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In the you-can’t-make-this-up category — which granted, is pretty gigantic right now — a new study and some media reporting on it is making the case that the decline in the American divorce rate, which normal Americans instinctively think is a good thing, is actually a very bad thing.
Why? Because inequality. Specifically, the cause of the lower divorce rate seems to be young people particularly with college degrees are waiting until their careers and finances are on track to marry, while poorer people with less education are not getting married at all, but instead just living together and having kids.
People - Place - Income - Household - Income
Married people are generally wealthier in the first place (at the very least, their income is combined into one household, not split into two.) This combined with the college-degree income earning means more wealth among married people. Those who live together are in a more unstable relationship, often resulting in rotating men with a woman and children in a household. That is leaving them even poorer than their married brethren.
See, it’s not about the choices of shacking up and having children with men to whom the mothers are not married, and all the attendant misery that results. It’s that the result is income inequality. Those married people and their choices are becoming more wealthy.
Bloomberg - Report - Study
As Bloomberg puts it in a report on the study:
“Fewer divorces, therefore, aren’t only bad news for matrimonial lawyers but a sign of America’s widening chasm of inequality. Marriage is becoming a more durable, but far more exclusive, institution.”
Well - Problem - Inequality - Time - Socialism
Well that’s a big, fat problem, as inequality in our time of growing socialism and identity politics is an altar at which much of the left and media worship. It must not be defiled.
Here’s what we know.
Data - Shows - Couples - Baby - Boomers
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