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Restoring America’s Economic Mobility

Author, The Way Back: Restoring the Promise of America

Frank Buckley is a Foundation Professor at Scalia Law School at George Mason University, where he has taught since 1989. Previously he was a visiting Olin Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School, and he has also taught at McGill Law School, the Sorbonne, and Sciences Po in Paris. He received his B.A. from McGill University and his LL.M. from Harvard University. He is a senior editor of The American Spectator and the author of several books, including The Once and Future King: The Rise of Crown Government […]

Make America Economically Great Again


I recall writing (back in the 1990s and early 2000s) that one of the great things about the US was our economic mobility. By that, I mean the ability of people to shift on the economic spectrum—to move from being a low-income family to being a high-income family, for example.

But recent studies tell us this is no longer the case .

It means the America I grew up in is changing. And that cuts right into my emotional comfort zone. I guess this should not surprise me because (a) the US is always changing, and (b) the evidence clearly shows […]

Social Inequality Article

Social inequality – ScienceDaily Social inequality refers to relational processes in society that have the effect of limiting or harming a group’s social status, social class, and social circle. Social Inequality – The Huffington Post Social Inequality is traditionally defined as the … Mobility, U.S. Social Mobility, US Social Inequality , US Social Mobility, America Income … America Has Regressed in Income Inequality and Social … Solving America’s Inequality Puzzle Our looming economic problems are compounded by President Obama’s inability to address them. Social inequality and the war against the working class … Social inequality and the war against […]

Economic mobility and why it’s desperately important


(Yes, I said almost two weeks ago "in a day or two". I plead excellent fall weather. There’s nothing like making hay while the sun shines.)

Before reading this, you’re going to want to read Dr. Frank Buckley’s excellent piece "Restoring America’s Economic Mobility" on Hilldale College’s Imprimis site. It’s a fast, easy read, and I’ll wait right here for you. Besides, I have a bowl of ice cream to eat.

Elsewhere on this blog I’ve described my parents’ upbringing during the Great Depression . One thing I didn’t mention was their parents and grandparents. I can’t speak to my mother’s […]

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In the Communist Manifesto, Marx and Engels wrote that “the history of all hitherto existing societies is the history of class struggles.†Today the story of American politics is the story of class struggles. It wasn’t supposed to be that way. We didn’t think we were divided into different classes. Neither did Marx.

America was an exception to Marx’s theory of social progress. By that theory, societies were supposed to move from feudalism to capitalism to communism. But the America of the 1850s, the most capitalist society around, was not turning communist. Marx had an explanation for that. “True enough, […]

Restructuring America’s Economic Mobility


Click The Pic To Donate The following is adapted from a speech delivered on July 11, 2016, at Hillsdale College’s Allan P. Kirby, Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship in Washington, D.C., as part of the AWC Family Foundation Lecture Series.

In the Communist Manifesto, Marx and Engels wrote that “the history of all hitherto existing societies is the history of class struggles.” Today the story of American politics is the story of class struggles. It wasn’t supposed to be that way. We didn’t think we were divided into different classes. Neither did Marx.

America was an exception to Marx’s […]

Taking Trump voters’ concerns seriously means listening to what they’re actually saying


Donald Trump’s supporters deserve to have their concerns taken seriously.

If the media and commentators in 2016 can agree on nothing else, it’s this. It’s a bit of an odd meme. I can remember literally no one in 2012 dwelling on the importance of taking the concerns of Mitt Romney voters seriously, even though they made up a considerably larger share of the population than Trump supporters. No one talks about taking the interests of Hillary Clinton supporters, a still larger group, seriously.

But Trump supporters, a smaller group backing a considerably more loathsome agenda, have received an unprecedented outpouring of […]

Restoring America’s Economic Mobility

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LinkedIn Print E-mail Download Issue Had Marx been asked what would happen to America if it ever became economically immobile, we know what his answer would be: Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton. And also Donald Trump. The anger expressed by the voters in 2016—their support for candidates from far outside the traditional political class—has little parallel in American history. We are accustomed to protest movements on the Left, but the wholesale repudiation of the establishment on the Right is something new. All that was solid has melted into air, and what […]

Panel looks at American Dream, inequality


Young people and Clark College faculty talked about wealth disparity and social injustice during a panel discussion titled "Income Inequality: Is the American Dream at Risk?" Thursday at Clark College. (Troy Brynelson/The Columbian) Buy this photo Shamele Battan had a lot of questions about the country’s future.

With a national election about a month away and almost daily news of social uproar around the country, the 23-year-old of Fijian descent said social and economic issues were close to his heart.

But, he said, they were close to a lot of young hearts.“Being a millennial, a lot of these issues today really […]

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In the Communist Manifesto, Marx and Engels wrote that “the history of all hitherto existing societies is the history of class struggles.†Today the story of American politics is the story of class struggles. It wasn’t supposed to be that way. We didn’t think we were divided into different classes. Neither did Marx.

America was an exception to Marx’s theory of social progress. By that theory, societies were supposed to move from feudalism to capitalism to communism. But the America of the 1850s, the most capitalist society around, was not turning communist. Marx had an explanation for that. “True enough, […]