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Losing Ground: American Social Policy, 1950-1980
Title:Losing Ground: American Social Policy, 1950-1980
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Category:Politics, Economics, Non fiction, Sociology, History
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b The American way of life built on individual liberty and limited government is on life support b br br American freedom is being gutted Whether we are trying to run a business practice a vocation raise our families cooperate with our neighbors or follow our religious beliefs we run afoul of the government not because we are doing anything wrong but because the government has decided it knows better When we object that government can and does tell us Try to fight this and we ll ruin you br br In this provocative book acclaimed social scientist and bestselling author Charles Murray shows us why we can no longer hope to roll back the power of the federal government through the normal political process The Constitution is broken in ways that cannot be fixed even by a sympathetic Supreme Court Our legal system is increasingly lawless unmoored from traditional ideas of the rule of law The legislative process has become systemically corrupt no matter which party is in control br br But there s good news beyond the Beltway Technology is siphoning power from sclerotic government agencies and putting it in the hands of individuals and communities The rediversification of American culture is making local freedom attractive to liberals as well as conservatives People across the political spectrum are increasingly alienated from a regulatory state that nakedly serves its own interests rather than those of ordinary Americans br br The even better news is that federal government has a fatal weakness It can get away with its thousands of laws and regulations only if the overwhelming majority of Americans voluntarily comply with them Murray describes how civil disobedience backstopped by legal defense funds can make large portions of the page Federal Code of Regulations unenforceable through a targeted program that identifies regulations that arbitrarily and capriciously tell us what to do Americans have it within their power to make the federal government an insurable hazard like hurricanes and floods leaving us once again free to live our lives as we see fit br br By the People s hopeful message is that rebuilding our traditional freedoms does not require electing a right thinking Congress or president nor does it require five right thinking justices on the Supreme Court It can be done by we the people using America s unique civil society to put government back in its proper box, b From the bestselling author of Lo i sing Ground i and i The Bell Curve i this startling long lens view shows how America is coming apart at the seams that historically have joined our classes br br br b In i Coming Apart i 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 br br Drawing on five decades of statistics and research i Coming Apart i demonstrates that a new upper class and a new lower class have diverged so far in core behaviors and values that they barely recognize their underlying American kinship divergence that has nothing to do with income inequality and that has grown during good economic times and bad br br 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 br br The evidence in i Coming Apart i is about white America Its message is about all of America, With four simple truths as his framework Charles Murray the bestselling coauthor of i The Bell Curve i sweeps away the hypocrisy wishful thinking and upside down priorities that grip America s educational establishment br br Ability varies Children differ in their ability to learn academic material Doing our best for every child requires above all else that we embrace that simplest of truths America s educational system does its best to ignore it br br Half of the children are below average Many children cannot learn more than rudimentary reading and math i Real Education i reviews what we know about the limits of what schools can do and the results of four decades of policies that require schools to divert huge resources to unattainable goals br br Too many people are going to college Almost everyone should get training beyond high school but the number of students who want need or can profit from four years of residential education at the college level is a fraction of the number of young people who are struggling to get a degree We have set up a standard known as the BA stripped it of its traditional content and made it an artificial job qualification Then we stigmatize everyone who doesn t get one For most of America s young people today s college system is a punishing anachronism br br America s future depends on how we educate the academically gifted An elite already runs the country whether we like it or not Since everything we watch hear and read is produced by that elite and since every business and government department is run by that elite it is time to start thinking about the kind of education needed by the young people who will run the country The task is not to give them more advanced technical training but to give them an education that will make them into wiser adults not to pamper them but to hold their feet to the fire br br The good news is that change is not only possible but already happening i Real Education i describes the technological and economic trends that are creating options for parents who want the right education for their children teachers who want to be free to teach again and young people who want to find something they love doing and learn how to do it well These are the people for whom i Real Education i was written It is they not the politicians or the educational establishment who will bring American schools back to reality br br Twenty four years ago Charles Murray s i Losing Ground i changed the way the nation thought about welfare i Real Education i is about to do the same thing for America s schools, b In the bestselling tradition of i Eats Shoot and Leaves i a gently curmudgeonly but invaluable guide to the dos and don ts of the workplace br b br Bestselling social historian Charles Murray has written a delightfully fussy and entertaining book on the hidden rules of the road in the workplace and in life from the standpoint of an admonishing but encouraging workplace grouch and taskmaster Why the curmudgeon The fact is most older more senior people over us in the workplace are closet curmudgeons In today s politically correct world they may hide their displeasure over your misuse of grammar or your overly familiar use of their first name without an express invitation But don t be fooled by their pleasant demeanor Underneath they are judging and evaluating your every move and utterance And in most cases if you want to advance in your career it is their approval that you need to win br br In the course of this pithy and powerful book Murray tells us the proper etiquette for email how to stop using such overused and fuzzy phrases as reaching out and sharing his thoughts on piercings and tattoos and proper dress the importance of rigor in language and good writing why being judgmental is good and other curmudgeonly pieces of wisdom and advice He suggests how to stand out at work work long hours when you are young and unencumbered by family and other obligations when to use strong language and when to avoid it and offers a bare bones usage primer on how to avoid confusing words like advice and advise which look or sound similar but have distinct meanings br br Written with both verve and reserve and drawing on the core values that have historically made good manners the best lubricant to social and professional advancement i The Curmudgeon s Guide i is an invaluable resource for anyone hoping to land the job of their dreams or get ahead in their career of choice