Magazine February 6, 2017, Issue

The Myth of the Virtuous Poor

In defense of accountability

More than at any other time in recent American history, the political class is obsessed with the poor and the working class. The fact that Donald Trump rode a white working-class wave to the Oval Office would be notable enough, but this political upheaval occurred just as the social-science data indicated that only half of the youngest cohort of Americans have done better economically than their parents, and — at the same time — that the death rate for white poor and working-class families is actually rising, with the rise driven in part by increases in suicides and drug overdoses.

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