A new sociological study of white people in America shows a clear divide between the actual middle class and the imaginary middle class whites in America. It is a revelaing study.
The author's data clearly shows that people who have not adopted the secular life style of the 1960's through today have actually tended to stay in the middle class, while those who have practiced a secular life orientation have tended to fall behind.
The life style followed by most prosperous but not always advantaged people includes these things:
- They get married.
- They stay married.
- They are religious, usually very religious.
- They work a lot of the time.
Ward and June would be better off today than Dan and Roseanne, starting from the same starting point.
The author of Coming Apart: A Study of White People In America, 1960-2010, says middle class white people who are in the actual group should be judgmental. Apparently, intolerance and insensitivity toward white people who are too lazy to seek education and too uneducated to find decent work is preferable to a simple shrug of the shoulders. He insists actual middle class Americans should get downright preachy (I'll have work forever!) toward those who will not train , will not work, get into one relationship after another and never, ever settle down to make themselves prosperous.
Greed is good. Insensivity is preferable. You should judge.
Somewhere, John Foster Dulles is smiling.
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