Conversations with David Blankenhorn
Can Marriage Be Saved? with Charles Murray
Charles joins David for a lively discussion of Coming Apart, Losing Ground, and other milestones in a career of thinking differently about public policy, civil society and the family.
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For the past thirty years, Charles Murray has authored titles that have sparked the essential debates. In 1984 Losing Ground: American Social Policy, 1950-1980. In 1986 In Pursuit: Of Happiness and Good Government. In 1994 with Richard Herrnstein, the controversial The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life. In 1996 What It Means To Be A Libertarian. In 2001 Human Accomplishment. In 2006 In Our Hands: A Plan to Replace the Welfare State. In 2009 Real Education.
Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010 was published in late 2012 and forms the background of this conversation. Coming Apart helped crystalize a full-throated debate about inequality, beyond mere hand wringing, daring to suggest that there are profound non-economic, as well as economic, forces at play. David Blankenhorn begins with a deft review of the broad impact of Murray's writings, but ends by pressing for real answers and for Charles' own candid evaluation of what it all means.
Their conversation was live-streamed and recorded before an audience at the Center for Public Conversation in New York City, May 16, 2013.