According to James McMurtryMax’s Theorem states that, “a good old boy can become an intellectual, but an intellectual cannot become a good old boy.”

Libertarian sociologist and author Charles Murray has published a good number of assessments of the cultural divide in America. The [truly controversial] interpretations clearly are his own, but the data he presents and trends he identifies tell us something about the world we live in nonetheless. Here’s a quote from his book Coming Apart:

It is not a problem if truck drivers cannot empathize with the priorities of Yale professors. It is a problem if Yale professors, or producers of network news programs, or CEOs of great corporations, or presidential advisers cannot empathize with the priorities of truck drivers. [See discussion on this quote.]

Did you grow up in rural America? Are you a redneck/good old boy (or girl) turned intellectual? Rest assured: you are not alone. There are more of us than you might think. If anyone can serve as a bridge to bring the country together, it’s us. To make it happen we’re going to have to start speaking up.

{Top image credit: George W. Ackerman}