I too like that word (though I'm not too chuffed having it used against me). Feminist? No, I believe in fairness, not equality. Nazi? Well, I am both a nationalist and a socialist at heart, so that bit's probably justifed. Veggie? Hard to pin that on someone who eats steak tartare. Lesbian? Yes, only trapped in a man's body. Oh, and my dad recently celebrated his golden wedding anniversary with my mum. So, is your name Fred Phelps, and are you a member of West Boro Baptist Church, or is there a different reason for you being a woman-hating homophobic pseudo-Christian? (Has your missus moved her lesbian lover in, and you have to live in the caravan parked in your drive?)
I wish someone would call me a feminazivegitesbian. My life would be complete. I didn't realise what an echoing void I live in until I heard that word. Embrace it, J_P.
Couldn't be bothered to read the article; got as far as "Some four decades ago, while few were paying attention, the Western world embarked on the boldest social experiment in its history," started wondering about democratic institutions, feudalism, the nation-state, disestablishmentarianism, republicanism, abolition of slavery, etc ad thought that Mr Baskerville maybe had issues. Divorce law isn't perfect, but the idea that two people who hate each other can get away is probably a good thing
Living through periods of social change (as we currently are) always leads some people to look back with rose-tinted specs at previous periods of stability and imagine that life must have been so much sweeter then. You only have to go back a century or so, to the time before the Liberal Government introduced old-age pensions and the beginnings of a welfare system in the early 1900s to realise that an industrial (or post-industrial) society that relies exclusively on what we now call the voluntary sector, is not often the palmy utopia of the reactionary imagination - or anything close to it.
Forcing people to conform to a narrow social norm, whether imposed by the Church, State or anything else, will always cause problems and limit the freedoms of individual citizens. The 'enlightenment project' has obviously gone awry of late but the answer doesn't lie in a return to an imaginary golden-age of maiden aunts cycling to church across village greens. When Britain was a Christian country in more than a nominal sense, child prostitutes openly plied their trade on the streets of London, workers lived in appalling conditions and people drank more than they do now.
Democracy is a system that forces debate and sometimes rams you up hard against things that offend you (for example, seeing women in burkhas walking around my home city - a traditional bastion of liberalism). There are genuine questions to be addressed and issues to be settled, but surely the way forward is one of synthesis, not adhereing unbendingly to a thesis or it's anti-thesis. Reality has a habit of getting in the way of forced progress - and of retrograde steps.
In other words, the article is a loads of b0llocks.