A Truce in the War Over Family


The New York Times Opinion
By Andrew J. Cherlin
March 30, 2015

THE war over the family has been a disheartening part of American politics for decades. Conservatives saw growing numbers of children born outside of marriage and thought the family as they knew it was in trouble, the result of a cultural decline — a decrease in personal responsibility, and a growing dependence on government social welfare programs. Liberals saw families struggling and thought the problems reflected povertyand the dearth of good jobs.

But today, while partisanship is sky high, the two camps are showing surprising signs of a truce. It’s a promising moment for change: Both sides just might agree on measures to help the millions of families that have been caught in the middle of the battle.

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