The Social Crisis of the Working Class

Charles Murray of the American Enterprise Institute in Washington remains the single most significant sociologist since the passing of Seymour Martin Lipset.  His latest is titled ‘The State of White America’.  This is a startling account of reversal of America’s once robust civic culture.  Murray has warnings similar to John Paul II.  America is unraveling.

America is coming apart at the seams, not the seams of race or ethnicity, but of CLASS!

For a nation that has committed itself to egalitarian principals this seems wrong, except for the traditional relation between natural law and equality.  Murray reveals that America has always had the emergence of class primarily informed from core behaviors and values.  That core was Judeo Christian!  Sever that link and you erase the American dream!

Murray identifies specific founding virtues such as marriage, industriousness and religiosity which have always been considered the social basis for self government.  This book reveals two worlds (upper middle/working class) increasingly separate and unequal.  Unwed mothers alone is 50%.  In 1960 is was barely 5%.  The revolution in the separation of the classes can only be accounted in light of the total abandonment of Judeo Christian morality.

Simply put:  secularization is far more pronounced in the working class!  Its impact will continue unabated especially considering the requirements for social mobility, namely high skilled labor, mobility and industriousness required for social stability.  The American working class is getting cut off from the richest sources of both self renewal and social capital:  marriage by two parent families.

What’s taking its place?

A working class characterized by men who cannot discipline themselves to credentialize out of manual labor and minimum wage.  Women who don’t discipline themselves in acknowledging the absolute necessity to keep the conjugal act within the framework of permanent commitment (marriage).  In a sentence, we are quickly finding ourselves unsuited for the strict requirements of both self government/citizenry in a free society.

Both Alex Tocqueville and Francis Grund were correct in relating the significance of mores to a sound Republic.  “The American Constitution is remarkable for its simplicity; but it can only suffice a people habitually correct in their actions.”  Its simple, change the domestic habits of the Americans, their love of religious devotion, their high respect for morality, and it will not be necessary to change a single letter of the Constitution in order to vary the whole form of government.

The war against the secular masters is already on  its way!

How do we win?  We defend the indissolubility of marriage, the sanctity of the conjugal act and the inviolability of the human person!

About William Holland

Systematic Theologian/International Relations
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