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A cultural recovery?

The conservative American magazine "Commentary" is normally pessimistic about cultural trends in the US. Here, however, is an edited extract from a surprisingly upbeat piece from the December 2007 issue

By Peter Wehner   February 2008

This piece was published in Prospect alongside Michael Lind’s cover story on the favourable long-term outlook for America. You can discuss them both at First Drafts, Prospect ‘s blog.

In March 1993, the conservative commentator William J Bennett released a report entitled “The Index of Leading Cultural Indicators.” Over the course of the preceding three decades, he wrote, the US had experienced “substantial social regression.” Since 1960, there had been a more than 500 per cent increase in violent crime; a more than 400 per cent increase in out-of-wedlock births; almost a tripling in the percentage of children on welfare;…

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