‘About one in four American children now live without a father in the home.’
Jonathan Clark writing for City Journal, June 19:
The crisis of absent fathers is complex, but the tragic yield of that crisis is simple: about one in four American children now live without a father in the home. . . .
The decline in the culture of work has contributed greatly to the growing, comprehensive incapacity of men. Last year, over the holidays, I watched It’s a Wonderful Life with my young children, and they were puzzled by the scene in which George Bailey prevents Mr. Gower—the town pharmacist whose son was killed in the war—from accidentally poisoning a child through improperly mixed medicine. They understood Mr. Gower’s grief, but why was George, who appeared to be no more than 12, working in a pharmacy?
Jonathan Clarke is a lawyer, essayist, and critic living in New York.
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