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    The white working class, which usually inspires liberal concern only for its paradoxical, Republican-leaning voting habits, has recently become newsworthy for something else: according to economist Anne Case and Angus Deaton, the winner of the latest Nobel Prize in economics, its members in the 45- to 54-year-old age group are dying at an immoderate rate....
  • The Guardian, for instance, now keeps a running tally of the number of Americans (mostly black) killed by cops (as of this moment, 1,209 for 2015)

    Hmm…that sounds highly questionable. 5 seconds of google later:

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/apr/21/police-kill-more-whites-than-blacks-but-minority-d/?page=all

    (verified, if in typically leftish fashion, by politifact)

    Leftist academics can usually say these things without fear of contradiction.

    P.S. I had a beloved cousin (white) who was shot (19 times) by police. Basically he committed suicide by cop, before he could succeed killing himself slowly via opioid addiction and alcoholism, as his older brother had done ten years previous.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/sf/investigative/2015/12/26/a-year-of-reckoning-police-fatally-shoot-nearly-1000/

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    one of the few criticisms of what’s happening to the white working class from a left-wing point of view

    Not really. The picture, the title and the sub-title would lead one to think that it was about the troubles of the white working class. In fact, it is the standard far left indictment of the white working class. It basically says that the white working class is getting what it deserves because of its racism. The article is really about the poor pitiful put upon blacks. One can understand white racism when you see that we can’t even die disproportionately in peace.

    It’s clearly ‘who, whom’ for this author.

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  • It’s always the white man’s burden. When it is black dysfunction it’s the white man’s fault. When it is white dysfunction it is the white man’s fault. If the blacks’ problems were due to white racism why are not white problems due to black racism?

    If there’s a thumb on the scales in modern society it’s clearly on the blacks’ side of the scales. From affirmative action giving completely unqualified minorities jobs and free educations to the massive black crime wave, including targeting whites for beatings and death being allowed to continue to the portrayals of whites as villains, idiots, and feckless dullards on tv it is clear that there is massive discrimination against poorer whites.

    To assume they are racist on top of that is just insulting.

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    You claim that most police shootings are of black Americans.
    I went to the Guardian website, and they claim that there were 264 blacks killed by police in the US this year, out 1040 police shootings of all races. That's 25%. That's quite a long way from "most shootings", Ms. Ehrenreich.

    Shhhh you’re ruining the narrative.

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  • @SFG
    Unz likes to provide a wide variety of perspectives. This is one of the few criticisms of what's happening to the white working class from a left-wing point of view--usually the left doesn't give a crap about the white working class.

    one of the few criticisms of what’s happening to the white working class from a left-wing point of view

    Not really. The picture, the title and the sub-title would lead one to think that it was about the troubles of the white working class. In fact, it is the standard far left indictment of the white working class. It basically says that the white working class is getting what it deserves because of its racism. The article is really about the poor pitiful put upon blacks. One can understand white racism when you see that we can’t even die disproportionately in peace.

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  • @SFG
    Unz likes to provide a wide variety of perspectives. This is one of the few criticisms of what's happening to the white working class from a left-wing point of view--usually the left doesn't give a crap about the white working class.

    Actually the working class is the left regardless of color. The democratic party is not the left. The intelligentsia are not the left. The working class is the left whether they know it or not.

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  • @Rehmat
    White folks like Barbara and Kevin McDonald are unable to see the world outside the White prism. While over 80% of America's of billionaires (3,500) and millionaires (325,000) happens to be White - the great majority of Americans living below poverty line are non-Whites, especially the Afro-Americans.

    Europeans had conquered America by committing Holocaust of its natives - but America was most built by African, Chinese, Japanese and Asian working class.

    But, then, everyone should be free to whine in this LAND OF OPPORTUNTY.

    For example, in l841, at the dedication ceremony of Temple Beth Elohim in Charleston, South Carolina, Rabbi Gustav Posnanski declared: “This country is our Palestine, this city our Jerusalem, this house of G-d our Temple of Mount”.

    http://rehmat1.com/2011/08/16/rabbi-posnanski-us-is-our-palestine/

    Do you know anything about the history of America? I mean anything outside your fantasy socio 101-for-3rd-world-people-of-color-who-depend-on-white-people-civilization-and-resent-it?
    Almost all the “Africans” lived in the South. They mainly made wealth for a few plantation owners. It was said that slave labor made products like sugar, cheaper, especially coming from the Indies, but the “Africans” could hardly be said to have built anything, except under the direction of whites.
    North of the Mason-Dixon line, the country was built by European immigrants and they moved west. In the western states, the Chinese did work on the railroads, but they did not “build” the entire line. How the hell do you think Americans (Yankee ingenuity) invented all that they did when they did none of the work. You are either a troll joker, or you’re in denial. Or maybe just a liar.

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  • its paradoxical, Republican-leaning voting habits

    She has no clue as to why the white working class votes overwhelmingly for Republican candidates. She thinks (paradoxical) that they are low information voters. Low information voters are derided by both sides of the political spectrum. Its meaning is someone who does not vote the way that I think they should.

    whites who, in relation to people of color

    We can’t address any problem (even dying) that disproportionally affects whites without genuflecting before the other.

    daily insults and harms inflicted on the darker-skinned

    I guess those brown skinned Hispanic women have deflector shields.

    daily insults (real or imagined)=> suicide, alcoholism, and drug (usually opiate) addiction

    things have not been going well for working class people of any color

    What! Working people can have common interests without regard to race?

    leaving only the kind of work once relegated to women and people of color

    Now she’s got me here. I was once fooled by those white fake clacker grabbing miners, lint heads and share-croppers. I now know that they were all college educated aristocrats just out slumming for a lifetime.

    “psychological wage” awarded to white people

    This can just fall flat on its face by itself without any comment from me.

    I give up, I can’t do anymore, it makes my head hurt.

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  • @anon
    The GI bill was from 1944. Now for a much easier question can you think of anyways that government has harmed whites?

    You’re trying to trick me into saying something non-PC like nominating tje 1965 immigration legislation! So I’ll settle for the income tax and conscription before the Vietnam War…

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  • @Ozymandias
    This is the sort of dreck you could read in any progressive newspaper. Why would an alleged "alternative news source" bother with it?

    Unz likes to provide a wide variety of perspectives. This is one of the few criticisms of what’s happening to the white working class from a left-wing point of view–usually the left doesn’t give a crap about the white working class.

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    Actually the working class is the left regardless of color. The democratic party is not the left. The intelligentsia are not the left. The working class is the left whether they know it or not.
    , @iffen
    one of the few criticisms of what’s happening to the white working class from a left-wing point of view

    Not really. The picture, the title and the sub-title would lead one to think that it was about the troubles of the white working class. In fact, it is the standard far left indictment of the white working class. It basically says that the white working class is getting what it deserves because of its racism. The article is really about the poor pitiful put upon blacks. One can understand white racism when you see that we can’t even die disproportionately in peace.
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  • @Wizard of Oz
    Government which has (predictably, I add, because you probably meant it) done something which has helped whites? What about the GI Bill? Before that the creation of state universities? Before that dealing with Native Americans so as to make their land available to whites?

    The GI bill was from 1944. Now for a much easier question can you think of anyways that government has harmed whites?

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    You're trying to trick me into saying something non-PC like nominating tje 1965 immigration legislation! So I'll settle for the income tax and conscription before the Vietnam War...
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  • Where to begin…. I could spend weeks trying to deprogram Barbara’s brainwashed mind. She has bought the Al Sharpton version of racial “facts” hook, line, and sinker. The type of white woman you would expect to see pushing a stroller with her mulatto child tucked inside.

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  • @Wizard of Oz
    Government which has (predictably, I add, because you probably meant it) done something which has helped whites? What about the GI Bill? Before that the creation of state universities? Before that dealing with Native Americans so as to make their land available to whites?

    People build nations and codify privilege into law so they can enjoy it and pass it on to their posterity. People who rally against this privilege should be shunned and encouraged to build nations on their own or alternatively if you think the founding of this country is immoral then we should break the country up and go our separate ways.

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  • […] I clicked on it immediately because I usually enjoy her work. Not this time. I think the essay, Dead, White, and Blue The Great Die-Off of America’s Blue Collar Whites, is terrible. If you read it, I urge you to look at the comments, many of which refute her points […]

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  • @Biff
    China and Thailand do NOT share a boarder - not 'right next to each other'(public education on geography I'm thinking), and why would the Chinese want to go to a dump like Mexico in the first place?

    I think he/she was also ignoring the point made about tourists at Yellowstone. Besides the southern borders of China are not exactly criss-crossed with roads which make proximity by ground transport a reason for Chinese tourist numbers.

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  • @anonymous
    Casualties of the war on whites. Ask yourself when has government at any level done anything, no matter how small or insignificant, to help whites. American government hates white people and whites are beginning to catch on just how much they are hated by their own government.

    Government which has (predictably, I add, because you probably meant it) done something which has helped whites? What about the GI Bill? Before that the creation of state universities? Before that dealing with Native Americans so as to make their land available to whites?

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    People build nations and codify privilege into law so they can enjoy it and pass it on to their posterity. People who rally against this privilege should be shunned and encouraged to build nations on their own or alternatively if you think the founding of this country is immoral then we should break the country up and go our separate ways.
    , @anon
    The GI bill was from 1944. Now for a much easier question can you think of anyways that government has harmed whites?
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  • @nickels
    'W.E.B. Du Bois wrote in 1935, “It must be remembered that the white group of laborers, while they received a low wage, were compensated in part by a sort of public and psychological wage.”'

    Du Bois is clearly an idiot. Wages are given in money. The value of money is determined by its use as a medium for exchange. By precedent of many exchanges an amount of money becomes roughly equivalent to certain groupings of commodities. A set wage is therefore a license to obtain a certain number of such commodities with the amount of money that constitutes this wage.

    How the f***k are you going to determine the value of something like 'white privilege', if such a thing even existed? On what market is such a thing traded and therefore associated with a monetary amount? Pure ridiculousness. Such nonsensical musing has nothing to do with economics or science and certainly can never constitute a 'wage'.

    The attempt to compute any value for such a nonsensical notion would necessarily involve political, moral and ethical decisions, not economic ones.

    Someone who says that the long dead Du Bois “is [sic] clearly an idiot” needs to be told to calm down before making an idiot of himself by showing himself incapable of understanding Ms Ehrenreich’s quite simply suggestion that working class whites enjoyed quite significant non-market, non-economic, advantages that they had no trouble adding in to the causes of their psychological wellbeing.

    Don’t you think some very poor people are quite happy? What explanation or explanations can you give for this? After calming down can’t you think of a dozen or more?

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  • @Stonehands
    It's nobodies fault but mine if I choose to take that first drink or pill or joint- rather than face adversity head on. Suicide? C'mon, I have a difficult time sympathizing with the ultimate selfish act, be it any race. Besides, the cream always rises to the top. I see a lot of hand- wringing on both sides.
    ,

    Maybe not but if a country has a policy – mass immigration – then all the pros and cons of that policy ought to be included in the debate.

    And as linked above people in the past have researched suicide and what factors may increase it.

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  • @Stonehands
    It's nobodies fault but mine if I choose to take that first drink or pill or joint- rather than face adversity head on. Suicide? C'mon, I have a difficult time sympathizing with the ultimate selfish act, be it any race. Besides, the cream always rises to the top. I see a lot of hand- wringing on both sides.
    ,

    Did the cream rise to the top in Stalin’s Russia or in contemporary North Korea? Im sorry if I question the goodwill and motives of people who ban intelligence testing in order to ‘heal’ historical grievances as though historical grievancs had not always existed but instead being the latest manifestation of the poppy syndrome. If thats your cream then I will take my coffee black.

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  • It’s nobodies fault but mine if I choose to take that first drink or pill or joint- rather than face adversity head on. Suicide? C’mon, I have a difficult time sympathizing with the ultimate selfish act, be it any race. Besides, the cream always rises to the top. I see a lot of hand- wringing on both sides.
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    Did the cream rise to the top in Stalin's Russia or in contemporary North Korea? Im sorry if I question the goodwill and motives of people who ban intelligence testing in order to 'heal' historical grievances as though historical grievancs had not always existed but instead being the latest manifestation of the poppy syndrome. If thats your cream then I will take my coffee black.
    , @anon
    Maybe not but if a country has a policy - mass immigration - then all the pros and cons of that policy ought to be included in the debate.

    And as linked above people in the past have researched suicide and what factors may increase it.

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  • @Anonymous
    Sorry Avi, your ignorance is showing. Ms Ehrenreich is not Jewish, not that that's a bad thing. She is a feminist who works for women's rights, like millions of other women, a socialist, an excellent writer and a prominent American intellectual, although I've never seen her dressed in camouflage. If you'd like to learn more about her work, as a respected writer and political activist I suggest that you start here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbara_Ehrenreich

    The article includes a bibliography which may help to clear up some of the the gaps in your knowledge.

    A lot of white SJWs are driven by anti-white racism – strange but true.

    .

    research from one of the first cultural Marxists on how destroying a sense of normalcy can provoke a state of anomie and an increase in the rate of suicide

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%89mile_Durkheim#Suicide

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anomie

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  • @Anonymous
    Sorry Avi, your ignorance is showing. Ms Ehrenreich is not Jewish, not that that's a bad thing. She is a feminist who works for women's rights, like millions of other women, a socialist, an excellent writer and a prominent American intellectual, although I've never seen her dressed in camouflage. If you'd like to learn more about her work, as a respected writer and political activist I suggest that you start here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbara_Ehrenreich

    The article includes a bibliography which may help to clear up some of the the gaps in your knowledge.

    I have seen her described as both Jewish and non-Jewish. Is Pepsi really Cola or is only Coke the really true Cola? Is the Islamic state really Islamic? She is first and foremost a Marxist. Stalin only want to help the workers after all. Anyone who doesnt agree with her version of helping people deserves what they get as far as she is concerned – up to and including being liquidated. But what really counts in life and reality is results not intentions. Just because someone “meant well” (while making a tidy dollar) is not good enough at least in my opinion. Here is a good description of the results of good intentions that spring from their pubic policy prescriptions of the results of feminism:

    As the French once had the dreaded taille, so western civilization, dominated by women, has its tax on men, its Internal Revenue – the infernal income tax. Taxes then, promoted morality – not materialism and decadence, they were drawn from existing wealth – not on income, on the “haves” – not on the “have-nots”; could not slavery be viewed as a 100% income tax? Women, as they came to control most of the wealth, shifted the burden away from consumption onto production, from themselves onto men. Now, someone will be quick to point out that women pay taxes too, and here we have the same “problem” as with the laws in general. Women caused many of our laws to be created with the intent of targeting male behavior. But now that they are taking over the traditional roles of men, women are moving into the sights of the very same legislation that they created. This leaves feminists working overtime to make up excuses for the criminal behavior of women, just as they labor to invent new entitlement programs, tax credits, and child support increases that offset the money that women pay in taxes.

    The collectivist tendency even taken at its best, with “Big Sister” standing in for the all-protective Mother Earth, destroys the strong while protecting the weak. As strength and independence disappear, creativity eventually goes with them, and hence the means to create new technologies needed to support higher populations of these weak and dependent individuals. As this “victimization” philosophy reaches extreme proportions, demographic groups are categorized as to the degree which they are “at risk” and in need of differential protection from Big Sister. It does not seem to occur to many feminists that strength is an indispensable requisite of any system, that without it the system is destroyed from without by more virile societies, or falls upon itself like a house with rotten timbers. Not only can society not hold itself up, but additionally, the process is accelerated by being pulled down like a collapsing star, destroying all that try to resist it. In like fashion, the Federal government promotes “the people” as one collectivist proletarian mass to slowly grind state governments out of existence. Instead of “masculine notions of limited authority and conditional obedience” (Lord Acton,) there is the all-pervasive totalitarian state that disregards “the blessings of liberty” in preventing any possibility of harm to its chosen ward. Where exactly men will have a place in such a society will vary according to the extremeness of the views of the feminist who answers this question for you. The most radical simply want to exterminate the male sex altogether to conform to their version of Amazonian society. Others will find it acceptable if men are sufficiently “civilized,” that is, emasculated, such that they behave more like women. Others will permit the male sex to exist as long as they “know their place” and keep a back seat to women – as boys.

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  • Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @epochehusserl
    Barbara Ehrenreich is a radical feminist Jew who celebrates the death of white christian america and has written as such.

    Sorry Avi, your ignorance is showing. Ms Ehrenreich is not Jewish, not that that’s a bad thing. She is a feminist who works for women’s rights, like millions of other women, a socialist, an excellent writer and a prominent American intellectual, although I’ve never seen her dressed in camouflage. If you’d like to learn more about her work, as a respected writer and political activist I suggest that you start here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbara_Ehrenreich

    The article includes a bibliography which may help to clear up some of the the gaps in your knowledge.

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    I have seen her described as both Jewish and non-Jewish. Is Pepsi really Cola or is only Coke the really true Cola? Is the Islamic state really Islamic? She is first and foremost a Marxist. Stalin only want to help the workers after all. Anyone who doesnt agree with her version of helping people deserves what they get as far as she is concerned - up to and including being liquidated. But what really counts in life and reality is results not intentions. Just because someone "meant well" (while making a tidy dollar) is not good enough at least in my opinion. Here is a good description of the results of good intentions that spring from their pubic policy prescriptions of the results of feminism:

    As the French once had the dreaded taille, so western civilization, dominated by women, has its tax on men, its Internal Revenue - the infernal income tax. Taxes then, promoted morality - not materialism and decadence, they were drawn from existing wealth - not on income, on the "haves" - not on the "have-nots"; could not slavery be viewed as a 100% income tax? Women, as they came to control most of the wealth, shifted the burden away from consumption onto production, from themselves onto men. Now, someone will be quick to point out that women pay taxes too, and here we have the same "problem" as with the laws in general. Women caused many of our laws to be created with the intent of targeting male behavior. But now that they are taking over the traditional roles of men, women are moving into the sights of the very same legislation that they created. This leaves feminists working overtime to make up excuses for the criminal behavior of women, just as they labor to invent new entitlement programs, tax credits, and child support increases that offset the money that women pay in taxes.

    The collectivist tendency even taken at its best, with "Big Sister" standing in for the all-protective Mother Earth, destroys the strong while protecting the weak. As strength and independence disappear, creativity eventually goes with them, and hence the means to create new technologies needed to support higher populations of these weak and dependent individuals. As this "victimization" philosophy reaches extreme proportions, demographic groups are categorized as to the degree which they are "at risk" and in need of differential protection from Big Sister. It does not seem to occur to many feminists that strength is an indispensable requisite of any system, that without it the system is destroyed from without by more virile societies, or falls upon itself like a house with rotten timbers. Not only can society not hold itself up, but additionally, the process is accelerated by being pulled down like a collapsing star, destroying all that try to resist it. In like fashion, the Federal government promotes "the people" as one collectivist proletarian mass to slowly grind state governments out of existence. Instead of "masculine notions of limited authority and conditional obedience" (Lord Acton,) there is the all-pervasive totalitarian state that disregards "the blessings of liberty" in preventing any possibility of harm to its chosen ward. Where exactly men will have a place in such a society will vary according to the extremeness of the views of the feminist who answers this question for you. The most radical simply want to exterminate the male sex altogether to conform to their version of Amazonian society. Others will find it acceptable if men are sufficiently "civilized," that is, emasculated, such that they behave more like women. Others will permit the male sex to exist as long as they "know their place" and keep a back seat to women - as boys.

    , @anon
    A lot of white SJWs are driven by anti-white racism - strange but true.

    .

    research from one of the first cultural Marxists on how destroying a sense of normalcy can provoke a state of anomie and an increase in the rate of suicide

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%89mile_Durkheim#Suicide

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anomie
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  • Links to studies-corresponding to boldface text below- provided at website:

    http://spawktalk.blogspot.com/2015/12/anti-white-racism.html

    More broadly, what is being done in the university, and in society at large, is that White people are being denied any sense of ethnic identity. This is in-spite of the fact that large meta-analyses of dozens of studies show that racial consciousness is associated with improved personal well being and better life outcomes. Indeed, White identity is so strongly viewed as evil that many left wing publications went as far as to call Whites mourning the death of the French of the Paris Terrorist Attacks racist. Can you imagine anyone calling Blacks, Asians, or Arabs, racist for morning an attack on one of their cities?

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  • @epochehusserl
    I agree with all you said but American whites also have to look within and admit they allowed themselves to be ripped off like this by the political and economic powers that be. Whites should have been stronger but instead chose mass media distractions, degeneracy, divorce, moral decay, abortion.
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    The problems are even deeper than that. For a lot of people - the civil rights movement is their religion. Most people need some type of "grounding" as it were. If people arent religious then great political movements serve this function for many. The civil rights movement is just as sacred to many liberals as the cross is to many Christians. They dont know what else to do. They look at discussions such as these as an attack on their identity moreso than if you shot at them. The other problem is that there are a lot of women baby boomers who didnt have children whom the government seems to determined to keep alive forever at taxpayer expense - the baby boomer and homosexual voting block laughs at people who have a future time orientation. They are another group of people that views discussions such as these as an existential threat.

    I am hardly being original here but people have a biological need for a transcendental meaning to life, that when they don’t find it in the traditional ways of faiths and religions they find it in the humanist locations that you mention.

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  • @Clyde
    I agree with all you said but American whites also have to look within and admit they allowed themselves to be ripped off like this by the political and economic powers that be. Whites should have been stronger but instead chose mass media distractions, degeneracy, divorce, moral decay, abortion. We can still recover but by weakening ourselves we became prey for the uppermost (white) strata you mention.
    Never dismiss spite and sheer malice for the way upper strata whites have screwed the white middle classes and working classes via free trade and open borders. Far too many of them (male and female) are Obama voters and autism spectrum libertarians who ooze this disdain.

    I agree with all you said but American whites also have to look within and admit they allowed themselves to be ripped off like this by the political and economic powers that be. Whites should have been stronger but instead chose mass media distractions, degeneracy, divorce, moral decay, abortion.
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    The problems are even deeper than that. For a lot of people – the civil rights movement is their religion. Most people need some type of “grounding” as it were. If people arent religious then great political movements serve this function for many. The civil rights movement is just as sacred to many liberals as the cross is to many Christians. They dont know what else to do. They look at discussions such as these as an attack on their identity moreso than if you shot at them. The other problem is that there are a lot of women baby boomers who didnt have children whom the government seems to determined to keep alive forever at taxpayer expense – the baby boomer and homosexual voting block laughs at people who have a future time orientation. They are another group of people that views discussions such as these as an existential threat.

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    • Replies: @Clyde
    I am hardly being original here but people have a biological need for a transcendental meaning to life, that when they don't find it in the traditional ways of faiths and religions they find it in the humanist locations that you mention.
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  • @TangoMan
    Wow. Just wow. You have that exactly 100% backwards. Competence EARNS you benefits, they're not given out because of race.

    Sorry. I figured the sarcasm was evident.

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  • @TangoMan
    the combination of downward mobility and racial resentment may be a potent invitation to the kind of despair that leads to suicide in one form or another,

    There is some merit to this argument but it could be improved by tightening it up. That downward mobility you reference isn't a force of nature, it's engineered by liberals. Increases in black social mobility are the result of active intervention - civil service exams be eliminated, significant over-representation of blacks in government positions, affirmative action programs all over the place, federal contractors mandated to hire minorities to a set proportion of their workforce in order to qualify for government work, etc. In a zero sum game, black gains have to come out of someone's hide and it's not upper class whites who pay the toll.

    In a related sense, the flooding of the labor market via a wide open immigration pipeline puts significant downward wage pressure in the free market for labor. Blacks and Hispanics are given some shelter from the full effects by the presence of hiring quotas and government favoritism while whites are left unsheltered to take the full brunt of the effects which arise solely from the political decision (meaning it could be completely stopped) to depress wages in order to boost returns to capital.

    The racial resentment arises from the active discrimination government inflicts on non-elite whites in order to engineer a black and Hispanic uplift that wouldn't occur absent favoritism.

    I agree with all you said but American whites also have to look within and admit they allowed themselves to be ripped off like this by the political and economic powers that be. Whites should have been stronger but instead chose mass media distractions, degeneracy, divorce, moral decay, abortion. We can still recover but by weakening ourselves we became prey for the uppermost (white) strata you mention.
    Never dismiss spite and sheer malice for the way upper strata whites have screwed the white middle classes and working classes via free trade and open borders. Far too many of them (male and female) are Obama voters and autism spectrum libertarians who ooze this disdain.

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    I agree with all you said but American whites also have to look within and admit they allowed themselves to be ripped off like this by the political and economic powers that be. Whites should have been stronger but instead chose mass media distractions, degeneracy, divorce, moral decay, abortion.
    ---------------------------------------------
    The problems are even deeper than that. For a lot of people - the civil rights movement is their religion. Most people need some type of "grounding" as it were. If people arent religious then great political movements serve this function for many. The civil rights movement is just as sacred to many liberals as the cross is to many Christians. They dont know what else to do. They look at discussions such as these as an attack on their identity moreso than if you shot at them. The other problem is that there are a lot of women baby boomers who didnt have children whom the government seems to determined to keep alive forever at taxpayer expense - the baby boomer and homosexual voting block laughs at people who have a future time orientation. They are another group of people that views discussions such as these as an existential threat.
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  • @Stephen R. Diamond

    Whether Trump is a “pseudo populist”or not is open to debate, but at least he is some sort of populist...
     
    No, unfortunately a pseudo-populist isn't a kind of populist.

    A fake populist still has to talk in populist language – that in itself is useful in an ultra-liberal culture which is obsessed with “oppressed” minorities, restrictive speak codes and individual rights.

    Personally, I think Sanders is a fake populist and Trump is a more genuine one.

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  • @Threecranes
    Gee, Barbara, I read your book, "Nickel and Dimed" and found myself agreeing with much of what you wrote about the plight of the lower-working-class worker struggling to make ends meet. So what happened to the explanations you presented there about the macroeconomic causes of their downward spiral--those over which they have no control?

    Why no mention of the financialization of the once great American economy which has seen unproductive speculation displace industrial productivity? Why no mention of the largely Jewish class of entrepreneurial swindlers who arose in the 1980's and whose subsequent antics have proven to be so antithetical to native corporate, technological and industrial development? Why no mention that history shows that every productive nation in which Jews have come to dominate high finance (Spain, Netherlands, England) has speedily lost its manufacturing preeminence and gone into decline? Why no mention that internationalism is not only contrary to human nature but harmful to the native population while enriching a (relative) handful of Jewish arbitrageurs? Why no mention that corporate research scientists: engineers, chemists and physicists, fundamentally disagree with the treasonous perspective held by the current crop of managers and would run American businesses very differently than do the graduates of our business schools?

    When exactly did Jews dominate high-finance in Spain? They were expelled from the country in 1492.

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  • Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @Kevin O'Keeffe
    "...America was most built by African, Chinese, Japanese and Asian working class."

    That is the most absurd, ahistorical nonsense it has been my displeasure to read, in quite some time. America was built by White labor, with an assist by the Blacks. A few Chinese railroad workers and such, showing up in the mid-19th century, mainly in far-western parts of the country that were virtually uninhabited, hardly counts as more than a historical footnote.

    That’s the reality, but reality isn’t ‘real’ unless the media and educational establishment say so.

    Look for more of this sort of deranged nonsense in the future. This is what your children are being taught and what they will be expected to accept as the gospel truth.

    We are living in very sick times. I don’t think people realize how off the rails our society is at this point.

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  • @Rehmat
    White folks like Barbara and Kevin McDonald are unable to see the world outside the White prism. While over 80% of America's of billionaires (3,500) and millionaires (325,000) happens to be White - the great majority of Americans living below poverty line are non-Whites, especially the Afro-Americans.

    Europeans had conquered America by committing Holocaust of its natives - but America was most built by African, Chinese, Japanese and Asian working class.

    But, then, everyone should be free to whine in this LAND OF OPPORTUNTY.

    For example, in l841, at the dedication ceremony of Temple Beth Elohim in Charleston, South Carolina, Rabbi Gustav Posnanski declared: “This country is our Palestine, this city our Jerusalem, this house of G-d our Temple of Mount”.

    http://rehmat1.com/2011/08/16/rabbi-posnanski-us-is-our-palestine/

    “…America was most built by African, Chinese, Japanese and Asian working class.”

    That is the most absurd, ahistorical nonsense it has been my displeasure to read, in quite some time. America was built by White labor, with an assist by the Blacks. A few Chinese railroad workers and such, showing up in the mid-19th century, mainly in far-western parts of the country that were virtually uninhabited, hardly counts as more than a historical footnote.

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    That's the reality, but reality isn't 'real' unless the media and educational establishment say so.

    Look for more of this sort of deranged nonsense in the future. This is what your children are being taught and what they will be expected to accept as the gospel truth.

    We are living in very sick times. I don't think people realize how off the rails our society is at this point.
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  • @Ozymandias
    This is the sort of dreck you could read in any progressive newspaper. Why would an alleged "alternative news source" bother with it?

    “This is the sort of dreck you could read in any progressive newspaper.”

    No, while this article may be to the left of most Unz Review fare, a piece this critical of the Establishment, would still never be permitted to grace the pages of the New York Times.

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  • War for Blair Mountain [AKA "Groovy Battle for Battle Moutain"] says:

    My whole argument reduces to this:Barbara Erhenriech,Noam Chomsky, and his Daughter Aviva Chomsky(or is it Noam Chomsky with a wig on?) violently hate The Historic Native Born White American Working Class and want them-us dead!!!!! Why? Answer:Because all three(or is it two+Noam Chomsky with a wig on?) are Wealthy Greedy Cheating Liberal Parasites.

    The Historic Native Born White American Working Class is under no obligation to commit racial suicide within the borders of America because Barbara Ehrenriech,Noam Chomsky,Noam Chomsky with a wig on..and the predatory BMW-Audi driving Korean Overlords of Syosset demand it!!!!!!

    Map Reduce:(or is it foldl or foldr)->[Barbara Erhrenriech...Noam Chomsky...Noam with a wig on]+=[HATEWHITEY]….hows’ that for a catamorphism!!!

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  • War for Blair Mountain [AKA "Groovy Battle for Blair Mountain"] says:

    Barbara Ehrenrich has lived for over 30 year in Syosset LI. She has witnessed the racial transformation of Syosset take place….and she quite likes it.

    Syosset went from a blue-collar-working class white collar working class(lots of Gruman and Fairchild Electronics and Fairchild Wart-Hog Engineers and Machinists(Route 110 Farmingdale) to a well-to-do BMW-Audi predatory Asian Overlord Class that will be enthusiastically voting Fucking Whitey into a violently persecuted racial minority on Nov 3 2016 POTUS Election Night.

    Syosset post-WW2 up to the 1980′s had a lot of Blue-Collar-Native Born White American Factory and Trades and Construction Types prior to the Asian Invasion of Syosset. Prior to WW2….Syosset was Catholic German American Farming Families….

    Barbara Ehrenrich..like Noam Chomsky(multimillion $$$$$$$ Estate on Nantucket…violently hates The Historic Native Born White American Working Class….

    Barbara Erhenrich=Greedy Cheating White Liberal Class….And I can think of no more vile scum in the Whole of The Universe!!!!

    The Asians in Syosset are Asian Chain Migration beneficiares of the Gruman Corp psychopathic White Male CEO’s Asian Legal Immigrant Scab Labor Race-Replacement Policy….Gruman Corp is now surrounded by, and owned by the Patel and Singh Families from Northern India(The Patel and Singh Families have owned every Republican County Executive for several decades)…to the great Joy of Barabara Ehrenriech!!!!!

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  • Babs Ehrenreich talks about white privilege and so called white supremacy as if they were truisms. If we were truly privileged then working class whites would not be dying off as they are and “white supremacist” politicians would be trying to reverse this trend. Whites haven’t had any advantages or privileges since 1965 and as it is most white politicians at state and federal levels could care less about their own fellow whites and are now largely advocates and enablers of black and Latino racial chauvinism.

    Babs acts as if this is all just happening in a great big vacuum and that Jewish power and influence has played no part in this trend. American Jews generally have used their money, power and influence to impose free trade, mass immigration, black supremacy in the form of “civil rights” and fair housing laws and feminism on the hapless white goyim. Feminism has affected whites of all socioeconomic levels but everything else has especially taken its toll on working class whites.

    Whites and particularly poor and working class whites have nobody looking out for their best interests either in the Jew owned media or the government. So when you eliminate their jobs though free trade, diminish their job prospects through affirmative action and mass third world immigration, destroy their schools and neighborhoods and put them at grave physical risk through forced integration, busing, civil rights laws, section 8 and fair housing laws is it any wonder that poor and working class whites are losing hope and opting for suicide or engaging in self destructive behavior that leads to early death?

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  • Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @pyrrhus
    No, progressives on the left and neocons on the center-right both sneer at the white working class, which currently does not have a future.....My question is, will they continue to go silently into that Great Night, or will they put up violent resistance at some point.

    The war is coming. It’ Wiemer Rebublic now, we all know what comes next.

    This is why the current regime is so a adamant about getting arms out of the hands of whites.

    It sure as hell has nothing to do with this ‘mass shooting’ fever in the media lately…The media is merely formulating a narrative. Most of the shooting in America involves blacks – and even that problem has been worse in the past.

    Barbara is eagerly waiting for white America to lay down and die, thinking everything will fall in place on that wonderful day (Everyone needs a dream!)

    Interesting times ahead!

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  • @Hi There
    "...whites who, in relation to people of color, have long had the advantage of higher earnings, better access to health care, safer neighborhoods,..."

    Heh. Yes, the safer neighborhoods were an advantage of being white, not a result of it. Also the higher earnings, the securing access to basic necessities, etc. All were an unearned advantage.

    Wow. Just wow. You have that exactly 100% backwards. Competence EARNS you benefits, they’re not given out because of race.

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  • @neutral
    Regarding that swastika smeared in the bathroom, like all the other stories of "hate crimes" this one is more than likely to be an inside job to gain sympathy.

    You mean like the swastika on Morten Downey Jr’s head?

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  • While there is no medical evidence that racism is toxic to those who express it — after all, generations of wealthy slave owners survived quite nicely — the combination of downward mobility and racial resentment may be a potent invitation to the kind of despair that leads to suicide in one form or another, whether by gunshots or drugs. You can’t break a glass ceiling if you’re standing on ice.

    That last sentence sounds like a threat, Mrs. Ehrenreich. The insinuation that racial resentment is “toxic” is the worst kind of insult to the most maligned ethno-social class in the US today: the working class white.

    Why is it that when blacks are encouraged to nurse a sense of racial grievance and entitlement their lifespan increases, while whites who are denounced for any such sentiment die earlier? Is it because what you call “racism” is toxic? No, I don’t think so. Ethnic cohesion and group identity is obviously healthy. Deny it to people, and they become weaker and sicker.

    But here you are giving people poison pills and calling it a cure. It’s time we started calling it as it is: you have blood on your hands, woman. You are a “willing executioner.” And there’s plenty more where that came from.

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  • @neutral
    Regarding Thailand and Chinese tourists, this one has probably more to do with the fact that Thailand and China are right next to each other. If say Mexico had more Chinese tourists than Americans then that would definitely be a sign of shifting fortunes.

    China and Thailand do NOT share a boarder – not ‘right next to each other’(public education on geography I’m thinking), and why would the Chinese want to go to a dump like Mexico in the first place?

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    I think he/she was also ignoring the point made about tourists at Yellowstone. Besides the southern borders of China are not exactly criss-crossed with roads which make proximity by ground transport a reason for Chinese tourist numbers.
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  • “…whites who, in relation to people of color, have long had the advantage of higher earnings, better access to health care, safer neighborhoods,…”

    Heh. Yes, the safer neighborhoods were an advantage of being white, not a result of it. Also the higher earnings, the securing access to basic necessities, etc. All were an unearned advantage.

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    Wow. Just wow. You have that exactly 100% backwards. Competence EARNS you benefits, they're not given out because of race.
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  • anon • Disclaimer says:
    @Anonymous
    There have been periods in the past with even greater mass under employment, so mass under employment alone can't be the reason.

    You know the suicide/mortality rate during the depression?

    As it happens I partly agree – during the depression most people would have thought it would get better eventually and that glimmer might keep them going but with anti-white racism being the driving force in US culture the people in this situation know that even if the economy did get better it wouldn’t get better for them.

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  • @WorkingClass
    I've been a working class white guy for 71 years. I can't say why it is (if it's true) that we are dying off. But I can tell you we get profoundly unhappy when we don't have work. In our own mind we are either a provider (at least for our self) or we are worthless.

    If somebody says or does something stupid on television it's almost always a white guy. We are portrayed as abusers and racists but especially as dumb asses. This doesn't help but we don't really care that much what anybody thinks about us. We don't need somebody to write A Day Without A White Guy.

    As living conditions continue to deteriorate at some point us white guys will have to take matters into our own hands. The rest of y'all will never get past petitioning the authorities for favorable treatment. As for me - my time ain't long. In the end we all break even. Best luck to all of you. All except the war mongers. Y'all can rot in hell.

    In our own mind we are either a provider (at least for our self) or we are worthless.

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  • — and better yet, a strong union —

    “Strong union” is why, when the Asians finally figured out how to make a decent car, they couldn’t put even the slightest dent in the American market.

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  • @TangoMan
    the combination of downward mobility and racial resentment may be a potent invitation to the kind of despair that leads to suicide in one form or another,

    There is some merit to this argument but it could be improved by tightening it up. That downward mobility you reference isn't a force of nature, it's engineered by liberals. Increases in black social mobility are the result of active intervention - civil service exams be eliminated, significant over-representation of blacks in government positions, affirmative action programs all over the place, federal contractors mandated to hire minorities to a set proportion of their workforce in order to qualify for government work, etc. In a zero sum game, black gains have to come out of someone's hide and it's not upper class whites who pay the toll.

    In a related sense, the flooding of the labor market via a wide open immigration pipeline puts significant downward wage pressure in the free market for labor. Blacks and Hispanics are given some shelter from the full effects by the presence of hiring quotas and government favoritism while whites are left unsheltered to take the full brunt of the effects which arise solely from the political decision (meaning it could be completely stopped) to depress wages in order to boost returns to capital.

    The racial resentment arises from the active discrimination government inflicts on non-elite whites in order to engineer a black and Hispanic uplift that wouldn't occur absent favoritism.

    You continue to make sense.

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  • @TangoMan
    When the federal government finally weighed in on the side of desegregation

    If only. No, what the US government did was weigh in on the side of integration. There's a big difference.

    In an environment of segregation, government uses its power to enforce segregation of people by race and compels actions from citizens and business. Desegregation would involve removing all laws which compel people to segregate. Integration is where the government uses law to compel people to associate.

    If what you called desegregation was applied to the law of marriage after Loving was handed down, the government would have moved from prohibiting inter-racial marriage to requiring inter-racial marriage. That didn't happen, Loving got government out of the business of policing the racial aspect of marriage, in a sense it led to the desegregation of marriage. Civil rights laws are the flip side of segregation laws. If it's wrong for government to use it's power to compel people to segregate, then it's equally wrong for government to compel people to integrate.

    In an environment of segregation, government uses its power to enforce segregation of people by race and compels actions from citizens and business. Desegregation would involve removing all laws which compel people to segregate. Integration is where the government uses law to compel people to associate.

    What you say is far too obvious and common sensible for any prominent person in the US to take note of.

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  • Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Great article!

    I come from working class who came from working class who came from working class, all the way back to the boats from Ireland, Italy and even Indian Reservations. Just like in the article the men in my family have all had their bodies used up by tedious manual labor, mesothelioma from being in the navy, heart disease from smoking; and, good old fashioned wear and tear from poor dietary choices and lack of exercise. The intelligentsia are only taking notice of the people stoking the furnaces because their non-production jobs are in real jeopardy and they might have to go pick up a shovel themselves.

    Growing up I was ostracized and ridiculed based on my “poorness” and noticed that it really did help with group cohesion and self esteem of my wealthier classmates. Their schadenfreude helped them get through the day, especially when I had greater academic, athletic, or artistic success than them. People fear something that can potentially harm them; my old classmates feared that someone of lower class is better than them or that they might become low class if their parents lost their high paying jobs. Poor whites feel a genuine and visceral fear of being relegated to the same social standing and economic desperation as poor blacks. People fear losing their dignity and prestige; and they sure as hell fear losing the ability to provide food, shelter, and clothing.

    What is happening to blue collar workers is nothing new. No one noticed because most of the men in these statistics aren’t the type prone to bitching and moaning about how life isn’t fair. They were hard at work somewhere.

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  • @Biff
    It,s the jobs man. They've been shipped. This is not rocket science, simply take a look on the shelves of one of your favorite corporate monopolies(there's only a few of them) and check where things are made.

    Now, if you would like to take the effort to go to one of America's most popular National parks - Yellow Stone - as I did this past summer, take a look at who makes up the majority of tourists. Clearly and plainly they were Chinese.

    One of the most popular tourist destinations on the planet is Thailand, which I happen to be at this very moment. The most popular tourist here? Chinese. And it's not just me making it up, all of the English speaking bars and restaurants are telling me the same thing.

    And don't assume I'm Sinophobic - I am not, but clearly it should be easy to see where the manufacturing base is, and who has the most blue collar jobs, that provide expendible income to travel.


    White middle clase labor just got too expensive, and was systematically replaced with cheap labor. If you still think that not the case go to one of your favortie corporate monopolies(there's only a few) and see who is stocking the shelves at four in the moring.

    “and see who is stocking the shelves at four in the morning” I’d say that depends on what part of the world you’re in Biff. Down my way, (Australia) they are nearly all, without exception, of the Indian persuasion.

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  • I remember being told by conservative Christians that abortion and welfare were ploys by leftists to kill off the black population. It looks like working class whites are being led the same way.

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  • Casualties of the war on whites. Ask yourself when has government at any level done anything, no matter how small or insignificant, to help whites. American government hates white people and whites are beginning to catch on just how much they are hated by their own government.

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    Government which has (predictably, I add, because you probably meant it) done something which has helped whites? What about the GI Bill? Before that the creation of state universities? Before that dealing with Native Americans so as to make their land available to whites?
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  • @anon

    There is some merit to this argument
     
    No there isn't - she's blaming all these 100,000s of suicides on blue collar white people being too racist to live.

    The true reason is those deaths are a response to the mass under employment caused by the immigration she supports.

    A lot of black disfunction is/was a result of the same thing.

    There have been periods in the past with even greater mass under employment, so mass under employment alone can’t be the reason.

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    You know the suicide/mortality rate during the depression?

    As it happens I partly agree - during the depression most people would have thought it would get better eventually and that glimmer might keep them going but with anti-white racism being the driving force in US culture the people in this situation know that even if the economy did get better it wouldn't get better for them.
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  • Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    She is writing for the controlled media. She cannot possibly be this stupid and bigoted.
    She doesn’t even mention that working class whites are victimized by blacks, not the other way around. I remember when my very safe working class neighborhood’s softball field was bulldozed to make way for section 8 housing. Assaults and murders occurred because of that, and schools that fill with blacks become impossible places for whites. The whites in my neighborhood did not react to blacks moving in with any “hate.” The first ones, not the section 8 people, were ok. But as they become more of a presence, and then a majority, inevitably, it becomes unlivable for whites. Hate on the whites part has almost nothing to do with it — blacks aren’t bothered. They move in anyway. Most of any violence is black on white. Whites rarely attack, and virtually never go into a black neighborhood to do so. Blacks will go into a white neighborhood.
    My father worked as a refrigeration “engineer” and during the 1970s, had to train several blacks who were affirmative action. If they’d worked, he wouldn’t have minded. He admired a good worker. However, they didn’t want to work much and his face aged in a couple years. Once he retired from there, he regained his youth to some extent, and worked elsewhere. He knew black workers he liked. But affirmative action hires are not generally appreciated for good reason. Barbara wouldn’t like it either–I’m sure there’s some black woman who could be writing this stupid article and you could at least understand the psychology. Coming from B.E., it’s just sick and sickening.
    This woman misses the elephant in the room. The fact that whites, whether they want to or not, simply cannot live with blacks in large numbers. Blacks want to live around whites (as long as they are not the only ones) but whites do not want to live in a mostly black environment because it is dangerous. Not because they “hate.”

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  • I’ve been a working class white guy for 71 years. I can’t say why it is (if it’s true) that we are dying off. But I can tell you we get profoundly unhappy when we don’t have work. In our own mind we are either a provider (at least for our self) or we are worthless.

    If somebody says or does something stupid on television it’s almost always a white guy. We are portrayed as abusers and racists but especially as dumb asses. This doesn’t help but we don’t really care that much what anybody thinks about us. We don’t need somebody to write A Day Without A White Guy.

    As living conditions continue to deteriorate at some point us white guys will have to take matters into our own hands. The rest of y’all will never get past petitioning the authorities for favorable treatment. As for me – my time ain’t long. In the end we all break even. Best luck to all of you. All except the war mongers. Y’all can rot in hell.

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    In our own mind we are either a provider (at least for our self) or we are worthless.
     
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  • Barbara Ehrenreich & Linh Dinh would agree about just about everything, I’d guess.

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  • I wonder if blue-collar whites really have a feeling of white privilege. (They sometimes have the impression that they work better or harder than blacks, and sometimes they are outraged by black behaviour, but that’s hardly the same thing.) Ms. Ehrenreich never seems to have really studied this problem, but it’s a matter of belief with her. She tries to build some strange hypotheses about blue-collar depression on this base (as if the downward mobility weren’t a sufficient reason for depression). I would recommend not to trust these hypotheses without critical testing them against reality.

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  • @unpc downunder
    "When the federal government finally weighed in on the side of desegregation, working class whites were left to defend their own diminishing privilege by moving rightward toward the likes of Alabama Governor (and later presidential candidate) George Wallace and his many white pseudo-populist successors down to Donald Trump."

    Whether Trump is a "pseudo populist"or not is open to debate, but at least he is some sort of populist, and is under no financial motivation to show concern for American workers. The liberal individualistic hegemony is now so dominant that any kind of populist has to overcome an enormous amount of MSM resistance to get their message heard.

    After reading your book "Smile or Die" I can't help but feel you're personal dislike of pushy, overly-positive extroverts is distorting your view of Trump. Certainly there is a lot of BS in the business world, but that doesn't mean that every businessman who engages in politics does so for negative reasons.

    Whether Trump is a “pseudo populist”or not is open to debate, but at least he is some sort of populist…

    No, unfortunately a pseudo-populist isn’t a kind of populist.

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    A fake populist still has to talk in populist language - that in itself is useful in an ultra-liberal culture which is obsessed with "oppressed" minorities, restrictive speak codes and individual rights.

    Personally, I think Sanders is a fake populist and Trump is a more genuine one.
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  • “…local police forces, which, as we know, have taken it up with such enthusiasm as to become both a national and international scandal. The Guardian, for instance, now keeps a running tally of the number of Americans (mostly black) killed by cops…”

    Nonsense, Ms. Ehrenreich. Don’t commit crime and when dealing with the police be respectful and comply promptly with their instructions and an individual’s chances of being shot by the police are nil. I’m reasonably sure that you know that. I think that you also know that blacks commit a disproportionate amount of crime in the U.S.

    “…black protest, in the form of the Black Lives Matter movement and a wave of on-campus demonstrations, has largely recaptured the moral high ground formerly occupied by the civil rights movement.”

    Patently false. The BLM-movement and the campus-protestors are a bunch of whining thugs, malcontents and crybabies. They occupy no moral high-ground. “I wasn’t provided with a trigger-warning and I was micro-aggressed; I’m scarred for life.” Boo-hoo. Nonsense.

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  • Obviously this crap commentary was written by someone who hates white Americans. The idea that white working class Americans are a bunch of racists is the type of commentary one expects from the slime who inhabit universities and the pages of most newspapers. Pathetic.

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  • I don’t know any Americans from the working classes – if that description is still permitted. But I sense that this commentary on them is a travesty of the truth.

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  • ‘W.E.B. Du Bois wrote in 1935, “It must be remembered that the white group of laborers, while they received a low wage, were compensated in part by a sort of public and psychological wage.”’

    Du Bois is clearly an idiot. Wages are given in money. The value of money is determined by its use as a medium for exchange. By precedent of many exchanges an amount of money becomes roughly equivalent to certain groupings of commodities. A set wage is therefore a license to obtain a certain number of such commodities with the amount of money that constitutes this wage.

    How the f***k are you going to determine the value of something like ‘white privilege’, if such a thing even existed? On what market is such a thing traded and therefore associated with a monetary amount? Pure ridiculousness. Such nonsensical musing has nothing to do with economics or science and certainly can never constitute a ‘wage’.

    The attempt to compute any value for such a nonsensical notion would necessarily involve political, moral and ethical decisions, not economic ones.

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    Someone who says that the long dead Du Bois "is [sic] clearly an idiot" needs to be told to calm down before making an idiot of himself by showing himself incapable of understanding Ms Ehrenreich's quite simply suggestion that working class whites enjoyed quite significant non-market, non-economic, advantages that they had no trouble adding in to the causes of their psychological wellbeing.

    Don't you think some very poor people are quite happy? What explanation or explanations can you give for this? After calming down can't you think of a dozen or more?
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  • @anon

    There is some merit to this argument
     
    No there isn't - she's blaming all these 100,000s of suicides on blue collar white people being too racist to live.

    The true reason is those deaths are a response to the mass under employment caused by the immigration she supports.

    A lot of black disfunction is/was a result of the same thing.

    a response to the mass under employment caused by the immigration she supports

    I think the Kulturkampf is more likely. Not only have they lost work, but they have lost meaning and connection. They have been made to pay the sins of the white elite who have NO intention of giving up their “elite privilege.”

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  • @anon
    The piece you quoted was a sneer at outer party types.

    It’s not easy to maintain the usual sense of white superiority when parts of the media are squeezing laughs from the contrast between savvy blacks and rural white bumpkins
     

    Bit of a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma. Progressivism is what Derbyshire once called the “Cold Civil War.” While decrying “white supremacy,” whatever that is, Ehrenreich at least points out that much of the Progressive movement is shameless boots stomping on the face of humanity (if white and not elite) forever.

    I imagine the worst-off people in the USA are poor blacks, but they don’t face the demonization that poor whites do. I’m glad to be in neither group.

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  • anon • Disclaimer says:
    @Maj. Kong
    http://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/183012/bad-apple-doesnt-fall-far-radical-tree-daniel-greenfield

    http://www.algemeiner.com/2013/03/21/jewish-anti-semites-finally-come-out-of-the-closet/

    Barb is married to a Jewish husband, but she isn't ethnically Jewish, and they don't appear to be Zionist.

    There are plenty of white SJWs who are motivated by a racial hatred of white people. They nearly always grew up in almost all-white areas and therefore only have experience of the white version of racism.

    If the media told the whole truth instead of censoring the other 1001 varieties of racism then these people wouldn’t exist.

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  • anon • Disclaimer says:
    @TangoMan
    the combination of downward mobility and racial resentment may be a potent invitation to the kind of despair that leads to suicide in one form or another,

    There is some merit to this argument but it could be improved by tightening it up. That downward mobility you reference isn't a force of nature, it's engineered by liberals. Increases in black social mobility are the result of active intervention - civil service exams be eliminated, significant over-representation of blacks in government positions, affirmative action programs all over the place, federal contractors mandated to hire minorities to a set proportion of their workforce in order to qualify for government work, etc. In a zero sum game, black gains have to come out of someone's hide and it's not upper class whites who pay the toll.

    In a related sense, the flooding of the labor market via a wide open immigration pipeline puts significant downward wage pressure in the free market for labor. Blacks and Hispanics are given some shelter from the full effects by the presence of hiring quotas and government favoritism while whites are left unsheltered to take the full brunt of the effects which arise solely from the political decision (meaning it could be completely stopped) to depress wages in order to boost returns to capital.

    The racial resentment arises from the active discrimination government inflicts on non-elite whites in order to engineer a black and Hispanic uplift that wouldn't occur absent favoritism.

    There is some merit to this argument

    No there isn’t – she’s blaming all these 100,000s of suicides on blue collar white people being too racist to live.

    The true reason is those deaths are a response to the mass under employment caused by the immigration she supports.

    A lot of black disfunction is/was a result of the same thing.

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    a response to the mass under employment caused by the immigration she supports

    I think the Kulturkampf is more likely. Not only have they lost work, but they have lost meaning and connection. They have been made to pay the sins of the white elite who have NO intention of giving up their "elite privilege."
    , @Anonymous
    There have been periods in the past with even greater mass under employment, so mass under employment alone can't be the reason.
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  • @TomSchmidt
    Not so much. Progressivism is an ongoing sneer at the outer party types. The Progressives would not allow this in their papers:

    It’s not easy to maintain the usual sense of white superiority when parts of the media are squeezing laughs from the contrast between savvy blacks and rural white bumpkins, as in the Tina Fey comedy Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. White, presumably upper-middle class people generally conceive of these characters and plot lines, which, to a child of white working class parents like myself, sting with condescension.
     

    The piece you quoted was a sneer at outer party types.

    It’s not easy to maintain the usual sense of white superiority when parts of the media are squeezing laughs from the contrast between savvy blacks and rural white bumpkins

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    Bit of a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma. Progressivism is what Derbyshire once called the "Cold Civil War." While decrying "white supremacy," whatever that is, Ehrenreich at least points out that much of the Progressive movement is shameless boots stomping on the face of humanity (if white and not elite) forever.

    I imagine the worst-off people in the USA are poor blacks, but they don't face the demonization that poor whites do. I'm glad to be in neither group.
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  • An almost perfect caricature of the anti-white racism at the heart of SJW ideology.

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  • @fnn
    You have to blind not to see that neo-Marxism/Cultural Marxism (i.e., multicult, anti-West, anti-white, radical feminist, LGBT) is the official ideology of neoliberal globalist capitalism. Just one example from yesterday: Zuckerman's New York Daily News blames the jihadist attack in San Bernadino on "white hate groups":
    http://newobserveronline.com/ny-daily-news-blamed-whites-for-san-bernardino-shooting/

    It should be obvious: National sovereignty is a barrier to commerce and mass immigration lowers wages in developed countries. Of course modern mass immigration is a form of commerce (i.e., human trafficking) because it is encouraged or sponsored by the bankster-controlled receiving states. Nothing like the Völkerwanderung.

    Jihadists you say!!

    American investigative journalist, Jim Stone, posted on his website that this was a make-up shooting after Planned Parenthood attack failed.

    “Two shooters (now the only two suspects) are dead (how convenient) and were shot to death by police in their car. Muslim man and woman. Probably husband and wife. Let us see if this morph the story to two men rather than a man and a woman, because now they already morphed the story from long rifles to handguns and assault rifles, and three shooters to two, who arrived in four cars and left in one. I’m sure situational artificial intelligence has been assigned to comb the web for public opinion and script the story line accordingly, which is why it keeps changing, often in irrational ways,” Jim said.

    Someone who was at the scene, reported that he didn’t see blood or dead bodies, except a few scared people brought out by the police (watch video below).

    http://rehmat1.com/2015/12/03/san-bernardino-shooting-a-drill-for-gun-control/

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  • @Avi
    Sorry Rehmat. Barbara Ehrenreich isn't White and her people didn't build the country. She certainly doesn't identify with the people who did build it, as is evidenced by the tone of this article.

    Barbara Ehrenreich is a radical feminist Jew who celebrates the death of white christian america and has written as such.

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    Sorry Avi, your ignorance is showing. Ms Ehrenreich is not Jewish, not that that's a bad thing. She is a feminist who works for women's rights, like millions of other women, a socialist, an excellent writer and a prominent American intellectual, although I've never seen her dressed in camouflage. If you'd like to learn more about her work, as a respected writer and political activist I suggest that you start here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbara_Ehrenreich

    The article includes a bibliography which may help to clear up some of the the gaps in your knowledge.
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  • @Sherman
    The reason why white life expectancies are decreasing paradoxically probably has more to do with affluence than poverty.

    As Americans get wealthier they tend to have more money for unhealthy indulgences, i.e. fast food, cigarettes, beer.

    I was on a cruise last year and there were so many obese people. It was painful to see them stuffing their mouths at the midnight buffet.

    When I was a kid not too long ago I never saw so many people like this.

    But obesity doesn’t kill you….

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  • @Rehmat
    White folks like Barbara and Kevin McDonald are unable to see the world outside the White prism. While over 80% of America's of billionaires (3,500) and millionaires (325,000) happens to be White - the great majority of Americans living below poverty line are non-Whites, especially the Afro-Americans.

    Europeans had conquered America by committing Holocaust of its natives - but America was most built by African, Chinese, Japanese and Asian working class.

    But, then, everyone should be free to whine in this LAND OF OPPORTUNTY.

    For example, in l841, at the dedication ceremony of Temple Beth Elohim in Charleston, South Carolina, Rabbi Gustav Posnanski declared: “This country is our Palestine, this city our Jerusalem, this house of G-d our Temple of Mount”.

    http://rehmat1.com/2011/08/16/rabbi-posnanski-us-is-our-palestine/

    Rehmat, we had this discussion before. The only reason the country is worth discussing is because white people built it. Without white people no one would want to come here. White Supremacism – attempting to get away from Jews, Asians, Blacks, Latinos and Muslims. Civil Rights Supremacism – Jews, Asians, Blacks, Latinos and Muslims attempting to get away from each other to live near whites because they create livable countries. No one claims that Nigerians are not racist because no one cares about that country because its not worth living in because of the people there. Jews, Asians, Blacks, Latinos and Muslims are scared of white separatism because you know that white people dont need those other groups. BTW, if blacks “built the country” then why would white have ended slavery and instituted Jim Crow? Maybe because Whites realized that Black people were not worth the bother.

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  • @Ozymandias
    This is the sort of dreck you could read in any progressive newspaper. Why would an alleged "alternative news source" bother with it?

    No, progressives on the left and neocons on the center-right both sneer at the white working class, which currently does not have a future…..My question is, will they continue to go silently into that Great Night, or will they put up violent resistance at some point.

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    The war is coming. It' Wiemer Rebublic now, we all know what comes next.

    This is why the current regime is so a adamant about getting arms out of the hands of whites.

    It sure as hell has nothing to do with this 'mass shooting' fever in the media lately...The media is merely formulating a narrative. Most of the shooting in America involves blacks - and even that problem has been worse in the past.

    Barbara is eagerly waiting for white America to lay down and die, thinking everything will fall in place on that wonderful day (Everyone needs a dream!)

    Interesting times ahead!
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  • What a horrible piece of writing. Instead of the numerous actual issues out there — family breakdown, wage decline, easier accessibility of prescription opiates — this is focused on some kind of amorphous, ideological, and unprovable ‘psychological benefits of white privilege’. Really ridiculous. I used to like her work a lot.

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  • @Rehmat
    White folks like Barbara and Kevin McDonald are unable to see the world outside the White prism. While over 80% of America's of billionaires (3,500) and millionaires (325,000) happens to be White - the great majority of Americans living below poverty line are non-Whites, especially the Afro-Americans.

    Europeans had conquered America by committing Holocaust of its natives - but America was most built by African, Chinese, Japanese and Asian working class.

    But, then, everyone should be free to whine in this LAND OF OPPORTUNTY.

    For example, in l841, at the dedication ceremony of Temple Beth Elohim in Charleston, South Carolina, Rabbi Gustav Posnanski declared: “This country is our Palestine, this city our Jerusalem, this house of G-d our Temple of Mount”.

    http://rehmat1.com/2011/08/16/rabbi-posnanski-us-is-our-palestine/

    Sorry Rehmat. Barbara Ehrenreich isn’t White and her people didn’t build the country. She certainly doesn’t identify with the people who did build it, as is evidenced by the tone of this article.

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    Barbara Ehrenreich is a radical feminist Jew who celebrates the death of white christian america and has written as such.
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  • The reason why white life expectancies are decreasing paradoxically probably has more to do with affluence than poverty.

    As Americans get wealthier they tend to have more money for unhealthy indulgences, i.e. fast food, cigarettes, beer.

    I was on a cruise last year and there were so many obese people. It was painful to see them stuffing their mouths at the midnight buffet.

    When I was a kid not too long ago I never saw so many people like this.

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    But obesity doesn't kill you....
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  • You have to blind not to see that neo-Marxism/Cultural Marxism (i.e., multicult, anti-West, anti-white, radical feminist, LGBT) is the official ideology of neoliberal globalist capitalism. Just one example from yesterday: Zuckerman’s New York Daily News blames the jihadist attack in San Bernadino on “white hate groups”:

    http://newobserveronline.com/ny-daily-news-blamed-whites-for-san-bernardino-shooting/

    It should be obvious: National sovereignty is a barrier to commerce and mass immigration lowers wages in developed countries. Of course modern mass immigration is a form of commerce (i.e., human trafficking) because it is encouraged or sponsored by the bankster-controlled receiving states. Nothing like the Völkerwanderung.

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    Jihadists you say!!

    American investigative journalist, Jim Stone, posted on his website that this was a make-up shooting after Planned Parenthood attack failed.

    “Two shooters (now the only two suspects) are dead (how convenient) and were shot to death by police in their car. Muslim man and woman. Probably husband and wife. Let us see if this morph the story to two men rather than a man and a woman, because now they already morphed the story from long rifles to handguns and assault rifles, and three shooters to two, who arrived in four cars and left in one. I’m sure situational artificial intelligence has been assigned to comb the web for public opinion and script the story line accordingly, which is why it keeps changing, often in irrational ways,” Jim said.

    Someone who was at the scene, reported that he didn’t see blood or dead bodies, except a few scared people brought out by the police (watch video below).

    http://rehmat1.com/2015/12/03/san-bernardino-shooting-a-drill-for-gun-control/
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  • White folks like Barbara and Kevin McDonald are unable to see the world outside the White prism. While over 80% of America’s of billionaires (3,500) and millionaires (325,000) happens to be White – the great majority of Americans living below poverty line are non-Whites, especially the Afro-Americans.

    Europeans had conquered America by committing Holocaust of its natives – but America was most built by African, Chinese, Japanese and Asian working class.

    But, then, everyone should be free to whine in this LAND OF OPPORTUNTY.

    For example, in l841, at the dedication ceremony of Temple Beth Elohim in Charleston, South Carolina, Rabbi Gustav Posnanski declared: “This country is our Palestine, this city our Jerusalem, this house of G-d our Temple of Mount”.

    http://rehmat1.com/2011/08/16/rabbi-posnanski-us-is-our-palestine/

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    Sorry Rehmat. Barbara Ehrenreich isn't White and her people didn't build the country. She certainly doesn't identify with the people who did build it, as is evidenced by the tone of this article.
    , @epochehusserl
    Rehmat, we had this discussion before. The only reason the country is worth discussing is because white people built it. Without white people no one would want to come here. White Supremacism - attempting to get away from Jews, Asians, Blacks, Latinos and Muslims. Civil Rights Supremacism - Jews, Asians, Blacks, Latinos and Muslims attempting to get away from each other to live near whites because they create livable countries. No one claims that Nigerians are not racist because no one cares about that country because its not worth living in because of the people there. Jews, Asians, Blacks, Latinos and Muslims are scared of white separatism because you know that white people dont need those other groups. BTW, if blacks "built the country" then why would white have ended slavery and instituted Jim Crow? Maybe because Whites realized that Black people were not worth the bother.
    , @Kevin O'Keeffe
    "...America was most built by African, Chinese, Japanese and Asian working class."

    That is the most absurd, ahistorical nonsense it has been my displeasure to read, in quite some time. America was built by White labor, with an assist by the Blacks. A few Chinese railroad workers and such, showing up in the mid-19th century, mainly in far-western parts of the country that were virtually uninhabited, hardly counts as more than a historical footnote.
    , @dcite
    Do you know anything about the history of America? I mean anything outside your fantasy socio 101-for-3rd-world-people-of-color-who-depend-on-white-people-civilization-and-resent-it?
    Almost all the "Africans" lived in the South. They mainly made wealth for a few plantation owners. It was said that slave labor made products like sugar, cheaper, especially coming from the Indies, but the "Africans" could hardly be said to have built anything, except under the direction of whites.
    North of the Mason-Dixon line, the country was built by European immigrants and they moved west. In the western states, the Chinese did work on the railroads, but they did not "build" the entire line. How the hell do you think Americans (Yankee ingenuity) invented all that they did when they did none of the work. You are either a troll joker, or you're in denial. Or maybe just a liar.
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  • @Maj. Kong
    http://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/183012/bad-apple-doesnt-fall-far-radical-tree-daniel-greenfield

    http://www.algemeiner.com/2013/03/21/jewish-anti-semites-finally-come-out-of-the-closet/

    Barb is married to a Jewish husband, but she isn't ethnically Jewish, and they don't appear to be Zionist.

    Maybe pseudo-anti-Zionist like Chomsky. Chomsky claims that Israel is only a helpless tool of American imperialism and the Israel Lobby is just another lobby like the American Dairy Association:

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  • I lost interest when the madame begin rambling about “white privilege” to sidestep outsourcing, dreg import and Critical Race Theories.

    Of course, the fish don’t know they are swimming…

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  • The current state of humanity remembers me the movie The time machine, when humans lined up to be eaten by the Morlocks. I have a slight idea who the Morlocks are in today’s reality.

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  • @hbm
    Endless hasbara; endless discourse-policing; endless narrative-shaping.

    This was not supposed to happen.
     
    Of course it was, Barbara, and some of us know exactly who to thank for it.

    Anxiously awaiting your next column on Jewish racism and Jewish wealth in the New America.

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    Maybe pseudo-anti-Zionist like Chomsky. Chomsky claims that Israel is only a helpless tool of American imperialism and the Israel Lobby is just another lobby like the American Dairy Association:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KB2lDJJr3lE

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_LygPVxY8A

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WgpnpM7Bh24
    , @anon
    There are plenty of white SJWs who are motivated by a racial hatred of white people. They nearly always grew up in almost all-white areas and therefore only have experience of the white version of racism.

    If the media told the whole truth instead of censoring the other 1001 varieties of racism then these people wouldn't exist.
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  • @Biff
    It,s the jobs man. They've been shipped. This is not rocket science, simply take a look on the shelves of one of your favorite corporate monopolies(there's only a few of them) and check where things are made.

    Now, if you would like to take the effort to go to one of America's most popular National parks - Yellow Stone - as I did this past summer, take a look at who makes up the majority of tourists. Clearly and plainly they were Chinese.

    One of the most popular tourist destinations on the planet is Thailand, which I happen to be at this very moment. The most popular tourist here? Chinese. And it's not just me making it up, all of the English speaking bars and restaurants are telling me the same thing.

    And don't assume I'm Sinophobic - I am not, but clearly it should be easy to see where the manufacturing base is, and who has the most blue collar jobs, that provide expendible income to travel.


    White middle clase labor just got too expensive, and was systematically replaced with cheap labor. If you still think that not the case go to one of your favortie corporate monopolies(there's only a few) and see who is stocking the shelves at four in the moring.

    Regarding Thailand and Chinese tourists, this one has probably more to do with the fact that Thailand and China are right next to each other. If say Mexico had more Chinese tourists than Americans then that would definitely be a sign of shifting fortunes.

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    China and Thailand do NOT share a boarder - not 'right next to each other'(public education on geography I'm thinking), and why would the Chinese want to go to a dump like Mexico in the first place?
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  • Regarding that swastika smeared in the bathroom, like all the other stories of “hate crimes” this one is more than likely to be an inside job to gain sympathy.

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    You mean like the swastika on Morten Downey Jr's head?
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  • It,s the jobs man. They’ve been shipped. This is not rocket science, simply take a look on the shelves of one of your favorite corporate monopolies(there’s only a few of them) and check where things are made.

    Now, if you would like to take the effort to go to one of America’s most popular National parks – Yellow Stone – as I did this past summer, take a look at who makes up the majority of tourists. Clearly and plainly they were Chinese.

    One of the most popular tourist destinations on the planet is Thailand, which I happen to be at this very moment. The most popular tourist here? Chinese. And it’s not just me making it up, all of the English speaking bars and restaurants are telling me the same thing.

    And don’t assume I’m Sinophobic – I am not, but clearly it should be easy to see where the manufacturing base is, and who has the most blue collar jobs, that provide expendible income to travel.

    White middle clase labor just got too expensive, and was systematically replaced with cheap labor. If you still think that not the case go to one of your favortie corporate monopolies(there’s only a few) and see who is stocking the shelves at four in the moring.

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    Regarding Thailand and Chinese tourists, this one has probably more to do with the fact that Thailand and China are right next to each other. If say Mexico had more Chinese tourists than Americans then that would definitely be a sign of shifting fortunes.
    , @The Albino Sasquatch
    "and see who is stocking the shelves at four in the morning" I'd say that depends on what part of the world you're in Biff. Down my way, (Australia) they are nearly all, without exception, of the Indian persuasion.
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  • Leftist conservative [AKA "radical_centrist"] says: • Website

    in the late 1600s, a mixed race rebellion of blacks and whites burned jamestown virginia to the ground. … they were rebelling against the upper class…. the whites were mostly either “indentured servants” aka white slaves in truth, or freed white slaves. Blacks were mostly indentured slaves, and some were chattel slaves, some were free.

    The upper class realized they had to separate the blacks from the lower class whites. So the upper class created race-based laws to prevent the lower class whites from joining with blacks against the upper class. These race based laws prevented lower class whites from socialising with blacks. These laws raised the social status of whites in general to be above blacks.

    The lower class whites were thus elevated by the rich whites. Those machinations by the upper class was the genesis of american culture. So lower class whites got a social status boost. But that elevation in status was not of their own making. But it became their culture.

    The civil war and the end of slavery came about because whites in the north became afraid that slaveowners were going to make them slaves, too. Afterward, the white majority tried to use jim crow laws to maintain their own white-superiority culture (which was created by the upper class in the 1600s to prevent rebellion through divide and conquer). Jim Crow helped the white majority maintain their own culture for almost 100 years.

    And then the upper class took away that special status decades ago when the upper class created the civil rights era starting in about 1960 (although the propaganda groundwork was laid even earlier).

    The upper class created the civil rights era in order to increase the supply of workers and consumers, thus depressing wages, creating economic growth, and making the upper class richer.

    So then the lower class whites got angry. The Trump candidacy is an after-effect of this cultural struggle between the lower class white majority and the upper class, which uses nonwhites and immigrants as economic and cultural weapons against the white working class majority.

    And now the upper class whites don’t like this Trump stuff. The upper class whites really like it the way it is now–more workers and consumers via racial integration and affirmative action, mass immigration flooding the labor supply and keeping the debt-based economy going.

    That is where we are right now.

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  • “When the federal government finally weighed in on the side of desegregation, working class whites were left to defend their own diminishing privilege by moving rightward toward the likes of Alabama Governor (and later presidential candidate) George Wallace and his many white pseudo-populist successors down to Donald Trump.”

    Whether Trump is a “pseudo populist”or not is open to debate, but at least he is some sort of populist, and is under no financial motivation to show concern for American workers. The liberal individualistic hegemony is now so dominant that any kind of populist has to overcome an enormous amount of MSM resistance to get their message heard.

    After reading your book “Smile or Die” I can’t help but feel you’re personal dislike of pushy, overly-positive extroverts is distorting your view of Trump. Certainly there is a lot of BS in the business world, but that doesn’t mean that every businessman who engages in politics does so for negative reasons.

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    Whether Trump is a “pseudo populist”or not is open to debate, but at least he is some sort of populist...
     
    No, unfortunately a pseudo-populist isn't a kind of populist.
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  • blue collar die off is a matter of course with globalization. the main problem is there was no white collar jobs to replace the numbers. and now USA is bleeding white collar jobs too.

    think automation would get here fast enough to save everyone from working?

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  • Gee, Barbara, I read your book, “Nickel and Dimed” and found myself agreeing with much of what you wrote about the plight of the lower-working-class worker struggling to make ends meet. So what happened to the explanations you presented there about the macroeconomic causes of their downward spiral–those over which they have no control?

    Why no mention of the financialization of the once great American economy which has seen unproductive speculation displace industrial productivity? Why no mention of the largely Jewish class of entrepreneurial swindlers who arose in the 1980′s and whose subsequent antics have proven to be so antithetical to native corporate, technological and industrial development? Why no mention that history shows that every productive nation in which Jews have come to dominate high finance (Spain, Netherlands, England) has speedily lost its manufacturing preeminence and gone into decline? Why no mention that internationalism is not only contrary to human nature but harmful to the native population while enriching a (relative) handful of Jewish arbitrageurs? Why no mention that corporate research scientists: engineers, chemists and physicists, fundamentally disagree with the treasonous perspective held by the current crop of managers and would run American businesses very differently than do the graduates of our business schools?

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    When exactly did Jews dominate high-finance in Spain? They were expelled from the country in 1492.
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  • the combination of downward mobility and racial resentment may be a potent invitation to the kind of despair that leads to suicide in one form or another,

    There is some merit to this argument but it could be improved by tightening it up. That downward mobility you reference isn’t a force of nature, it’s engineered by liberals. Increases in black social mobility are the result of active intervention – civil service exams be eliminated, significant over-representation of blacks in government positions, affirmative action programs all over the place, federal contractors mandated to hire minorities to a set proportion of their workforce in order to qualify for government work, etc. In a zero sum game, black gains have to come out of someone’s hide and it’s not upper class whites who pay the toll.

    In a related sense, the flooding of the labor market via a wide open immigration pipeline puts significant downward wage pressure in the free market for labor. Blacks and Hispanics are given some shelter from the full effects by the presence of hiring quotas and government favoritism while whites are left unsheltered to take the full brunt of the effects which arise solely from the political decision (meaning it could be completely stopped) to depress wages in order to boost returns to capital.

    The racial resentment arises from the active discrimination government inflicts on non-elite whites in order to engineer a black and Hispanic uplift that wouldn’t occur absent favoritism.

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    There is some merit to this argument
     
    No there isn't - she's blaming all these 100,000s of suicides on blue collar white people being too racist to live.

    The true reason is those deaths are a response to the mass under employment caused by the immigration she supports.

    A lot of black disfunction is/was a result of the same thing.
    , @Justpassingby
    You continue to make sense.
    , @Clyde
    I agree with all you said but American whites also have to look within and admit they allowed themselves to be ripped off like this by the political and economic powers that be. Whites should have been stronger but instead chose mass media distractions, degeneracy, divorce, moral decay, abortion. We can still recover but by weakening ourselves we became prey for the uppermost (white) strata you mention.
    Never dismiss spite and sheer malice for the way upper strata whites have screwed the white middle classes and working classes via free trade and open borders. Far too many of them (male and female) are Obama voters and autism spectrum libertarians who ooze this disdain.
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  • When the federal government finally weighed in on the side of desegregation

    If only. No, what the US government did was weigh in on the side of integration. There’s a big difference.

    In an environment of segregation, government uses its power to enforce segregation of people by race and compels actions from citizens and business. Desegregation would involve removing all laws which compel people to segregate. Integration is where the government uses law to compel people to associate.

    If what you called desegregation was applied to the law of marriage after Loving was handed down, the government would have moved from prohibiting inter-racial marriage to requiring inter-racial marriage. That didn’t happen, Loving got government out of the business of policing the racial aspect of marriage, in a sense it led to the desegregation of marriage. Civil rights laws are the flip side of segregation laws. If it’s wrong for government to use it’s power to compel people to segregate, then it’s equally wrong for government to compel people to integrate.

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    In an environment of segregation, government uses its power to enforce segregation of people by race and compels actions from citizens and business. Desegregation would involve removing all laws which compel people to segregate. Integration is where the government uses law to compel people to associate.
     
    What you say is far too obvious and common sensible for any prominent person in the US to take note of.
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  • Endless hasbara; endless discourse-policing; endless narrative-shaping.

    This was not supposed to happen.

    Of course it was, Barbara, and some of us know exactly who to thank for it.

    Anxiously awaiting your next column on Jewish racism and Jewish wealth in the New America.

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    • Replies: @Maj. Kong
    http://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/183012/bad-apple-doesnt-fall-far-radical-tree-daniel-greenfield

    http://www.algemeiner.com/2013/03/21/jewish-anti-semites-finally-come-out-of-the-closet/

    Barb is married to a Jewish husband, but she isn't ethnically Jewish, and they don't appear to be Zionist.
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  • @Ozymandias
    This is the sort of dreck you could read in any progressive newspaper. Why would an alleged "alternative news source" bother with it?

    Not so much. Progressivism is an ongoing sneer at the outer party types. The Progressives would not allow this in their papers:

    It’s not easy to maintain the usual sense of white superiority when parts of the media are squeezing laughs from the contrast between savvy blacks and rural white bumpkins, as in the Tina Fey comedy Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. White, presumably upper-middle class people generally conceive of these characters and plot lines, which, to a child of white working class parents like myself, sting with condescension.

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    • Replies: @anon
    The piece you quoted was a sneer at outer party types.

    It’s not easy to maintain the usual sense of white superiority when parts of the media are squeezing laughs from the contrast between savvy blacks and rural white bumpkins
     
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  • You claim that most police shootings are of black Americans.
    I went to the Guardian website, and they claim that there were 264 blacks killed by police in the US this year, out 1040 police shootings of all races. That’s 25%. That’s quite a long way from “most shootings”, Ms. Ehrenreich.

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    Shhhh you're ruining the narrative.
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  • This is the sort of dreck you could read in any progressive newspaper. Why would an alleged “alternative news source” bother with it?

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    • Replies: @TomSchmidt
    Not so much. Progressivism is an ongoing sneer at the outer party types. The Progressives would not allow this in their papers:

    It’s not easy to maintain the usual sense of white superiority when parts of the media are squeezing laughs from the contrast between savvy blacks and rural white bumpkins, as in the Tina Fey comedy Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. White, presumably upper-middle class people generally conceive of these characters and plot lines, which, to a child of white working class parents like myself, sting with condescension.
     
    , @pyrrhus
    No, progressives on the left and neocons on the center-right both sneer at the white working class, which currently does not have a future.....My question is, will they continue to go silently into that Great Night, or will they put up violent resistance at some point.
    , @Kevin O'Keeffe
    "This is the sort of dreck you could read in any progressive newspaper."

    No, while this article may be to the left of most Unz Review fare, a piece this critical of the Establishment, would still never be permitted to grace the pages of the New York Times.
    , @SFG
    Unz likes to provide a wide variety of perspectives. This is one of the few criticisms of what's happening to the white working class from a left-wing point of view--usually the left doesn't give a crap about the white working class.
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