A bit long but a must-read, this article really digs to the core of the problem with socialism/Marxism, and its twin sister, feminism. I'm not Catholic but I found it very insightful and interesting. Thanks to the reader who sent it!
Here are a few highlights:
"Rather than strengthen the family, as some originally intended it to do, the social assistance state has weakened and almost replaced the family."
Of course there can never be true replacement of the family unit – what the state can give us is only a feeble imitation of the security a strong, responsible and committed marriage brings.
"The social benefits must be paid for by high tax rates. Even in America, with low taxes by European standards, the median income earner pays 40% of income in taxes. This means the secondary wage earner in the family, usually the mother, is working to pay the family’s taxes."
… And later they come and tell us we must join the ranks of paid labor because there's no way for a family to make it on one income. Of course, now that you've made it much harder to live on one income, we must go out there and take advantage of the freedom to work two shifts – at home and outside the home – which we have been so kindly given (sarcasm intended).
"The life-time assistance of the state displaces the economic function of the family. Men do not feel like men, able to care for and protect their families. In this environment, children become consumption goods, an optional life-style appendage to acquire only if one happens to enjoys children."
The statement above is so true that anyone who has more than 2 (or, at best, 3) children probably felt this at some point or another: whispers, raised eyebrows, and remarks such as, 'well, you're done, right?' and 'don't you know what causes that?'
"A member of the Dutch Labor Party recently proposed that women who stay at home with children be penalized, because they were wasting the investment society had made in their education."
So much for pretty talk about freedom of choice. How dare we waste our precious education on something as mind-numbing and unimportant as child-rearing? Not to mention that we should have known better than to have children in the first place.
Again – it is a long article, but if you have the time, go ahead and check it out. It's worth reading.