Charles Murray on the future of society

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Charles Murray on the future of society

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http://fora.tv/2006/04/18/Charles_Murray#chapter_07

http://fora.tv/2006/04/18/Charles_Murray#chapter_25

Charles Murray talks about the breakdown of society in Europe and the sense of wanting materialistic plastic junk in substitute for things of substance, ie children, family, community. In essence Dr Murray is saying that Europe is devolving into a morass of greed, need for goods at the cost of everything else, and a desire to be something that they are not.

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I watched the whole video and his idea of giving the downtrodden 10 grand is interesting, but obviously controversial.

The idea that he has about Europe is also quite interesting. How it will affect their economy is going to be interesting - but it will surely help ours as they spend 300 dollars on a pair of Levis and 2000 dollars on a MacBook that is no better than a 1000 dollar Sony. It is funny when you go to Europe to places where people are 1000s of miles from a beach and yet they spend 200 dollars on a Billabong hoodie. In other words, there's an emphasis on a lack of quality and pretense of experience rather than tha actual experience itself, so rather than spending the money on surfing and buying a board and a holiday, 200 dollars a pop is spent on Made in China cheap garments. And that's not even mentioning the lack of other problems they face - like their emphasis on deep fried Mars Bars and fast food when they could be eating healthy natural foods that Europe is famous for. Its as if the last 2000 years of material deprivation in Europe has caught up in the last 50 years and they are fitting in all of their junk food eating before the conflict starts again. There's actually no problem with that - it's just that they are feeding their children this stuff. And it sure shows.
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