The Feast Day of St. Demography is today. Also every other day.
My first thought was that this was a response to situations like that in Boston, where religious adoption agencies have more or less been put out of business because they prefer not to mediate adoptions by gay couples. The story says it’s about the service not being used enough to warrant the effort.
I believe that. I’m close to several young LDS couples who have adopted recently, both in and out of Utah, and not one worked through LDS Family Services. The usual reason given was that LDS Family Services had so few children to adopt that the waiting list was a decade long. It’s much less than that for other agencies, though it can still take years.
One of the mainstays of conservatism is that history has happened and men are flawed. This means that, unlike some destructive varieties of liberalism and progressivism, we cannot believe that people are naturally good and can achieve utopia if we just sweep a few kulaks and wreckers under the rug. It also means that, unlike reactionaries, we cannot believe that there was some time period when institutions and mores were naturally good and we just need to reestablish that time. The reason we are no longer in that time period is because it contained the seeds of its own destruction. And we can’t just wish ourselves back into that time period anyhow, because history has happened, the conditions that made that society possible no longer exist, and we must deal with the contemporary materials that are at hand. (more…)
Americans are having so few babies that the demographic transition is wrecking the federal budget and our social safety net, and we aren’t taking particularly good care of the ones that we have.
This can only be seen as a spectacular, and spectacularly dangerous social failure. It is a catastrophe of historic proportions, but we are reacting to it with a mix of learned helplessness and willed ignorance.
I don’t think that word means what you think it means.
My father, may his memory be ever blessed, if he had made a list of things every man over 30 should have, would have had just two items: (more…)
To the crazed notion that parents shouldn’t pay through the nose to raise kids to bear the burden of other people’s retirement, Senator Lee adds the even more ridiculous notion that the tax code should be simplified. I prefer not to imagine what strange hallucinogens must be added to the water in Utah.
The Jedi tried to avoid the problem through celibacy, as did the Roman Church.
Patriarchy is the theory that men should be the primary bearers of risks. Risk of death or injury, risk of bankruptcy and failure. In marriage the wife shares much of the risk, but even then the risk is disproportioned. If a man dies his family’s prospects will be badly damaged, but they will at least still be alive. If a man fails at business, his whole family shares his poverty, but only a part of his shame.
Basic economic reasoning means that incentivizing risk-taking requires rewards. So patriarchy entails that at least some men will have greater rewards, perhaps economic, perhaps in the form of legal privileges. (Basic economic reasoning also suggests that in more abundant times, the need for specialization in risk-taking will decrease and we may expect more feminism).
Basic biological reasoning suggests that patriarchy is a maximally-efficient mechanism for giving groups an edge over their competition. These biological forces pushing men towards risk-taking and women away from it are powerful enough that evolution has gotten them written into our blood. More than that, nature herself takes more risks with men than with women: there are more extremely bright men than women, but there are also more extremely stupid men than women.
The gospel supports a version of patriarchy. For example, the Proclamation teaches that men are supposed to be the providers, which is to say the economic risk-takers.
Why? Perhaps its just a recognition of the brute biological facts. It would be consistent with the gospel to let heritage and history be major shapers of our being. But perhaps it has something to do with the divine method we see in Paul’s sermon on the Body of Christ, where God seems to prefer that we not all embody all good human traits equally but that they be heightened in one and lessened in another and made available to all through fellowship and fraternity. There is something good and divine both about taking risks and competition and about security and stability. Although men and women both know both these goods, possessing them in disproportion allows them to be more fully expressed than if they were balanced in each sex. Then, through marriage, the goods we know are shared with each other and disciplined to the whole: men have to curtail their risk-taking for the needs of the family and women have to take a chance on a man.
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