Collected Challenges to Dante Atkins
Dante evidently got all confused reading the responses of the Ruth Institute to his post entitled Ruthless. So confused, in fact, that he was unable to respond to the challenges I put to him. I can understand. Dante’s original post contained lots of error. Had he made only a couple of errors, only a couple of posts would have sufficed to dispute them. But Dante emitted a vast avalanche of error. It took more than a couple of posts to set him straight.
This post will solve that. It will collect, into one place, several of the challenges I made to him in my series of posts refuting his argument. If Dante is able to respond adequately to the challenge, I will admit my mistake and I’ll even send him a certificate of apology suitable for framing. Let’s see how he does:
The economics of Demographic Winter:
Could Dante Atkins please explain how either population or productivity will increase enough to pay for the benefits we promised to our citizens in their old age?
Could he please explain how businesses will remain profitable if there are not enough people born to maintain sufficiently high demand?
Human Rights and Gay Rights during a Demographic Winter:
Could he explain what happens to human rights when people begin to fear declining population, and come up with a reason as to why those abuses would not happen if the population of the West declines in future? (For examples of gay rights in retreat during a demographic winter, please see Latvia and Lithuania. Both of these countries are losing population. In both of these countries, gay rights are being rolled back. Could he explain how things would be different if the population begins to decrease in the West and people begin to feel the effects?)
Does Marriage Redefinition have any benefit?
Could Dante explain what benefit society would have if we redefined marriage? Could he do it under the conditions described in this post?
Could Dante please enlighten me as to any mathematical error I made in this post?