The American Way of Life

by Peter Robinson

Today on Uncommon Knowledge, American Enterprise Institute fellow Charles Murray describes the disintegrating pillars of American life: marriage, religiosity, and workforce participation.

“If you were a guy [in 1963] and you were in your 30s and 40s, you either were working or you were looking for work, or you had better have a really good excuse like being completely, totally, physically incapacitated. If you were not working and not looking for work at that age group, you were a bum. Your parents would tell you that. Your siblings would tell you that. Your wife, if you had one would be appalled at it. That was all very simple then.”

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