The history of immigration and America, lost amidst the more useful myths

Immigration

Summary: Trump has proposed a drastic reduction in immigration. This is one of his most important policy proposals. Open borders is a core policy of the 1% and hence of both parties and the news media. Here is a look at the lost history of immigration in the US, information they diligently work to conceal … Continue reading The history of immigration and America, lost amidst the more useful myths

Much of what we love about America was true only for a moment

Summary: Campaign 2016 has sparked hopes of political reform in America, restoring aspects of America that we've lost. But our image of American history is false, because much of what we love existed only for two generations (from the New Deal to the 1970s). Understanding this makes real reform possible. Jefferson Cowie's new book is … Continue reading Much of what we love about America was true only for a moment

Populism arises amidst American workers abandoned by both Left & Right

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

When marriage disappears: rising inequality as the threat to the family

Summary:  This post looks at the disintegration of the family, another example of America's regression as we quietly surrendering generations of gains. The America we loved -- relatively classless, with a big middle class, low inequality and high social mobility -- dies a little every day. The evidence lies before us, obvious in the news … Continue reading When marriage disappears: rising inequality as the threat to the family

Complaints about air travel are the cries of a dying middle class

Summary: The airline industry is a tale of New America. Deregulation, cheap fares allowing more people to travel but with increasingly poor service and rising complaints. It's an oft-told story of stupid people unaware of the consequences to their behavior. But that's a shallow view that misses the real significance of these trends.  {1st of … Continue reading Complaints about air travel are the cries of a dying middle class