I never thought much about class in America until I read White Working Class: Overcoming Class Cluelessness in America by Joan C Williams.
Reading this book was quite a revelation to me. It turns out that class is at the center of many of the political problems that are tearing America up right now.
In my opinion, one of the keys to Democrats winning elections and defeating the Republicans who are clearly the tools of the rich, is understanding class in America. The Democrats have to understand what it means to be working class in America, that the working class is not what they think it is. It is time for all the people in America to understand each other and stand together and form a united front against the Republicans who are the Party of the Rich. It is time for workers of all colors plus professionals plus academics plus liberals to fight together against their oppressors, the rich 1%, 10% and even 20%. The rich have been successful in dividing the American people for too long. It is time to see through their strategy of divide and conquer. For this is exactly what has been happening to the American people for far too long.
If the middle class, the people, can vote together as a single, united front, the Republicans will be finished. And not until this is accomplished will it be possible to get the political power to stop global warming and begin to fix the vast environment degradation that industrial American has inflicted upon our land.
Below are some books that I think are central to what seems to me to be one of the most important things happening in America right now: The unfair economic strangulation of the white working class; the Republican attempt to channel the working class’s anger and despair into racism and xenophobia and from there into votes for themselves; and the need for the Democratic party to counter all of this by redefining itself as the Party of the People and the Republicans as the Party of the Rich.
I think the first book on the list, White Working Class: Overcoming class cluelessness in America by Joan C Williams is the best place to get started learning about class in America.
In my opinion, the next best book is The Dignity of Working Men: Morality and the Boundaries of Race, Class, and Immigration by Michele Lamont.
Books on class in America
White Working Class: Overcoming class cluelessness in America by Joan C Williams
The dignity of working men: morality and the boundaries of race, class, and immigration by Michele Lamont.
This Fight is our Fight: The battle to save America’s middle class, by Elizabeth Warren
Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and mourning on the American right by Arlie Russell Hochschild
Hillbilly Elegy: A memoir of a family and culture in crisis, by JD Vance
The New Urban Crisis: How our cities are increasing inequality, deepening segregation, and failing the middle class? and what we can do about it. by Richard Florida
What is Populism by Jan-Werner Muller
The Great Convergence, by Richard Baldwin
The Great Divide: Unequal societies and what we can do about them, by Joseph E. Stiglitz
Global Inequality, A new approach for the age of globalization, by Branko Milanovic
Dream Hoarders: How the American Upper Middle Class is Leaving Everyone Else in the Dust, Why that is a problem and what to do about it, by Richard V Reeves
The Populist Explosion: How the Great recession transformed American and European Politics, by John B Judis
Glass House: the 1% economy and the shattering of the all-American town, by Brian Alexander.
Dog Whistle Politics: How coded racial appeals have reinvented racism and wrecked the middle class, by Ian Haney Lopeez
White Rage: The unspoken Truth of our Racial Divide, by Carol Anderson
White Trash: the 400 year untold history of class in America, by Nancy Isenberg
What’s Wrong with the Democrats: If the party cares about winning, it needs to learn how to appeal to the white working class. An article in the July/August edition of the Atlantic Magazine.
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