We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
...the single-mother revolution has left us with the following reality. At the top of the social order is a positive feedback loop, with kids raised in stable, high-investment, and relatively affluent homes going to college, finding similar mates, and raising their own children in stable, high-investment, and relatively affluent homes. At the bottom is a negative feedback loop, with kids raised by single mothers in unstable, low-investment homes finding themselves unable to adapt to today’s economy and going on to create more unstable, single-mother homes.
Not only do we have more poverty, inequality, and immobility; we have the makings of a caste society, with an inherited elite and an entrenched proletariat. That’s not an America that anyone finds very attractive.
Raising kids as a single parent is something that only extraordinary people can do well.
This country has totally devalued marriage to the point where we can't even agree what the word means, so we shouldn't be surprised about the consequences.
Given the rash of recent court decisions regarding same-sex marriage, it is only a matter of time before the states and federal government are also forced to recognize polygamy as marriage. It will be interesting to see what effect that will have on society.
Unmarried women having more children vs Married women having fewer children = Social Disaster. So Dan Quayle was right after all.
Of course, the warning signs were there. When Harlem, which once had a strong black family-oriented community, began to look like Haiti and Liberia, that should have been a big red flag that something bad was going on right under our noses.
About 70% of black kids live in single-parent homes.
Thank you, Democrats of the Great Society.
You've destroyed the black family by addicting them to welfare.
Just like when you were slaveholders before the Civil War.
As "Me" points out, the author's use of the feedback terminology is wrong. The second example is also a positive feedback loop..."positive feedback" and "negative feedback" are not terms of moral judgment but rather indicate whether having more of something causes having STILL more of it (positive feedback) or whether having more of something causes having LESS of it (negative feedback).