Thursday, December 12, 2019

Things shared on Dec 12ths

“there is a gap between the black middle and the black lower classes as wide as that between the black and white races.” —Henry Louis Gates in 1998

The gap between rich and poor has only grown greater since then.

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Centrism is misnamed for many reasons, not the least of which is that it is not about uniting the right and left. It's about attacking them.

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“Institutional racism” is how liberals discuss the way that capitalism’s limited class mobility creates generational poverty for people of color—and how they ignore generational poverty affecting white people.

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A change in my lifetime: conservatives are moving to a class-first position while liberals move toward identity-first. What’s striking is the conservatives see the shift and the left-identitarians don’t.

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The failure of religion as a force for good can be seen where religious groups meet: rich groups have highly paid leaders and expensive meeting places; poor groups have poorly-paid leaders and cheap meeting places.

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Me vs. traditional Marxists: Some say writers are not working class because we own our tools and what we create. But even if we self-publish, we depend on printers and distributors. I think all freelancers are working class: we own the tools of creation, but not the means of production.

We now live in a time when people can be both working class and owning class: people who are rich from their jobs invest in stocks and bonds, thereby working for someone else while joining the owners of the system.

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For the record, Emma and I got our yellow vests at Ikea a long time ago. We’re ready.

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On social media, the problems revealed are less depressing than the solutions offered.