Politics Revolt of the masses. A terrific column on political upheaval

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  1. yahoo

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    One of the best columns I've read on the huge cultural upheaval and political shift in the U.S...

    Something to take from this on both the conservative and liberal sides.

    Some excerpts:

    There’s now a rift within the working class between mostly older people who are self disciplined, respectable and, often, bigoted, and parts of a younger cohort that are more disordered, less industrious, more celebrity-obsessed, but also more tolerant and open to the world.

    Trump (and probably Brexit) voters are in the first group. They are not poor, making on average over $70,000 a year. But they perceive that their grandchildren’s world is quickly coming apart.

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    Conservatives argue that it has been decimated by cosmopolitan cultural elites who look down on rural rubes. There’s some truth to this, as the reactions of smug elites to the Brexit vote demonstrate.

    But the honor code has also been decimated by the culture of the modern meritocracy, which awards status to the individual who works with his mind, and devalues the class of people who work with their hands.

    Most of all, it has been undermined by rampant consumerism, by celebrity culture, by reality-TV fantasies that tell people success comes in a quick flash of publicity, not through steady work. The sociologist Daniel Bell once argued that capitalism would undermine itself because it encouraged hedonistic short-term values for consumers while requiring self-disciplined long-term values in its workers.


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    But the elites pushed too hard, and now history is moving in the opposite direction. The less-educated masses have a different conception of the future, a vision that is more closed, collective, protective and segmented.

    Their pain is indivisible: economic stress, community breakdown, ethnic bigotry and a loss of social status and self-worth. When people feel their world is vanishing, they are easy prey for fact-free magical thinking and demagogues who blame immigrants.



    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/28/opinion/revolt-of-the-masses.html
     
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    More bullshit that's not fit to print
     
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    Thanks for having an open mind.
     
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    Summary: people that don't support globalism and older people are scared biggots

    Very neutral :rolleyes:
     
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    Summary: Conservatives work and liberals mooch off of the government.
     
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    Old people piss me off.

    Signed, :grouch:
     
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    Really? I thought the people were revolting against the 2 political parties because they are what got us in this mess, immigration is not the #1 priority,.

    Sorry, that article, from a pro Clinton newspaper, is wrong.
     
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    Globalist bankers = not your friends
     
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    Actual summary: There's a yawning chasm between young and old (who both take criticism in this column) and how they view the world. And neither wants to understand the other.
     
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    Uh, David Brooks is a Republican. Not a flame-throwing Republican, but certainly no Hillary fan.
     
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    Uh, republicans are against Trump, whom I assume he was talking about with the immigrant comment.

    I said people are revolting against both parties, what's your point?
     
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    Indeed. This is their go to now
     
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    It don't take a bunch of fancy words to come up with the reason for political revolt. It boils down to people's eyes finally being open to the fact that no matter who they have voted for their entire lives, the person who gets elected fucks em in the ass while filling his or hers pockets.
     
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    I love when stupid makes comments.
     
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    I'm a scared bigot, and not ashamed of it.
     
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    Here's what's going on in the USA in a nutshell....too much change for the average Joe too fast. This administration tried to shove a whole 10 incher right up us all at once and we finally have had enough of it.
     
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    You mentioned pro-Clinton. And last I looked, Trump was a Republican
     
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    yahoo's a real ignorant libtard yahoo.