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10 years ago: The abstract ‘family’

10 years ago: The abstract ‘family’ October 14, 2013

October 14, 2003, here on slacktivist: The abstract ‘family’

This is a recipe for bad thinking and worse policy. There is no “the family.” There are only families. Policy, like love, cannot have an abstract as its object.

Whenever you hear a politician or pundit talking about “the family,” substitute “American families” and see whether the statement makes any sense in the real world.

Quite often it doesn’t.

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