The Poverty of Moral Toughness
In his most recent column in The New York Times, David Brooks laments the results of a study led by Robert Putnam, a Harvard political scientist, which demonstrate an â€œinequality of opportunityâ€ between rich and poor children in America. The children of the rich and poor, weâ€™re told, are raised â€œin starkly different ways and have different opportunities,â€ and rich parents â€œinvest more money in their childrenâ€ than poor ones.
Brooks blames the calamitous situation of an increasing inequality of opportunity in America on â€œa long series of cultural, economic and social trends.â€ In particular, he singles out the demise of working-class jobs and the increase in out-of-wedlock births. To climb out of the bleak future where the gap between the rich and poor grows ever larger, Brooks says liberals and conservatives must seek a compromise.