Before Robert Putnam there was Patrick Moynihan, the social scientist and later Democratic Senator from New York, who pointed to the dire social and economic consequences when children are not raised by intact families. His research to this effect came out 50 years ago. He was studying African-Americans, who back in 1960 had a birthrate to unmarried mothers of 23.6%, which Moynihan believed kept them trapped in poverty, crime, and bad schools. Today, the unmarried birth rate of all races is more than twice that.
George Will discusses Moynihan’s findings and gives some striking quotations. [Read more…]