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A Disconnect

During the Recession, there was this horrible episode of Shark Tank, the worst ever I’d say, where a fellow from an economically depressed area talked about how bad things were in his region and cried. This burly working class man was shaking and crying because so many people he knew were jobless and floundering. 

He said all he wanted was to bring some jobs to his town. And the sharks eviscerated him. They yelled at him and mocked him for refusing to take his manufacturing to China. It was painful to watch. 

I saw a rerun of that episode the other day and thought there was no way this guy didn’t then go and vote for Trump. 

Pundits insist on seeing such people as members of a gender or a race because that allows them not to see such folks as members of a social and economic class. And that’s a growing class, by the way. 

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2 thoughts on “A Disconnect

  1. “insist on seeing such people as members of a gender or a race because that allows them not to see such folks as members of a social and economic class”

    But what is the class? Just today I was reading another blog where there was briefly discussion about the class of a recent shooter – and the same socio-economic facts get a person slotted into different classes in different places…

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    • “But what is the class? Just today I was reading another blog where there was briefly discussion about the class of a recent shooter – and the same socio-economic facts get a person slotted into different classes in different places…”

      • I think it’s a new nascent class of people who are being left behind by the global transformations and it’s hard to define because it’s different from the previously existing classes. The usual distinctions into proletarians and intellectual workers or middle class and working class is dead, I believe.

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