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Who Would be Out of Work?

Posted By Caleb Stegall On November 9, 2010 @ 12:44 pm In Short | 9 Comments

Tony Esolen asks a vital question in a stirring post-election ramble:

What’s left?  The overschooled and the underschooled, both of them unusually dependent upon government largesse, or upon government largeness.  I’m not speaking of welfare alone here.  Think of the doctors, lawyers, social workers, teachers, realtors, and technocrats whose livelihoods in one way or another are based upon the family breakdown that characterizes our cities.  Or perform the thought experiment in reverse.  Ask, “What would happen if people in our cities married before they had children, stayed married, attended church, raised responsible and noble children, provided for all of their most basic needs and for most of those, like celebrations, that really sweeten human life?  Who would be out of work?”

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