Summary: This brilliant analysis of Audi's advertisement in the Superbowl reminds us that class is the unspeakable but dominant force in American society. Black men don't have "male privilege" while rotting in prison from unjust convictions for rape. White coal miners don't have "white privilege" while coughing their lives away with Black Lung. Neither Left … Continue reading Audi’s Superbowl advert reminds us that class is boss in America
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: 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
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
Summary: Today a journalist explains that government workers are "America's dumbest people." It's an episode from social media, the stages of our time on which people dance out their values and beliefs. These conversations provide a mirror in which we can see western society, and from which we can deduce the hidden forces molding our … Continue reading Are government workers America’s dumbest people?
Summary: Today's post gives a different perspective on the challenge of reforming America. Before we can fix our political machinery we must understand what's wrong. This post gives a possible explanation. This blasted itself out of my keyboard late last night. After it went up I divided it into 2 smaller and more focused posts. … Continue reading We’re strong and adaptable, but have a problem that might sink America.