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Quentin's Weeknotes 5/4/19-5/10/19

This Week:

"Trumpism’s pitch to young white men is thus a stirringly amoral sort of syllogism: we can’t give you anything material, because we stole it all and are hoarding it, but we can create a world in which you can regularly act on your worst impulses and get away with it. Some city kids are coming to town; here’s a way to racially mock them that won’t get us in trouble."

This is essentially a bite-sized and modern version of David Roediger's argument in "The Wages of Whiteness", itself drawn from W.E.B. Du Bois's assertion of a "psychological wage" given to white workers after the Civil War, to offset their lack of material gains (and to keep them from forming a multi-racial labor party). History repeats itself. 

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