Debate and Panel on Utopias Family Structure
A panel discussion about utopias with thinkers like Dass, Montagu, and Ginsberg discussing their ideal utopia's family structure.
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2. What family structures would exist?
Asimov: This would be a matter of choice. There might be the ordinary families of today, but there would also be a much wider choice of comradeship. Increasingly, ectogenesis and variations of the kibbutz would break down the importance of genetic connections.
Buckley: See Old Testament.
Dass: The basic unit would be monogamous, and these units would be grouped in communities containing up to 50 families. But there would be ample opportunities for other style choices.
Fadiman: Present family structure, with a maximum of two children after the present population has been reduced by at least 90%. Some decent provision for the aged.
Ginsberg: Loose polysexual groups.
Michener: Age 18-28, communal living with all earnings going into a community pot. Age 28-58, a private home, with children and a legally married wife. Age 58-98, communal living, with all income shared, a community commissary, community health services.
Montagu: The extended family would be dominant.
Untermeyer: There should be no strict definition as to what constitutes a family. Nor should there be the conventional obligations. The ties of the family should be loose. You shouldn't be required to love--or even be bothered with--an aunt, an uncle, or all sorts of cousins, just because they're related to you.
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