The Third Tribe
Maybe this would be otherwise if I’d followed the discussions around here of Charles Murray’s Coming Apart thesis a little more closely, but I was struck by the math in David Brooks’ column* today:
Worse, there are vast behavioral gaps between the educated upper tribe (20 percent of the country) and the lower tribe (30 percent of the country).
20% + 30% = 50%. So what’s going on with the middle half of the nation in this analysis? Is it there, but just not in Brooks’ column? Or is Murray concerned only with the very top and bottom? Can we really talk honestly and effectively about growing divisions between the top and the bottom without taking the middle half into account, too? (And, more importantly, what should we name this third neighborhood?)
*Unrelated side note: Does anyone else notice that they do a lot more reading of Times articles in the last two days of the month than at any other point?