Tucker Carlson delivered a monologue on the decline of the American middle-class family on the Thursday edition of his FOX News show.
TUCKER CARLSON, FOX NEWS: Last night was our first show of the year, so we decided to take a minute to talk about the biggest issue facing this country going forward. No, it’s not higher GDP growth, despite what the think tank people say. It’s not some obscure Middle Eastern hellhole our leaders claim we should be policing forever. It’s not even illegal immigration, as big a problem as that is. It’s families. America used to be the best country in the world for families. Americans could get married and afford to raise their own children. If your kids worked hard, you could expect they’d be a little more successful than you were. That was what we called the American dream. For a small group of rich people, it still exists. They’re still living like it’s 1965. But for everyone else, that dream is dying. America’s middle class is in decline because middle class American families are declining. Why is this happening? There are lots of reasons, but a major driver of family collapse, the one nobody talks about for some reason, is simple economics.
We explained it last night:
TUCKER CARLSON: Study after study has shown that when men make less than women, women generally don't want to marry them. Now maybe they should want to marry them but they don't. Over big populations, this causes a drop in marriage, a spike in out-of- wedlock births and all the familiar disasters that inevitably follow. More drug and alcohol abuse, higher incarceration rates, fewer families formed to the next generation.
Now let’s be clear about that statement. First of all, it’s factually true, which is the essential test of anything. A 2015 study by the decidedly-non-conservative Brookings Institution found that falling male wages caused about a quarter of the decline in marriage rates over the last 35 years. Two years later, MIT researchers found that when factories close, marriage rates go down and single parenthood becomes more common. This causes a higher proportion of children to wind up on drugs or in prison. Many other studies have reached the same conclusions. It’s real. What we said is a statement of fact. We wish it weren’t. In an ideal world, women wouldn’t care what men made, and the marriage rate never would have declined when manufacture died, and everything in middle America would be fine. But we’re not in charge. We don’t decide what women prefer. Women do. All we can do is tell the truth about it, which we did, because it actually matters. That turned out to be too much for people who believe it’s their job to prevent you from knowing why your country is going down the tubes. They got very angry. Here’s a selection:
JOY BEHAR: That reminds me of people that just blame women for pregnancy as if the man had nothing to do with it.
SUNNY HOSTIN: There’s a woman in the audience who is making a face like she can’t believe this
JOY BEHAR: This idea that you have to keep women in the country down – this is just another aspect of it
SUNNY HOSTIN: The whole thing looked like looney town to me
Notice that nobody contested the facts of what we said. Later in the show, one of those same hosts admitted that, actually, women do strongly prefer marrying men who make more than they do. So it’s true. But it’s not on the list of approved talking points, so it can’t ever be said out loud. Those are the rules. Anyone who violates them will be punished.
If you’re wondering how we wound up in the dark age we’re living through right now, this is how. This is why important science is no longer being conducted. It’s why art isn’t being made and comedy is dying. It’s why people aren’t thinking for themselves any more, which means the end of creativity. It’s why the rest of us stand by like cowards as the innocent are crushed for crimes they didn’t commit. Because we’re all terrified. We’re afraid of being denounced by some mindless ideologue on TV or shamed and ostracized on social media for stepping out of line. Or silenced completely by big tech. A mob of angry children is suddenly in charge of the country. They don’t seek a revolution. They’re fighting for the corporate status quo. They’re drunk on power and looking for new people to hurt. Someday, we’ll look back on this moment with shame and horror.
But we should remember that terror only works if we play along. What if we decided not to? What if all of us decided to tell the truth about something, every day in public? What could they do about it? They can’t punish everybody. We’re the majority. Let’s try it.