Or, alternatively, that’s how a psychopath congratulates a colleague on the birth of a child.
Now, this is a favored libertarian mode, where you couch your “currency exchange uber alles” attitude in a kind of limp jokiness so that you can later claim that you don’t actually think a child’s worth is whatever can be monetarily wrung out of it. (See also: not a statistic, a hypothetical.) I’m sure if you put his feet to the fire, Alex Tabbarok would be willing to talk about, you know, inherent human dignity and that sort of junk. But his project, and the project of people like him, is to relentlessly deny that there is more to human existence than the accumulation of material goods. That such a perspective works to support the agenda of the corporatists who fund the libertarian project is, of course, merely coincidence.
Economic conservatives used to at least half-heartedly pretend that they believed in inherent human worth and goods aside from the economic. Now, in the era of “markets in everything,” they don’t even bother with pretense. And are a great many young “progressives” rushing to follow them, conned into believing that neoliberalism has a monopoly on truth and obsessed with being Very Serious People? You betcha.