There has been a lot of internet chatter recently about topics related to Charles Murray’s new book. I haven’t read the book, but apparently it’s about the class divide between well-off white people and poor white people, a topic liberals have ignored because they like to see inequality in the United States as being a story about racism and “white privilege.” The existence of poor and obviously not privileged whites undercuts the liberal worldview. But as I’ve pointed out in the past, the liberal elite actually has a very strict and conservative attitude towards poor whites; liberals excuse any bad black behavior as being the fault of racism, but they have no problem looking at poor whites and just thinking that their poverty is their own fault for being lazy and stupid.
What’s going on in society today is a result of the intersection of many different social forces.
(1) A meritocratic society that has for decades been focused on creating opportunities for the poor has succeeded in stripping the poor of those with the genetic potential to not be poor, and the result is that today’s poor comprise the genetic garbage of society. Yes, harsh words. The obvious solution is to have eugenic policies that discourages this class from giving birth, but that’s never going to happen.
(2) The upper classes used to look down on the lower classes like parents look down at their children. Children aren’t allowed to be independent and do what they want. Parents strictly force them to go to school, don’t allow them to have a diet consisting only of candy and cake, they don’t allow them to hang out with their friends after dark, because it’s for their own good and because children lack the intelligence and wisdom to make smart choices for themselves. The upper classes used to treat the poor this way. But the liberal worldview has gotten in the way. The correct liberal way of viewing the poor, especially poor minorities, is that they are just as smart and wise as the wealthy, and that they are merely victims of an unfair society. The liberal worldview has been disastrous because it has allowed important social norms to be destroyed, such as the importance of not having children unless married, the importance of work and other responsible behaviors.
(3) There has been a massive increase in “worker productivity.” This sounds really good, but what it means is that a smaller number of workers can produce everything we need. What are the rest of the workers supposed to do? Well, it hasn’t been as bad as this, because the rich like to use their wealth to gorge on unnecessary labor-intensive luxuries. At the same time, the social problems of the poor has created an ever-growing need for government social workers to help them get through life. I’d put school teachers into the same category as social workers. It’s the new white man’s burden.
(4) In addition to the increase in worker productivity, today there are a billion people in China willing to work for much lower salaries than American workers.
What does it all mean for the future? The inevitable prediction is that the trends will continue. The future is a lower class of people who don’t do any work and who don't get married, a middle class of government-employed social workers who help the poor and who share some of their social pathologies, and an upper class who insulate themselves as much as possible from the lower classes. America will decline as the world’s superpower, because all of our resources will go towards suppression of ever-increasing social problems, while China will take over.
The question we should be asking ourselves is not how we can prevent the inevitable but how we can profit from it.