Posted by The Happy Tutor
Joe Bageant, "Welcome to the Middle-Class Lockdown":
Who are my people? Some of the worst people on the planet are ready to answer that question for us in a way that serves their own ends. They stand ready to answer other questions too, such as, where did we come from? Why are we here? They are the cadre of empire's paid professionals who write the history and the news stories that fill the deep need for a "story of the people."
One of the most impassioned and eloquent pieces I have ever read on the state of American culture. Joe is old enough to remember community, democracy, and the ideals of Martin Luther King. There is no "call to action" in his essay, only the forlorn thought that maybe he will emigrate and live simply, or maybe not, maybe he will stay. I have been asking myself all day, while on the net, or at the store, or just sitting around: "What can I do to build community among those who care? How can I put my gifts to work in that effort? Would anyone appreciate it, and pay it back, around or forward?" Talking to you is better, I guess, that talking to myself alone. Joe, I think, is motivated by a similar blind urge.