Ross Douthat on Job Wars

I don’t like Ross Douthat (to put it mildly) but he published a very good article on the second defeat of Bernie Sanders. I can’t link but here’s a long quote:

The demand for police reform at the heart of the current protests doesn’t fit this caricature. But much of the action around it, the anti-racist reckoning unfolding in colleges, media organizations, corporations and public statuary, may seem more unifying than the Sanders revolution precisely because it isn’t as threatening to power.

The fact that corporations are “outdistancing” even politicians, as Crenshaw puts it, in paying fealty to anti-racism is perhaps the tell. It’s not that corporate America is suddenly deeply committed to racial equality; even for woke capital, the capitalism comes first. Rather, it’s that anti-racism as a cultural curriculum, a rhetoric of re-education, is relatively easy to fold into the mechanisms of managerialism, under the tutelage of the human resources department. The idea that you need to retrain your employees so that they can work together without microaggressing isn’t Marxism, cultural or otherwise; it’s just a novel form of Fordism, with white-fragility gurus in place of efficiency experts…

So the likely endgame of all this turbulence is the redistribution of elite jobs, the upward circulation of the more racially diverse younger generation, the abolition of perceived impediments to the management of elite diversity (adieu, SAT) and the inculcation of a new elite language whose academic style will delineate the professional class more decisively from the unenlightened proles below.

As I’ve been saying for many years: this is about job wars. If even Douthat noticed this, it’s time for everybody to wake up.

2 thoughts on “Ross Douthat on Job Wars”

  1. “So the likely endgame of all this turbulence is the redistribution of elite jobs, the upward circulation of the more racially diverse younger generation”

    This is essentially what literary critic and socialist Walter Benn Michaels argues in his book The Trouble with Diversity. The diversity advocates want to diversify the elite but leave the current capitalist system intact.

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