From Kay S. Hymowitz's review of Charles Murray's new book on the decline of white society in America published at City Journal.
"In short," says Hymowitz, "America has become a segregated, caste society, with a born elite and an equally hereditary underclass. A libertarian, Murray believes these facts add up to an argument for limited government. The welfare state has sapped America’s civic energy in places like Fishtown, leaving a population of disengaged, untrusting slackers. It has also diminished upper-class confidence: the well-to-do dare not suggest they have a recipe for the good life. 'The underpinning of the welfare state,' Murray writes, 'is that, at bottom, human beings are not really responsible for the things they do.' ”
It takes a lot of nerve to write stuff like this these days but I suppose someone has to.