Demographic Doom Podcast

46. The Post-Nuclear Family: An Introduction (25 min)

October 23, 2020

Glenn Campbell describes his proposed family structure, the "post-nuclear family", intended to address the shortcomings of the traditional nuclear family. Instead of one or two adults raising 1-3 children, Glenn proposes 9-18 kids raised under one roof by a consortium of adults who do not live in the home. The advantages of this system are economies of scale and the "captive labor force" of older children caring for younger one. Although the household is supported from the outside and there's usually an adult on duty, most of the routine work of parenthood is performed by children. This is not unreasonable, since the children's ages are evenly spaced and the oldest are essentially adults. Children prepare all the meals, change all the diapers, teach basic skills to the‏ir youngest siblings and perform whatever maintenance duties they are capable of. Teenagers are essentially the parents of their younger siblings, both practically and emotionally. Older adults provide financial support and serve as household supervisors on a scheduled basis; otherwise, they are free to live as they wish separate from the main household. There are many complex aspects to the system which will be covered in future episodes. This episode is only an introduction. This new series is intended replace Glenn's earlier episodes and videos on the "modular family" (the same system but renamed in June 2020). If you are interested in exploring the post-nuclear family, this is the first episode to listen to. — Website: — Twitter: @DemographicDoom — See the video version of this episode for notes, comments, corrections & links to other resources: [ep 46, 23 Oct 2020]

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