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By on 2.22.07 | 11:59AM

Ezra Klein has this to say at his blog:

I want to meet some anti-family liberals. I really do. Because you read NRO, and it's clear that a sizable and powerful percentage of liberals believe that children shouldn't have fathers, and familial stability is utterly unimportant, and single parent households are the optimal family structure, and out-of-wedlock births are totally sweet. And yet, and yet, and yet...I've never met any of those liberals.

I read NRO a lot, and it seems to me that the authors there more often refer to liberal policies as anti-family than liberals themselves. Obviously, one can be pro-family but support misguided policies that harm families. I'm sure that few, if any, members of Congress who supported the now defunct Aid To Families With Dependent Children intended for it to result in a rise in illegitimacy.

Nevertheless, there definitely are some liberals who are anti-family. There's author Vivian Gornick who once said that, "Being a housewife is an illegitimate profession….The choice to serve and be protected and plan towards being a family-maker is a choice that shouldn't be. The heart of radical feminism is to change that."

There is law professor Catharine MacKinnon who once wrote that "Feminism stresses the indistinguishability of prostitution, marriage, and sexual harassment."

And finally there's pundit Barbara Ehrenreich who has written, "There is a long and honorable tradition of 'anti-family' thought." She goes on to cite approvingly French philosopher Charles Fourier who "taught that the family was a barrier to human progress, and British anthropologist Edmund Leach who said, "Far from being the basis of a good society, the family with its narrow privacy and tawdry secrets is the source of all discontents."

I would offer to introduce Klein to any one of them, but unfortunately I do not have the pleasure of personally knowing these fine ladies.

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