Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Coming Apart: Charles Murray

A surprising and positive response to my Listener article came from a local man who is probably politically on the other side of the fence (except for welfare).

He started talking to me about Charles Murray's Coming Apart, published in 2012. I have The Bell Curve and Losing Ground on my bookshelf, but not his latest book.

So I went looking for a review or video...whatever.

What I found was a presentation by Murray, who incidentally moved 'downmarket' so his family would experience real America and real Americans. Now, I'm not a great YouTube watcher and this thing goes for an hour (including questions from the audience at the end).

But I started watching (got past the lame intros) and couldn't stop. He just talks. About why the classes are coming apart.

If there's nothing on the telly I can't recommend this highly enough.


Berend de Boer said...

I can definitely recommend the book. Not every behaviour works. It really makes you think why governments are spending so much money to make sure destructive is kept going.

Brendan McNeill said...

Hi Lindsay

I've read the book - well worth the price and the effort.

thor42 said...

I haven't read it but it sounds very good.

Government has *got* to bite the bullet and phase out nonsense like the Sole Parent Support and Working for Families. People need to take responsibility for themselves. If they find things hard going, then that's *good* - you *learn* from hard times.

I say "stop trying to wrap people in cotton-wool and protecting them from their decisions."
Set the long-suffering taxpayers *free*.