"Historically, Americans have not been very worried about income disparity," he said. "There's not a lot of resentment in America toward Bill Gates and Warren Buffet, on the assumption that we're all getting on the ladder at the same point."
The problem, he said, is that class segregation has grown as well, meaning well-off and poor Americans are interacting less and less over the years.
"Now, increasingly, Americans are concentrated in rich neighborhoods or in poor neighborhoods - fewer and fewer live in mixed or moderate income areas," Putnam said. "It even shows up in things like intermarriage rates; we tend not to marry people who we've not met."Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
|Dr Anne Bergen talked with Dr Robert Putnam after his presentation|