Re: Forlorn Wilderness Dwellers (Brink Lindsey & David Frum)
I lived the better part of two decades in western Europe and experienced a very similar pattern to what Brink describes. Countries like Holland and Sweden, which have the reputation of wild liberalism in many folks minds back here in America, have social structures that deliver the things I hear conservatives over here championing. Intact families, even if not always in married couples, low crime rates, excellent work habits, evident pride in maintaining property, both private and public, respect for elders, high rates of school completion and learning, attention to civic responsibilities, effective public health regimes, etc. I tell friends this and they think I am nuts...."but pot isn't a crime and they give their childern explicit sex education and what about those prostitutes in the red windows?"