Secession of the Successful

Thus, the Church cannot encourage the formation of narrow ruling groups which usurp the power of the State for individual interests or for ideological ends. Centesimus Annus 46, Pope John Paul II

Structures of Sin Index

Cities are surrounded by enclaves of suburban prosperity with their own local governments, who are abandoning their solidarity with the poor. This secession of the successful is a rejection of solidarity that speaks loudly of the lack of morals of the American power and economic elites (Glazer 37). The elites have simply deserted the cities (Park 21, Mollenkopf 659, Hilfiker 21). From 1970 - 1994, Cleveland and Detroit lost 33% of their population; Atlanta, Baltimore, and Philadelphia, 20%, Chicago 17%, and St. Louis 50% (Smith Utne 60).

Charles Murray feels that this is a positive development. He suggests that as the elites experience the benefits of freedom from crime, violence, drugs, etc., they will somehow want everyone to share in these blessings, and then they will support the policies necessary to expand the benefits of the suburban secessionist enclaves to everybody. This will happen just as soon as all welfare programs are abolished (C. Murray Libertarian 166). There doesn't seem to be much evidence of this happening, however, and his analysis would appear to suffer from a disconnection with reality.