WSJ: Dim Future for Men

by Welmer on May 7, 2010

In an article titled “Meet the Unemployable Man,” the Wall Street Journal paints a dismal picture of the future for men in America, particularly those without college degrees. Lawrence Summers, Obama’s economic advisor, is quoted in the article saying:

A good guess…is that when the economy recovers five years from now, one in six men who are 25 to 54 will not be working

So it looks as though the future is bleak for men, and there won’t be much of a recovery at all if America’s top economist knows what he’s talking about. For the poorly educated men who do get work, it will likely be low wage, but they may be lucky — for those who have been out of work long-term, chances that they will ever work again drop precipitously.

The article, written by David Wessel, actually seems to hint that it would be morally wrong to do nothing about the current crisis — a consideration that has not entered the public conscience for a long time in regards to men:

Sidelining a huge part of an entire generation of men would waste human potential, create economic misery for their families and fuel political discontent.

Could it be that people are beginning to feel that abuse and neglect of men is in itself morally objectionable? We can only hope so. I don’t think such a sentiment has existed in America since the Great Depression, when depictions of men as human beings in works of art such as The Grapes of Wrath spurred action to alleviate the miserable lot of so many men.

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