The State of White AmericaCharles Murray, a W. H. Brady Scholar of the American Enterprise Institute and co-author of the controversial The Bell Curve, details the thesis of his upcoming book Coming Apart:
Over the last half century, the United States has developed a new lower class and a new upper class that are different in kind from anything America has ever known. The second contention of the book is that the divergence of America into these separate classes, if it continues, will end what has made America America.
It's not the existence of classes that is new,Murray contends,
but the emergence of classes that diverge on core behaviors and values.To attempt to forestall misinterpretation and a repeat of previous controversies, Murray studies this divergence in his soi-disant 'Founding Virtues' (viz. Marriage, Industriousness, Honesty, and Religiosity) between upper-middle (top 20%) and working (bottom 30%) class non-Hispanic whites aged 30-49 between 1960 to 2010.
[This] amounts to a revolution in the separation of classes in this country,Murray says.
Pleasant, personally unobjectionable people [… who] have never quite been able to get their act together.) classes, that range even farther afield of the norm.
What a picture I am painting. A new lower class whose members are increasingly unsuited for citizenry in a free society. A new upper class that is increasingly isolated from, ignorant of, and something I haven't gone into but is also true, increasingly hostile toward a larger mainstream culture.
What we have going for us is a reality. From the founding through the first two centuries, the United States fostered a different way for people to live together, unique among the nations of the Earth, that is still immeasurably precious to some very large number of Americans who are determined that this way of living together will endure and prevail.
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