The New Statesman tweeted a thread about family abolition, citing Sophie Lewis’s new book Abolish the Family: A Manifesto for Care and Liberation.

We humbly suggest you ignore anyone who puts the word ‘manifesto’ in the title of their book. That said, the idea of family abolition has made the rounds on social media and news outlets a few times over the years. The idea has common roots with Marxist and socialist ideology and makes an appearance in the Communist Manifesto:

On what foundation is the present family, the bourgeois family, based? On capital, on private gain. In its completely developed form, this family exists only among the bourgeoisie. But this state of things finds its complement in the practical absence of the family among the proletarians, and in public prostitution.

The bourgeois family will vanish as a matter of course when its complement vanishes, and both will vanish with the vanishing of capital.

Do you charge us with wanting to stop the exploitation of children by their parents? To this crime we plead guilty.

Sophie Lewis has currently abolished access to her Twitter feed, so we can’t share any of her tweets with you, but we’ll give you the basics of ‘family abolition’ and Twitter’s reaction to the concept.

Essentially, promoters of family abolition see the traditional nuclear family as a poor vehicle for raising children, propped up by the evils of private property and capitalism. Family, as we know it, wouldn’t even be necessary in the coming utopia with universal childcare, education of children by the state, communal control of production, and so on.

Sure, there’s no major political party in the United States openly calling for family abolition, but many of the ideas required to get there, according to Marx, sound way too familiar. We’re looking at you, Democrats.

You all had some thoughts about these ideas.

Twitter did not disappoint. LOL.

It’s hard to imagine being an advocate for family abolition without being miserable, right?

Yeah, we clicked, and shared, and posted on Twitchy (please click), but it’s what we do, man! Hey, at least we didn’t pay to break through the paywall.

Abolishing family abolition sounds like a solid plan. We’re in.


We’ve got to admire a man who looks for the silver linings. Ha!

Logic checks out.

We remember.

We’re gonna go with MartiniShark on this one.

That pretty much sums it up, doesn’t it? Families create a wall of separation between individuals and the state. Those who would control us can’t have that.


There was no shortage of responses using the C-word (communist). It might be one of those overused words on Twitter, like ‘racist’ and ‘fascist’, but it checks out in this case. Family abolition is a communist idea.

It’s a good warning. While you may not hear radical progressives like AOC saying “Abolish the family!” directly, the policies of many on the Left are leading there.

Yep, that. Let’s just wrap this one up with a quote:

‘It is true that a man (a silly man) might make change itself his object or ideal.’ — G. K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy

Sometimes it’s okay to just leave things alone.

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