Paul Fanlund: The business case for social mobility in Madison

With his British accent and dry wit, it’s hard not to be charmed by liberal political theorist and writer Richard V. Reeves.

Yet his core message these days is a somber one: In recent decades, social mobility in the United States has sharply declined. Today, it too often is your economic roots — especially if you are a minority — likely to dictate the ceiling on your economic prospects.

To combat this trend, Reeves contends, society too often turns to the public sector for solutions; if the private sector is involved at all, it is primarily via philanthropy. But Reeves argues […]