Imposition 2012-Coming Apart

   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:

  1. They get married.
  2. They stay married.
  3. They are religious, usually very religious.
  4. 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.

 

Opinions expressed here are mine alone.

6 thoughts on “Imposition 2012-Coming Apart”

  1. Is this a parody? The book “Coming Apart: The State of White America 1960-2010” sounds nothing like you’ve described it. At Amazon the summary is:
    “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. That divergence puts the success of the American project at risk.”
    I haven’t read it, but from reading reviews the book apparently centers on sociology studies of four values — industriousness, honesty, stable marriage and religion — and recommends those who have benefited coming out of their enclaves and mentoring/teaching/promoting these values in hopes of growing middle class/social cohesion (prevent “coming apart”). Is that terrible?
    And what’s the John Foster Dulles reference…?

  2. Please listen to Murray’s NPR interview. I think it was on Fresh Air with Chris Boyd. It may clear up some of the comments.
    As for Dulles, I just thought of the most priggish, preachy public administrator of the last half century. Murray says it is what we need; less non-judgmentalism and more preaching about values. I was dumbstruck to see he got away with it.

  3. It was a short 5 min. interview. What you referenced: Murray urged those who benefit from hard work, honesty, stable marriage and religion to “drop their nonjudgmentalism and start preaching what they practice.” Not elegantly said, but … what do we do in social ministry, in mentoring, in Jobs for Life curriculum, in Christian Women’s Job Corps,in Big Brothers Big Sisters, in Scouts, in public school “character education,” in Workforce Soluctions, in bovernment job training programs? We teach values like hard work, diligence, honesty, reliability, good relationships, self-control, knowing when to get off your cell phone … OK that last one is more of a generational thing.
    Anyway, we used to call this stuff “good advice,” and which one would share with people about whom they cared.
    Have you read the book?

  4. First, it is good to hear from you again. I have not posted regularly, so I have lost touch.
    Mr. Murray was pointed, was he not? I like what he said.
    As for Mr. Obama, he is not running hard yet; just ranking in the dollars and letting the GOP sort out its business.

  5. I shouldn’t comment b/c apparently I can’t type. Although I may think of a use for “bovernment”….
    Have a restful Sunday!

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