The Collinses, a married couple with three young children from Pennsylvania, are self-proclaimed ‘pro-natalists’ — a growing movement that promotes having as many children as possible to combat falling birth rates.

Malcolm Collins, 36, and his wife, Simone, 35, have three children: five-month-old daughter Titan Invictus, and sons Octavian, three, and Torsten, two. The couple hope to have seven kids in all.

When conceiving Titan Invictus – a name the decided upon because they feared a feminine name would be taken less seriously – the couple went through genetic testing and embryo selection to ensure the child wouldn’t be obese or suffer from anxiety when they grew up. 

It is one of the many reasons the pro-natalist movement is controversial, with many viewing it as a form of eugenics. 

Indeed, the Collinses have been called ‘hipster eugenicists,’ a label they denounce. 

‘We don’t think humanity can be perfected, we just want to give our kids the best possible roll of the dice,’ Simone told The Telegraph

The couple are promoting 'pro-natalism', the idea of having more children to combat 'fertility collapse' and increase the birth rate

The couple are promoting ‘pro-natalism’, the idea of having more children to combat ‘fertility collapse’ and increase the birth rate

Simone and Malcolm Collins a pictured with their three children, daughter Titan Invictus, far left, Octavian, three, center, and Torsten, two, right

Simone and Malcolm Collins a pictured with their three children, daughter Titan Invictus, far left, Octavian, three, center, and Torsten, two, right

Malcolm and Simone cofounded the nonprofit initiative Pronatalist.org and made themselves the poster children of the movement, which is largely situated in Silicon Valley. 

Twitter CEO and Tesla boss Elon Musk is also a champion of pronatalism. Musk has had 10 children with three different women and believes ‘civilization is going to crumble’ unless everyone starts having more kids.

Musk has tweeted several times in recent years about the threat of a declining population. ‘If the alarming collapse in birth rate continues, civilization will indeed die with a whimper in adult diapers,’ he tweeted in January. 

The wealthy husband-and-wife entrepreneurs argue that the elite of Silicon Valley are interested in pronatalism because they are the ones paying attention to the data surrounding birth rates — and they don’t mind being ‘cancelled.’

‘I don’t think it’s appealing to just Silicon Valley people,’ Malcolm told the Daily Telegraph. ‘It’s more like, anyone who is familiar with modern science and familiar with the statistics is aware that this is an issue, and they are focused on it. 

‘The reason why you see Silicon Valley people disproportionately being drawn to this is they’re obsessed with data enough, and wealthy enough, to be looking at things — and who also have enough wealth and power that they’re not afraid of being cancelled.’ 

In recent months, the couple have been featured in the media after they publicly told how they had been using genetic testing and selection to optimize the mental health traits of their unborn children.

If the couple’s own procreation plans come to fruition, they would in effect be creating a bloodline of Collinses that will surpass the current global population in 11 generations. 

Twitter CEO Elon Musk has had 10 children with three different women, and believes 'civilization is going to crumble' unless everyone starts having more kids

Twitter CEO Elon Musk has had 10 children with three different women, and believes ‘civilization is going to crumble’ unless everyone starts having more kids

Pronatalists also believe that having more children is beneficial for society and the economy, as it leads to a larger workforce and greater economic growth. 

The movement encompasses various initiatives, including government policies that provide financial incentives for families to have more children, cultural campaigns that promote the idea that parenthood is the most important role for women, and religious or ideological beliefs that emphasize the importance of procreation.

The movement, however, is often criticized for ignoring the potential negative consequences of overpopulation, such as environmental degradation and resource depletion. 

The concern about birth rates in the developed world also runs a thin line between the racist and antisemitic ‘great replacement theory,’ which posits that white Americans and Europeans are being ‘replaced’ by non-white immigrants. 

The Collinses are aware that a lot of the theory behind pro-natalism is often linked to neo-Nazi principles, but the pair insist that it’s not about spreading any one race of people but simply to create more humans on Earth — regardless of race, religion or background. 

But the pro-natalist movement is controversial with many viewing it as a form of eugenics and linked to racist and misogynistic ideologies, although the couple disagree with this

But the pro-natalist movement is controversial with many viewing it as a form of eugenics and linked to racist and misogynistic ideologies, although the couple disagree with this

The couple see declining global birth rate as a great risk to the future and have made themselves the poster children of the pro-natalist movement, which advocates for policies to increase birth rates in the developed world

The couple see declining global birth rate as a great risk to the future and have made themselves the poster children of the pro-natalist movement, which advocates for policies to increase birth rates in the developed world

The couple in effect will be creating a bloodline of Collinses that will surpass the current global population in 11 generations

The couple in effect will be creating a bloodline of Collinses that will surpass the current global population in 11 generations

‘People often compare our group to Handmaid’s Tale-like thinking,’ says Malcolm, ‘and I’m like: excuse me, do you know what happens if we, the voluntary movement, fails…? Cultures will eventually find a way to fix this; how horrifying those mechanisms are depends on whether or not our group finds an ethical way.

‘If this was an animal species it would be called endangered,’ Malcolm explains. ‘We would be freaking out that they are about to go extinct.

‘We are on the Titanic right now. The Titanic is going to hit the iceberg. There is no way around it at this point. Our goal is not to prevent the Titanic from hitting the iceberg; it’s to ready the life rafts.’ 

‘When I look into the eyes of our children and I see all the potential they have… and I think about a world in which they didn’t exist because we thought it was inconvenient? I’m like, I can’t. I can’t not try to have more kids’, adds Simone.

Hungary's far-right prime minister Viktor Orbán has devoted a significant amount of resources to pro-natalist policies, some of which are positive, but many of which limit access to reproductive rights

Hungary’s far-right prime minister Viktor Orbán has devoted a significant amount of resources to pro-natalist policies, some of which are positive, but many of which limit access to reproductive rights

The Collins’ ideology may still be controversial in the US, but some countries are actively pushing ahead with pro-natalist policies. 

Hungary’s far-right prime minister Viktor Orbán has devoted a significant number of resources to pro-natalist policies, some of which are positive, but many of which limit access to reproductive rights. 

Hungary has recently tightened abortion rules, and there are concerns about limiting access to emergency contraception. 

Orbán has openly admitted to the racist ideology behind his pro-natalism, stating that he wants Hungarian children, not migrants.

DailyMail

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