Monday, July 5, 2010

The "Withering Away" of the Russian Family

"There is precious little of family life left in Russia," writes Wayne Allensworth — Child Abuse, the State, and the Russian Family. "The destruction of family life is the end result of a harrowing history of war, revolution, totalitarianism, corruption, and collapse; of atheism, a people’s loss of self-confidence, and the common end of materialist ideologies—nihilism, our own social disintegration in the West magnified, intensified, and reflected in 21st-century Russia," the author writes. "Abortion, divorce, and the disintegration of family ties are common results of spiritual ailments in modern societies, but in Russia we can see the end game playing out."

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Anonymous m.z. said...

A good chunk of that list were introduced by capitalism.

3:21 AM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

They got hot with a one-two punch. Or better, they got kicked when they were already down.

I've known only a handful of Russians, but I've known a lot of Cuban boat people, many of whom hadn't the faintest idea of how to survive without a State providing everything for them. In contrast, Vietnamese and Chinese seem to have entrepreneurship in their blood.

8:50 AM  

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