His father, also named John, was a legal clerk and served with the Parliamentary forces in the English Civil War. His family was well-to-do, but not of particularly high social or economic standing. Locke spent his childhood in the West Country and as a teenager was sent to Westminster School in London.
Mary Eberstadt Summer Almost two decades before J.
Wilson, one of the most eminent social scientists of the 20th century, identified the root of America's fracturing in the dissolution of the family. He used the opportunity to introduce a new line of sociological argument: The image of "two nations," Wilson explained, harked back to an novel by Benjamin Disraeli, the future prime minister of Great Britain.
These were the separate, non-intersecting worlds of rich and poor. Between these two nations Disraeli described, there was "no intercourse and no sympathy" — they were "as ignorant of each other's habits, thoughts, and feelings, as if they were Instead, it had become all about the family — specifically, whether one hailed from a broken or intact home.
As it has become weaker, every structure built upon that foundation has become weaker. A quintessential embodiment of the neoconservatism of the time, his argument harnessed decades of the kind of social science that had been channeled into the pages of The Public Interest and related venues.
His speech was also, of course, part of the continuing commentary on the problems famously and infamously identified inin Daniel Patrick Moynihan's report on The Negro Family. Byas Wilson explained, family breakdown in America was no longer a phenomenon of the ghetto, but a fact of everyday life for more and more of the country.
Wilson pointed above all to the library that social science had been building for decades, filled with books and studies about the correlations between family particulars and behavioral probabilities.
Family structure, he demonstrated, had become more important to positive outcomes than race, income, or one's station at birth: Children in one-parent families, compared to those in two-parent ones, are twice as likely to drop out of school.
Boys in one-parent families are much more likely than those in two-parent ones to be both out of school and out of work.
Girls in one-parent families are twice as likely as those in two-parent ones to have an out-of-wedlock birth.
These differences are not explained by income The research was overwhelming, all of it proving the point that a stable family has come to trump material assets as the main currency of these two new nations. So much of this social-science evidence now exists, Wilson joked, that "even some sociologists believe it.
Twenty years ago, evidence from all over the social sciences already indicated that the sexual revolution was leaving a legacy of destruction. Two decades, and many more books and scholars and research studies later, a whole new wing has been added to that same library Wilson drew from, all demonstrating the same point he emphasized throughout his speech: The new wealth in America is familial wealth, and the new poverty, familial poverty.
Twenty years later, it is past time to ask: What has been the effect of all this social science? Has it helped to make two nations into one again? Has it ameliorated the problems that Wilson and other bold thinkers have been elucidating since the s?
The answer to all three questions is no.
To acknowledge this reality isn't to fault sociology itself, let alone the theoreticians dedicated to pursuing such unwelcome truths. On the contrary, their work, like Wilson's, remains vital.
The monks of the Dark Ages toiled to preserve truths for the sake of truth, keeping faith that the time might come when the record would be better understood.John Locke (—) John Locke was among the most famous philosophers and political theorists of the 17 th century.
He is often regarded as the founder of a school of thought known as British Empiricism, and he made foundational contributions to modern theories of limited, liberal government. I originally introduced the term “orthorexia” in the article below, published in the October issue of Yoga Journal.
Some of the things I said in the article are no longer true of . Mary Eberstadt is a Senior Research Fellow at the Faith and Reason Institute in Washington, D.C., and author most recently of It’s Dangerous to rutadeltambor.com essay is adapted from a speech given in Washington, D.C., to Legatus, a Catholic business association, on November 29, IN WATCHING the flow of events over the past decade or so, it is hard to avoid the feeling that something very fundamental has happened in world history.
In this work of , an argument for the progress of knowledge, Bacon considers the moral, religious and philosophical implications and requirements for the advancement of . Also See WHY STEADY STATES ARE IMPOSSIBLE OVERSHOOT LOOP: Evolution Under The Maximum Power Principle The Tragedy of the Commons Science #13, December Vol.