Carl Watner: Voluntaryism, Marriage, and the Family
The State is always hostile to the family because it cannot tolerate rival loyalties. It must inevitably attempt to make itself more important than the family or kinship system, which it seeks to supersede. It establishes a coercive orthodoxy from which there is no escape except by emigration, death, or treason. Under all authoritarian governments, children are separated from their parents (at least part of the time, the most prominent example being schooling) because the State needs to weaken the child-parent relationship. In the more totalitarian societies, children often live apart from their parents, but if not, they are encouraged to report any signs of parental disloyalty or treason to the authorities. This pits the loyalty of the children to the State against the love of their parents. This conflict even exists in America today. Is a spouse or child to denounce one’s partner or parent for violation of a political crime, like violating the income tax or drug laws? To whom is one loyal? (Full article…)
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