Yes, Jonah, Scandinavia’s relatively weak Christianization is an important background condition for its weak family system. But the shift in Sweden since the sixties has been massive, and requires additional explanation. The welfare state and Sweden’s related liberal social policies are the key factor in family decline. By the way, Sweden’s welfare state was enacted when Gunner and Alva Myrdal cleverly made the “conservative case” for socialism. They argued that Sweden’s low fertility rates would be overcome by a massive system of state support for families. What we have instead is continued low fertility and the collapse of the family system that the Myrdal’s claimed they wanted to support. The story is told brilliantly in David Popenoe’s book, “Disturbing the Nest.” This is the real story of what happens when conservatives buy into the “conservative case” for a not-at-all-conservative reform.
Senator Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) has been telling a story for years. It’s a deeply romantic story about her parents and their young love, fraught with the familial bigotry of an earlier time. Here’s how she told it this week in a video she released in preparation for her 2020 run: My daddy always said he ... Read More
Attention, journalists of America: Time is running out! You have under three weeks left to publish your last batch of over-the-top pre-election puff pieces on Texas Democrat/cross-country liberal sensation/wing-and-a-prayer Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke! It is here that we must face the difficult truth: ... Read More
Two Republican candidates for state office in Minnesota have been physically assaulted in recent days, leading prominent Republican lawmakers to caution their Democratic colleagues against employing inflammatory rhetoric. Republican state representative Sarah Anderson was punched in the arm last week after ... Read More
The metaphors don’t get any better (or worse) than this: A van carrying Hillary Clinton, fresh from throwing her Me Too sisters under the bus this weekend, crashed into a parking-garage pillar on the way to a New Jersey campaign fundraiser Tuesday for beleaguered Democratic senator Bob Menendez. At her side was ... Read More
Democratic senator Kamala Harris joked about killing President Trump and members of his administration in a Thursday appearance on The Ellen Degeneres Show. “If you had to be stuck in an elevator with either President Trump, Mike Pence, or Jeff Sessions, who would it be?” DeGeneres asked Harris during a ... Read More