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Chris Berg On Marriage: “Invite Everyone In”?
Weekend Libertarian ^ | May 23, 2011 | B.P. Terpstra

Posted on 05/22/2011 4:57:54 PM PDT by AustralianConservative

Berg….sniffs under the Orwellian headline, “If marriage is so good, why not invite everyone in?”

It’s an adults-first libertarian argument, though, often influenced by social network considerations, and groupthink activist studies.

Preaches Berg, however:

Marriage is a private form of social welfare. Spouses insure each other against sudden loss of income. Married couples are less vulnerable to financial stress than single people.

The benefits of marriage on mental health and wellbeing, income and happiness are widely acknowledged. Married people tend to lead more stable lives. Their relationships are more durable.

True, but these findings only apply to heterosexuals, when one is looking for meaty evidence (both sociological and historical) over thousands of years. Even some pro-gay marriage activist academics acknowledge the experimental nature of their cause.

But I digress. Let’s open the Institute of Public Affairs and invite everyone in. From green communists to social conservatives, why not? Fair’s fair!

Still and yet, where gay marriage or gay marriage-like unions have been blessed by Big Government, Christian adoption agencies have been maliciously targeted, under the state’s Orwellian faith of selective equality.

As well, should the let’s-invite-everyone-in mantra apply to children and polygamists?

David Hume

Perhaps Chris Berg an alleged David Hume sycophant jumped on the politically-correct bandwagon, without much thought. But in the process, he’s divorced himself from Hume’s pro-traditional marriage stand.

How do we know this? Here’s some evidence that demands a verdict:

But Hume is no cultural relativist and rejects the view that all marriage customs are equally good at producing desirable results. Much of his essay is devoted to showing the many harms and disadvantages of two of the most common types of marriage arrangements outside the Christian West: polygamy in which men have multiple wives, and monogamous marriages in which the spouses are permitted to dissolve…

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TOPICS: Government; History; Society; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: berg; history; hume; marriage
1 posted on 05/22/2011 4:58:01 PM PDT by AustralianConservative
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To: AustralianConservative

Fluffy and I are on the wedding registry at PetSmart.

2 posted on 05/22/2011 5:03:51 PM PDT by denydenydeny (Rage all you want, looters & moochers, but the gods of the copybook headings are your masters now.)
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To: denydenydeny

Woof. Woof. The Democrats are behind you.

3 posted on 05/22/2011 7:43:17 PM PDT by AustralianConservative
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