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The Gates Opening

  • By
  • Gregory Rodriguez,
  • New America Foundation
July 27, 2009 |

About the only thing as disappointing as the frivolous arrest of Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. was the loud, almost gleeful chorus of "I told you so's" coming from his defenders. You've heard of schadenfreude -- taking pleasure in the suffering of others? Well, this was the peculiar political version. It's not that commentators were happy that Gates had allegedly been mistreated.

Divorce and Hard Times

  • By
  • Gregory Rodriguez,
  • New America Foundation
July 13, 2009 |

Can't stand your boring husband? Thinking of calling it quits? Well, you should have mustered the nerve to leave him well before this economic crisis. Now you might not be able to afford to live without him, literally.

It's a well-known fact that financial woes are the biggest cause of marital spats. With the economy the way it is, you'd expect lots of husbands and wives to be at each other's throats. But the conventional wisdom is wrong. This recession is so bad that you can count divorce lawyers among those professions that have taken a hit.

After the Culture Wars

  • By
  • Reihan Salam,
  • New America Foundation
June 22, 2009 |

As the culture wars cool down, many liberals are convinced that the political landscape will look more favorable to them rather than less in the decades to come.

Swine Flu Threat Doesn't Exactly Bring People Together

  • By
  • Gregory Rodriguez,
  • New America Foundation
May 4, 2009 |

When tragedy strikes, people are supposed to band together and find strength in numbers, right? When the well-being of your community is threatened, it's important to look out for your neighbors and lend a hand to those in need, no?

Well, that's what many of us may have thought before all the hysteria about the looming swine flu pandemic.

Against Mini-Marriages

  • By
  • Reihan Salam,
  • New America Foundation
May 4, 2009 |

In The Elementary Particles, one of the most scabrous denunciations of the Sexual Revolution and modern life ever written, Michel Houellebecq essentially offered a case for the destruction of humanity as we know it in favor of a race of peaceful, pleasure-loving, jealousy-free post-humans. And after reading Mark Regnerus on the subject of marriage, I can see why.

New Orleans' Rich History of Mixing Races

  • By
  • Gregory Rodriguez,
  • New America Foundation
April 20, 2009 |

Writing From New Orleans -- Four years after New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin tried to endear himself to black voters by playing to their fears that they were about to be "overrun by Mexican workers," things have and haven't changed.

Mexican and other Latin American migrants who came to rebuild in the wake of Hurricane Katrina didn't overwhelm the city. But, at roughly 15% of the population -- up from 3% pre-Katrina -- they aren't going away either, and New Orleans is grappling with their presence as part of a larger post-disaster demographic shift.

As American as Little Bangladesh

  • By
  • Gregory Rodriguez,
  • New America Foundation
April 13, 2009 |

How much is your ethnicity worth? In hard cash. Dollars and cents. How much do you think you can get for it?

When we talk about race in America, we speak in terms of power and strife. When we bring up ethnicity, we focus on the gushy stuff -- pride and the sense of belonging that strong cultural identities create. Think of those quaint, exotics-on-display "isn't diversity great?" stories on National Public Radio.

Last Impressions

  • By
  • Joel Garreau,
  • New America Foundation
March 23, 2009 |

Among the last things to go in the Depression was -- lipstick.

"It was not particularly expensive, but it was a prized possession," says Jeremy E. Adamson, director for collections and services at the Library of Congress. "You feel bad anyway, but you make yourself look a little bit better. It says, 'I care about myself.' Those little things are terribly important."

Mexican American Assimilation

  • By
  • Tomas Jimenez,
  • New America Foundation
March 18, 2009 |

In Hard Times, What's-His-Name Could Be Your Best Friend

  • By
  • Gregory Rodriguez,
  • New America Foundation
March 9, 2009 |

You've got to look out for No. 1. It's a dog-eat-dog world. Everybody's in it for themselves.

These are some of the more charming axioms of American-style capitalism, and during hard financial times, you'd expect that they'd ring truer than ever.

Think of high unemployment and economic scarcity, and up come images of savage competition, broken marriages, corroded race relations and the scapegoating of immigrants. And if things get worse, we're probably going to see all of this and more.

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