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At the same time, they have witnessed the rise of the Davos class, a hyper-connected network of banking and tech billionaires, elected leaders who are awfully cosy with those interests, and Hollywood celebrities who make the whole thing seem unbearably glamorous. Success is a party to which they were not invited, and they know in their hearts that this rising wealth and power is somehow directly connected to their growing debts and powerlessness.


Nobody in this country knows how to talk about class. America is like a giant manor estate where the aristocrats don't know they're aristocrats and the peasants imagine themselves undiscovered millionaires. And America's cultural elite, trained for so long to think in terms of artificial distinctions like Republicans and Democrats instead of more natural divisions like haves and have-nots, refused until it was too late to grasp the meaning of the rage-storm headed over the wall.



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Nov. 14th, 2016 01:00 pm (UTC)
I guess I find it hard to swallow this kind of argument because a lot of people have "been in pain" a lot longer than the people who voted for Trump. From what I've seen, it's White people, who, oddly enough, expect more from their government even when they say they don't want anything from their government. It was getting the most of their vote that elected Trump.
Nov. 14th, 2016 01:57 pm (UTC)
The pundits and political writers are going to have a field day with this election. There won't be just one thing to point to, but I agree with you the the people who voted for Trump usually are opposed to any Government assistance, unless it's to them!

Nov. 14th, 2016 07:30 pm (UTC)
>>>Nobody in this country knows how to talk about class.
I definitely agree with the idea that there's a huge blind spot about class in this country. Being "white trash" from a very conservative part of the country myself, even as I rejected my background and moved culturally as far away as I could, I understand only too well how very aware and insulted they are by the condescension they receive in the media. At the same time, some are willfully and some are ignorantly blind to how susceptible they have been to the politics of racebaiting and othering the Republican party has done so successfully for so long. They were being used for a very long time until they said the hell with both your parties. I saw the results of this election coming weeks ago.
Nov. 14th, 2016 11:20 pm (UTC)
The 1% cleverly uses a lot of distractions to cover up those issues of class. In our society, everyone pretends there are no class distinctions while exercising class privilege every day.

Edited at 2016-11-14 11:22 pm (UTC)
Nov. 15th, 2016 01:25 pm (UTC)
It says a lot as to how insulted they are, not realizing that people of color have been putting up with it for decades, if not centuries. Truthfully, it's hard for me to feel sorry for them. Especially since the people they've voted into office are the ones who have done the most to get them into the position that they find themselves in.
Nov. 14th, 2016 07:25 pm (UTC)
So true. That cognitive dissonance of so many whites is best exemplified by the "keep your government hands off my Medicare" attitude. Anything they get from the government is theirs by right; anything a non-white gets from government is - as so "eloquently" put by a right wing poster to be FB page, "ticks" feeding off them.
Nov. 14th, 2016 11:21 pm (UTC)
It always depends on whose ox is gored!
Nov. 14th, 2016 07:30 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the links, BTW, I saw both of them on my feed but hadn't had the time to read either one of them.
Nov. 14th, 2016 11:22 pm (UTC)
Glad to help! :)
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