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Immobility in America

by David French

The Complacent Class: The Self-Defeating Quest for the American Dream, by Tyler Cowen (St. Martin’s, 256 pp., $28.99)

It’s the end of the world as we knew it, and the rich feel fine. The rest of us? We’re stuck and stagnant, and can’t quite figure out whether we’re okay.

Tyler Cowen’s new book is a challenging read. It’s one of several important books in recent years — Charles Murray’s Coming Apart (2012) and Robert Putnam’s Our Kids (2015) also come to mind — that describe why America is not what it used to be and why, in general, this is a very bad thing.

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