Marcus Roberts

Marcus Roberts was two years out of law school when he decided that practising law was no longer for him. He therefore went back to Auckland University and did his LLM while tutoring at the new law school at the Auckland University of Technology. He has just started a new job teaching contract law at Auckland University.

Aside from law, his passions include running and reading (particularly philosophy, apologetics and history) and supporting the New Zealand cricket team (which counts as penance for a vast multitude of sins).



Filipinos debate population control
30 Mar 2011 | DEMOGRAPHY IS DESTINY |  
tags: Philippines, population control
Earlier this year “The Responsible Parenthood, Reproductive Health and Population and Development Act of 2011” unanimously passed the House Committee on Population and Family Relations in the Philippines. This means that this controversial Bill is a step closer towards becoming law. Why is it controversial?


If the “greater good” trumps human rights…
28 Mar 2011 | DEMOGRAPHY IS DESTINY |  
tags: human rights, utilitarianism
Before I started writing this blog, the topic of demography usually came before my consciousness (through the media, in conversations etc) in the following form: The world has a problem in that its population is growing too quickly. The world’s resources are inadequate to support this huge population. Unless something is done, there will be a major crisis – there will be food shortages and many people will die of starvation. This could also lead to wars over food resources. The answer therefore, is to “do something”. What though? Implement a Chinese-style one child policy? Encourage, sterilisation, contraception and abortion? Tax people according to the number of children they have? Encourage euthanasia of the old and sick?


More headaches for China
23 Mar 2011 | DEMOGRAPHY IS DESTINY |  
tags: China
As a follow up to last Friday’s post about Asia’s gender imbalance, () it must be said that public and media recognition of this problem is not new. In fact, a decade ago, Time magazine wrote of the effects of “China’s Lifestyle Choice”. The article stated that, as of 2001, “China’s womb police” have “succeeded remarkably well”.


UK “fertility remains high”
21 Mar 2011 | DEMOGRAPHY IS DESTINY |  
tags: fertility, United Kingdom
Remember when the archetypal family was Mum, Dad and 2.4 kids? Apparently in the United Kingdom, far from 2.4 children being the norm, a fertility rate of 1.94 children per woman in 2009 is a “high” fertility rate, at least according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).


Will gender imbalance lead to war?
17 Mar 2011 | DEMOGRAPHY IS DESTINY |  
tags: China, gendercide
Last weekend I saw an interesting headline in the local Saturday paper here in Auckland, The Weekend Herald. It read: “Bachelor Nations Risk Testosterone Overdose”. Looking at the author of the piece, I was even more interested to discover that it was written by one of the historians that I most enjoy reading – Niall Ferguson. Of course, this may not seem that exciting, but for us long-suffering Herald readers an interesting headline and an interesting contributor in the same piece is like receiving manna from heaven after wandering in the wilderness. And then discovering that that manna is wrapped in bacon.


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