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Re: Natalism Nostalgia

“Was it not ever thus?” asks Jonah. I doubt it. I doubt, that is, that a state’s white fertility rates correlated as strongly with its Republican percentage of the presidential vote in 1960 as it does now. Nor were inner-ring suburbs as Democratic in 1988 as they are now, or rural areas as Republican as they are now. Sure there are a lot of interrelated factors here, such as religiosity and family size, so it might be hard to say precisely what’s driving the change, but surely there has been some change.

Ramesh Ponnuru — Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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