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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010 (Kindle Edition)
In his latest book, Mr. Murray, a libertarian, argues (based on his statistical interpretation & analysis) on the decline of the white "American Community". He brings together 4 basic themes.
1. Divergence of the American classes resulting from a conflict in the cultural & social values of those from the "New" upper class ("Belmont") opposed to those of the "new" lower class ("Fishtown").
2. Decline in marriage, religion, industriousness & traditional values of the "American Culture"
3. Income inequalities leading to some form of an advanced European welfare state in the US.
4. Isolation or geographic separation of the "new" classes and the resultant loss of civic and social responsibility between them.
To keep the race card out this time, he writes in the book "This book uses evidence based overwhelmingly on "whites" in the new upper & lower class." In part one, it begins with his discussion about the "new" upper class which he calls the people living in "Belmont", the "qualifying" 20% represented by the 5% narrow elite (avg. Household income of $287K - 2010 census data), who have isolated themselves into their own neighborhoods and "cultural" groups from the rest of us. He describes them as the ones with the top educations, jobs and living conditions. They pass their wealth, "brains" and cultural values onto their children who continue to maintain this lifestyle into the future.
In Part II, he describes the new lower class which he calls the people living in "Fishtown" - the bottom 20% of the "white" (non-Hispanic) population. He describes them as the ones, who have loss the "work ethic", who are raising families out of wedlock and have disengaged from the "American Community" at large. As he states, it is this collapse of the "Founding Virtues" of America: family, vocation, faith and community that is leading to decline of America.
His solutions are many. Reduce the "welfare state" and bring back responsibility for oneself and family. As Mr. Murray states, "it is easier (for "Belmonters") to let the government deal with problems in your community that you and your neighbors formerly had to take care of". But, he writes this is the wrong approach. He writes the "Belmonters" need to "engage themselves" with the rest and "preach what they practice" to the "Fishtowners".
However, I think it is somewhat unrealistic to believe that the top 5% are going to drive from their gated communities in "Belmont" to meet in the Waffle House of "Fishtown" and "preach" their values to this group. There are many obvious problems in "Americas Classless" society, but the problems are a lot more complicated to solve than what he argues as his solutions in this book. However, it is a good effort to "wake" people up again to some of the sociological problems facing America today.
Expect in this election year to see more books published on - What is wrong with America and Why.
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Ersteintrag: 10.04.2012 14:28:12 GMT+02:00
Murray is many things but a libertarian? I think not.
Veröffentlicht am 10.04.2012 17:07:01 GMT+02:00
J. Kimbrough meint:
Please read page 234 Kindle edition.
He writes, "I am a libertarian, and see a compelling case for returning to the founders conception ...." He goes on further on this page about his libertarian views. Therefore, I assumed at the time he wrote this book he is a libertarian.
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