May 15, 2018

“PROGRESSIVISM,” WHERE TIME STANDS STILL.

● Shot:

Since the 1960s the prosperity and ethos of the California working class have spread to workers all over America–so much so that the terms working class and workers have become archaic. Today electricians, air-conditioning mechanics, burglar-alarm installers, cablevision linemen are routinely spoken of as middle-class. Many journeymen mechanics live on a scale that would have made the Sun King blink. They are a new class that has seriously altered the political make-up of this country over the past 25 years. And Ronald Reagan was their first spokesman, their first leader, their first philosopher. The existence of this class continues to baffle Democratic Party leaders. Their biggest problem in the presidential election this fall is what to do about these people whose goals they still do not understand.

—Tom Wolfe, “Head of The Class,” National Review, August 5, 1988.

● Chaser: “[Washington] Post: Trump voters remain loyal because they feel disrespected.”

—John Sexton, Hot Air, today.