Charles Murray on the new upper class

by Andrew Gelman on February 15, 2012 · 1 comment

in Public opinion

1. I was unfair to call him a Tucker Carlson.

2. Murray talks a lot about upper-class liberals. That’s fine but I think his discussion would be improved by also considering upper-class conservatives, given that I see the big culture war occurring within the upper class.

3. Using the case of Joe Paterno as an example, I discuss why Murray’s “preach what you practice” advice could be difficult to carry out in practice.

Details here.

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Tom February 16, 2012 at 1:04 pm

Does Murray talk about “upper-class liberals,” or does he more accurately only talk about *white* upper-class liberals? I thought he wasn’t concerned with non white people. It’s a book that’s only about “white America,” right? (Side question: Is this based on self-reported ethnicity from census data?) Thanks.

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