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March 09, 2021

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George

Hopefully this is said somewhat in jest.

Somewhat, certainly. And our host's point about it being a schtick in this instance is well taken. But, sometimes at least, we really are dealing with people who aren't well. People who are being used by others who know exactly what they're doing.

pst314

In some cases it is not a schtick: Jean Jacques Rousseau and Karl Marx, for instance, were from all accounts psychologically very damaged/defective.

WTP

Agree.

WTP

Meant to add... I am increasingly uncomfortable with making fun of people for being stupid and/or crazy because most of the people whom I know appear stupid and/or crazy..to me...something I've tried very hard to pretend isn't the case but simply cannot anymore.

Squires

People who are being used by others who know exactly what they're doing.

Sic a dog on me and I will not blame the dog. But I will deal with it.

Jeff Guinn

Brace yourselves for an Ace-a-lanche.

pst314

Hide the breakables and run out for extra cleaning supplies.

Sonny Wayz

Mr. Ream:

"[here's where the screaming started] children raised by single fathers are no worse than the baseline"

Charles Murray IIRC made a similar point in 'Coming Apart'. Murray is usually good with references, but I don't have a copy to hand. You are correct about the vanishingly small population sample, but I think there's another factor: Under the current system, any father getting custody is going to have to be uber-capable.

George

@Sonny Ways

Under the current system, any father getting custody is going to have to be uber-capable.

There's that, obviously, but often the issue of custody doesn't even arise. I've known only two single fathers personally over the course of my life (as Daniel Ream pointed out, they're a statistically insignificant demographic) and both were widowed. Their children were the children of stable, loving couples who had only been separated by death.

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