EconLog | Arnold Kling | Kling on Charles MurrayI grew up in "the better parts of Montgomery County." My graduating class was 450 people. I'd say about three dozen people went to Ivy League schools. IIRC three people joined ROTC programs. I don't think that's what Kling has in mind for typical people entering the military, so let's ignore them. Two enlisted, one in the USMC and one in the Israeli army. Again, I don't think the latter is what Kling has in mind for typical military service. That left my graduating class with a ratio over 30:1!
So, I downloaded Coming Apart. I am not disappointed. It is well argued. [...]
I can think of one interesting indicator for being in the "bubble." In the nearest public high school, take the ratio of the number of seniors who will attend an Ivy League school to the number of seniors who will enter the military. Where I live, it is about 0.2. In the better parts of Montgomery County, it has to be at least 5. I would say that if it is more than 1, you are in the bubble.
Beyond college, high-IQ people sort themselves into what Murray calls Superzips, which are zip codes that contain a concentration of people with high educational attainment and high income.I disagree. The inability of the elite professors to empathize with the truck driver is only a real problem if the professor has control over how the truck driver lives his life.
It is not a problem if truck drivers cannot empathize with the priorities of Yale professors. It is a problem if Yale professors [and others in the elite] cannot empathize with the priorities of truck drivers.
We don't care about wether the truck driver empathizes with the professor precisely because he does not get to make decisions for the professor.
If we're truly worried about this disconnect in empathy one solution is to make people more empathetic. Another is to remove the chance for their lack of empathy to cause harm by reducing the power of elites to coerce others.