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Denmark, Democratic Socialism, and Dreams of Adoption

maxresdefaultIn a recent facebook discussion on the merits of capitalism vs socialism (“democratic”, of course), I concluded it by asking my friend to take some time and pick a specific country that we should look to as an ideal model, and I would then offer my comments.

I suggested this because it’s difficult to argue against the nebulous collection of countries that are often referenced in these discussions. It’s hardly sporting to offer only the highlights of each divorced from their flaws. While there are many similarities with the various “democratic socialist” countries (such as the Nordics), they each have unique issues and unique things about them that grant what success they do have.

So far, I have not been given a concrete choice, but a casual reference to a video on Denmark was offered. Given that breadcrumb, and the fact that Bernie Sanders has certainly found this country of interest, I’m going to go with it for now. And why not? They have free education and healthcare. They seem to be happy, and they have legos, pastries, and promiscuity. What more could one ask for?

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Why Ought the State Care About Same-Sex Marriage?


In a discussion comparing interracial marriage to same-sex marriage I was challenged with this question:

Please provide a rationale to explain why we should allow bi-racial couples to marry but not same-sex couples.

It is not in the interest of the State to grant privileges, special protections, or legitimacy to same-sex unions any more than for roommates or two sisters living together in retirement. The State only cares about marriage at all because family and reproduction are the foundation upon which the State continues to exist. Heterosexual, bi-racial couples are, by design, intrinsically able to participate in these thing. But same-sex unions are on the periphery of this institution, and cannot even counterfeit it unless they succeed in conscripting the services of the opposite sex (or the product of a heterosexual union). This is not to say that same-sex couples cannot form their own unions apart from the sanctioning of the state, or that they cannot lobby for whatever legal privileges they find attractive.
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