The Context Of Trends: the reshaping of America
a book by Eric Miller and the Editors of Research Alert
(our site's book review)
As so many have stated so many times and in so many ways (e.g., Toffler and Dychtwald), the family is not disintegrating, it is simply reconstituting itself into different forms. The people that bemoan the death of family values should wake up to the new realities: family values are alive and well, but just adjusting to new realities. The family isn’t disappearing, but just transforming its makeup according to the demands of the times. As a matter of fact, the nontraditional families are holding family values every bit as close to their hearts, if not closer, than do more traditional families, according to this and many other authors.
The age of big government is over (thank goodness!)—politicians mostly seem to be ineffectual posturers
The age of big government is over (thank goodness!). Politicians mostly seem to be ineffectual posturers. Miller says “Americans are putting together a trickle-up democracy that will have the feds scrambling to keep up with the plans that are moving forward locally. Local brains and sweat will solve the problems, and the feds will jog along behind, grabbing and extending the programs that work.” And this is as it should be, because as last century has shown beyond question, grassroots movements effectively get the job done and big politics effectively botches everything it gets near—we don’t even want to hear about any more big government solutions, much less put up with them in reality.
We need to quit looking to social engineering superheroes and rely on local community efforts