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Wednesday, March 03, 2004


Findlay Dunachie at Samizdata, reviewing Deepak Lal's Unintended Consequences: The Impact of Factor Endowments, Culture, and Politics on Long-Run Economic Performance :
One of the many myths that Marx and Engels helped put into circulation was that the Industrial Revolution brought the nuclear family into existence; in fact, it seems more likely that the reverse was the case. The evolution of the nuclear family led to Individualism, a social concept Lal considers sufficiently important to merit a whole chapter (Ch. 6), though it might be seen to be a portmanteau for all philosophical changes brought about by the Renaissance and Reformation.
and Noah Millman at Gideon's Blog:
There are only three kinds of marital structure that we can plausibly have. We can have companionate marriage, which is organized around the complementarity of equal sexes and is the presumed order for all our modern family law. We can have traditional polygamy ... Or we can have female-headed families without fathers, where the men come and go, sponging from the women or seizing what they want, a form of family organization that appears to be incompatible with civilization itself. [At least, the forms of it that we currently know of. But things change.] Our law, and to some extent our social reality, has been moving in the direction of the last option. Same-sex marriage would accelerate this trend in law, even if it makes no measurable impact on social reality, because the assumptions that underlie same-sex marriage will prove incompatible with the assumptions underlying marriage, and these changes in law will, eventually, result in changes in social reality generally.
And what new society do we think we are bringing to birth, as predictably fewer children are raised increasingly by single mothers with heavy government support; as grown males are increasingly isolated from their children and marginalized in society, and growing ones find their only role models in the media; as human interactions grow increasingly ad hoc and modular? (Coming and going are certain; sponging and seizing are suppositions, at this point.)

What kind of economy will this be, as government consumes an ever-larger share of GDP, as manufacturing aproaches agriculture's employment levels and services proliferate, as more and more relationships and interactions become monetized? What will the guiding social patterns and philosophical principles be? This is a remarkable human experiment we are engaged in; right now, nobody knows nothing, except that it'll be a bumpy ride into utterly unknown territory.

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