Friday, January 20, 2006
As Franke-Ruta puts it:
Social solidarity and even simple familial stability have become part of the package of private privileges available to the well-to-do. Behavioral surveys consistently show that, regardless of their political leanings, the better-off and better-educated live more traditional personal lives: They are more likely to marry, far less likely to divorce, less likely to have children outside of marriage, and more likely to remarry when they do divorce than their less accomplished peers. In addition, their kids are more likely to be academically successful and go to college, repeating the cycle.
The new Puritanism and cultural conservatism [Thomas] Frank described can also been seen as symptoms of how, in today’s society, traditional values have become aspirational. Lower-income individuals simply live in a much more disrupted society, with higher divorce rates, more single moms, more abortions, and more interpersonal and interfamily strife, than do the middle- and upper-middle class people they want to be like. It should come as no surprise that the politics of reaction is strongest where there is most to react to.
Actually, to me the above is a question, that is, are these surveys pretty accurate?
If so, that's good, because major rejection punches that are given to stupid liberals always hit them where the hurt the hardest, in political losses.
Too bad we can't rid academia of this liberal trash (see post below, if you haven't).