From the Sublime to the Ridiculous

Here’s a little thought experiment: What would happen if, by a snap of the fingers, white racism in America were to disappear? It might be that the black and Latino working class would be voting for Trump, too. Then we Democrats would have no chance in 2020. We often tell ourselves: “Oh, we lost just the white working class because of race.” But the truth might be something closer to this: “It’s only because of race that we have any part of the working class turning out for us at all.”

Thus begins an extraordinarily long piece by Thomas Geoghegan, whose day job is that of a labor lawyer in Chicago and whose avocation is social analysis. Here, Geoghegan meditates on rising inequality, the devastation of the working class, and the feckless response of—let’s be frank about this—people like us in proposing remedies to our social and economic divisions.

Send ‘em all to college? Bring ‘em all into the new Knowledge Economy?

For a whole lot of people, that dog just ain’t gonna hunt.

It’s a painful read, but as the man said, no pain, no gain.

And now for something completely different …

Who Are George and Kellyanne When They’re at Home?

Thanks to Hans.