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Poor Partners

In classical art, you almost never see Athena and Aphrodite depicted together. There’s a reason for that, and it’s not the same reason you never see Clark Kent and Superman in the same room.

Instant Philosophy: Marriage, Freedom, and Society Edition

by New Dealer The Atlantic’s Jordan Weissmann provides some very interesting statistics on what life is like for the average 27-year old in 2014.[1] The most interesting statistics to me were that high school drop-outs and high-school diploma/degree holders were much more likely than people with undergrad or advanced degrees to have children. 27-year olds…

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The Wedlease: For Those of You Who See Your Relationship as a Rental Property

Citing high divorce rates, an estate planner recommends that the legal partnership of marriage be adapted to include arrangements that do not last a lifetime, but rather a period of years specified by the couple, so that the end of a marriage “can be as simple as vacating a rental unit.” Is this a good idea?

Against Traditional Morality

by James Hanley Guest author: James Hanley. Tom Van Dyke has written a very thoughtful post about the role of traditional morality in law. There are various points at which we could quibble with his argument, but here I offer a direct rebuttal of his support for traditional morality as a basis of law, arguing…

Just in time for Father’s Day

Pamela Paul has a rather Slate-ish post up at The Atlantic, asking the controversial question: Are Fathers Necessary? Unsurprisingly, her conclusion is no. Not really. “The bad news for Dad is that despite common perception, there’s nothing objectively essential about his contribution,” she writes. “The good news is, we’ve gotten used to him.” There’s plenty…

Bachelor Party Bleg

It’s Friday, so I’m drawing on the collective wisdom of the Internet to seek advice on a pretty trivial subject. Namely: the Bachelor Party. I’ve never planned one before, but I suspect that your typical pre-wedding binge is pretty simple: pick a few bars or a strip club like this one groomsman’s gift here and…