The American family is dead.
It doesn’t know it yet, but like a person with an undiagnosed but metastatic malignancy, its days are numbered.
It is on its last legs, stumbling through in an ever-weaker and less-vital state, about to fall face forward into oblivion.
Marx got his wish.
In the “Communist Manifesto,” he said that the bourgeois family
was an institution based on private gain, on capital, and that for the proletariat to rise, the bourgeois family must be destroyed.
Family, as he saw it, was an institution for the preservation of wealth and comfort, that it was selfishness of clan instead of selfishness of individual, and that it diverted loyalties away from the collective whole.
So he called for its end.
And in America his wish is coming true.
In a sea of amorality and welfare dependency, where religion and values are rendered situational and irrelevant, where idleness and entitlement permeate the culture, family is just too much bother.
Sex is a video on the Internet, or a hookup on the sly, and affection is directed at self and little else. True independent adulthood is delayed into and through the 20s, marriage is pushed back and pushed down, births will soon be mostly out of wedlock, and the cultural pattern of true love is two gay guys on a sitcom or some rapper shouting crudities about sodomizing a string of women.
Partners are not sweethearts, they are sexual toilets. Children are not blessings, they are burdens. And the notion of a married man and woman raising their children is demographically isolated and eroding fast.
The America family is dead.
Marriage rates are at notable lows and still falling. Illegitimacy rates are at historic highs. Fertility rates are, in some categories, below the replacement rate. Abortions, in some communities, end half the pregnancies.
The American dream – the bourgeois family Marx so hated – is flickering out.
Punished by taxes, doped by social programs, pulled apart by government-funded daycare and pre-schools, the family is not different, it is worse. In terms of cohesion and structure, families are increasingly frayed and weak.
At least they are on paper.
Because the stats show that, by our choices, we’re not choosing family. We’re doing other things with our lives, and whether you call that liberation or self-actualization, the impact is the same. Fewer marriages, fewer children, fewer intact homes.
And more sorrow.
Because the family does not exist in a vacuum. It is not an independent phenomenon. The family is the foundation of society. It is both the root and the fruit of what our lives are supposed to be about.
Family is the basic unit of society.
And as the family goes, so goes society.
Which puts us all down the toilet.
Where did we go wrong? In turning loose of the values, traditions and institutions of our heritage and culture. We abandoned what for 4,000 years had been our guiding light.
And that has brought terrible consequences.
From failed individuals to horrific urban crime. Educational failure, economic dependence, criminal misconduct, drug usage, out-of-wedlock births. It’s all just a vicious cycle that spirals downward, corkscrewing into the ground below.
We are following in the path of great civilizations from history. We are following their path of decay and destruction.
And it will end badly if we don’t do something quickly.
Because if we don’t do something quickly, the American family is dead.