It's not just America—the world is losing marriage as an anchor.

Ties that bind
There is still much work to do, of course, but there is hope and there is progress.

Behind our anxiety, the fear of being unneeded
We're live at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at AEI's booth talking about the conference and Charles Murray's bubble quiz.
At the most selective colleges and universities, we are about as likely to find a student from a high-income family as we are a student who received a Pell Grant. Many pundits would have us believe that isn’t true.

A skewed view of who attends top colleges
No substantive progress has been made on human rights or political freedoms since President Obama normalized relations with Cuba.

Cuba is stifling international dialogue on human rights
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Teachers--Join us as Rick Hess discusses the importance of cage-busting with a panel of expert teachers and introduces “The Cage-Busting Teacher” online curriculum.

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A curriculum for cage-busting teachers

How thick is your 'bubble'? Come take Charles Murray's Bubble Quiz at our Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) booth. P.S. Arthur Brooks will interview Carly Fiorina on the main stage tomorrow at 3PM.
The idea of the government standing between a dying person and his salvation is deeply troubling.

Right to try, right to buy, right to test
Born this day, 1732: The Father of His Country.
With a new administration, we have reason to hope that the welfare state may change, morph, make it more simple for us to serve the impoverished and truly marginalized. What’s promising? Robert Doar has a new edited volume to answer just that.

Something rotten in the Welfare State? Or are things ok? Q&A with Robert Doar
At the invitation of House Speaker Paul Ryan, President Donald Trump will address a joint session of Congress next Tuesday. In the first year of previous presidencies, similar invitations provided the occasion for the new president to deliver a major, agenda-setting speech.

When will the Trump agenda emerge? | James Capretta
Only four of NATO's European members — Greece, the UK, Estonia, and Poland — currently meet the 2% target. But there is also a dark side to a hypothetical beefing up of Europe's militaries.

Should Europeans spend more on defense?
Whatever else it may or may not have accomplished, the 2016 election was a sort of shock therapy for Americans living in what Charles Murray famously termed "the bubble."

Our miserable 21st century | Nicholas Eberstadt
From apprenticeship programs to vocational charter schools, vocational education has been getting more attention in education reform circles lately as the costs of college continue to increase and students seek other paths to financial security.

Skills and bills: What state governors have to say about vocational education
There are very good reasons to carefully consider how a jump in the minimum wage could negatively impact the very workers the measure aims to help.

Wage hikes: Proceed with caution
George Washington was “first in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen.”

AEI Classics: The Origins and Traditions of Washington’s Birthday Holiday
Why did Trump win? Neither liberals nor conservatives get it. The truth: Modern America is telling millions of people they are superfluous – unnecessary and unwanted, writes Arthur Brooks.

The dignity deficit: Reclaiming Americans' sense of purpose