The author pours a huge amount of material into The Politics of Family Destruction, an account of what he calls “the divorce industry.” Even though I include links to a lot of men’s rights groups (which are largely concerned with the treatment of men by family courts) in my anti-feminist page, I don’t know how to evaluate it all. The basic theme seems plausible, though: administering family wreckage is a big business for the managerial state, so in various ways they do things that have the effect of making the business grow and increasing its profitability, mainly at the expense of ex-husbands. Nobody pays much attention because it’s mostly not successful and influential men who lose, feminists have the upper hand, and in any event men don’t habitually politicize the personal.
For another complaint about the effects of giving the state bureaucracy power over something that by nature it doesn’t like—the family—here’s an Englishwoman on the scandal of children denied homes with adoptive parents. It seems that social workers (like other people) don’t like giving up control, and in adoption they give up control, so they naturally put sand in the gears. And in a perhaps somewhat related development, here’s an example of U.S. export of P.C. victimology to the eager Canadian market: New Brunswick honours women murdered by partners with ‘blood plaques’. The article doesn’t say whether they mention that such things happen far more often among unmarried couples, or for that matter whether there will also be blood plaques honoring the many babies abused and murdered by single moms.