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W Bradford Wilcox @WilcoxNMP
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1. The toughest criticism of @TuckerCarlson's viral monologue has come not from the Left but from the Right (@benshapiro & @DavidAFrench). But the thrust of his argument about the working class family is not wrong.… @TheAtlantic @FamStudies
2. Classical and small-government conservatives have argued the growing fragility of working class families is primarily about a failure of personal responsibility, not contemporary capitalism…
3. But why has an epidemic of irresponsibility just happened upon working class in last 3 decades? The individual responsibility argument cannot fully account for the dramatic erosion in marriage among working-class families that has led to this divide in American family life ⬇️.
4. This epidemic of irresponsibility, in truth, cannot be divorced from big economic changes and policy choices that have undercut less-educated men's wages.
5. Since the 1980s, wages have stagnated and work has become more unstable for men w/out college degrees. Matters because men who are not stably employed w/ decent paying jobs less likely to get & stay married, a point Carlson touched on his monologue
6. There is no question that the China trade shock of the last two decades, for instance, exacted a serious toll on working-class jobs, working-class families, and working-class marriage. Hard to chalk this up to personal irresponsibility.…
7. Elites are complicit in all this.…
8. And this is not just about economics & public policy, it's also about culture. E.g., elites have ceased to support a *public* marriage-friendly culture even as they embrace marriage in *private* for themselves and their kids.…
9. Summing up:
~ Conservatives need to think afresh about ways in which our commitment to personal responsibility needs to be married to a new appreciation of collective responsibility.
10. Elites of all ideological stripes need to attend to our
- Economic
- Policy
- Civic &
- Cultural
responsibilities in bridging the class divide.…
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