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Sep 7, 2011
Very high rates of family breakdown in the United States are subtracting from what very large numbers of students are learning in school—besides holding them back in many other ways. This in turn is damaging the country economically, by making us less hospitable to innovation while also leaving millions of Americans less competitive in an increasingly demanding worldwide marketplace. All of which is leading—and can only lead—to deepening class divisions.
Sep 6, 2011
In counterinsurgency warfare, the population is the prize. The strategic sympathies of people in cities, villages, and the countryside are what both insurgents and counterinsurgents seek. Population support—whether active or passive—determines physical freedom of movement, either stifling insurgent operations (see my 2008 articles from Baghdad and Samarra) or providing safe haven and support (Marjah, 2009). The same goes for counterinsurgents.
Sep 6, 2011
Consider this a Labor Day vote for loyalty. Remember Aaron Feuerstein? He was the 70-year-old owner of Malden Mills Industries, the inventor and manufacturer of sophisticated textile products like Polartec fleece, whose factory mostly burned down in the biggest industrial fire ever in Massachusetts in December 1995.
Sep 1, 2011
Mitch Pearlstein's new book, "From Family Collapse to America's Decline: The Educational, Economic, and Social Costs of Family Fragmentation," is now available.
Aug 28, 2011
In early August, hordes of youthful looters torched cars, assaulted passers-by, and smashed shop windows—carrying off flat-screen TV's, brand-name clothes, cameras and jewelry. These youthful marauders—who coordinated their looting and assaults by cell phone—seized the world's attention. The usual explanations of racism and poverty seemed to fall flat in accounting for their amoral free-for-all.
Aug 25, 2011
INSIDE: Seven Senior Fellows || American Experiment hires Communications Associate || Recapping the State Budget Deal || “I Would be Willing . . . Nay, Glad” || From Family Collapse To America’s Decline || Lawmakers take action on American Experiment priorities || Preparing All Minnesota Children to Read By Third Grade
Aug 16, 2011
Many conservatives define our public-school problems in terms of teachers unions, administrator organizations, colleges of education, and the rest of the educational establishment holding oligopolistic sway. In essence, they are looking to governmental change to fix what are, in large measure, the results of social and spiritual problems.
Jul 31, 2011
Minnesotans have just emerged from an unprecedented state government shutdown. We're so preoccupied with the battle we've endured that we may not be paying much attention to the knock-down-drag-out next door in Wisconsin.
Jul 28, 2011
The following are remarkably insightful first impressions of the military and political situation in Afghanistan by Army Capt. Pete Hegseth, a Minnesota native from Forest Lake—and I’m very pleased to announce, a newly named American Experiment Senior Fellow.
Jul 18, 2011
A reasonable reading of the following 34 brief essays in American Experiment’s newest symposium—What Governmental Services and Benefits Are You Personally Willing to Give Up?—suggests that more Americans than generally assumed may be seriously willing to sacrifice when it comes to major entitlement programs like Social Security and Medicare. In the interest of balancing the nation’s skewed books, the columns similarly suggest that more people than routinely thought may be willing to forgo various exemptions and other tax breaks, including near-sacred deductions on home mortgage payments.