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Ross Douthat's Novel Theory on What's Wrong With the "Underclass"

This post originally appeared on Shakesville. "In the underclass (black, white and Hispanic alike), intact families are now an endangered species."—Ideologically moribund dipshit Ross Douthat, using his New York Times column to wring his hands about how the times they are a-changing. Note to Ross Douthat: These days, lots of families fail by design to fit your definition of "intact," i.e. "the ideal of the two-parent family," wherein those two parents are married and of the opposite sex. But that doesn't mean they're broken. Yeesh. But I guess I oughtn't expect to be reasonable someone who spends a good portion of his column wrestling with the idea that it's somehow cheating, some sort of smug chicanery, that the East Coast liberals whose families look most like his ideal only achieve that model via their tricksy immoral reliance on abortion. Yeah, well, Mr. Conservative Genius, call me when you're ready to try our idea: A robust network of social services to service all Americans equally, including those shattered riffraff in the underclass.