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Claude S. Fischer

Claude S. Fischer is Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley and author of Made in America. In his bimonthly BR column, Fischer explores controversial social and cultural issues using tools of sociology and history.

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Fixing inequality is about more than addressing the income gap.

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Government has always played an outsize role in creating jobs—and still can.

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Cities are now playgrounds for the rich, with the poor forced into suburbs.

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Polls are bad at picking presidents but still have much to teach us.

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Historical segregation turns out to have been greater than we thought—and it hasn't gone away.

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Americans seem likelier than other Westerners to believe the world is fair.

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In true American style, Brooks understands our lives to be the products of individual will alone.

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The instability of the white working class.

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Political correctness tends to close off important, if uncomfortable, topics.

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Claude S. Fischer paints a broad picture of what Americans say they want—and suggests what might finally get them there.

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Running up debt is as American as the founding fathers. So is fleeing from it.

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The urban left’s eco-puritanism takes many forms. 

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Outside the fantasy novels of Ayn Rand and Robert Heinlein, libertarianism does not make much anthropological or historical sense. 

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Social media is only the latest development in a long history of community support.

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The success of humanitarian appeals  is not a given of human nature. They work because we have come to sympathize with the suffering of others, distant and alien.

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The American ideal of local government is productive in many ways, but also costly.

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The left's separation from the churches means continuing estrangement from middle America.

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Should economists be studying happiness?

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Does e-dating undermine our commitment to any one person?

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After decades of such astonishing change, the gender revolution appears over—before its completion.

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The decades-long rise in IQs suggests that intelligence is not biologically fixed.

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We are entering the season of the Great American Choice, the quadrennial selection of our leader.

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Why Don’t Americans Take Vacations?

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United Nations’ Human Development Index, that the good life is about three things: living long, going to school, and being wealthy.

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How do we decide what is individual talent and what is luck?

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Are the harms of economic inequality primary psychological? 

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Steven Pinker’s Good News

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An interview with Fischer about his new BR column.

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Isolation Isn’t a Growing Problem

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The “culture of poverty” isn’t about moral failure but about reasonable adaptation to circumstances.

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