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What are children for?

The cult of self-fulfilment is in conflict with the urge to have children. They are our last link to communal values. Matthew and Laurie Taylor suggest we "fuck for the future."

By Matthew Taylor   June 2001

Laurie taylor was a 1960s father. He viewed his role as little more than standing back-often at a considerable distance-and waiting for the unique personality of his only son, Matthew, to emerge through play and experience. Matthew Taylor, in contrast, was determined to provide stability for his two sons. While Matthew’s childhood had involved shifting combinations of parents and step-parents and several different primary schools, he insisted that his own children would live in one place, go to one school and know one family. So when Matthew asked Laurie to explain why he had bothered having a child in the…

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