Charles Murray's most recent book, Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010, has been discussed on the Dish here, here, here and here. The most notable coverage of the libertarian intellectual lately was his conversion on marriage equality. And the Dish for years has debated his most famous and controversial work, The Bell Curve, which he co-authored with Richard Herrnstein. But the main focus of this installment of "Ask Anything" is Murray's most recent book:
In Coming Apart, Charles Murray explores the formation of American classes that are different in kind from anything we have ever known, focusing on whites as a way of driving home the fact that the trends he describes do not break along lines of race or ethnicity. Drawing on five decades of statistics and research, Coming Apart demonstrates that a new upper class and a new lower class have diverged so far in core behaviors and values that they barely recognize their underlying American kinship—divergence that has nothing to do with income inequality and that has grown during good economic times and bad. The top and bottom of white America increasingly live in different cultures, Murray argues, with the powerful upper class living in enclaves surrounded by their own kind, ignorant about life in mainstream America, and the lower class suffering from erosions of family and community life that strike at the heart of the pursuit of happiness.
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