Left and Right, Family and Economics


My Sunday column weighed in on the latest (and presently very intra-Timesian) version of the neverending “does culture or economics explain family breakdown?” debate. Responding, in part, to the critics of my colleague David Brooks’s earlier column on morals and the social fabric, I made the case that there just hasn’t been the kind of significant increase in privation (or the kind of cuts to welfare programs; quite the reverse) that some writers on the left invoke as an explanation for why today’s poor and working class Americans are so much less likely than in prior eras to have children within […]