Culture & Religion
May 23, 2013
Please join us in persuading our fellow Minnesotans that liberty, hard work, gratitude and self-restraint are the best Minnesota traditions we can pass on to the next generation.
Apr 7, 2013
Sometimes you just can’t make this stuff up. The latest cause célèbre for prominent lawyers and judges in Minneapolis is the rights of a new, disenfranchised class of victims who, we’re told, can’t vote, serve on juries, or — in some cases — live in public housing.
Apr 5, 2013
As columnists and others have recently noted, this month is the 20th anniversary of cultural historian Barbara Dafoe Whitehead’s landmark article in The Atlantic Monthly, “Dan Quayle Was Right.” Simply put, what Whitehead said the Vice President was right about were his strong comments about family breakdown and the pivotal importance of children getting to grow up with both their mother and father; not just one or the other. For reasons described below, Quayle made his May 1992 remarks in what immediately became known as his “Murphy Brown” speech. Ms. Brown, as you may recall, was a television character played by Candace Bergen who had baby as a single woman.
Feb 11, 2013
Most people may want to make the world a better place, but relatively few have given a moment’s thought to what may actually work to achieve that goal. Instead, most of us pick teams and outsource our thinking to them — and the quality of that “thinking” is, on the whole, simply terrible.
Jan 31, 2013
We spend a lot of time talking and debating about marriage, but not so much reflecting on what we need to do to support and encourage marriage and family life. Mitch Pearlstein, founder and president of the Center of the American Experiment, is the author of From Family Collapse to America’s Decline: The Educational, Economic, and Social Costs of Family Fragmentation. He talks about the state of the American family and what can be done to help it with National Review Online’s Kathryn Jean Lopez.
Dec 20, 2012
“In simplest and starkest terms, the United States has one of the highest out-of-wedlock birth rates in the world. We also have one of the highest divorce rates in the world. These stubborn patterns and trends are the opposite of good news for any group, but they’re particularly bad news for boys and girls, as they diminish their well-being now and undercut their future.
Dec 16, 2012
On just about every front today, Europe offers Americans a peek around the corner at our future. We seem to be taking Greece as our model on government debt, France on entrenched unemployment, and Italy and Spain on the bloated welfare state.
Dec 6, 2012
Thanks to Steven Spielberg and Daniel Day-Lewis, Abraham Lincoln is with us once again. Actually, in a very real sense our sixteenth president has never really left us. He is always hovering over us and preaching to us, forever prodding us and haunting us.
Nov 20, 2012
One of the dramatic social developments of our time—family breakdown, now known by the term of art family fragmentation—is seldom touched on by our top politicians. Yet with the United States probably leading the industrial world in this amalgam of out-of-wedlock births, divorces, and short-lived cohabiting relationships, it would be valuable for our leaders to find a way around the political pitfalls that dissuade them from addressing a consequential subject.