The income inequality discussion continues at the Aspen Ideas Festival. In a program moderated by David Gergen, Harvard professor Robert Putnam and libertarian and author Charles Murray battled it out (or at least what passes for a battle among the intellegentsia) over the growing class division in America.
Putnam argued that the poor in America are becoming poorer because of a lack of economic opportunity while Murray blamed the division on a changing work ethic and a generation that does not take child-rearing as serious as it should.
Whatever the cause, both agreed the division is splitting America apart. Rich parents, said Putnam, spend $5,300 to enrich their kids while poor parents only spend $500.
They also agreed on the role race plays in America’s classes: