper argues that mattering, as commonly invoked today, is physically impossible without first changing the norms that dominate the way we now create people. The paper emphasizes that, to make us matter, the creation norms would have to ensure some minimum levels of welfare at birth and equal opportunities in life, sustainable or even regenerative natural ecologies, and an influential role in the political and legal systems that control our lives.

The paper recommends changing the near universal norm that wrongly treats the act of having kids as a matter of parental self-determination and calls for orienting the norm as a collective process that gives all children an eco-social fair start in life – a ground of basic social and environmental well-being that lays a foundation for influential democratic participation. There is a need to build constitutional systems bottom-up through smaller families investing more in each child so that they will matter and be included.

Suggested Citation

Dillard, Carter, The Right to Matter (September 2, 2020). INDIAN JOURNAL OF POPULATION AND DEVELOPMENT Volume 2(1), July 2022: 1-18, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3685386 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3685386

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