Wednesday, April 28, 2004

Read This

There's some good stuff in this week's New Yorker. The T.A.s are on strike at Columbia. Loved the article on NYC's favorite divorce attorney, Raoul Felder. Just starting Cass Sunstein's article on Brown v. Board of Ed.

A WSJ review of Phillip Longman's The Empty Cradle.

Core changes in the American way of life--"falling wages, high divorce rates, rising expectations of what it means to be a 'responsible' parent, rising educational standards, rising taxes, and the loss of grandparents as a significant source of childcare"--are making children ever less affordable for prospective parents, Mr. Longman contends. But with fewer children today, there will be fewer taxpayers tomorrow, even though the costs (public and private) of maintaining a graying population are set to skyrocket.

The reviewer approves of Longman's pro-family message, though finds some of his policy proposals a little wacky. (Thanks, David.)

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