Witch Hunts in Contemporary America: Is the United States Turning Into a Fascist Country?

"Destroy the family, and you destroy society" —Lenin

Like many conservatives, Erik Svane has been more of the optimistic type, thinking that lovers of liberty were winning the battle of ideas against the statists, or at least doing a pretty good job of holding their own.

He found it therefore "highly distressing" to discover a book that not only says that Americans and lovers of liberty are losing the war but that they have hardly been aware of the main battle in the first place, which has swept by right under their (under our) noses.

And that while conservatives have (rightly) been fighting absurdities such as date rape and sexual harassment as well as gay marriage, a far more insidious and destructive force has blossomed — and that, with the help and active involvement of the state and federal governments, no less, abetted by a considerable bureaucracy.

Erik is talking about Stephen Baskerville's Taken Into Custody (The War Against Fathers, Marriage, and the Family), a book which covers the divorce industry and "a bureaucratic culture that threatens both fathers and mothers, including intact families. Some have suggested the rise of 'a new class of professionals — social workers, therapists, foster care providers, family court lawyers — who have a vested interest in taking over parental functions.' Government bureaucracies that have assumed the role of protector over children whose fathers have been forced away also develop a professional interest in eliminating their competitors."

…What we confront here is a bureaucratic machine of a kind that has never before been seen in the United States or the other English-speaking democracies. … The implications reach far beyond fathers and even beyond the family itself, for forcibly severing the intimate bond between parents and their children threatens the liberties of all of us.