The ideal of an American way of life is fading as the working class falls further away from institutions like marriage and religion and the upper class becomes more isolated. Charles Murray, author of Coming Apart, on what’s cleaving America, and why.
Charles Murray points to some real shifts in White America, but nonetheless it is something of an ironic book given his celebration of (perceived) intrinsic differences. Who really can forget the nonsense that was the Bell Curve, or for that matter Four Questions? The very things he celebrates would seem to be the levers that undo the egalitarian society that he misses. No word yet whether this is a Diane Ravitch moment or not. We’ll see.