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No Segment Of The Population Is Inherently More Or Less Virtuous Than Any Other Segment Of The Population

I’ve started to read the book “The Populist Persuasion–An American History” by Michael Kazin.

Here is a review of this book.

The book is a history of American populism. I’ve read only a few pages so far.

I hope this is a good book that is worth my time.

From the first page—“From the birth of the United States to the present day, images of conflict between the powerful and the powerless have run through our civic life….The haughty financier wraps chains of debt around the small farmer…the federal bureaucrat, overeducated and amoral, scoffs at the God-fearing nuclear family in its modest home…Such images…make up the language of populism…This language is used by whose who claim to speak for the vast majority of Americans who work hard and love their country. That is the most basic and telling definition of populism: A langauge whose speakers conceive of ordinary people as a noble assemblage..(and)..view their elite opponents as self-serving and undemocratic..”

As liberal as I am, I see no segment of the population as any more or less inherently noble or virtuous than any other segment of the population.

There is nothing inherently noble or dignified about poor people are about minorities who, to this day even in the time of Obama, remain targets of discrimination in our society.

Not all wealthy people are cheating poor and working class people.

Many people of all kinds are good and many people of all kinds are lousy.

Many people of all kinds are really not so interesting one way or another.

I don’t mean all this in a sunny way of “Let’s keep our minds open.”

While we should keep our minds open to the people we meet in life, life can be a dark affair.

A lot of people you would never expect and who should know better, will act in ways  harmful to the best interest of our society.

Reagan Democrats.

I’m wary of those who claim to speak for the people.

The people are quite hard to generalize.

Their is no strain of inherent virtue or decency running through hard-working middle class Americans.

It is insulting to suggest otherwise.

People are individuals.

January 11, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , ,

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