I’ve been saying that we now define freedom like this:
“The state must annul my familial obligations without cause whenever I choose.”
With that in mind, check out this Quaker Chewy Granola Bar commercial that I saw on Youtube:
Here’s another one:
It’s sort of funny… but eerily close to being real. Imagine if the mother was somebody who used an egg donor to conceive the boy. So the boy isn’t from her egg, but somebody else’s. These commercials are an extreme example of what legal relationship that looks like to me.
Can you see better why the libertarian cry for contracts to replace marriage (and by extension, all family ties) doesn’t actually decrease the state’s role in people’s lives? Kinship ties that are established by marriage and nature, then recognized by the state, require less of the state than business-style contracts.