The coronavirus pandemic should spur Americans to abolish the family. So says Sophie Lewis, a “scholar” at the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research and popular speaker at American universities. Ms. Lewis recently wrote an editorial published by Open Democracy, a U.K. based radical political website populated by crackpots and asshats, in which she stated that “the private family qua mode of social reproduction still, frankly, sucks. It genders, nationalizes and races us. It norms us for productive work. It makes us believe we are ‘individuals.’” She added, “We deserve better than the family. And the time of corona is an excellent time to practice abolishing it.”
Actually, scholars, “experts,” and universities now, frankly, suck. And those who swallow the pseudo-intellectual tripe they trowel out are a pathetic lot, indeed. As Ms. Lewis inadvertently illustrates so well. With what would Lewis replace the private “qua mode” of reproduction? I’m not sure I want to know. The family “genders,” “nationalizes,” “races,” and “norms” us? I am really sick of leftists indiscriminately “verbing” nouns and other parts of speech and attempting to repurpose half the words in the dictionary to their sinister ends. Families do help mold (and reveal the identity of) those that belong to them. This is part of their role, along with providing love, financial, emotional and physical support. That Lewis takes umbrage with the notion of families preparing children to do “productive work” is telling, as well as pathetic and disgusting. That she thinks it mistakenly “makes us believe we are individuals” is even more telling…and sicker still. Are we to be faceless, genderless, robotic tissue masses who can only think as a group? Indistinct, amorphous piles of protoplasm? And she thinks this is a good thing?
The scholarly Lewis bemoaned the fact (as she sees it) that the nuclear family reproduces human beings along the lines of binary sex, national identity, etc., etc., “as feminists for decades have excavated.” Say what? Lewis certainly wasn’t “normed” for productive (or coherent) writing.
She stated that “The pandemic is no time to forget about family abolition,” noting that reports of domestic violence have increased since the mass quarantine began. Yes, we’d all be better off if we were holed up with randomly selected strangers from off the street. She cited the words of the feminist author Madeline Lane-McKinley, who said, “Households are capitalism’s pressure cookers,” before concluding by stating: “We do not yet know if we will be able to wrench something better than capitalism from the wreckage of this Plague and the coming Depression. I would only posit with some certainty that, in 2020, the dialectic of families against the family, of real homes against the home, shall intensify.” Say what?
If there was any justice in this world, Lewis and Lane-McKinley would be living in North Korea or the Congo.
Winston Churchill said of capitalism, “it’s the worst form of government…except for all of the others that have been tried.” The same might be said of the nuclear family. The family is the most important institution in the country—indeed the world—today. It prevents more insanity and evil and fosters more good than any other. It was designed by our Creator to do just that.
Perhaps that is why Ms. Lewis disdains it so.