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W Bradford Wilcox @WilcoxNMP
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1. Gotta disagree w/ much of @DavidAFrench here for underplaying the role that elites and major economic, political, civic & cultural forces have played in the fall of the American working class…
2. We know, for instance, that no class of people has experienced as dramatic a retreat from marriage as have the American working class since 1980. Look at these trends in nonmarital childbearing ⬇️…
3. The dissolution and de-stabilization of working-class family life is not simply a reflection of people making bad choices or being ir-responsible. It's also about major changes in American society that have had a disparate impact on the working class and (earlier) the poor.
4. Shifts in the economy, shifts which have overwhelmingly benefited the incomes of the upper & upper-middle class, have destabilized work in many working-class communities. E.g., @davidautor's research:…
5. Public policy--in the form of means-tested programs like Medicaid and tax policies like the EITC--now penalizes marriage *especially* among the working class.…
6. Our civic institutions--both religious & secular--have all-too-often ignored & abandoned working-class Americans. There are, for instance, no large-scale religious ministries targeting y adults who are not on the college track. But tons for y adults on the college track.
7. Our elites embrace a marriage-oriented culture for themselves and their kids in their *private* lives, but do nothing in their *public* roles as culture makers, educators, business executives, journalists & legislators to strengthen marriage.
8. We're seeing a similar dynamic now playing out when it comes to elites, parenting, and technology…
9. I could go on. Yes, @DavidAFrench is right to say we shouldn't play the victim card. But it's also time for conservatives to realize that appeals to personal responsibility or pull-yourselves-up-by-your-bootstraps rhetoric is necessary but *not* sufficient.
10. We--we elites--have to consider and then embrace economic, political, civic & cultural changes for ourselves, our communities, and our country that strengthen family, work, civil society, and culture for Americans who are not highly educated and affluent.
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