Thursday, November 16, 2006

The Rise of America's New Class System

Here is an excellent piece by Jim Webb, in yesterday's Wall Street Journal. Whether or not you agree with him, it's an enlightening--and disturbing--read.

The most important -- and unfortunately the least debated -- issue in politics today is our society's steady drift toward a class-based system, the likes of which we have not seen since the 19th century. ... It is not unfair to say that they are literally living in a different country. Few among them send their children to public schools...

Some shrug off large-scale economic and social dislocations as the inevitable byproducts of the "rough road of capitalism." Others claim that it's the fault of the worker or the public education system, that the average American is simply not up to the international challenge, that our education system fails us, or that our workers have become spoiled by old notions of corporate paternalism...

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