When manufacturing jobs were outsourced and the workers found themselves unwanted, they took it like the working classes always do, by directing the rage inwards. They drank and drugged themselves to death, destroyed their families and their communities, and interiorized their shame.
Then, as I’ve been saying for years, the same thing started to happen in educated professions. First, journalism and academia. Then techie professions. Then everybody else in the educated creative class.
But as usually happens, the bourgeoisie feels a lot more comfortable in the world, and its reaction was to exteriorize the anger. The educated classes didn’t blame themselves. They blamed the workers for being too racist and too evil and somehow magically causing all this. They blamed “society.” They started trashing somebody else’s neighborhoods and destroying other people’s lives.
The white-collar job wars that I have been talking about for a decade have turned into real wars. There’s not only symbolic violence but a very real one.
It’s ultimately going to be as useless and as self-defeating as the working class’s opioid epidemic. But it’s a reaction to the same phenomenon.