One of the goals of socialism was/is to destroy the family. Even though the family was pretty darn effective for raising children to be functional adults, it had to go. A primary reason stated was that not all families are equal; some are more effective than others, some are more wealthy than others, etc. Another reason was that for socialism to have a chance to work in society as a whole, the one place where it does have a chance of working must be eliminated.
Consider the socialist Israeli Kibbutz. From the book “Heaven on Earth” by Joshua Muravchik comes the story about a Kibbutz’ rise and fall.
Here in contrast, in a brotherly and nurturing environment, children were raised to socialism from their infancy. It was largely in order to bring them up to be good socialists that they lived together in children’s homes, rather than sleeping in their parent’s cottages. “The child-parent link was deliberately downgraded”, says Israeli author Danel Gavron in his highly sympathetic study. The community’s strict rules of equality were engined of socialization, and the lessons were reinforced by classroom instruction in the values of the kibbutz.
Yet the results disappointed. As Gavron explains,
For seventy years, the kibbutz as an institution exerted unprecedented influence over its members. No totalitarian regime ever exercised such absolute control over its citizens as the free, voluntary, democratic kibbutz exercised over its members. It organized every facet of their lives: their accommodations, their work, their health, their leisure, their culture, their food, their clothing, their vacations, their hobbies, and — above all — the education and upbringing of their children. Despite these optimal conditions, those who grew up in the new environment were not imbued with communal and egalitarian values.
In the end, rebellion against communal childrearing constituted the first major breakdown in the kibbutz system. Increasingly, the demand was heard for children to sleep in their parent’s homes.Those who voiced it were normally young mothers. Most kibbutz raised children spoke warmly of their upbringing, yet these same individuals upon reaching adulthood did not want to raise their children in the same fashion.
We see here the desire to destroy the family unit in an attempt to make socialism work as a whole. Notice that it was not successful. Also notice that it was not for lack of trying. The people who joined these kibbutz’ were deeply committed to socialism.
Here in the Western world, people have been trying to destroy marriage, primarily as a prelude to trying to force such a utopia on non-committed forced-to-be-socialists. Probably it won’t work in the future either.