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Swedes & Wolves

While I’m all about highlighting the perverse and real unintended consequences of socialistic welfare policies, it should also be pointed out the Scandanavia always had a slightly weaker hold on traditional family structures. I remember discussing this [enormous name drop coming] with Patrick Moynihan once (I horned in on a larger conversation, Pat and I weren’t tight). It was one of the explanations he offered for the out-of-wedlock birthrate looking a lot like inner city America’s; the Romans never fully conquered the Pagans up there.

Jonah Goldberg, a senior editor of National Review and the author of Suicide of the West, holds the Asness Chair in Applied Liberty at the American Enterprise Institute.

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