10.27.2017

Too Short for a Blog Post, Too Long for a Tweet XCIX

Here's an excerpt from a book I recently read, "The Complacent Class: The Self-Defeating Quest for the American Dream," by Tyler Cowen:



Whether or not you agree with all of their complaints and grievances, the protesting groups of African Americans are among the most vulnerable elements of American society. They respond first and complain first and exhibit signs of dissent from the complacent class. They are, in varying ways, trying to renegotiate or secede from the current deal, and that is a sign that something is deeply wrong beneath the surface. I read and hear many critics alleging that these complaints are not serious enough, not practical enough, and do not reflect real hardships, given that Americans, even poor ones, live in a time of such great plenty. There is lots of talk, not all of it on the surface, that the complainers have been spoiled or coddled. I think those responses are missing the point, whether or not you agree with all of the complaints on the table. Most of all, the complaints are a warning signal that the current system is in some ways broken and that the complacent class, for all its good intentions, has in some ways failed America. It’s better to debate that issue straight on rather than trying to take down the complainers by finding possible holes or hypocrisies in their arguments.
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