Social Issues & Demographics

The Liberal Baby Bust

  • By
  • Phillip Longman,
  • New America Foundation
March 14, 2006 |

What's the difference between Seattle and Salt Lake City? There are many differences, of course, but here's one you might not know. In Seattle, there are nearly 45% more dogs than children. In Salt Lake City, there are nearly 19% more kids than dogs.

Holy Roman Empire USA

  • By
  • James Pinkerton,
  • New America Foundation
March 7, 2006 |

The Liberal-Left Establishment has never liked suburbia and exurbia, which are dismissed as "sprawl." And we know what the Liberal Left thinks of the Catholic Church. So what do you suppose Liberal Lefties think about a plan for a Catholic exurb? Talk about a bad twofer, in their eyes. Even worse, the new town of Ave Maria, Florida is being bankrolled by Tom Monaghan, founder of Domino's Pizza, the leading conservative Catholic philanthropist in the world. Yikes!

The Return of Patriarchy

  • By
  • Phillip Longman,
  • New America Foundation
March 1, 2006 |

"If we could survive without a wife, citizens of Rome, all of us would do without that nuisance." So proclaimed the Roman general, statesman, and censor Quintus Caecilius Metellus Macedonicus, in 131 B.C. Still, he went on to plead, falling birthrates required that Roman men fulfill their duty to reproduce, no matter how irritating Roman women might have become. "Since nature has so decreed that we cannot manage comfortably with them, nor live in any way without them, we must plan for our lasting preservation rather than for our temporary pleasure."

A Long Voyage

  • By
  • Anatol Lieven,
  • New America Foundation
February 23, 2006 |

The Bush administration is, for once, correct when it says that Europe needs to be much more serious about combating terrorism. Europe is in much more danger than the US. Its vulnerability is vastly increased by the presence of large and disaffected Muslim minorities. The decision of several European countries to support US actions in the Middle East inevitably makes them targets. In fact, there is a good chance that the US and Israel will eventually plunge into conflict with much of the Muslim world, and that Europe will serve as one of the chief battlefields.

For Thriving Cities, It's Not Enough to be Cool

  • By
  • Joel Kotkin,
  • New America Foundation
February 20, 2006 |

The West's great cities face serious challenges, with terrorists plotting to blow them up even as jobs and capital flee to the low-cost havens of the developing world. However, from Sydney to San Francisco, the political imperative all too often has been not to look for ways to stay safe or competitive, but instead how to make cities cool and hip.

To many public officials, the key to building a great city in the 21st century lies in cultivating the arts and entertainment venues that appeal to a so-called creative class of youngish, hip professionals.

California's Independent Streak

  • By
  • David Lesher,
  • New America Foundation
  • and Mark Baldassare
February 19, 2006 |

California voters are shedding their identification with the two major political parties so rapidly that if current trends continue, independent voters could outnumber Democrats and Republicans in the Golden State by 2025.

Love in the Time of ... Technology

  • By
  • James Pinkerton,
  • New America Foundation
February 14, 2006 |

On Valentine's Day, thoughts turn to love. But the course of true love never did run smooth--even if it seems smoother now than ever.

According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, at least three different St. Valentines are mentioned in the church's martyrologies for Feb. 14. One popular story about Valentine concerns the Third century Roman Emperor Claudius II, who decreed that young men had to stay single, to increase their suitability for military service. Valentine, a priest, continued to marry young people, until he was caught and executed.

The Progressive Generation Gap

  • By
  • Mark Schmitt,
  • New America Foundation
February 1, 2006 |

Not long ago, I attended a meeting of 20 or so progressive advocates and experts on a major policy issue. I looked around the room and realized that I was, I'm quite sure, the youngest person there. And that's happened before. But I'm 43 years old. It's fun to feel like a prodigy, but I'm not.

In other settings, such as among bloggers, I'm the oldest. But rarely, on the cusp of middle age, do I find myself in the middle of a broad range of ages, or in a room dominated by my coevals.

Ideological Hurricane

  • By
  • Joel Kotkin,
  • New America Foundation
January 31, 2006 |

Last September's tragedy in New Orleans revealed, in the starkest manner, the soft underbelly of America's cities. After all the 1990s rhetoric insisting that "Cities are back!" we got a glimpse behind the facades of a major urban center and tourist mecca which revealed many utterly dependent and disorganized residents, looking more like Third Worlders than denizens of a modern metropolis. In the process, the urban liberalism that has dominated city administration for the last generation was unmasked.

New Orleans as paragon of a hollowed-out city

Altered State; The Third California

  • By
  • Joel Kotkin,
  • New America Foundation
  • and William Frey
January 29, 2006 |

The last great frontier for upward mobility in California extends from the far eastern suburbs of greater Los Angeles to the Sierra foothills in Northern California. It is there that the "California dream"--a place to create a new life and raise a family--is still possible. Call it the "Third California."

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