Thursday, September 28, 2006

Ten years ago

Who said this exactly ten years ago? And was he right?


_________ warns that problems caused by 'dysfunctional families'-- criminal behaviour, sex abuse, violence and alcoholism -- represent a time bomb for the country. He says that such families were responsible for 80% of the crime in NZ, and that children from such families were 100 times more likely to follow the same path of dysfunction, than children born into a 'normal caring relationship'.

_________'s prescription: dysfunctional families should be discouraged from having children they cannot cope with; the domestic purposes benefit should be restricted and adoption made easier; the present welfare system should be dismantled in favour of insurance-based social services.

10 comments:

Scotty said...

Dunno but sounds like they have their head screwed on right. Tell us!!

James said...

I thought it might have been Banksie but its too well said for him. Alan Duff?......or maybe...Winston?

Jonathan said...

oger Douglas

Jonathan said...

or maybe Roger Douglas... hehe

Chaucey said...

Yeah, I don't know the answer either but I do agree with the quoted statements.

Lindsay said...

Roger Douglas. The last sentence gives it away. Shame about the compulsion aspect although that may be the only way it will ever operate successfully. (Ducking for cover already).

amoebe said...

Hm, that sounds all very nice, but who gets to decide what a dysfunctional family is? Maybe all single parent households? Maybe everybody who has been out of work for five years cause they are abusing the welfare system? Everybody with a criminal record? It is not easy to make those decisions and if they're made by the state there is gonna be a huge potential for abuse.
Re the insurance-based system: (a) what are you gonna do with those people who don't have the money to pay for an insurance and (b) don't you think there will be a two-(or several)class system with some people being able to spend buckloads of money on insurance and others just being able to afford the basics? What do you do in a hospital, treat the ones with the "good" insurance first and let the other ones wait?

Lindsay said...

Amoebe, Read Roger's book, "Completing the Circle" for answers.

Anonymous said...

How to decide if a family is dysfunctional? Well how about if the only way it exists is by plundering the pocketbooks of other families? This can be done one of two ways. They could be criminals and steal it. Or they can be "lobbyists" and get politicians to do their dirty work for them. It doesn't cover everything but it sure is a good start.

Lindsay said...

Anon, That's an interesting definition and I can agree that such families are economically dusfunctional. That doesn't make them socially dysfunctional - just more likely to be. And the opposite could apply ie an economically functioning family might be socially dysfunctional. Take an extreme case like the Bains.