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Economics of Adoption: A Libertarian Approach

February 24, 2010 by

In the libertarian market, a free trade in consenting orphans must be allowed to occur. Whether or not such trade will in reality take place depends on the unique circumstances of demand at different times and places. FULL ARTICLE by Eric M. Staib


billwald February 24, 2010 at 11:35 am

“In the libertarian market, a free trade in consenting orphans must be allowed to occur.”

A “consenting orphan” would be an adult in most jurisdictions.

That being said, the agencies that officially arrange adoptions are morally no better than slave traders. They are selling humans for a fee.

DD February 24, 2010 at 12:45 pm

billwald: “They are selling humans for a fee.”

So the sellers of food are even more morally corrupt? They produce and sell you food for a fee, which without it, billions of people would starve.

Voluntary consent vs. forced abduction is the proper distinction between agencies evolving in a free market and slave traders. Not monetary income vs no income.

DW February 24, 2010 at 3:14 pm

billwald, in your world slaves are “consenting orphans”?

I’m waiting to read your explanation.

Eric February 24, 2010 at 3:36 pm

Well, this makes 3 things I know of that are legal to do/trade, unless money exchanges hands.

1. prostitution (sex)
2. organs (e.g. kidney)
3. adoptions

Rothbard (see ethics of liberty) argues that a child should have the legal right to run-away from home if he/she does not like their parents. Otherwise, the parents own the child as property, and that goes against the libertarian concept of slavery – since everyone owns their own body.

Rothbard also gives an example which was the prosecution of a “baby selling ring”. In the case he quotes, the biological mother, the child, the adopting parents, and the private firm that handled the transaction all benefited. I think in Haiti, this would likely be the case too – except that possibly the biological parent is dead and so only benefits in the afterlife.

Only government as we know it would make such an action illegal. Why? Because it is a threat to their ownership of our minds and bodies. And they justify it all by using force in our own best interests.

“We’re going to help you if we have to kill you to do it” comes to mind.

Marley Greiner February 24, 2010 at 8:01 pm

I am a great fan of Rothbards’s and an anarchist for decades. I also put myself into the Austrian School if I’m forced to look at economics. But, am also the co-founder and Exe. Chair of Bastard Nation: the adoptee rights organization and have worked in adoption reform (actually it can’t be reformed) for decades. I respectively suggest that you have no idea how adoption operates in the US or internationally. There are real baby stealing rings, their are real baby thieves, and there are real pedophile rings running under the aegis of adoption. These are not something you put in quotes. Adoption is a meat market for the desperate and childless and evangelical crackpots\\

Adoption is all about money–lots of it. HWI bring in tens of thosands of dollars. Adoption is rooted in coercion, corruption, shame, cultural imperialism, and secrecy. It is an important component of US foreign policy and used to twist arms when some Third World County doesn’t jump to it.

In 44 states the birth records of adopted adults are confiscated and sealed by the state, and they are kept sealed by legislators of all political persuasions, including libertarians in order to protect mythical closeted mothers, their own adoptive families, and their own misdeeds. Today barely any adoptions are done in any ethical manner.

Eric M. Staib February 25, 2010 at 12:09 am

Mr. Greiner – You may be pleased to know the defense of orphans from such predators will be examined in the third part of my little series.

I also request very sincerely that you e-mail me personally, as I would like to learn more about this issue from someone of your expertise. I heard of your organization for the first time while reading up for this article. It’s quite odd that I’m blog commenting to you two weeks later; the world shrinks every day!

Eric M. Staib February 25, 2010 at 12:10 am

PS – If there is any confusion, the Eric earlier in the comments is not me.

Wibee February 26, 2010 at 8:59 am

I see no fear of hunting orphans. Because the orphan has the right to run away without legal consequence. Preventing them from escaping is enslavement and a crime. It’s a deterrent to maltreatment.

Emma February 26, 2010 at 9:55 am

Yeah, buying and selling children. That’s a good idea. -.-; Seriously?

You know, adults in Haiti are suffering too. Maybe we should trade in tragedy victims. Perhaps have them work for free, but you provide housing and food?

Sounds familiar somehow…

mpolzkill February 26, 2010 at 10:24 am


Yes the cliches, emotionalism, unfounded suspicion, addiction to easily won righteousness and cartoon picture of history are all quite familiar.

Eric M. Staib February 28, 2010 at 6:46 pm

Well-handled, Mpolzkill. :-)

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