The Pen is mightier than the sword, but the Pen must sometimes move the sword against corruption if the corrupt are not moved by the pen.. An idea without an implementer is useless. "The Rulers do not carry the sword in vain"Rom 13:4

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Where is the Political Left wanting to take 'FAMILY' ?

This is, to quote Socrates,  a difficult issue:

to carry on an argument when you are yourself only a hesitating enquirer, which is my condition, is a dangerous and slippery thing; and the danger is not that I shall be laughed at (of which the fear would be childish), but that I shall miss the truth where I have most need to be sure of my footing, and drag my friends after me in my fall. (Plato's Republic book 5)

Indeed!  and here is a summary of how Plato saw 'the family' and the issue of reproduction and rearing of children.

(Socrates then discusses the requirement that all spouses and children be held in common.) For guardians, sexual intercourse will only take place during certain fixed times of year, designated as festivals. Males and females will be made husband and wife at these festivals for roughly the duration of sexual intercourse. The pairings will be determined by lot. Some of these people, those who are most admirable and thus whom we most wish to reproduce, might have up to four or five spouses in a single one of these festivals. All the children produced by these mating festivals will be taken from their parents and reared together, so that no one knows which children descend from which adults. At no other time in the year is sex permitted. If guardians have sex at an undesignated time and a child results, the understanding is that this child must be killed.

And you thought that "The Lord...He is God and there is no other like Him".... to wax Biblical for a brief moment.
I use this Biblical  quote, to underline that there is a pair of "Philosophers" named Adam Swift and his comrade  Harry Brighouse who seem to have come under the self delusion that 'they' are two members of the political Trinity, with Marx being 'The Father' with the Communist Manifesto as the "Torah".

Bizarre does not even come close to being an appropriate category for the above or the work these two monsters are increasingly known for. (ABC podcast-"The Philosopher zone") While Swift quotes Plato as his authority for 'all in common' females and infants,  he retreats a little from the idea of 'all in common' that evidence from Easter European communist political and social disaster zones has shown to be detrimental to the development of a child.

Instead of having all children in common, to achieve a unified society without the connections of genetic closeness, he instead advocates the abolishing of parental practices that tend to nourish those close genetic ties, which, in his opinion create an "unfair inequality and social disadvantage to other children".

‘One way philosophers might think about solving the social justice problem would be by simply abolishing the family. If the family is this source of unfairness in society then it looks plausible to think that if we abolished the family there would be a more level playing field.’

In other words, parents tho dote on their offspring, and seek to provide a good life for them, are creating social disadvantage for other children who lack such doting parents.  He could have said that to avoid such inequality that non doting parents should be encouraged to dote and care... but no, he would rather dumb down the families who care for their children, and make everyone equal... equally dull and useless! "Pernicious" is not even minutely strong enough to describe this very seriously advocated approach to social structure!

The darkness of Swift's 'new theory' is found in this absurd statement:

I don’t think parents reading their children bedtime stories should constantly have in their minds the way that they are unfairly disadvantaging other people’s children, but I think they should have that thought occasionally.

This a 'soft' version of "abolish the family".. he makes it an issue of 'gentle prompt/prod/nudge' rather than a dictatorial decree.  That removes nothing of it's evil! I think the words of Jesus are most appropriate for the likes of Swift and his evil comrades:

He does reveal a bit of a 'tip of the ideological iceberg' in this quote:

‘What we realised we needed was a way of thinking about what it was we wanted to allow parents to do for their children, and what it was that we didn’t need to allow parents to do for their children, if allowing those activities would create unfairnesses for other people’s children’.

"We could prevent elite private schooling"......

Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many.  (Matt 24)

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