After the exclusion of women from productive endeavors, the next-worst wastage of human potential occurs in societies where the extended family, clan, or tribe is the basic social unit.
The other model--that of the United States--is of religious coexistence, opening the door for science as an "alternative religion."
He's got to say the second, to justify his stupidity on the first.
Child-rearing is the most productive endeavor.
Additionally, employees work harder when providing for a family. That's good for productivity, but higher productivity isn't the supreme goal of a worker.
I heard somewhere that people on their deathbeds rarely say they wish they'd spent more time at the office.
It doesn't take a Luddite to know that this isn't now, nor has it ever been, the appropriate role of science.Americans have, in fact, such wonderful plasticity of mind that generally even the most vividly religious can disassociate antibiotic drugs from the study of Darwin and the use of birth-control pills from the strict codes of their churches. All religions breed some amount of schism between theology and social practice, but the American experience is a marvel of mental agility and human innovation.
I've never seen America's precipitous slide into degeneracy glossed over in quite so cheerily a fashion.