This is absolutely shocking.
“Tens of millions of children under the age of five are regularly being left alone while their parents go to work, according to a groundbreaking report on the hidden crisis of childcare around the world.”
“Measures recommended by the report include longer-opening nurseries that would allow women to work longer hours, and state benefits so a parent can afford to stay at home when their children are very young.”
When family structure breaks down and the extended family dissolves, the state is required to intervene in our lives by providing services, benefits, etc., that would otherwise be provided by family connection. But given the inherently corrupt nature of the majority of state institutions around the world, including in the West, this means that state help is a poor substitute, little consolation, and never a guarantee. Ultimately, it is children that suffer.
Exercise your imagination. What was life like in the majority of human history before the establishment of the modern nation-state? How did people live? Could it be possible, in our wildest imagination, that people on average were living even a tiny bit better than they are today? Or is that just baseless nostalgia for a non-existent golden age? I would hate to think that for the majority of human history, millions of mothers and fathers had to face the burden of either allowing their children to starve or leaving their infants and toddlers alone at home so that they can go work to be able to make enough money to feed them.