Fox News commentator Tucker Carlson, a conservative and a Trump supporter, gave an answer to Mitt Romney’s critique of the president. But in doing so, Carlson made an impassioned case that both parties’ preoccupation with economic growth is ignoring the plight of ordinary Americans. In fact, he argues that free market capitalism–his fellow Republicans’ answer to everything–has been destroying families, faith, and culture.
Our economy is booming. So why, he asks, is the nation so full of despair, with a soaring suicide rate and a plummeting life expectancy? Conservatives blamed big government, with some justification, for the social collapse of the inner cities. But now the same pathologies–the absence of marriage, out-of-wedlock births, high male unemployment, drug addiction–afflict white conservatives in rural small towns. Why is that? Carlson says that because of high finance market decisions, manufacturing has dried up, so that women in these communities–who work in the few institutions standing, schools and hospitals–now make more than men do. And since women refuse to marry men who make less than they do, the marriage rate collapses, along with the social and moral benefits that marriage brings. Yet Republicans still support Mitt Romney-style corporate globalism.