Mona Charen has a fine column, "Social Pressure to Marry is Dead." She makes this strong claim:
"The collapse of marriage among the lower and lower-middle classes is rapidly tapping our national strength."
I agree. In fact, I believe this is the number one domestic problem in our country. If the poorer classes married and stayed married, child poverty would nearly disappear, crime of all kinds would decline, drug use would decline, household poverty would go way down, home ownership would stabilize, and general happiness would rise.
I think in general that things are getting better in the world. This includes the marriage rate among the educated classes, which is rising.
But one thing that is getting worse is the marriage rate among the bottom classes. And this is dragging everything else down.