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David Brooks: The Genteel Nation

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posted on Sep, 10 2010 @ 08:56 AM
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David Brooks: The Genteel Nation


www.nytimes.com

Most people who lived in the year 1800 were scarcely richer than people who lived in the year 100,000 B.C. Their diets were no better. They were no taller, and they did not live longer.

Then, sometime around 1800, economic growth took off — in Britain first, then elsewhere. How did this growth start? In his book “The Enlightened Economy,” Joel Mokyr of Northwestern University argues that the crucial change happened in people’s minds.
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posted on Sep, 10 2010 @ 08:56 AM
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Interesting op-ed piece, where Brooks attributes the current economic downturn in the US as being as much about class disparity and a largely "top heavy" job pool. As he says, we've too many mortgage bankers, not enough mechanics. Does this mean that recovery will hinge on people realigning themselves and reducing their expectations of income and type of work?

If you were an out of work mortgage banker, would you continue to look for office work, or retrain as a mechanic, factory worker or other "lessor" occupation?

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posted on Sep, 22 2010 @ 02:01 PM
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Good catch.
S&F

...The disappearing middle class is a major social problem - and not just in the USA. But the level and kind of expectation in the US makes for a particularly difficult ...adjustment.

Apparently the first step, acceptance, is practically unattainable. Could be why this important topic is receiving so little attention.



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