For much of the last part of the 20th Century, the world’s middle class was ascendant, expanding and, in most countries, firmly in control of national politics and culture. Yet in more recent decades, this process has been slowly reversed, in the United States as well as in Europe and, increasingly, East Asia.
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America slips into its first infantada as the challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic have accentuated a trend for the state to adopt trends, like bans on outside activities, that may have dubious medical value.
The rise of remote work — one result of the COVID pandemic, has accelerated the exodus of immigrants, minorities and young people from urban areas to smaller cities.
Under a Green New Deal, displaced workers will be encouraged to take a job in the ‘green economy’, but these jobs are likely to pay far less than the jobs eliminated by the Green New Deal.
Today the Democrats seem united, but the impending Democratic civil war is based on divisions that result from incompatible constituencies and ideologies.
The left’s and the media’s embrace of racial apocalypse has been sadly selective, ignoring racial violence committed by other ‘people of color’.
Born of the radical Left, social democracy worked to improve the living standards of working people by accommodating the virtues of capitalism.
In recent years the California economy has been divided, Janus-like, between a rising innovation economy, and its overall economy, where 85% of new jobs pay below the median income.
When my grandparents migrated to New York from Russia over a century ago, they found a city that was hardly paradise, but one that provided a pathway towards a better life. But today’s cities no longer offer upward mobility, and the working class is leaving.
America’s political culture has been shaped by its rural and urban environments, each of which tends to be dominated by one party. Yet the political future of the country lies in the ‘burbs — the suburban and exurban rings that dominate every metropolitan region.