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  1. #1 Victor Davis Hanson: Why Are the Western Middle Classes So Angry? 
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    Why Are the Western Middle Classes So Angry?
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    Put simply, the middle classes are revolting against Western managerial elites. The latter group includes professional politicians, entrenched bureaucrats, condescending academics, corporate phonies and propagandistic journalists.

    What are the popular gripes against them?

    One, illegal immigration and open borders have led to chaos. Lax immigration policies have taxed social services and fueled multicultural identity politics, often to the benefit of boutique leftist political agendas.

    Two, globalization enriched the cosmopolitan elites who found worldwide markets for their various services. New global markets and commerce meant Western nations outsourced, offshored and ignored their own industries and manufacturing (or anything dependent on muscular labor that could be replaced by cheaper workers abroad).

    Three, unelected bureaucrats multiplied and vastly increased their power over private citizens. The targeted middle classes lacked the resources to fight back against the royal armies of tenured regulators, planners, auditors, inspectors and adjustors who could not be fired and were never accountable.

    Four, the new global media reached billions and indoctrinated rather than reported.

    Five, academia became politicized as a shrill agent of cultural transformation rather than focusing on education -- while charging more for less learning.

    Six, utopian social planning increased housing, energy and transportation costs.

    One common gripe framed all these diverse issues: The wealthy had the means and influence not to be bothered by higher taxes and fees or to avoid them altogether. Not so much the middle classes, who lacked the clout of the virtue-signaling rich and the romance of the distant poor.

    In other words, elites never suffered the firsthand consequences of their own ideological fiats....
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  2. #2 Victor Davis Hanson: Why Are the Western Middle Classes So Angry? 
    Victor Davis Hanson is spot on. The arrogance of the elites has gotten average Americans riled-up. I am. I am fed-up with the “do-nothing” attitude.

    It’s clear to me who I am voting for in 2020. There is absolutely nothing the Democrats candidate offer to push the economy to the next level or to curb illegal immigration or to confront China on the world stage.

    Sick of their inaction or looking the other way or simply not doing their job. The Chamber of Commerce can go pump sand.


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    We humans relatively welcome being gloomy for intermediate periods, don't we??? There's a psychological name for it... um, prevalence-induced concept change.

    As the world improves, people expand their definition of bad news. This recent finding by the Harvard psychologists David Levari and Daniel Gilbert, known as “prevalence-induced concept change,” suggests that the rarer something gets, the more broadly we redefine the concept. They found in an experiment that the rarer they made blue dots, the more likely people were to call purple dots “blue,” and the rarer they made threatening faces, the more likely people were to describe a face as threatening. “From low-level perception of color to higher-level judgments of ethics,” they write, “there is a robust tendency for perceptual and judgmental standards to ‘creep’ when they ought not to.”

    Consider air travel: Plane crashes have been getting steadily scarcer—2017 was the first year with no commercial passenger plane crashes at all, despite four billion people in the air—but each one now receives vastly more coverage. Many people still consider planes a risky mode of transport.


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    Quote Originally Posted by GeorgeandSugar View Post
    Victor Davis Hanson is spot on. The arrogance of the elites has gotten average Americans riled-up. I am. I am fed-up with the “do-nothing” attitude.
    Hanson is usually on target. He watches carefully. He has also lived in this hell we call California and has watched it deteriorate.
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