July 21st, 2017
These are good arguments. Indeed, in the book I highlight in particular the strong upper middle class norms around family formation and stability, and engaged parenting. I conclude: “Much of what the upper middle class does ought to be emulated”. I'm going to tackle this cultural question at greater length in an essay I've just finished, so watch this space. For now I'll just say that economic inequality weakens the mechanisms through which positive culture change takes place.Reeves has the story almost backward. As a society, we should try not to restrict the upper middle class, but to expand it. In general, it’s doing what we ought to want the rest of society to do. Its marriage rates are higher, its out-of-wedlock births are lower, its education levels are higher. As for parents, why make them feel guilty for wanting to help their children? What are parents for, after all?