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« on: October 03, 2018, 01:40:45 pm »


from The New York Times…

The Angry White Male Caucus

Trumpism is all about the fear of losing traditional privilege.

By PAUL KRUGMAN | Monday, October 01, 2018

Judge Brett Kavanaugh testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week. — Photograph: Erin Schaff/for The New York Times.
Judge Brett Kavanaugh testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week. — Photograph: Erin Schaff/for The New York Times.

WHEN Matt Damon did his Brett Kavanaugh imitation on “Saturday Night Live”, you could tell that he nailed it before he said a word. It was all about the face — that sneering, rage-filled scowl. Kavanaugh didn't sound like a judge at his Senate hearing last week, let alone a potential Supreme Court justice; he didn't even manage to look like one.

But then again, Lindsey Graham, who went through the hearing with pretty much the same expression on his face, didn't look much like a senator, either.

There have been many studies of the forces driving Trump support, and in particular the rage that is so pervasive a feature of the MAGA movement. What Thursday's hearing drove home, however, was that white male rage isn't restricted to blue-collar guys in diners. It's also present among people who've done very well in life's lottery, whom you would normally consider very much part of the elite.

In other words, hatred can go along with high income, and all too often does.

At this point there's overwhelming evidence against the “economic anxiety” hypothesis — the notion that people voted for Donald Trump because they had been hurt by globalization. In fact, people who were doing well financially were just as likely to support Trump as people who were doing badly.

What distinguished Trump voters was, instead, racial resentment. Furthermore, this resentment was and is driven not by actual economic losses at the hands of minority groups, but by fear of losing status in a changing country, one in which the privilege of being a white man isn't what it used to be.

And here's the thing: It's perfectly possible for a man to lead a comfortable, indeed enviable life by any objective standard, yet be consumed with bitterness driven by status anxiety.

You might think that this is impossible, that having a good job and a comfortable life would inoculate someone against envy and hatred. That is, you might think that if you knew nothing of human nature and the world.

I've spent my whole adult life in rarefied academic circles, where everyone has a good income and excellent working conditions. Yet I know many people in that world who are seething with resentment because they aren't at Harvard or Yale, or who actually are at Harvard or Yale but are seething all the same because they haven't received a Nobel Prize.

And this sort of high-end resentment, the anger of highly privileged people who nonetheless feel that they aren't privileged enough or that their privileges might be eroded by social change, suffuses the modern conservative movement.

It starts, of course, at the top, with that walking, talking, golfing bundle of resentment that is Donald Trump. You might imagine that a man who lives in the White House would no longer feel the need to, for example, make false claims about his college record. But Trump still doesn't get the respect he obviously craves.

Indeed, it seems apparent that his jihad against Barack Obama was fueled by envy: Obama was a black man who was also a class act, with all the grace and poise Trump lacks. And Trump couldn't stand it.

Kavanaugh is clearly cut from the same cloth, and not just because he rivals Trump in his propensity for lying about matters great and small.

As a lot of reporting shows, the angry face Kavanaugh presented to the world last week wasn't something new, brought on by the charges of past abuse. Classmates from his Yale days describe him as a belligerent heavy drinker even then. His memo to Ken Starr as he helped harass Bill Clinton — in which he declared that “it is our job to make his pattern of revolting behavior clear” — shows rage as well as cynicism.

And Kavanaugh, like Trump, is still in the habit of embellishing his academic record after all these years, declaring that he got into Yale despite having “no connections.” In fact, he was a legacy student whose grandfather went there.

Indeed, my guess is that his privileged roots are precisely why he's so angry.

I very much ran with the nerds during my own time at Yale, but I did encounter people like Kavanaugh — hard-partying sons of privilege who counted on their connections to insulate them from any consequences from their actions, up to and including abusive behavior toward women. And that kind of elite privilege still exists.

But it's privilege under siege. An increasingly diverse society no longer accepts the God-given right of white males from the right families to run things, and a society with many empowered, educated women is finally rejecting the droit de seigneur once granted to powerful men.

And nothing makes a man accustomed to privilege angrier than the prospect of losing some of that privilege, especially if it comes with the suggestion that people like him are subject to the same rules as the rest of us.

So what we got last week was a view into the soul of Trumpism. It's not about “populism” — it would be hard to find a judge as anti-worker as Brett Kavanaugh. Instead, it's about the rage of white men, upper class as well as working class, who perceive a threat to their privileged position. And that rage may destroy America as we know it.


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Paul Krugman joined The New York Times in 1999 as an Op-Ed columnist. He is distinguished professor in the Graduate Center Economics Ph.D. program and distinguished scholar at the Luxembourg Income Study Center at the City University of New York. In addition, he is professor emeritus of Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School. In 2008, Mr. Krugman was the sole recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for his work on international trade theory. Mr. Krugman received his B.A. from Yale University in 1974 and his Ph.D. from M.I.T. in 1977. He has taught at Yale, M.I.T. and Stanford. At M.I.T. he became the Ford International Professor of Economics. Mr. Krugman is the author or editor of 27 books and more than 200 papers in professional journals and edited volumes. His professional reputation rests largely on work in international trade and finance; he is one of the founders of the “new trade theory,” a major rethinking of the theory of international trade. In recognition of that work, in 1991 the American Economic Association awarded him its John Bates Clark medal. Mr. Krugman's current academic research is focused on economic and currency crises. At the same time, Mr. Krugman has written extensively for a broader public audience. Some of his articles on economic issues, originally published in Foreign Affairs, Harvard Business Review, Scientific American and other journals, are reprinted in Pop Internationalism and The Accidental Theorist. His column appears every Tuesday and Friday. Read his blog, The Conscience of a Liberal, and follow him on Twitter.

• A version of this article appears in The New York Times on Tuesday, October 2, 2018, on Page A24 of the New York print edition with the headline: “The Angry White Male Caucus”.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/01/opinion/kavanaugh-white-male-privilege.html
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« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2018, 04:14:03 pm »

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« Reply #2 on: October 04, 2018, 04:46:15 pm »


Well....if you are, or have been a kiddy-fiddler, or a rapist, then you deserve to get outed.

Dumbfuck!!
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« Reply #3 on: October 04, 2018, 06:07:19 pm »

in the loony left lying bizarro world who needs proof
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« Reply #7 on: October 07, 2018, 10:45:18 pm »

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« Reply #8 on: October 22, 2018, 04:13:06 pm »


An angry, privileged white male displays his true colours…





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« Reply #9 on: October 23, 2018, 04:26:34 pm »

haha funny shit he calls a black person a black bastid
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