tzor wrote:PLAYER57832 wrote:The problem with polygamy is similar to why bastardy was a problem in the past... too many kids without firm support. Today, we have both men and women having many kids that they cannot support, though the numbers of children women can have are inherently limited by nature and those a man can have not.
I don't agree. Looking at the notion of marriage in a totally contract law point of view, a marriage is a corporation of two people with mutual liability. Both people in the corporation are liable for the rearing of the children (although there are still cultural biases that favor the mother over the father, this is the basis for child custody laws; loosely enforced though they may be). In the case of polygamy, then every member of the "corporation" is equally responsible for all children (those under the custody of the corporation until legal age is reached).
While the terminology does start to get strange (two polygamous groups can combine as a result of a "corporate merger") the whole thing can be controlled through corporate contract law.
In fact, you can expand the whole notion of marriage as corporation and get ... a publicly traded marriage? Shareholders to the family? Oh my.
I'm sensing a novel ... or perhaps a radio play.
Marriage is not a corporation.
but hey, since corporations are entities entitled to free speech, why not marriage.