The Sorry State of Love and Marriage

  I had just started high school at the beginning of the Seventies when Erich Segal’s best-selling tearjerker Love Story and its theater-filling movie version were released to harrow the souls of the romantic. Segal had set out to write an elemental love story in a...
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Does the State Still Have Any Interest in Marriage?

Recently a friend saw Fiddler on the Roof and remarked on how much darker the plot was than he had remembered. It’s a musical, after all, and most musicals (barring West Side Story-style romantic tragedy or Sweeney Todd-style bizarreness) are upbeat. It has a lot of comic scenes...
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Why Consent Doesn’t Work

Sometimes we see the wisdom of a law by looking at what can happen when it is broken, or not enforced. For instance, traffic accidents occur because the boundaries we call laws are ignored. Shattered automobiles and shattered lives bear grim testimony to the wisdom of stop signs...
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