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February 20, 2012

The Daily DOOM

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Today's DOOM is going to be short and sweet, my malenky droogs. I had some pain in the gulliver so had to sleep. I was not awakened when I gave orders for wakening.

This certainly feels DOOM-y to me: marriage has become a luxury good. Charles Murray's book Coming Apart tries to underscore that trend with data and extensive cultural observation. This trend portends a lot of things, few of them good. Single mothers are far more likely than married mothers to be poor and thus dependent on the welfare state, for one. For another, the whole concept of "fatherhood" is disappearing from a huge swathe of American life. Men are becoming marginalized and devalued, yet at the same time are faulted for being reluctant to enter into an institution -- marriage -- that is so grotesquely weighted against them in terms of risk versus reward. There is cold comfort to be had here, though: no civilization in the history of the world has survived without the nuclear family as the basic building-block. We will revert back to the mean, sooner or later.

The case for dying broke.

In what is sure to come as a shock to absolutely no one, the Greek debt situation is worse than expected. And since everyone expected it to be catastrophically horrible, that tells you all you need to know.

Something's gotta give.

His Majesty's wicked predecessor is to blame for all the ills befalling the kingdom. His Majesty only wishes his long-suffering people to remember that -- the present King wishes only good things for his long-suffering people.

Risk-aversion, monoculture, and the decay of higher education.

A warning from Britain: the illusion of permanency.

Mr. Weston spoke of how Tony Blair and his British Labor Party set out to destroy traditional Britain by encouraging mass immigration to ensure a majority that would vote for the Welfare State in perpetuity. Millions of people from around the world were invited to move to Britain. Pamphlets were distributed in Pakistan, for example, urging locals to move to England and go on welfare. And both of these actions were facilitated and were, fed, in part, by post-colonial British guilt. Today, although a native British citizen cannot marry more than one spouse, the United Kingdom pays welfare costs for immigrants with up to four wives and their children.

$6 trillion worth of fake US bonds seized in Italy. The real ones won't be worth much more than the fakes before long.

If the goal is simply to increase the number of graduate students, this is probably a good idea. Otherwise...not so much.

The shrinking labor-force participation numbers are starting to get wider attention. The government will continue to fudge the numbers to make the unemployment rate look better than it is, but at some point the cheating gets too obvious to miss.


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