In the aftermath of the Middlebury affair and the attendant publicity citing the SPLC’s allegations that I am a white nationalist, white supremacist, racist, and sexist, people who wonder whether these allegations have any basis need to know what I have to say about them. What follows is an edited and expanded version of the SPLC page that I can live with.
I am probably the most unqualified person to analyze the larger meanings of last week’s events at Middlebury. It will take some time for me to be dispassionate. If you promise to bear that in mind, I will say what I’m thinking and rely on you to discount it appropriately: What happened last Thursday has the potential to be a disaster for American liberal education.
Since 92% of America’s zip codes have fewer than 50% college graduates, that gives you a huge choice of unbubbly zip codes. But people with the tastes and preferences that give them low bubble scores probably don’t want to live in one of those zip codes. The easiest solution is the one I’m going to offer today: Move to a college town.
The people in ethnically homogeneous small towns don’t affect the lives of the new upper class. The new upper class pervasively affects the lives of all Americans everywhere, through their effects on the nation’s politics, economy, and culture.
My congratulations, along with those of the entire AEI community, go out to our own Dr. Charles Murray. It was recently announced that Dr. Murray will receive a 2016 Bradley Prize.
White America is still, by a substantial majority, an America of rural areas, small towns and small cities.
Interpret with caution. But you can still have fun.
I wanted members of the new upper class to come to grips with the degree of their isolation from mainstream white America, but I didn’t try to construct a psychometrically sound test. And yet that’s what the Bubble Quiz appears to be.