Contraception and its effects have been a disaster for human society.
Our social institutions, rules, and instincts all developed in a world without widespread, effective contraception. Upon the rapid introduction of such, these social institutions, rules, and instincts all became dysfunctional. A society without functional social institutions, social rules, or social instincts, is a disaster of a society. Welcome to the wasteland.
Home, business, church, and government are the primary institutions which compose society, in order of most fundamental to least. Society without a functional family is barely a society at all. If society is the relationships between people, and family is the most basic, most important relationship people have, then a society without strong familial relationships, is a fundamentally weak society.
How has contraception affected the family? Well, obviously, made it smaller. Smaller is weaker, all other things equal. But it also drives a wedge between the parents, since they no longer fully give themselves to each other in sex (except for sometimes when they actually want kids) but rather giver everything but their fertility to each other. So contraception also weakens the relationship between parents, all other things equal. Contraception also enables (in the minds of those involved) a great many immoral sexual behaviors, like adultery, and fornication, which naturally serve to undermine the family as well. So contraception serves to weaken the home.
How has contraception affected business? Contraception divides cause from effect. What is a common complaint about our businesses nowadays? They ignore their “negative externalities” (or downstream effects) in pursuit of short-term profit. It’s almost like the people running these businesses have been conditioned to divorce cause from effect and see only the narrow portion of life that works in their favor. Plus as contraception serves to undermine the morality of people in general, the businesses that those people run will also tend to act in less moral ways. Contraception also causes women to spend more time working (instead of parenting/having kids), which is bad, since women disrupt the workforce substantially. So contraception is no help to business.
How has contraception affected the Church? Never (to my knowledge) has such a widespread segment of those calling themselves Christian also held heretical views about such a simple dogmatically defined teaching as the intrinsic immorality of contraception. This rift in the Church between what she says is right and wrong and what the people actually believe to be right, to say nothing of what they practice, serves to undermine the whole point of the Church’s right to teach on matters of morality at all. What is the point of being part of a church with defined dogmas if you’re just going to pick and choose which ones to actually believe in?
How has contraception affected government? It has swelled its intrusion into the other spheres of life. As contraception undermines the familial and traditional bonds that held society together, the only remaining bond is that of force. The government naturally steps in to try to fill the roles previously filled by families and church. As people ask the government to do more for them, it grows, and with that growth become less efficient. Government can help you in your old age with medical benefits and social security, since you don’t have any kids to take care of you, but it’ll do so poorly, impersonally, and at 10x the cost.
Contraception is bad news.