Magazine August 12, 2019, Issue

Restoring the Marriage Ecosystem

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Social trust is its oxygen

‘My stress levels are up to here,” said Rob, pointing above his head. A roofer from southern Ohio, Rob had recently broken up with Julia, his fiancée and the mother of his two boys. A couple since junior high, they planned to marry once they were financially stable. But what began with flirtatious Facebook messages with “some rich kid” (as Rob described the guy) ended up with Julia cheating and moving out. Rob wondered whether it was because he didn’t have the money to give her the kind of lifestyle she wanted — despite working full-time, he hadn’t had a

This article appears as “The Marriage Ecosystem” in the August 12, 2019, print edition of National Review.

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