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Category Archives: Working-Class Politics
Gaslighting, Oligarchy, and Other Media Forecasts
“Gaslighting” was Merriam-Webster’s 2022 word of the year, a selection based on the frequency of searches in their online dictionary. The term makes good sense on cultural grounds as well, given the ongoing influence of political and economic chicanery on … Continue reading
Not My President: The Rise of the Working Class and Decline of the Heroic CEO
In late November, Bob Iger returned to the post of chief executive officer of Disney. He had retired in 2020 after 15 years as the media megacorporation’s CEO, where he was hailed for the company’s acquisitions of Pixar, Marvel, and … Continue reading
Waving the Red Away: Working-Class Mobilization
By all historical measures, a week after the 2022 midterms, Republicans should have been partying on superyachts their own tide had lifted. But the big story is the failure of the red tidal wave to wash out the Democratic party. … Continue reading
How Big Is the Working Class – and Why Does It Matter?
Americans without bachelor’s degrees outnumber college grads 2 to 1. But if you and most people you know and have ever known are college graduates, you might not realize that most Americans are not like you and your cohort. As … Continue reading
Democracy Is on the Ballot
“Democracy is on the ballot” must be the most ubiquitous phrase in political speechmaking and commentary during this election season. One can scarcely go a day without hearing it or reading it multiple times. It is a phrase repeatedly invoked … Continue reading
Chums or Comrades: Working-Class Perspectives after Johnson
While Boris Johnson may have lost his premiership in recent weeks, a fascinating and profoundly depressing new book by Financial Times journalist Simon Kuper reminds us of why the story behind the rise to power of Johnson and his circle … Continue reading
What Does the New Government Mean for Working-Class Australians?
On May 21st, Australians elected a new government. After a decade of conservative rule at the hands of a coalition involving the right-wing Liberal Party and the National Party, Australia now has a Labor government. The election result certainly sparked … Continue reading
Why Dems Should Act Now on Pro-Consumer Legislation
Democrats and Republicans these days agree on almost nothing. They rely on separate sets of facts and hold wildly divergent world views. Yet they have reached consensus in one area: consumer protection. And that hasn’t been good news for the … Continue reading
Christian Nationalism Is a Class Matter
The relationship between Christian nationalism and class in the United States is less obvious than the racist dimensions of this extremist ideology. Christian nationalism upholds the “natural” order including white supremacy and the “traditional” family with age-old gender roles. But … Continue reading