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May 08, 2007


God damn Digby is a great writer.

The only thing I'd add is that Chait's type of "liberalism" is class-based: it exists only among upper-middle class professionals. The only hope for America is if such people begin to identify (as they rationally should) with the people below them in the pyramid, rather than those above. It's a long shot, but certainly the people running America seem determined to push professionals far enough into a corner that they might.

Posted at May 8, 2007 10:37 AM | TrackBack

Yes. Thank you, Jon. I don't know how the Chaits of the world have taken over American liberalism. (Or were they always in charge? I'm only twenty-one.)

I've been inveighing against the affluent white liberal menace in the local elections here in Philly for months. (We were on NPR the other day!) We're on the verge of electing former investor Michael Nutter-- the feel-good candidate for white Democrats with racial insecurities-- because, as one paper argued, poverty (even a city with a 25% poverty rate) is not within the purview of the mayor's office.

We're up to Catch-fucking-eighty-two here.

Posted by: Sully at May 8, 2007 01:32 PM

The only hope for America is if such people begin to identify (as they rationally should) with the people below them in the pyramid...

Well, that's not the only hope. They're not irreplacable.

Posted by: darrelplant at May 8, 2007 02:24 PM

Thank you darrelplant. Thank you. I wish Digby had such a sense of irony.

Posted by: at May 9, 2007 12:10 PM

Was it here, or somewhere else, that there was a discussion of the political consciousness of restaurant workers - those in the kitchen know which side the bread is buttered on, but the waiters identify with the class position of the customers?

I used to be a liberal myself - in Lenny Bruce's phrase, "I have the cancelled checks to prove it."

Posted by: mistah charley, ph.d. at May 10, 2007 09:59 AM