Re-Fighting the 80s Culture Wars, With a Twist

Reading articles like this long NY Times piece or Robert Putnam’s recent emphasis on the economic and social costs of single motherhood, it strikes me just how similar, yet different these arguments are to those we suffered through during the eighties.

The similarity? Single mothers are the major social problem facing the U.S. Not the hollowing out of manufacturing, not banking scandals (Got S&Ls?), not rising income inequality.

The difference? This is now perceived as a white phenomenon (too), and thus, people seem to be willing to talk more about root causes, rather than ‘degenerate suburban culture.’

I suppose this is progress.

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