Social Issues & Demographics

There Will Not Be Blood

  • By
  • Charles Kenny,
  • New America Foundation
February 7, 2012 |

For all the grim news about the economy and jobs over the last few years, one indicator of the quality of life in the United States has stubbornly continued to improve. The latest Federal Bureau of Investigation data suggests crime rates went on falling through the first half of 2011, recession be damned. In 1991, the overall national violent crime rate reported by the FBI was 758 cases per 100,000 inhabitants; by 2010, that had dropped to 404 per 100,000. The murder and "nonnegligent homicide" rate dropped by more than half over the same period.

The Richer Sex

March 20, 2012

Bestselling journalist Liza Mundy’s smart, deeply reported analysis of the most important cultural shift since the rise of feminism: the coming era in which women will earn more than men, and how this will change work, love, and sex.

A revolution is under way. Within a generation, more households will be supported by women than by men. In The Richer Sex, Liza Mundy shows how this reality will transform the sexual, dating, marriage, and work habits of men and women worldwide.

Homesick for the Holidays

  • By
  • Gregory Rodriguez,
  • New America Foundation
December 19, 2011 |

Irving Berlin wrote "White Christmas," one of the biggest-selling songs of all time, with tongue planted firmly in cheek. Although the wistful tune soothed homesick soldiers in such God-awful places as Guadalcanal more than half a century ago, and no doubt it still plays in Kandahar today, Berlin most likely wrote what he called "the best song that anybody's ever written" somewhere in the sunny Southwest, probably while sitting by a swanky hotel swimming pool.

Congress' Small Step Toward Immigration Reform

  • By
  • Tamar Jacoby,
  • New America Foundation
December 7, 2011 |

Among Republican presidential candidates, it's been demagoguery as usual. Why have a substantive debate when you can exchange inflammatory sound bites instead, especially on immigration?

But something surprising happened last week far from the campaign trail — on Capitol Hill, of all places. Just when we thought Congress would never act to address the nation's broken immigration system, members of the House made a critical breakthrough, voting overwhelmingly to approve a fix that will make American companies more competitive and the immigration system fairer and more welcoming.

Doing More with Less

  • By
  • Charles Kenny,
  • New America Foundation
November 28, 2011 |

Last week, the Global Fund, the world's largest multilateral source of financing for the fight against AIDS, made a grim announcement: its donors had cut their funding by $1.6 billion, a big enough bite out of the organization's budget that the fund would be bankrolling no new AIDS treatment projects until 2014.

Newt Gingrich Faces the Facts of Immigration

  • By
  • Tamar Jacoby,
  • New America Foundation
December 1, 2011 |

It's not a good sign when even the most obvious truths cannot be spoken on the campaign trail.

Deport 11 million illegal immigrants? Can Newt Gingrich really be the only Republican presidential candidate who understands that this would be impossible?

Not only would it cost tens of billions of dollars and divert resources from many far more pressing law enforcement priorities, but even the toughest of presidents would soon back off as the media images of mass round-ups beamed around the world—that really is not the kind of country most Americans want to be or live in.

Can the American Empire Fight Back?

  • By
  • Gregory Rodriguez,
  • New America Foundation
November 21, 2011 |

The Redcoats are coming! The Redcoats are coming!

Remember what your elementary school teacher taught you about the War of Independence? The British wore scarlet coats, which made them easy marks and symbolized institutional pomposity, adherence to status over efficiency and an out-of-touch empire bent on doing things the old way. The rebellious American colonists, on the other hand, wore whatever; they were nimble, unencumbered by institutional baggage and not too proud to employ guerrilla tactics.

Why the GOP Demonizes 'Illegals'

  • By
  • Peter Beinart,
  • New America Foundation
October 24, 2011 |

I turned on the Republican presidential debate last week and learned something. In today's GOP, the correct term for a human being who crosses the U.S. border without a visa in search of a brutally difficult, poorly paid job that few native-born Americans wish to do but on which our national economy depends is "illegal."

Programs:

Even State Immigration Laws Have to Face Reality

  • By
  • Tamar Jacoby,
  • New America Foundation
October 17, 2011 |

Change is never pretty. And the change that results when 50 states step in to take on a job Washington has tried and failed to do can be especially messy. This is what's happening -- with a vengeance -- on immigration. In the past five years, there has been a virtual revolution in immigration lawmaking. And the result is not just chaos -- it's a lot of bad policy.

Black Republicans Hot and Cold on Cain

  • By
  • Reniqua Allen,
  • New America Foundation
October 10, 2011 |

With strong first place finishes in straw poll picks and an unusual bounce in national polls, Herman Cain is now an accidental “top-tier” contender for the GOP primary.  But, one group largely ignored is the Republican party’s lilliputian size bloc of Black voters – a little less than 10% of the GOP electorate. How they perceive him may make or break the primary of color phenom.

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