|Bill Kristol in 2017. Still image from AEI video.|
The Daily Caller reported on Feb. 8 that Kristol, a man who comments on things for a living, was speaking at an event “titled ‘It Came Apart: What’s Next for a Fractured Culture’” when he opined about replacing working class white Americans. (The clip of his comments is at The Daily Caller. The full video of the AEI event is available from the AEI YouTube channel.)
“Look, to be totally honest, if things are so bad as you say with the white working class, don’t you want to get new Americans in?” Kristol told author Charles Murray during an event hosted by the American Enterprise Institute titled “It Came Apart: What’s Next for a Fractured Culture.” . . .
“You can make a case that America has been great because every — I think John Adams said this — basically if you are in free society, a capitalist society, after two or three generations of hard work everyone becomes kind of decadent, lazy, spoiled — whatever,” Kristol said.
“Then, luckily, you have these waves of people coming in from Italy, Ireland, Russia, and now Mexico, who really want to work hard and really want to succeed and really want their kids to live better lives than them and aren’t sort of clipping coupons or hoping that they can hang on and meanwhile grew up as spoiled kids and so forth. In that respect, I don’t know how this moment is that different from the early 20th century,” he added.