In math, a bifurcation is where the dynamics of a system lead to one thing being split into two. This quote makes it clear that the demise of the shotgun wedding with the sexual revolution was a bifurcation:
By making the birth of the child the physical choice of the mother, the sexual revolution has made marriage and child support a social choice of the father.
I had missed this. Here’s Michael Barone (perhaps the best combination of well-informed and non-judgemental in political coverage):
… I like to say, there is nothing free in politics, but there is some question about when you pay the price. In this first debate Obama paid the price for the hands-off treatment he has received from mainstream media. His talking points, advanced by his spokesmen in the confidence that they will not be seriously challenged, were refuted by an energized and articulated and well-informed Mitt Romney. He stood there petulantly and pathetically, nonplussed by the fact that his flimsy talking points were effectively challenged. [emphasis added]
* Thanks to Greader for keeping this unread Mike Munger post from Kid Prefer Cheese until I had time to read it.
Change is not a bolt of lightning that arrives with a zap. It is a bridge built brick by brick, every day, with sweat and humility and slips. It is hard work, and slow work, but it can be thrilling to watch it take shape.
Poetic truth is like poetic license where one breaks grammatical rules for effect. Better to break the rule than lose the effect. Poetic truth lies just a little; it bends the actual truth in order to highlight what it believes is a larger and more important truth.
I like this.
Poetic truth is a little like folk economics. It’s influence is way out of proportion to its accuracy.
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