Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Socialism versus the family
Yesterday I gave a talk at the Heritage Foundation on the topic “Socialism versus the Family.” You can watch the lecture on YouTube or at the Heritage website.
The talk has three parts. In the first, I explain what socialism is (and what it isn’t), and how it can come in degrees. In the second, I discuss what the family is, and in particular the core notion of the family that underlies the diverse arrangements that have existed in different societies, the general moral outlook that has traditionally governed it in these different societies, and the way evolutionary psychology and social science support the judgment that the family is a natural rather than artificial institution. In the third, I explain how socialism and the basic structure of the family are incompatible, and how liberal individualism has eroded the family and paved the way for socialism. As I argue, if conservatives are effectively to oppose socialism, they must also oppose the liberal individualism that opens the door to it.