Belmont and Fishtown: On diverging classes in the United States

Charles Murray
The New Criterion
January 2012

Using the fictional residents of the upscale Belmont and the grubbier Fishtown, Charles Murray, co-author of The Bell Curve and currently of the American Enterprise Institute, assembles statistics to demonstrate and then explicate the emergence of two distinct classes in the United States, classes which, for the first time, diverge from “the founding virtues” of the nation and so begin to redefine “the American Way of Life”.  And it’s not an improvment, at least not for most of us.

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