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On Michael Lind’s “The New Class War”
"The New Class War Saving Democracy from the Managerial Elite By Michael Lind Published 01.20.2020 Portfolio 224 Pages"
book  review  america  class  class-war 
24 days ago by tsuomela
Americans’ Dignity, and the Nation’s Shame | The Russell Kirk Center
"Dignity: Seeking Respect in Back Row America by Chris Arnade. Sentinel, 2019. Hardcover, 304 pages, $30. "
book  review  america  class  class-war  dignity 
24 days ago by tsuomela
The Fight to Redefine Racism | The New Yorker
"In “How to Be an Antiracist,” Ibram X. Kendi argues that we should think of “racist” not as a pejorative but as a simple, widely encompassing term of description."
book  review  racism  politics  america 
6 weeks ago by tsuomela
Why are poor Americans more patriotic than their wealthier counterparts? | Francesco Duina | Opinion | The Guardian
"Data indicates that 100% of Americans who belong to the lowest income group are either ‘very’ or ‘quite’ proud of their country. Why is that?"
class  america  poverty  pride  patriotism  political-science  sociology 
november 2019 by tsuomela
Broke and Patriotic: Why Poor Americans Love Their Country | Francesco Duina
"Why are poor Americans so patriotic? They have significantly worse social benefits compared to other Western nations, and studies show that the American Dream of upward mobility is, for them, largely a myth. So why do these people love their country? Why have they not risen up to demand more from a system that is failing them? In Broke and Patriotic, Francesco Duina contends that the best way to answer these questions is to speak directly to America's most impoverished. Spending time in bus stations, Laundromats, senior citizen centers, homeless shelters, public libraries, and fast food restaurants, Duina conducted over sixty revealing interviews in which his participants explain how they view themselves and their country. He masterfully weaves their words into three narratives. First, America's poor still see their country as the "last hope" for themselves and the world: America offers its people a sense of dignity, closeness to God, and answers to most of humanity's problems. Second, America is still the "land of milk and honey:" a very rich and generous country where those who work hard can succeed. Third, America is the freest country on earth where self-determination is still possible. This book offers a stirring portrait of the people left behind by their country and left out of the national conversation. By giving them a voice, Duina sheds new light on a sector of American society that we are only beginning to recognize as a powerful force in shaping the country's future."
book  publisher  class  america  poverty  pride  patriotism  sociology 
november 2019 by tsuomela
The Ballad Of Flyover Man | The American Conservative
An interesting letter from a man whose mother, an Asian immigrant, supports Trump.
politics  class  america  rural  conservative 
october 2019 by tsuomela
White and Native Protests: A Study in Inequality - Los Angeles Review of Books
"Our History Is the Future Standing Rock Versus the Dakota Access Pipeline, and the Long Tradition of Indigenous Resistance By Nick Estes Published 03.05.2019 Verso 320 Pages Shadowlands Fear and Freedom at the Oregon Standoff By Anthony McCann Published 07.02.2019 Bloomsbury Publishing 448 Pages"
books  review  protests  america 
august 2019 by tsuomela
Is Science Political? | Boston Review
"Freedom’s Laboratory: The Cold War Struggle for the Soul of Science Audra J. Wolfe Johns Hopkins University Press, $29.95 (cloth)"
book  review  science  america  history  cold-war 
august 2019 by tsuomela
God’s Bailout: A Review of Timothy P. Carney’s “Alienated America” - Los Angeles Review of Books
"Alienated America Why Some Places Thrive While Others Collapse By Timothy P. Carney Published 02.19.2019 Harper 368 Pages"
book  review  alienation  america  politics  religion 
july 2019 by tsuomela
The Limits of Liberal History | Current Affairs
Review of 'These Truths: A history of the United States' by Jill Lepore
book  review  history  america  labor 
november 2018 by tsuomela
The new gilded age: Income inequality in the U.S. by state, metropolitan area, and county | Economic Policy Institute
"This report, our fourth such analysis,1 focuses on trends in income inequality. It uses the latest available data to examine how the top 1 percent and the bottom 99 percent in each state have fared over the years 1917–2015 and to provide a snapshot of top incomes in 2015 by county and metropolitan area."
income-distribution  income  inequality  america  economics 
july 2018 by tsuomela
Coming Apart? Cultural Distances in the United States over Time
"We analyze temporal trends in cultural distance between groups in the US defined by income, education, gender, race, and political ideology. We measure cultural distance between two groups as the ability to infer an individual's group based on his or her (i) media consumption, (ii) consumer behavior, (iii) time use, or (iv) social attitudes. Gender difference in time use decreased between 1965 and 1995 and has remained constant since. Differences in social attitudes by political ideology and income have increased over the last four decades. Whites and non-whites have converged somewhat on attitudes but have diverged in consumer behavior. For all other demographic divisions and cultural dimensions, cultural distance has been broadly constant over time."
american-studies  america  culture  culture-war  class  partisanship 
july 2018 by tsuomela
The Persistence of Whitewashing | The New Republic
"DENMARK VESEY’S GARDEN: SLAVERY AND MEMORY IN THE CRADLE OF THE CONFEDERACY by Ethan J. Kytle and Blain RobertsThe New Press, 464 pp., $28.99"
book  review  american-studies  america  history  race  slavery  memory 
may 2018 by tsuomela
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