Monday, November 14, 2016

Wisconsin professor explores class resentment in terms of deservedness

Jeff Guo, of the Washington Post, has an interesting interview with Professor Kathy Cramer, author of “The Politics of Resentment”, in explaining how voters behaved in swing states in electing Donald Trump.

Cramer talks a lot about resentment of “elitism”, of people in working classes resenting people “in higher stations in life” with jobs that seem less regimented and physically challenging.  She says voters wonder how she can spend her time driving all over the state of Wisconsin when her job is in Madison. This was a value system I fought over with my own father when growing up! The term "deserving" comes up.  This sounds a little bit like "right-sizing".

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