America: Where The Poor Often Stay That Way


Frum notes that class mobility in the US is not what it is sometimes imagined to be:

This is not an argument in favor of the European way of doing things. I agree with Lowry and Ponnuru – and Charles Murray too – that American freedom and individualism are important national values to be celebrated and defended.

But let’s not flatter ourselves: Those values exact a social cost – and they would be easier to defend if the cost were less high. And the fact that this cost is not being paid by my children or (probably) yours does not make the cost less real to the one-third of America whose children do pay it.

Chait marvels at Frum's increasing willingness to confront conservative shibboleths. Reihan disputes some of Frum's conclusions about child poverty.

(Hat tip: Massie)