"The struggling parts of Middle America have seen not only their factories & coal mines shut down, they’ve also seen churches & sports leagues wither and die. They’ve seen the PTAs dry up and social trust erode." ⁦⁩ (excellent read)
In some ways, liberal enclaves, with high marriage rates and strong social institutions, are living the conservative dream
The real roots of the marriage decline: "The struggling parts of Middle America have seen not only their factories and coal mines shut down, they’ve also seen churches and sports leagues wither and die. They’ve seen the PTAs dry up and social trust erode."
Some hesitancies from a quick look at Tim Carney's TL and his AEI ties aside, this op-ed seems solid enough to share. Some quibbles yet ...
The Right’s Lena Dunham Fallacy
“Marriage is hard... become[s] more feasible only when supported by a very local, very human network of institutions such as strong community schools, churches, sports leagues and tight-knit neighborhoods.” ⁦⁩ ⁦
This is an excellent piece by - and what makes it all the stronger is whatever you may think of Lena Dunham the person, her show GIRLS is in fact a satirical portrait of exactly the moral and personal failings conservatives blame her for
"Absent the social scaffolding that makes family formation more achievable and more desirable, families don’t form as much." Rather than a simply moralistic or purely materialistic explanation for the retreat from marriage, I provide an ecological one >>
What’s behind this erosion of the traditional family among the working class? A purely economic account is inadequate.