Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Best of the Web Today: American Idle -

Best of the Web Today: American Idle - "There is, to say the least, a tension between the glib simplicity of Lowrey's formulation "to save marriage, . . . end poverty" and her acknowledgment, in the next sentence, that it may be the "hardest way" of accomplishing that goal. Neither the economic nor the marital prospects of the poor are likely to change on a large scale in response to finger snaps.

Lowrey commits the cum hoc ergo propter hoc fallacy, or mistaking correlation for causation. If the relationship between poverty and the decline of marriage were a matter of simple cause and effect--one way or the other--then one would expect poverty to have risen dramatically over the past few decades as marriage has declined. But that hasn't happened."

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