From nomadic times, to the height of civilization, the most important and fundamental building block of any society is not the government, its military, or its economy, but its family structure.
We are seeing and have seen the effects of children raised in households with less than two parents, and sociologists the world over agree that a child's future prospects are easily cut in half if their home life is fractured or in chaos while they are growing up. And whether it is in the black communities (72% born out of wedlock in 2010), the UK overall (47.5 born out of wedlock in 2013), or the U.S. overall (40% born out of wedlock), the results of family units having less than two parents are lower literacy rates, higher chances of crime and imprisonment, and less economic productivity for the children of that generation.
As you can see from the above chart, the escalation for single parent families began to occur in the 1960's and continues straight through the 1980's where it leveled off between the boom years of 1990 and 2000. However, since the start of the 21st century this percentage has suddenly jumped higher once again, and has been rising steadily leading up to the 2008 Credit Crisis and beyond.
Yet while changes to divorce law and the consequences of feminism dictated the family structures in two previous decades, what fundamental issue is causing the current epidemic of single family homes, and out of wedlock births?
The answer appears to be economic.
It is both easy and correct to attest that much of the out of wedlock births occurring today are in large part due to the structure of the welfare system, which pays women to raise their children without a father figure, or secondary income stream. And ever since the 2008 financial crisis, the number of people going on welfare, food stamps, or other government subsidy has increased by more than 40%, and where more than a third of every American receives some form of a handout from the government trough.
But spurning marriage and having children out of wedlock is not the only side of this discussion. The fact of the matter is, Americans are actually having fewer children altogether, and this too can be attributed to the enormous cost of raising a child in an era where the purchasing power of the dollar, and the destruction of good paying jobs, have made it nearly impossible to sustain any real standard of living.
So in the end, whether it is through government or elitist agendas, the destruction of religious and moral constructs, or simply a matter of economics, the facts are that the once strong nuclear family structure that made America and the Western world great and strong is deteriorating rapidly, and the current future generation has little desire to ensure that the generation that follows will be large enough, or secure enough, to reverse the eroding landscape that is the foundation stone of our society.