As Congress plods to the end of a historically unproductive session, it is easy to lose faith in our ability meet collective challenges, including the big one of improving social mobility. But, there are some reasons to count our blessings this holiday season:
“First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes a baby in the baby carriage.”
Though this elementary school earworm may have been the norm for generations past, it could use a modern remix: Over 40% of all children are now born outside of marriage, and the majority of births to unmarried young women under 30 are unplanned.
While there will always be young couples “sitting in a tree,” Brookings expert Isabel Sawhill thinks it’s time to “change the default” from childbearing by chance to childbearing by choice. In her new book, Generation Unbound: Drifting into Sex and Parenthood without Marriage, she explains how we can make this shift, while exposing some pretty harsh truths about sex and parenthood in the process. Here are a few:
In the U.S., we love stories about the American Dream because we value the belief that each of us can rise up in life, no matter the circumstances of our birth. But a recent Brookings Essay by Richard Reeves provides strong evidence that the American Dream is under serious threat. Learn some sobering truths about wealth and opportunity in modern America by looking at the facts behind some of our favorite fictions.
You’re just a regular human…living a regular human life. Right? Not quite: Though we’re not all Terminators quite yet, human “cyborgization” is on the rise—and according to the latest paper in Brookings’s robotics series you may have more in common with Arnold Schwarzenegger’s famous human-machine hybrid than you think. Here are five reasons you might already be a cyborg:
In January 2014, the bulk of Colorado’s constitutional amendment (Amendment 64) to legalize recreational marijuana went into effect. New research from Brookings expert John Hudak shows that while challenges still lie ahead, overall the state has done a great job rolling out a legal marijuana system. Here are 10 reasons why this new system is succeeding in Colorado:
Brookings’ recent report on foreign direct investment (FDI) in U.S. metro areas found that 5.6 million U.S. workers—about 5 percent of the entire workforce—are employed in the domestic operations of companies majority-owned by a foreign parent. Altogether, these foreign parent companies hail from at least 115 different countries and 445 different global city-regions. Here we profile the top 10 global home bases for FDI in the United States, measured in terms of the number jobs in the U.S. operations of companies headquartered there.
Millions of Americans live in poverty. Children often grow up without the advantages of a stable home, high-quality schools, or consistent nutrition, and adults are often hampered by inadequate skills and education, leading to limited wages and job opportunities.
How can we address this problem? The Hamilton Project (THP) at Brookings recently released 14 evidence-based proposals as a guide for policymakers:
It is hard to go more than a month or two without reading an article exposing Millenials as lazy, selfish, immoral, too sexually active, or generally ruining the otherwise-perfect fabric of American society with some combination of terrible characteristics.
It is time to hear a bit more on the other side of the argument. The team behind the Brookings’ Social Mobility Memos blog thinks that Millennials are getting a bad rap. There is a more positive portrait of Millennials. On many fronts, they are superior to their Boomer parents.
In a new report from Brookings, authors Bruce Jones, Thomas Wright, Jeremy Shapiro and Robert Keane analyze a huge amount of economic, political and military data and find that the major trends affecting the world order may not be that simple. To learn more, check out an expanded interactive version of the charts below, or read the full report,The State of the International Order.
As we approach the 100th anniversary of WWI, you’d be hard-pressed to see much difference in the way world leaders talk about global tensions, then and now. See if you can guess which world leader made the following statements.To learn more about how global tensions of today mirror those of 1914, read historian Margaret MacMillan’s new Brookings Essay, The Rhyme of History: Lessons of the Great War.
In her new Brookings Essay, The Rhyme of History: Lessons of the Great War, historian Margaret MacMillan takes an in-depth look at the global tensions that led to World War I in 1914, and the striking similarities she sees happening today. As we quickly approach the 100th anniversary of WWI, does our world today look that much different than the pre-war world of 1914? Can we avoid the mistakes that might lead to another devastating global conflict?