National Crisis of Working-Class Men

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    Aug 10, 2014 3:46 PM GMT
    NYT: ONE delusion common among America’s successful people is that they triumphed just because of hard work and intelligence. In fact, their big break came when they were conceived in middle-class American families who loved them, read them stories, and nurtured them with Little League sports, library cards and music lessons.

    Millions of poorly educated working-class men are today facing educational failure, difficulty finding good jobs, self-medication with meth or heroin, prison records that make employment more difficult, hurdles forming stable families and, finally, early death.

    Yes, working-class men sometimes make bad choices. But just as wealthy Americans inherit opportunity, working-class men inherit adversity. As a result, they often miss out on three pillars of middle-class life: a job, marriage and a stable family, and seeing their children succeed.

    There are steps that could help, including a higher minimum wage, early childhood programs, and a focus on education as an escalator to opportunity. But the essential starting point is empathy.
  • jjguy05

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    Aug 10, 2014 3:58 PM GMT
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    Aug 10, 2014 4:18 PM GMT
    can't fix stupid
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    Aug 11, 2014 5:01 AM GMT

    For a great perspective on this topic, Henry Ford comes to mind

    Highly recommend on Netflix now

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    Aug 11, 2014 5:26 AM GMT
    Working-class men may have lots of hard times, but they're the ones who'll be there to comfort the middle-class man if/when he falls on hard times, because the other middle-class men think he's a failure for dropping out of the middle-class game.

    I know this personally cause I've fallen on hard times recently, and it was the working-class men who stuck by my side and kept my spirits high while getting back on my feet. All of my middle-high-class "friends" seemed to drop off the face of the earth during the process, but now they're wanting to be my "friend" again. Weird, huh?