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May 6, 2024

How States and Communities Can Strengthen Marriages 

Family is the greatest source of social capital, providing the setting in which people grow, develop, and anchor their lives. Stable and healthy marriages are at the foundation of strong…

May 6, 2024

Generation Z Has Problems Compared to Past Generations, but Money Isn’t One

…“because we can’t afford it.” But there’s plenty of evidence this story is wrong. The Economist has a story up now presenting evidence that Gen Z is rich beyond any prior generation. “In financial…

May 1, 2024

The closing of the American heart

In the late 1990s, I began my study of marriage and family as a graduate student at Princeton University “for the sake of the children.” Then, I was concerned that…

April 30, 2024

I’m a Conservative But Defunding NPR Is a Mistake. What Should Happen Instead Might Be Surprising

…a tax-exempt non-profit entity.   A defunded NPR would almost surely become a culture war martyr.  We should expect major left-liberal big philanthropy—including the Ford, MacArthur and (George Soros’) Open Society…

April 23, 2024

Awkward Truth: Subsidizing Women’s Work Drives Down Birthrates

…getting married and having children because they can’t afford it! This is partly true, and so it’s partly true that we can drive up birthrates by giving money to would-be parents. But there are…

April 19, 2024

The New Deal’s Failed Kibbutz in the Desert

…led by Roosevelt “brains trust” advisor Rexford Tugwell, was sure that “a farm organized for the benefit of the workers” could be “better for the farm workers than their present…

April 18, 2024

The Real Story Behind Food Insecurity in the US

…For example, households are asked whether they are able to “afford to eat balanced meals” or if they “worried whether their food would run out.” But people can differ in their definition…

April 18, 2024

Back from the brink: The intellectual tide is turning on marriage and civil society

The American experiment is in trouble. Deaths of despair — due to suicide, drugs or alcohol poisoning — have surged in recent years. Reports of happiness have plunged. Millions think the American dream is out…

April 11, 2024

The “Case for Curriculum” Is about Reducing Teachers’ Workload

Last weekend, I gave a talk at the U.S. ResearchEd conference in Greenwich, Connecticut, on “The Case for Curriculum,” based on a paper I wrote for Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, which was published this week at The…

April 9, 2024

The Child Tax Credit: My Long-Read Q&A with Kevin Corinth

…sort of a sheltered homeless population, largely single-parent families who have very low incomes who can’t afford housing in the area, or might’ve had sort of lost a job. So…