Democracy Against The Family: Part 2

Here is the second part of my article on this all-important topic of exactly how democratic states that have mutated from their original foundation in liberty begin to erode their own civil societies.
You can read it all here, or click below to read it as published by Epoch Times newspaper:
For more than a century all the modern democracies, each at a different rate, have been abandoning their foundation in ordered liberty for a new foundation of mandated equality. This is justified as a necessary means to create a more fair and equal polity. That has nothing to do with the original democratic promise of an equal start-line in the race of life, but rather, with the creation by law of a more or less equal finish-line. Equal enough, that is, to garner more gratitude and thus more citizen-loyalty to the democratic state. Ironically, this ambition is carried out by way of an incremental war on various kinds of privilege and moral distinction created spontaneously by our own civil societies.
So the democracies are now at war with themselves. Privilege-producing civil societies, within equality-forcing democratic states, have ended up pitched against each other in a troubling battle to the death for citizen loyalty. Even though it is by far the more humanly gratifying, civil society is also by far the weaker, and has been losing the war badly.
One of the great ironies of our time is that we celebrate a public love of equality, but also of human community. But the latter can only be produced by a process of social-bonding that creates insiders and outsiders, or unequals. Let’s see how that works.

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Democracy vs The Family – Part 1

My article on how modern democracy in its current Western form (a form quite distinct from how it began) is playing a corrosive role in the take-down of the Family was published on June 19th by The Epoch Times newspaper and may be read there:
or on this website, here:
The Geneva Argument
The idea that democracy, the political organization we know and love, might be incompatible with – or worse, might gradually be undermining – the most intimate human organization we know and love called “the family”, strikes most people as something close to heresy.
But is it?
When I presented this possibility to The World Congress of Families in Geneva in 1999,  an awkward silence fell upon the room. No one moved, or knew what to say. But twenty years later, I am persuaded more than ever of the Geneva argument, and I refresh it here for Epoch Times readers.
Most of the disturbing changes in Western family life have to do with easily visible negative trends such as delayed marriage, falling birth rates, fatherless homes, poor single-mothers, high divorce and abortion rates, and more. But researching for my book The War Against The Family made it manifestly clear that not far beneath the surface there are invisible ideological forces rooted in the theory of democracy itself that are inimical to the formation and preservation of family life. That seems a little bizarre, so allow me to explain.
Every major modern democracy took root in the context of a protective faith culture where the good of all was foremost. They were We cultures in which the family was a near-sacramental institution rooted in privacy and freedom where natural human differences were expected to flourish. Equality before the law, and in the eyes of God promised a fair start-line in the race of life, let the chips fall where they may. That was the dominant ideal, if not always met.
Accordingly, some families produced bright kids, some not so bright; some hard-working, some lazy; some rich, and some poor. As time passed, freedom and equality of opportunity produced a lot of successes. But a lot of distressing failures, too.
So the democracies of the West soon found themselves fretting over the possibility that by its very nature, a democracy will produce a permanent underclass. Freedom is not enough. Equality will have to be forced by the state. This meant the private Family proudly nourishing freedom, personal thriving, and natural differences, and the democratic state nourishing forced equality, were on a collision course. They would be ideological enemies competing for citizen loyalty. Thus began the mutation of the Western democracies from their original equal start-line foundation, to their present equal finish-line foundation.

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