Magazine August 29, 2016, Issue

Familiar Things

Caleb McLaughlin, Gaten Matarazzo, Finn Wolfhard, and Millie Bobby Brown in Stranger Things (Netflix)
The TV series Stranger Things portrays family breakdown yesterday and today

In The Fractured Republic, my colleague Yuval Levin argues that conservatives suffer from a paralyzing nostalgia for the 1980s, in which they detected an echo of the moral certainty and economic dynamism of the 1950s. But some remember the 1980s rather differently: The U.S. divorce rate peaked in 1980, and children in elementary school in the Reagan years were the first generation in which the question “Are your parents still married?” was both common and of intense interest. (“Were your parents married . . .” with the implicit “. . . at all?” came later.) The maudlin term “latch-key kids”

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God’s Plenty

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The Week

‐ If only the State Department were as focused on its mission as the Clinton Foundation. ‐ Hillary Rodham Clinton does not like to do press conferences, but she may change ...
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