“…we have been re-defining deviancy so as to exempt much conduct previously stigmatized, and also quietly raising the “normal” level in categories where behavior is now abnormal by any earlier standard.”

“The way of life associated with such social pathologies as the breakdown of the family lead to medical pathologies…We talk about the drug crisis, the education crisis, and the problems of teen pregnancy and juvenile crime. But all these ills trace back predominantly to one source: broken families.”

“From the wild Irish slums for the 19th century Eastern seaboard to the riot-torn suburbs of Los Angeles, there is one unmistakable lesson in American history: a community that allows a large number of young men to grow up in broken families, dominated by woman, never acquiring any stable relationship to male authority, never acquiring any set of rational expectation about the future-that community asks for and get chaos. Crime violence, unrest, unrestrained lashing out at the whole social structure-that is not only to be expected, it is very near to inevitable.”

“A society that loses its sense of outrage is doomed to extinction.”

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