From what I have seen the most common type of parenting recently is the worst kind. The parents want to be their child's best friend causing them to never say no to ANYTHING. They make their children think that the will always get what they want, even if its just getting a candy bar. These types of parents will ruin the next generation.
I accept this debate, and although you are technically arguing that being a child's best friend is even worse parenting than abusive parenting, I will not exploit that weakness. Instead I assert that being your child's best friend is actually the best kind of parenting if done correctly.