. . . is described pretty well in THE NEW REPUBLIC. This author claims that decline is a major cause of our growing inquality, sinking middle class and all that. I agree it is a cause, although not the most powerful one. Our Kate and her interlocutors describe other causes, as does Charles Murray, of course. But Porchers can appreciate the comparison of the union movement to the manual typewriter. We ain’t going back, although there’s some reason for nostalgia, as there is, of course, for Wendell Berry’s sticky farm.

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