The American nuclear family’s rules about marriage within families are also important to our success. Many other cultures permit cousins to marry, which encourages the formation of clans. Instead of clans fighting each other, Americans formed nuclear families that joined with others in peaceful communities, or in pioneer days struck out on their own to explore and settle the frontier. A society without warring clans doesn’t need so much government to keep the peace.
The long-term goal of eroding personal freedom, individualism, and limited government requires undermining the nuclear family and making people more dependent on government. Short-term political reasons are important, too. Single people are much more likely to vote Democratic, while married people are more likely to vote Republican. The next time you hear somebody attack the nuclear family, remember that they probably have a broader agenda in mind, maybe a political agenda.
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