Simon Ross, chief executive of the British nonprofit group Population Matters, has criticized soccer star David Beckham and his wife Victoria for having a fourth child. Surely Beckham can be excused for his reproductive excesses. He is a soccer player and there is some question whether soccer players are able to understand numbers as high as four, not ever having much occasion to count that high in a sport in which a 2-0 win is considered piling it on, and where it is not unusual for games to terminate with a score of 0-0.
Actually the Beckhams, as the Wall Street Journal points out, are a nice family. They mind their own business, stay out of trouble, and don't give unsolicited preachy lectures on their favorite politically correct causes. Why wouldn't we want more of them, even if their numbers exceed the allowable points-per-game total in Beckham's chosen profession?
In fact, what business does Ross have giving other people lectures on how many children to have? I'm trying to think of what more you could do to prove yourself a cad.
A world in which there are more Beckhams is a better place. And a world in which there are fewer Rosses doesn't sound terribly unpleasant either--not that anyone ought to force the issue.
Of course, reducing the numbers of anti-population kooks doesn't require much outside assistance. They do a pretty good job of it themselves, don't they?