class war

Class Wars

The middle class will choose who wins America’s class war. We have two choices.

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 …

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An anthropologist looks at America’s growing proletariat

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).  …

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American politics isn’t broken. It’s working just fine for the 1%.

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 & …

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