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Has Mobility in the United States Really Declined?

Drawing on a brilliant book by Berkeley’s Neil Gilbert, I recently (April 25) wrote about how family fragmentation adversely affects economic and social mobility.  But what about perpetual claims that mobility overall in the United States has declined precipitously?  This has become a staple charge by commentators and politicians on the left – especially if the latter are running for president.  Yet is it empirically true?  What does Gilbert’s 2017 book, Never Enough: Capitalism and the Progressive Spirit, say about the matter?  Here’s an extended excerpt (p. 111). The passage begins with Gilbert citing “remarkable discrepancies in the research findings,” quoting...

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Save for Senator Lee, Republicans are Pretty Much Silent, Too

Sen. Mike Lee of Utah was on CNN the other morning and I mentioned to my wife Diane that I liked him for several reasons, one being he’s among the very few people in Washington who talk bravely about family fragmentation, though his subject that morning (surprise) was a very different un-mating dance consuming DC.   Coincidentally, I was then reading Never Enough: Capitalism and the Progressive Spirit, by Neil Gilbert, an acutely insightful but insufficiently recognized book about inequality, among other things. Later that same day I came upon what the book says about an immense study, led by Berkeley economist...

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The point of the energy industry is to produce energy, not jobs

The point of an energy industry is to generate energy, not to generate jobs. If it was, we could hire people to stand in front of wind turbines blowing at them to make them turn faster. The effect on energy generation would be non existent but the effect on employment need only be limited by how many blowers we can fit in a field....

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