Stop Demonizing The White Working Class | The American Conservative
A reader sends in this strong Financial Times piece based on an interview with Joan C. Williams, author of White Working Class: Overcoming Class Cluelessness in America. Williams is a left-wing feminist academic in her sixties, but she became something of an expert on the WWC because she married into it, and began studying it. Excerpts:
An All-American Myth About the White Working Class - Center for American Progress
Since Donald Trump’s election, there’s been no end to the political analysis that credits the disappointing and shocking results on some permutation of white working-class people’s angst. As a theory, it’s as good as any; Trump is now in the White House, in part, on the strength of his 39-point margin over Hillary Clinton among less well-educated white voters in key states.
The High Cost of a Home Is Turning American Millennials Into the New Serfs
This isn’t about lifestyle choices. It’s about a system in which the boomers are protecting their wealth and views at the expense of the rest of us.
Silicon Valley: A Reality Check | Slate Star Codex
The nation has spoken: weird pointless $400 wi-fi enabled juicer company Juicero is the perfect symbol of Silicon Valley.
The Cuomo College Fiasco - The New York Times
by: David Brooks
New York’s “free” tuition program is a truly bad attempt at improving higher ed.
History News Network | Review of Kim Phillips-Fein's "Fear City: New York’s Fiscal Crisis and the Rise of Austerity Politics”
In 1975 New York City was in danger of bankruptcy. It needed help to pay its bills. That the nation’s greatest city could be in such trouble was inconceivable to most people. However, not everyone was surprised, because in several areas, such as public health, housing, education, and child day care the city had been providing expensive services. To those observers it now appeared that such generosity had created the predicament. To local political leaders, Washington had to assist. Then came the shocker. On October 30 a Daily News front page headline, “FORD TO CITY: DROP DEAD,” gave the impression that the President of the United States would permit the city to fail. In the eyes of many, the city’s fathers, notably former mayors Robert F. Wagner, Jr. and John V. Lindsay, and now Abraham D. Beame, had through their policies created a financially unsound socialist utopia. Interpreted as callous by advocates for the city, Ford’s attitude as reflected in the headline was politically explosive.
The Financial Crisis That Spawned Austerity, Corporatized the Democratic Party and Gave the World Donald Trump | Alternet
New York City's near-default in 1975 altered the course of American politics, explains "Fear City" author Kim Phillips-Fein. While Donald Trump stages his own inane production of the Watergate scandal, firing the official tasked with investigating his administration as he would a contestant on "The Apprentice" and inadvertently admitting to obstruction of justice, a bill is wending its way through Congress that threatens the lives of the sick and the vulnerable. The American Health Care Act co