Decline of the Middle Class... Decline of the West?

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Decline of the Middle Class... Decline of the West?

Several commentators in the West (notably Charles Murray [‘Coming Apart’], Joel Kotkin [The New Class Conflict'], Allan Ornstein[‘Class Counts’]) have documented the socio-economic decline of the

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Several commentators in the West (notably Charles Murray [‘Coming Apart’], Joel Kotkin [The New Class Conflict'], Allan Ornstein[‘Class Counts’]) have documented the socio-economic decline of the Middle Classes in the West over the last two decades or so. And they also draw the intriguing inference that – at the same time as we stand at the beginning of the Asian Century of economic & political dominance – the decline of the West is crucially related to that Middle Class decline in the West. Is that indeed the case? And, if so, what, if anything, can we do about that?