Family (page 4)

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    “The Politics of Procreation”

    That’s the title of an interesting piece at Quillette by Joel Kotkin. These passages especially caught my eye: For progressives, the shift to post-familialism promises almost unlimited power, particularly in urban areas. Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg has noted that the singles, particularly single women, represent the…
    Jon Guze, September 6, 2019
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    What replaces the old institutions?

    Younger people and older working class men are the vanguard of a loss of trust in traditional institutions. They have been hardest hit by lack of opportunity and lack of human connection. Jordan Roberts has commented on the effects among Millennials. Derek Thompson at The Atlantic highlights the…
    Joseph Coletti, September 5, 2019
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    How Much Will Families Spend on School Supplies in 2019?

    This week, JLF’s Dr. Terry Stoops published a research brief examining how much American households will spend on back-to-school shopping this year. Dr. Stoops writes: According to the annual National Retail Federation (NRF) survey, families with elementary, middle, and high school children will spend $26.2 billion or an average of…
    Brenee Goforth, August 16, 2019
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    Teen motherhood down, but the news is not all good

    Charles Fain Lehman of the Washington Free Beacon probes the latest data linked to teen motherhood. The teen birth rate has been cut in half since 2008, but the causes behind plummeting teenage pregnancies could also extend into adulthood and contribute to a demographic crisis. Although teen pregnancy…
    Mitch Kokai, August 9, 2019
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    North Carolina has seen multiple reforms this year of state alcohol regulations. Rick Henderson analyzes those reforms and the prospects for future changes during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Terry Stoops assesses recent changes with North Carolina’s Innovative School District for struggling public schools. University…
    Mitch Kokai, August 9, 2019
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    Unintended Consequences

    In Changes in Family Structure and Welfare Participation Since the 1960S: The Role of Legal Services, Jamein Cunningham and Andrew Goodman-Bacon document the unintended and undesirable consequences of a federal program that continues to attract widespread, bipartisan support. From the Abstract: This paper evaluates the effects of the War…
    Jon Guze, July 26, 2019
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    “Red, white, and gray”

    That’s the title of a new report written by Lyman Stone and published by the American Enterprise Institute. In it, Stone discusses something most of us know but don’t like to think about: “Americans are getting older.” Here are some excerpts from the executive summary: While we…
    Jon Guze, June 14, 2019
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    Religion, egalitarianism, and marriage

    Charles Fain Lehman of the Washington Free Beacon highlights new research into the ingredients for a happy marriage. Both religion and egalitarianism have something to offer those seeking a happy marriage in a world of shifting mores—though religion leads to more children—a new report on international perspectives on…
    Mitch Kokai, May 22, 2019