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13.12.27: THE RADICAL IMPACT of new technology on family life over the past quarter century is the subject of a new book called Look Back In Anger.

Beginning on a quaint note with the story of Dolly, the first cloned sheep, it moves on to look at the campaign for licensed parenthood (LP) that has dominated debate on family policy in the US for much of the decade. It looks first at the inventions that gave birth to the LP movement: staggered marriage, allowing a reversible vow for those without children and a second vow with a 20-year minimum term from the birth of the first child; five-years-per-child mandatory stay-at-home parenthood; time banks, which allowed the 20-year couples to take their pensions early to cover earnings lost during the heavy childcare years; foetal transfer, which has allowed foetuses that would otherwise have been aborted to be tran