On this episode of Acton Line, Acton’s director of communications, John Couretas, speaks with Tim Carney, who an editor at the Wahsington Examiner and a visiting fellow at AEI. They talk about Tim’s new book, “Alienated America: Why Some Places Thrive While Others Collapse.” The “American Dream” is fading away in much of the country, and the problem isn’t pure economics, nor is it a case of stubborn old white men falling behind because they refuse embrace progress. Tim argues that the root cause of our problems; crumbling families, despair, political dysfunction, is the erosion of community and local, civil institutions, most especially church. The result of a secularizing country is a plague of alienation for the working class, as people struggle to build families and improve their lives without the support structure they need.
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