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Column: California should abolish parenthood, in the name of equity

By Joe Matthews, MSN

If California is ever going to achieve true equity, the state must require parents to give away their children.

Today’s Californians often hold up equity — the goal of a just society completely free from bias — as our greatest value. Gov. Gavin Newsom makes decisions through “an equity lens.” Institutions from dance ensembles to tech companies have publicly pledged themselves to equity.

But their promises are no match for the power of parents.

Fathers and mothers with greater wealth and education are more likely to transfer these advantages to their children, compounding privilege over generations. As a result, children of less advantaged parents face an uphill struggle, social mobility has stalled, and democracy has been corrupted. More Californians are abandoning the dream; a recent Public Policy Institute of California poll found declining belief in the notion that you can get ahead through hard work.

My solution — making raising your own children illegal — is simple, and while we wait for the legislation to pass, we can act now: the rich and poor should trade kids, and homeowners might swap children with their homeless neighbors.

Now, I recognize that some naysayers will dismiss such a policy as ghastly, even totalitarian. But my proposal is quite modest, a fusion of traditional philosophy and today’s most common political obsessions.

In his “Republic,” Plato adopted Socrates’ sage advice — that children “be possessed in common, so that no parent will know his own offspring or any child his parents” — in order to defeat nepotism, and create citizens loyal not to their sons but to society.


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  1. Hello Joe Mathew’s
    I must say I was shocked and saddened at your ignorance and idea that parenting is insignificant! Your proposal in your recent article to “swap children” so nobody knows who their children are is absolutely disgusting, and you say this in the name of equality? Ha, what you are proposing is dehumanizing. By the way children are NOT for sale, children are NOT despensable, children are NOT to be passed around as tho they are some sort of property.

    I am asking us all to flight against these insane ideas and notions that our children don’t matter because In fact they DO! Children, Joe Mathews are a gift from God. Read for your self, ACT, PRAY, and if you are in politics please fight against this insanity! Thank you!
    Story below – Link Below!

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