Most people get quite indignant by the "ghetto" culture, whereby irresponsible young people take advantage of social welfare to freely engage in the creation of bastards. The WAIS discussion about bastard creation by royalty shows that the self-indulgence is universal, with royalty also making taxpayers pay for their promiscuity. Both groups are just like many animal species that do not mate for life and/or neglect their offspring.
Regarding crimes against humanity (see Gary Moore, 4 May), it seems as if the law is way ahead of its enforcement. The evidence is clear that might makes right, since powerful countries get away with proverbial murder, simply refusing to abide by rulings from international courts. Without enforcement, any law becomes useless. Thus, powerful countries refusing to accept responsibility for their crimes merely point fingers at the crimes committed by their accusers on the other side.
JE comments: Traditionally, the bastard was the child of a nobleman. Here's the 13th-century French definition: "acknowledged child of a nobleman by a woman other than his wife." Note the operative term acknowledged. Presumably, legitimacy didn't matter if you were a commoner, as there was no property or inheritance to squabble over.
Bastardry is proving to be a popular topic for WAISers. Next up: Edward Jajko.