Burt, Loni and Our Way of Life

With Burt and Loni a thing of the past, we might as well kiss the institution of marriage goodbye. There they were, the very icons of middle- aged cuteness. And here they are now -- sounding like one of the nastier mismatches from The Love Connection. Nor are they alone. Despite countless warnings about how divorce is destroying the very foundations of Western Civ, the U.S. divorce rate remains stuck near 50%, higher than that of any other country that bothers to keep track.

"Permissiveness" is the standard explanation, meaning that we have become a slack-willed race, slaves to every passing...

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