Christopher Lasch: “Liberals subscribe to the new flexible, pluralistic definition of the family; their defense of families carries no conviction."
A family is a man and a woman with their offspring.
Christopher Lasch: “The proper reply to right-wing religiosity is not to insist that politics and religion don't mix. This is the stock response of the Left."
The distinction between politics and religion is a distinction without a difference.
Christopher Lasch: “Every age develops its own peculiar forms of pathology, which express in exaggerated form its underlying character structure.”
Every age is either a beneficiary or a victim of its ideology.
Christopher Lasch: “Because politics rests on an irreducible measure of coercion, it can never become a perfect realm of perfect love and justice.”
It is obvious and undeniable that all laws, good or bad, must logically and necessarily be coercive if they are in force.
Christopher Lasch: “Conservatives unwittingly side with the social forces that contribute to the destruction of traditional values.”This is so because Conservatives believe they are obliged to retain the status quo. It would be far more efficacious to define clearly the values that we Conservatives have sworn to defend. These values should be contained scripture, surely, for it is the Bible and the Koran that contains the rules that would protect and maintain social conservatism. I would argue that Conservatives should really be defenders of a theocracy.
Christopher Lasch: “The intellectual debility of contemporary conservatism is indicated by its silence on all important matters.”
The Conservative Party has a constitution that refers to the principles of the Conservative Party but does not define them. Therefore the Conservative Party is a fraud on its members.
Christopher Lasch: “The Left ask people to believe that there is no conflict between feminism and the family.”
Everything about feminism undermines the institution of marriage.
Christopher Lasch: “A growing awareness of the depth of popular attachment to the family has led some liberals to concede that family is not just a buzzword for reaction.”
It seems even liberals have parents and offspring they love.
Christopher Lasch: “Most of these alternative [family] arrangements, so-called, arise out of the ruins of marriages, not as an improvement of old-fashioned marriage.”
The definition of a household containing a family should be narrowed to "a man and a woman living together with their offspring".
Christopher Lasch: “The Left has come to regard common sense — the traditional wisdom and folkways of the community — as an obstacle to progress and enlightenment.”
The Left are suffering from dementia caused by prolonged atheism.
Christopher Lasch: “The hope of a new politics does not lie in formulating a left-wing reply to the right-wing; it lies in rejecting conventional political categories.”
There is the patriarchy which is the product of the ideology of the Abrahamic faiths, and there is everything else.
Christopher Lasch: “Progressive rhetoric has the effect of concealing social crisis and moral breakdown by presenting them as the birth pangs of a new order.”
If the destination is Dementia and Decline and we are on a journey towards it , then one can progress towards it, I suppose.
Christopher Lasch: “The Left dismisses talk about the collapse of family life and talks instead about the emergence of the growing new diversity of family types.”