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Reevaluating Work, Talent, And The Low-Skill Labor Force In A Modern Economy

Urbanophile Aaron Renn discusses American cities, the opioid crisis, and the changing labor force on this episode of The Federalist Radio Hour.


Aaron Renn is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, a contributing editor at City Journal, and is also known as the “Urbanophile.” He joins The Federalist Radio Hour to discuss his recent work on talent, the way we value work in our economy, urban companies, and the escalating opioid crisis.

Low-pay and low-skilled jobs have lost an amount of intrinsic value in our American economy. “We don’t realize the extent to which we’re denigrating the work itself and the people who are working those jobs…sending them a message that maybe you’re a chump for being in the labor force at all if you can’t become self-actualized in our creative economy,” Renn said.

Renn evaluates the hurting communities of middle America, facing drug addiction, poverty, and more. “The destruction of the family didn’t occur in a vacuum. It didn’t just happen. It happened because we deliberately changed policies and we have aggressively promoted social norms that are design to, for example, normalize out-of-wedlock births.”

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