“But just imagine the solidarity that universal orphanhood would create. Wouldn’t children, raised in one system, find it easier to collaborate on global problems?”
Is this a joke? Parody? It sounds like one, but you never know with these so-called progressives.
— transcend_duality (@TranscendDual) January 14, 2022
Plus, do not listen to anyone who wants direct democracy. It’s the tyranny of the majority. It’s why America is a republic.
(The man cites Plato’s Republic, which puts democracy as the worst form of government.)
Mathews hints at possible satire and parody: Modest Proposal. Brave New World.
In 1729, Jonathan Swift wrote the satirical A Modest Proposal essay which suggested the poor Irish sell their children to the rich to combat the treatment of the poor in society.
Aldous Huxley’s dystopian novel Brave New World has humans grown in fake wombs. You must conform and stick with the class you are placed in. They force-feed the citizens a drug that keeps everything peaceful and pain-free.
But again, you never know. You literally never know. After reading a few of Mathews’ other pieces I’m going to treat his op-ed as serious. Maybe he dropped those titles as a defense against the backlash. “No, everyone, I’m not serious!”
To achieve equity, California must force parents to give away their children:
Fathers and mothers with greater wealth and education are more likely to transfer these advantages to their children, compounding privilege over generations. As a result, children of less advantaged parents face an uphill struggle, social mobility has stalled, and democracy has been corrupted. More Californians are abandoning the dream; a recent Public Policy Institute of California poll found declining belief in the notion that you can get ahead through hard work.
My solution — making raising your own children illegal — is simple, and while we wait for the legislation to pass, we can act now: the rich and poor should trade kids, and homeowners might swap children with their homeless neighbors.
To suggest taking a child away from his or her parents for selfish reasons is evil. But Mathews tries to explain why it would work, including twisting the words of people on the right to make it seem like they agree with him.
I cannot even. Somehow taking children away from their parents “would end the backlash, helping dismantle white supremacy and outdated gender norms”:
My proposal also should be politically unifying, fitting hand-in-glove with the most cherished policies of progressives and Trumpians alike.
The left’s introduction of anti-racism and gender identity in schools faces a bitter backlash from parents. Ending parenthood would end the backlash, helping dismantle white supremacy and outdated gender norms. Democrats also would have the opportunity to build a new pillar of the safety net — a child-raising system called “Foster Care for All.”
Over on the right, Republicans are happy to jettison parents’ rights in pursuit of their greatest passions, like violating migrant rights. Once you’ve gone so far as to take immigrant children from their parents and put them in border concentration camps, it’s a short walk to separating all Americans from their progeny.
Universal orphanhood also dovetails nicely with the pro-life campaign to end abortion rights. In fact, a suggestion from Justice Amy Coney Barrett, during a recent case that could overturn Roe, inspired this column. She posited that abortion rights are no longer necessary because all 50 states now have “safe haven” laws allowing women to turn their babies over to authorities after birth. My proposal would merely make mandatory such handovers of babies to the state.
By the way, if you oppose Mathews’ “rational proposal” of universal orphanhood you’re blind to “how relentless pursuit of equity might birth a brave new world.”
In other words, you’re stupid and thoughtless because you want to keep your children. “You’re lost in the empty chasm between American extremes.”
There is nothing extreme about wanting to keep your child.
I’ve written and deleted a lot in this space. But unlike Mathews, I do not have to write out anything to prove that his idea is insane and would never work.
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