The reason, however, may be quite simple: more criminals are being born. Responsible, law-abiding citizens, well-fulfilled in their careers, are tending to have fewer children, sometimes none at all. Conversely, the less intelligent and responsible are less able to exercise these constraints. Much that was previously assumed to be environmentally determined is now known to have a genetic component; this certainly applies to intelligence and possibly also to the capacity for personal responsibility. Rising crime may be the result of a selection bias against these desirable qualities, a type of reverse evolution.
In our society, nothing is more sacrosanct and sensitive than the freedom to determine one's family size. Nobody wants to adopt drastic methods like those of the Chinese, let alone punish any criminal by castration, as suggested by Teresa Gorman, MP. But the price of our humanity and tolerance will be high: crime will continue to increase.
J. R. KING
Hereford & Worcester
13 FebruaryReuse content