Who is Joe Mathews? The author criticized the proposal that “California should abolish parenthood”

One author has faced considerable backlash after proposing that California should abolish parenthood so the state can “achieve true fairness.” Joe Mathews, co-chair of the Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy, wrote an article titled “California Should Abolish Parenthood, in the Name of Fairness,” published in the opinion section of the Ventura County Star. The daily is owned by Gannett, the largest newspaper company in the United States. The article, which was also reposted by Yahoo in its “news” section, also proposed that the children be turned over to the government instead of being aborted.

Mathews asserted that the “greatest value” of Californians was the goal of “equity”, but that parenting prevented true equity because “wealthier, more educated fathers and mothers are more likely to transfer those benefits to their children, compounding privilege over generations.” In order to deal with the perceived inequity, the author presented a “solution” of “making it illegal to raise your own children”.


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the item called on wealthy parents to “swap” their children with poor families and vice versa. Mathews even suggested “landlords could swap kids with their homeless neighbors,” despite describing himself as a “dad” in his Twitter bio. “Now, I recognize that some opponents will dismiss such a policy as appalling, even totalitarian. But my proposal is modest enough, a fusion of traditional philosophy and today’s most common political obsessions,” Mathews wrote.

“The left’s introduction of anti-racism and gender identity into schools is facing a bitter backlash from parents,” he continued. “Ending parenthood would end the backlash, helping to dismantle white supremacy and outdated gender norms.” The left-leaning author also noted how abolishing parenthood would benefit Democrats. “Democrats would also have the opportunity to build a new pillar of the safety net – a child rearing system called ‘Foster Care for All,'” he said.

Mathews railed against Republicans, saying they were “taking immigrant children from their parents and putting them in border concentration camps.” However, he compared the abolition of parenthood to the separation of the children of illegal immigrants at the border and, therefore, Republicans would agree with his proposal for a universal orphanage.

The author also mocked conservative SCOTUS Judge Amy Coney Barrett for her anti-abortion stance. Matthew suggested that the children be turned over to the state instead of being aborted. “The universal orphanage fits perfectly with the pro-life campaign to end the right to abortion,” he wrote. “In fact, a suggestion from Judge Amy Coney Barrett, in a recent case that could overturn Roe, inspired this column. babies to authorities after birth. My proposal would simply make these baby handovers to the state mandatory.

Supreme Court nominee Justice Amy Coney Barrett is sworn in during the Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing for Supreme Court Justice at the Hart Senate Office Building on October 12, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Erin Schaff-Pool/Getty Images)

Matthews admitted some would perceive his ideas as rather “dystopian”, but asked those readers to “disregard these criticisms. Because they just don’t see how our relentless pursuit of fairness could give rise to a brave new world”.

Nonetheless, the columnist has been lambasted on social media for his eyebrow-raising proposal.

“Just read the craziest article I think I’ve ever read. This leftist is proposing California abolish parenthood in the name of fairness. He thinks it will help ‘dismantle white supremacy and gender norms’. outdated genre “.might be the craziest of 2022,” music executive Robby Starbuck tweeted.

“This has to be the craziest news article I’ve ever read in my entire life. Is this where ‘the left’ wants to take us? #JoeMathews,” one Twitter user wrote.

“I thought it was a nonsensical travesty to poke fun at the revival. But apparently Mathews is seriously proposing to abolish parenthood. A little free advice for Joe and his ilk: if you’re coming for my kids, you better go to be armed with more than a superior attitude,” someone else added.

“That Joe Mathews suggesting ‘abolish parenting’ and wealthy parents ‘swapping’ their kids with poor or homeless parents tells me he’s stoned. Has anyone informed him that parenthood is a CHOICE? Lol,” added another.

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