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Friday, 4 February 2011

Revealed: The most subversive threat to the Central State

Pictured below is the most pertinent and subversive threat to the Leviathan Central State. The ordinary British family may appear to be in retreat, its very existence under sustained assault from the forces of Statism, but it's proving stubbornly resilient. Labour's years in power were no more than one, long campaign to destroy the family, to achieve the dream of that deluded rogue Rousseau to shatter the bonds between parent and child to form direct bonds between each individual and the State. Clegg also hates the family, fears the power it holds. Milliband loathes the very idea of family to the extent that he'd rather leave his children as bastards than marry. 

So what is it these Central Statists loathe and fear about the family? Well, the family is a micro-nation - 'l'etat, c'est nous'. It makes its own rules, has its own Parliament, taxes and redistributes income, operates a banking system, makes its own decisions about environmental management, defends itself from threats, maintains an active diplomatic service to cement relations or declare war on other families. Counselling, care and health support, education and welfare, diet and nutrition are all services provided within this micro-state. In fact, just about everything the macro-State aspires to do is already done by the family micro-state. And the Leviathan State hates it. As Peter Oborne writes in today's Telegraph;
For this reason, the nuclear family has normally been supported by the Conservative Party – and, of course, hated by progressives. From 1997 onwards, New Labour waged war against the family. Gordon Brown (in a financial statement deceitfully tagged “a budget for the family”) abolished the married couple’s allowance, replacing it with a system of tax credits which viciously punished couples who insisted on getting married.
After the 2001 general election victory, New Labour felt confident enough to obliterate marriage from the official record. The term “marital status” suddenly ceased to appear on government forms, a seemingly innocuous move that went unnoticed at the time but has been full of consequence ever since. Thereafter, the British state no longer acknowledged the institution of marriage as being in any way different from other kinds of connection between couples.
For years, we've asked why the French and the Italians had higher-achieving, less problematical, better behaved and more socialised children, and the answer from the political class was always that our State wasn't intervening enough, wasn't controlling enough, wasn't spending enough. What rubbish. The truth is obvious for all to see - it's because these nations have traditionally had strong families to stand against the State. 

Robert Nisbet wrote "The war between the family and the state is very old. When one is strong, the other is generally weak". And this is the core of our way forward; the classic economic liberalism of the Lib-Dems, greater sellers-off and privatisers than even Thatcher, will come to nought if it's not combined with classic social Conservatism that boosts the family as the building block of our nation. Only together will economic liberalism and social conservatism succeed in shrinking the State. And the sooner we admit it, and the sooner Clegg and Cameron articulate it, the better. 


Anonymous said...

Amen Radders....

The sooner the soft lefties realise what underpins the hard-left agenda the better we'll all be...

Blue Eyes said...

The only thing I would add is that the sustained assault on the family started LONG before 1997!

Sean said...

The Left have turned the state into a surrogate family.

I dont know if it is the case now, but if you turn up looking for welfare in Germany, they ask you for your family names and addresses and write to them to ask if they wish to help you out.

Elby the Beserk said...

They are just fucking bastards who should be rounded up and removed from society.

Any fule know that the family is the building block of society. All over the world. All nations, colours and creeds. And then these bastards, immersed up to their oh so breakable necks in shits like Gramsci and the Frankfurt School, come along and set about said institution.

Removed from society. Now.

hatfield girl said...

...and we keep using all those plastic bags.

Idle Pen Pusher said...

The sooner we abolish the creepy little state register of who's in a relationship with whom, aka the institution of marriage as understood since 1837, the better.

Anonymous said...

Blessings on the hand of women!

Angels guard its strength and grace,

In the palace, cottage, hovel,

Oh, no matter where the place;

Would that never storms assailed it,

Rainbows ever gently curled;

For the hand that rocks the cradle

Is the hand that rules the world.

Infancy's the tender fountain,

Power may with beauty flow,

Mother's first to guide the streamlets,

From them souls unresting grow--

Grow on for the good or evil,

Sunshine streamed or evil hurled;

For the hand that rocks the cradle

Is the hand that rules the world.

Woman, how divine your mission

Here upon our natal sod!

Keep, oh, keep the young heart open

Always to the breath of God!

All true trophies of the ages

Are from mother-love impearled;

For the hand that rocks the cradle

Is the hand that rules the world.

Blessings on the hand of women!

Fathers, sons, and daughters cry,

And the sacred song is mingled

With the worship in the sky--

Mingles where no tempest darkens,

Rainbows evermore are hurled;

For the hand that rocks the cradle

Is the hand that rules the world.
William Ross Wallace

Coney Island

H said...

Filled in my tax return at the last minute as usual. It definitely asked my my marital status. Perhaps some sort of renegade at HMRC?