This is one reason why, rather than getting out of the marriage business, governments should be encouraging real, proper, Marriage 1.0. (Which would of course necessitate getting rid of Marriage 2.0, by getting rid of no-fault divorce, alimony, and so on.)
My favorite economist Thomas Sowell writes about poverty and crime in National Review.
The “legacy of slavery” argument is not just an excuse for inexcusable behavior in the ghettos. In a larger sense, it is an evasion of responsibility for the disastrous consequences of the prevailing social vision of our times, and the political policies based on that vision, over the past half century.
Anyone who is serious about evidence need only compare black communities as they evolved in the first 100 years after slavery with black communities as they evolved in the first 50 years after the explosive growth of the welfare state, beginning in the 1960s.
You would be hard-pressed to find as many ghetto riots prior to the 1960s as we have seen just in the past year, much less in the 50 years since a wave of such riots swept across…
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