Summary: In this remarkable essay Ian Welsh goes to the heart of Western political conflict. Many posts on the FM website discuss the social dynamic driving western political evolution for centuries. This simple, clear description cuts thru the fog cast by the news media and points the way to a better future for America. If we … Continue reading The middle class will choose who wins America’s class war. We have two choices.
Summary: As we start a New Year and end this series about resolutions, here is a summary of American politics as I see them. It points the way to reform and a better future, if we are willing to pay the price. Time has disproved most of Marx’s economics, but it has validated much … Continue reading A picture of America, showing a path to political reform
Summary: Here anthropologist Maximilian Forte looks at America's changing social structure (the rise of the 1%, death of the middle class) using perspectives from Rome, Marx, and modern identity politics. It's one of his best essays, worthwhile reading about America's most serious problem (fracturing our social cohesion, making solutions of the others difficult or impossible). … Continue reading An anthropologist looks at America’s growing proletariat
Summary: Political commentary often reveals more from its blindness than its insights. For example, a widely-cited analysis at Salon by journalist Andrew O'Hehir tells us some entertaining harsh truths -- but avoids deeper, useful insights that would disturb his Outer Party readers (i.e., politically passive managers and professionals). "Two despised frontrunners, two dying parties & … Continue reading American politics isn’t broken. It’s working just fine for the 1%.
Summary: Populism has arisen from the lower middle class, Americans abandoned not just by the Right (owned by the 1%) but the Left as well. Populists are the swing vote in modern elections. Who they choose to ally with might create a coalition that rules for another generation. It was the Left in the New … Continue reading Populism arises amidst American workers abandoned by both Left & Right