Via Tyler Cowen, this comment from libertarian economist Bryan Caplan:
I confess that I take anti-cloning arguments personally. Not only do they insult the identical twin sons I already have; they insult a son I hope I live to meet. Yes, I wish to clone myself and raise the baby as my son. Seriously. I want to experience the sublime bond I’m sure we’d share. I’m confident that he’d be delighted, too, because I would love to be raised by me. I’m not pushing others to clone themselves. I’m not asking anyone else to pay for my dream. I just want government to leave me and the cloning business alone. Is that too much to ask?
Firstly, I think this is a creepy, weird thing to want to do. I can think of two reasons to oppose the practise of self-cloning:
- You’re intentionally passing on your deleterious genes.
- Non-sexual reproduction will reduce the degree of genetic variation in our species (and this could have consequences in terms of lack of immunity to emergent diseases and other, as yet unseen problems).
But those are both basically eugenics based arguments in which the genetic health of the species is deemed more important than the freedom of the individual, so let’s not go there. I can’t really think of any other sound reason to oppose such a practise.