Petersen: The Curious Case of TikTok’s Proud, Genetic Dead-end DINKs

by | Dec 8, 2023 | Opinion

The latest trend that’s catching my eye is the rise of self-identified “DINKs” – Dual Income, No Kids couples. In other words: proud genetic dead-ends.

The idea of DINKs isn’t new; it’s as old as the concept of financial freedom itself.  These couples, armed with dual incomes and a seemingly unburdened lifestyle are proud to be childless. But are they really happy? They may be the modern-day embodiment of a personal choice doctrine, but that doesn’t mean their choices are good one. Just because you’re free to do something, doesn’t mean it’s a great idea. As individuals grow older, perspectives shift. The winds of time have a curious way of reshaping thoughts and desires. Today’s DINK may well be tomorrow’s parent-in-waiting. It’s a whimsical journey from ‘just us two’ to ‘maybe a few?’ Life, as they say, finds a way. Besides, if that cutie in the above video decides one day she’ll want kids and the fluffer nutter sandwich eater she’s with doesn’t give them to her, another real man will. Just sayin’.

But let’s step back and consider a broader traditional perspective. Our ancestors, those stoic figures who endured hardships we can scarcely imagine, devoted their lives to continuing their bloodlines. There’s a certain humor in picturing them now, looking down at their TikTok-ing descendants declaring, “No kids for us, thanks!” It’s as if the DINKs are saying, “Thanks for all the sacrifices, but we’ll take it from here with our Netflix and chill.” Would you want to meet your long line of ancestors after death and explain to them that you didn’t want kids because you wanted to be able to get all of the Costco snacks that you wanted? Embarrassing.

Good point there by Lou. Not everyone is a DINK by choice. Imagine calling yourself such a stupid name voluntarily though.

Juxtapose this trend against the backdrop of the Malthusian view, which posits that population growth leads to societal downfall. Many of the TikTok videos talk about how they’re happy to be reducing their carbon footprint by not having kids. Spoiler alert: history has proven Malthus wrong, time and again.The narrative that a growing population leads to scarcity and disaster overlooks the incredible capacity of human innovation. In fact, a larger population equates to more minds at work, more hands to build, and more hearts to innovate. It’s not just about numbers; it’s about the potential each person holds.

Every additional person is a potential scientist, doctor, or inventor. History is replete with examples where a single individual has sparked monumental changes. More people mean a higher likelihood of groundbreaking discoveries, medical advancements, and technological leaps. It’s not a stretch to say that each baby born could be the one to cure a deadly disease or solve a global crisis.

Moreover, from an economic standpoint, a growing population drives demand, fuels innovation, and sustains economic growth. It’s the very essence of the market dynamics we cherish in libertarian and conservative thought. Each new consumer, worker, and entrepreneur adds to the economic machine, propelling us towards greater prosperity. But if the kids are going to be socialists committed to the destruction of life itself, maybe it’s better not to have them after all?

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The decision to remain child-free today doesn’t cement their tomorrow. Life’s journey is full of surprises, and who knows? Today’s DINK might be tomorrow’s parent, joining the ranks of those contributing to our population’s growth and, by extension, our collective potential. Of course parenthood isn’t for everyone. For some, it’s a conscious choice; for others, it’s a matter of circumstance.

This respect for individual choice is the bedrock of our philosophy. However, in celebrating this freedom, we also celebrate the potential and promise that each new life brings. It’s essential to remember that our ancestors, who fought through untold hardships, did so with the hope of a prosperous lineage.

While the TikTok DINKs might seem to be straying from this path, they’re exercising a liberty that those ancestors fought to preserve. While the DINK lifestyle is a legitimate personal choice, it’s important to view it through the lens of a bigger picture. A growing population is not a harbinger of doom but a beacon of hope. Each new generation brings with it the promise of further innovation, economic growth, and societal advancement.

So, to the DINKs out there, enjoy your current chapter, but remember, the story of humanity is one of continuous growth and boundless potential. Whether or not you choose to add to that narrative directly, your role in it is still significant. As for me, I’m planning on having as many kids as I can at this point. My ancestors are smiling down at me, Dinks… can yours say the same?

Austin Petersen is a former Libertarian presidential candidate turned Republican and the host of the Wake Up America show every Monday-Friday from 7-9am central which you can stream live on Rumble, or listen to on Spotify or iTunes. He resides in Jefferson City, Missouri with his wife Stephanie and their two presidential French Bulldogs, Calvin and George.

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