The most-emailed article at the NY Times right now: For Women Under 30, Most Births Occur Outside Marriage.
How can that be? The article actually does a pretty bad job of explaining things. Marriage is now only for the college-educated, who marry late and have kids late, so a lot of them aren’t having children until they are in their thirties. But the kind of women who have illegitimate kids give birth younger.
The article says:
Researchers have consistently found that children born outside marriage face elevated risks of falling into poverty, failing in school or suffering emotional and behavioral problems.
Now, I strongly believe that the disintegration of marriage is one of the worst things to happen to the United States. However, a lot of the correlation between being born outside of marriage and doing poorly in school and not making a lot of money has to do with HBD. Low-IQ people have illegitimate children, and they pass on their low-IQ genes to them. So merely getting low-IQ people to marry each other won’t magically make their children smarter. But I do think that the two-parent family is much better for passing on middle-class values, which are important for an orderly society.
Furthermore, without the institution of marriage, alpha males have a disprortionate share children, which means each subsequent generation becomes significantly more alpha than the previous one, and in just a few generations we will completely wipe out centuries of breeding for beta qualities, and it's the beta qualities which are necessary for civilization. However, that's the kind of analysis that you will NOT find in the NY Times.