"It profits me but little that a vigilant authority always protects the tranquillity of my pleasures and constantly averts all dangers from my path, without my care or concern, if this same authority is the absolute master of my liberty and my life."

--Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Friday, October 5, 2012

The Elephant in the Room

There is such a thing as a business cycle,with sine curves of growth and employment and wealth creation and creative destruction.   That was what most of the Wednesday debate was about -- jobs, the economy, etc., with an occasional foray into the national debt.

Then there is such a thing as civilizational decay.   The debate didn't much touch on this -- it was the proverbial elephant in the room -- and in particular on what is driving it:

Yesterday the federal government released its latest figures on births in the United States, including out-of-wedlock births. The numbers are very close to last year’s: 72.3 percent of non-Hispanic blacks are now born out-of-wedlock; 66.2 percent of American Indians/Alaska Natives; 53.3 percent of Hispanics; 29.1 percent of non-Hispanic whites; and 17.2 percent of Asians/Pacific Islanders. That’s 40.7 percent overall: a disaster.

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