Email from Uncle: https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/05/middle-class-americans-are-sick-elite-privilege/589849/
Excellent. Well said and intellectually honest.
My response. On reading it back, it shows that I’ve been reading a lot of The Last Psychiatrist lately.
I don’t think this article is good or intellectually honest. [Uncle] is right – that it is well said. It’s well-said thoughts that appeal to its target audience (subscribers of The Atlantic).
It stopped being intellectually honest when it said Hillary was “10,000 times as appealing [as Trump]” lol that’s an intellectual, academic statement if I ever heard one. Then it listed racism and sexism as reasons Trump won. That’s what the readers of the Atlantic want to read – that they’re the “good guys” and Trump supporters are bad people.
The main point of the article is reached in the last couple paragraphs – Democrats should be a party of justice – that attacks those that don’t play by the same rules. The article says look beyond economic interests, but that’s all the author does is look at economic interests. The author thinks we should hold “the elites” (I’m not a fan of the term cuz it’s too vague and not defined here) accountable when they violate codes of ethics or have rights that don’t belong to others – non-elites. That’s the whole campaign Trump ran on.
Trump won because Republicans are tired of the establishment politicians that promise and don’t deliver. The politicians that say they’ll make changes to corruption and stop the handouts (like the bailouts). No ordinary citizen relates to, or likes these types, not even evil republicans.
Democrats are the good guys because they want us all to live by a moral code – as long it’s The Democrat moral code. They are the party of fairness – to each a piece of the pie. They fail to see that Republicans are the party of a different fairness – to each their own. Democrats are the party of do whatever you want as long as it doesn’t physically harm others. Republicans are the party of traditional boundaries – boundaries in place to keep hierarchies in tact that are believed to serve a function for both the individual and the larger group (the family, the community, the country).
Democrats can point to the community hierarchies and call them racist, but that’s not calling a black man a spade a spade. They’re straw-manning the republican belief system in the same way Republicans refer to Dems as “no-good welfare queens”.
Should we all have to live by the same moral and ethical codes, as the author points out? Cuz that’s the debate that the two parties have had for centuries. We (middle class) don’t agree on those core values. We (middle class) do agree that we don’t like the idea of being exploited. But the article doesn’t go into how we’re being exploited, and how a president can stop us from being exploited. It gives the same talking points that an establishment politician would give, without any substance. “You are being exploited. We need change!”