In “Coming Apart,” Charles Murray explores the formation of American classes that are different in kind from anything we have ever known, focusing on whites as a way of driving home the fact that the trends he describes do not break along lines of race or ethnicity.
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.
The evidence in “Coming Apart” is about white America. Its message is about all of America.
PBS has developed a quiz based on Murray’s criteria to determine if we are living in a bubble, unable to see the reality of America, unable to fathom why the Trumpster has strong support for his Presidential bid from middle America.
Here is a link to the quiz: pbs.org/newshour/making-sense/do-you-live-in-a-bubble-a-quiz-2/
Do you live in a bubble? The higher your score the thinner your bubble wall. I got a 66
Post your score in the comments!