Murray on Trump in the WSJ
Charles Murray’s Saturday essay in today’s Wall Street Journal is a must-read article for my blog readers (given Murray’s prominence in the HBD world).
Murray points out in the essay that the working class has been screwed, but he really means that the white male white working class has been screwed. The black working class has improved because of affirmative action everywhere, and the female working class has improved because of changing social values and liberal Democrats who have been very supportive of women, sometimes at the expense of men.
Murray mentions that “American corporations exported millions of manufacturing jobs, which were among the best-paying working-class jobs,” but fails to explain that the reason they paid well is because they were unionized. Lower wages for the working class today is partially explained by success of big corporate employers (helped by Republicans) in preventing unionization of the service industries. Bernie Sanders is more right about this than any Republican.
Murray is weak on economics but he is strong when writing about the social class differences between the upper class and the working class.