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As a long-time researcher and teacher regarding social ethics, I have developed strong views regarding this and related topics. I take very seriously the old phrase ‘equal pay for equal work’, which assumes that one is paid FOR THE WORK ONE DOES, not for one’s personal lifestyle choices. I therefore oppose all employer paid “benefits” that violate the equal-pay principle, including such things as childcare. Their unfair impact on small companies is just one manifestation of their injustice. At the same time, I have enough communitarianism in my worldview to recognize that society — NOT employers — has a strong interest in children and their parents. (Though I am not a parent myself.) What follows is simple: to whatever degree such benefits as childcare are to be provided (many intersecting considerations must be considered regarding that degree), it should be only by society — by government.

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