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In Sum

October 25, 2016

I could fill a page with quotations from this essay about Hillary.

It [is] important to speak to people’s anxieties about identity, to address ‘systemic racism,” Clinton said. ‘But it’s also the case that a vast group of Americans have economic anxiety, and if they think we are only talking about issues that they are not personally connected to, then it’s understandable that they would say, ‘There’s nothing there for me.’ ”


As Thomas Frank put it, “The leadership of the two parties represents two classes. The G.O.P. is a business élite; Democrats are a status élite, the professional class. They fight over sectors important for the national future—Wall Street, Big Pharma, energy, Silicon Valley. That is the contested terrain of American politics. What about the vast majority of people?”


Globalization’s biggest winners are the new Asian middle and upper classes, and the one-per-centers of the West: these groups have almost doubled their real incomes since the late eighties. The biggest losers are the American and European working and middle classes—until very recently, their incomes hardly budged.

It’s in the coming New Yorker (10/31 print issue, online 10/24), “Hillary Clinton and the Populist Revolt,” by George Packer. It is perfect for this moment in the plot. Centrally about Hillary’s vision for the economy, it pulls together a hugely informative and insightful, practical political context of where we are and how we got here, especially since 1968. It’s one of the best things I’ve read, short of book-length.

Plus you get to meet Mark Frisbie, from down the highway south of Tampa, to compare with Gavin, Bobby, and Cameron; and there’s a cameo appearance by My Man Dick.

Some takeaways: Best provide jobs. There has to be something in it for everyone, incl r-e-s-p-e-c-t (among many kinds of desirables). Hillary gets it.

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