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Nation of Bastards: Essays on the End of Marriage Paperback – September 1, 2007


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  • Paperback: 132 pages
  • Publisher: BPS Books; First Edition edition (September 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0978440242
  • ISBN-13: 978-0978440244
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,091,301 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Ranger Gary on October 10, 2007
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This is perhaps the most concise, grounded explanation I've seen of why marriage cannot be redefined to include any relationship other than one man and one woman. To do so threatens the check-and-balance on government power that resides in the family--and that's husband/wife/children family, not "we love each other ergo we are family." It illustrates that divorcing procreation from marriage leads inevitably to a government that is not only "big brother," but "mother and father" as well. Perhaps most importantly, it explains how the relentless characterization of personal liberty as "personal autonomy" leads to relentlessly expanded government regulation of every individual.

It is set in the context of Canada's wrong-headed judicial and legislative deconstruction of marriage, but the lessons are clearly understood without understanding Candada's politics.

Frankly, its frightening reading for anyone who loves liberty and hopes for a stable, just society--because we are catapaulting now down a greased slope. But perhaps a good read will motivate good men to do something now, while its not too late.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Paul Adams on April 16, 2011
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This slim collection of four essays offers a compelling critique of Canada's social experiment in same-sex marriage. It will be readable and intelligible even for those who know little about Canadian judicial and parliamentary actions, but who care about the future of marriage and democracy.

Farrow argues that by renouncing its commitment to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (and the UN's Declaration on the Rights of the Child)- which recognizes the fundamental importance for society of the natural family and the right of children to be raised where possible by their own two natural parents - Canada has taken a path that threatens both marriage and children and the liberal state. By fundamentally redefining marriage, he says, the state has appropriated the institution of marriage and turned children, indeed all citizens, into wards of the state. Marriage and family have always existed in relative autonomy vis a vis the state, resting as they do on the nature of human beings and the natural human family.

In a liberal society, marriage and family mediate between individual and state. As such they are indispensable to liberal democracy. They may or may not be recognized and protected by the state, but marriage and family in any case are not created by it. They are, by their nature and not the state's fiat, the way in which one generation turns from its own concerns to those of the next, requiring a sacrifice and commitment of the autonomous ego to a relationship ordered to procreation, fidelity, and a covenantal relationship involving man, woman, and any children that result from their union.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chiara Bertoglio on April 23, 2013
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An excellent book, warning us of the dangers connected with the assimilation of homosexual and heterosexual marriage. The author's arguments are always cogent and expressed with both a respectful attitude and the strength of truth.
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