“Losing Ground” by Charles Murray

Losing Ground: American Social Policy, 1950-1980
by Charles Murray

Reading this book took determination. It is so loaded with supporting facts, statistics, and background information that I often had to reread parts to remember the original premise. While the author, Charles Murray, makes many profound statements, two stand out:

“It is better, by the logic we have been living with, that we try to take care of 100 percent of the problem and make matters worse than that we solve 75 percent of the problem with a solution that does not try to do anything about the rest.”

“When reforms finally do occur, they will happen not because stingy people have won, but because generous people have stopped kidding themselves.”

This book is recommended only for those who want to get past good intentions and learn the truth, backed up by hard evidence, about American social policy.

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