Since it seems we’re going to destroy the country one way or the other, come November, I started coming up with ideas to do this right next time.
Marriage contracts, not just pre-nuptials, but contracts with twenty year terms. I suppose the term could be negotiated, but twenty works well. Here’s my rationale:
Let’s say society, the banks, the government, or whatever entity in control, thinks 30 is the age of maturation for a man, and 20 for a woman. The typical marriage participants are a 30 year old man, and a 20 year old woman. The couple could have a child, or children, and raise them to adulthood in twenty years.
The more astute among you will point out that men will be without contractual parents between the ages of 20-30. True, but no one wants to take care of a child over twenty.
So what do these 20-something dicks do between the ages of 20 and 30? No mommy, no daddy around? Military. No college. Military. Why? Because no old dude wants to send his 20 year old wife to college with a bunch of guys in their 20’s. Fathers have voluntarily done this for years. No bueno.
Guys in their 20’s will probably wonder what the hell is in this plan for them. What do you think 40 year old women are going to do on divorce day? Yup, hit the military base.
Oh, but who wants to bang an old broad like that? Yuck? These will be modern 40 year olds, my friend. Not these “I gotta man for life, because I hold the kids hostage, out of shape” darlins’ of today. No, these women will exercise like demons five, six, seven years leading up to their BIG day. And do you think they’ll be looking for a commitment? Many a soldier will die with a smile on his face. Hell, in a world this peaceful it could be their primary function. First Cocksman McSwiggins reporting for duty.
Want to have a good amicable marriage? Offer the wife a balloon payment at term. I would find mating much easier If I could offer a limited term with a golden parachute. Imagine living in a world where ex-spouses are old dear friends, and children know there’s an end to childhood.
Why not a balloon payment for the man? Come on. Sure, if some 40 something year old broad wants to lock up a military boy? Sure, why not, but I’d strongly recommend a shorter term. The actuaries can work out the details. I’m just an idea man.
Want to get the marriage off to a good start? Sell it to a bank for a legal commitment to stay together. Monthly cash payments for staying married. In order to spread the risk, banks could bundle the contracts, assign ratings based tranches for resale. In turn, derivatives of said tranches could be sold to “leverage” the bank’s strength or some such thing. Tying our societal structure to our financial system is win-win!
Policing bigamists would become a big deal. Some guy marries ten times collecting ten checks each month and so forth. Life sentences. Crimes against the social order will be forbidden.
I believe this plan is fair, provides incentives for all, and has free market principles at its core, or not if those words trigger you.
This is silly.