Saturday, January 7, 2012

How Much Ruin Is Left?

That's the question to Adam Smith's (yep, that Adam Smith) answer to a young correspondent worried about the direction of Great Britain.  Smith: "There's a great deal of ruin in a nation."

Many thanks to Ken Thomas at NLT blog for directing us to this piece by Charles Murray in The New Criterion
The anecdote about Smith comes at the end of the article which is adapted from Murray's Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010.  After taking in its less than sanguine argument about the future of American society, especially its divergence into something of a class system, one is tempted to say something on the order of, "Well, duh!" 

But I'm guessing liberals, not conservatives are his target audience and let's hope he somehow manages to convince the otherwise un-convincible.

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