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On nearly all measures of social life, Americans tend to have fewer and lower quality interactions with one another than their parents or grandparents did. Isolation has grown along with inequality. They go together. Societies with more economic fairness and equality are ones that encourage and privilege cooperation and mutuality. Societies like ours that are so exceptionally unequal encourage and privilege aggression, paranoia, and competitiveness, traits associated with the so-called “rugged individualist.” While sometimes adaptive, such an ideal also makes a virtue out of disconnection and trauma.The links between the failures of empathy in childhood and similar experiences in adult social and political life are not simple or straightforward. We cannot reduce white working class anger, for example, to childhood traumas, and it is certainly true that the feelings of neglect and rejection associated with encountering the “still face” of social institutions are ubiquitous and not restricted to the economically disadvantaged. As I already said, people of color, the majority of the working class, endure this neglect and rejection in especially harsh ways. Race matters, but so does wealth. It remains true that wealth and income can enhance feelings of agency and control and can “buy” greater responsiveness from those from whom we need help or support.To get a deeper understanding of the intersection of politics and the psychobiology of empathy and trauma, we need a deeper and more nuanced account of the interior lives of the working and middle class people who have been “left behind” in our society. Berkeley sociologist Arlie Hochschild gives us such an account in her recent book, Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right. Based on her many years embedded with Tea Party sympathizers and activists in southwest Louisiana, she describes what she calls the “deep story” of the white working class people she got to know. For Hochschild, a “deep story” is a person’s subjective emotional experience, free of judgment and facts. It is the subjective prism through which all people (in this case, Tea Party voters) see the world.Hochschild presents their story in a metaphorical way that represents the hopes, fears, shame, pride and resentment in the lives of her informants. It’s a story of people for whom there is no fairness, in the lives of whom the still-face of government is seen to smile on others but not on them. In fact, Hochschild’s subjects perceive the faces of many people in American society (for example, liberals living on the coasts) looking at them with disdain or contempt, not smiling in recognition or understanding. The following is an edited version of this “deep story":You are patiently waiting in a long line leading up a hill…you are situated in the middle of this line, along with others who are also white, older, Christian, and predominantly male, some with college degrees, some not. Just over the brow of the hill is the American Dream, the goal of everyone waiting in line. Many in the back of the line are people of color—poor, young and old, mainly without college degrees. It’s scary to look back; there are so many behind you, and in principle you wish them well. Still, you’ve waited a long time, worked hard, and the line is barely moving. You deserve to move forward a little faster.You’ve suffered long hours, layoffs, and exposure to dangerous chemicals at work, and received reduced pensions. You have shown moral character through trial by fire, and the American Dream of prosperity and security is a reward for all of this, showing who you have been and are—a badge of honor.Will I get a raise?...Are there good jobs for us all?...The line is moving backward! You haven’t gotten a raise in years. and your income has dropped. You’re not a complainer, but this line isn’t moving...Look! You see people cutting in line ahead of you! You’re following the rules. They aren’t. Some are black—affirmative action—women, immigrants, refugees, public sector workers: Where will it end?If you are a man, [there are] women demanding the right to the men’s jobs, and overpaid public sector employees who seem to you to work shorter hours in more secure and overpaid jobs, enjoying larger pensions than yours ... Four million Syrian refugees fleeing war and chaos—even the brown pelican which is protected as an endangered species, even they have cut in line. . . . .You feel betrayed.In this story, the economy and government are indifferent to the people in the middle of the line. Their sacrifice is ignored. And other people seem to them to be getting the smiles that should shine on them. It would be as if the mother in the still-face paradigm not only didn’t respond to her child’s attempt to engage, but instead looked the other way and smiled at someone else. Their resentments are stereotyped as intrinsically racist or misogynist, while their own claim to victimhood is discounted.While this story is not only racist, it clearly taps into racist sentiments. It is important to be clear about the difference between the subjective experience of white working class men and the reality. Poor and middle class whites have been sensitized to the sounds of racist dog-whistles for generations. The right-wing media machine, one that has reached its zenith in the Trump campaign, has stoked the fires of the scapegoating reflex that always seems to lie just beneath the surface of the psyches of victimized whites. Thus, it’s important to pause and recognize that the propagandistic xenophobia of the Right has helped propagate the deep story that Hochschild so empathetically tells. No one, in fact, is actually “cutting in line”—not people of color, immigrants or LGBTs. Thus, while it is still important to understand the subjective experience of her subjects is in the deepest possible way, we must also recognize the play of hidden ideologies.The failure of our institutions to empathize with the plight of the middle and working classes, to recognize their sacrifice and reward their hard work is traumatic. It is the same type of trauma that children experience when their caretakers are preoccupied or rejecting. The trauma erodes trust. It overwhelms systems that people have developed to deal with stress and creates psychological suffering and illness. Adults, like children, try to cope with the stress of failures of recognition in the best ways they can. They certainly get anxious and depressed and may turn to drugs and alcohol to manage these painful feelings. In addition, when social trust is weakened and people are isolated, they try to find ways to belong, to be part of a community. The Tea Party is one such community. Others turn to their church communities. Their social brains seek an experience of “we” and often do so by creating a fantasy of a “them” that they can devalue and fight. Tribalism draws from our need for relatedness but, tragically, can also pervert it. Rejected by employers and government, they reject and demean others. All the while, they are trying to deal with the pain, powerlessness, and lack of empathy that they experience in their social lives.Donald Trump clearly spoke to this pain. He empathized with the traumatic losses and helplessness of the white middle and working classes. He helped them feel part of something bigger than themselves, a “movement,” which combatted their isolation. And he helped them restore a feeling of belonging by positioning them against demeaned others, primarily immigrants and countries on the other end of “horrible trade deals.”
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But none of that compares to the BS Fox conjures up IN SYNC DAILY UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF THE GOP along with carping for civil war for 10 years, shedding tears on camera, pounding the desk, the boisterous ridicule of opposition, the laughing, the attractive women scolding the phantom opponent, all that fake emotional shit.
The economy and the jobs suck for people who work.They still are underpaid temps with no retirement and little access to health.
Every other candidate told them that this is their fault and they need to "learn to code", which is preposterous. Trump tapped into their anger and got elected. I do not think Trump will make their life better, but he at least pretended to care.
d6rB saysEvery other candidate told them that this is their fault and they need to "learn to code", which is preposterous. Trump tapped into their anger and got elected. I do not think Trump will make their life better, but he at least pretended to care.Note the difference in tone when the shoe was on the other foot.When it was blue collar, it was dumbass, go learn to code. When it was college educated, often expensive lib arts college grad, losing their BuzzFeed jobs, it was how dare you say learn to code?! Shoe empathy!! And Twitter even got accounts baked just for telling laid off journos to learn to code.
Reads like a story about whining american pussies that think they are owed something.
It's clear you've never hired or managed someone.
Remember how crappy White People are?Pelosi is warning us that Trumpler the Terrible wants to make America White Again, and prevent us from reaping the rewards of diversity, like at Disneyland or downtown Philly.https://nypost.com/2019/07/08/pelosi-says-trump-is-trying-to-make-america-white-again-with-census-question/
I'm not the subject here.
But none of that compares to the BS Fox conjures up
These identity-centric lies
Ok now you are comparing Vox to Fox ... come on now, there is really no comparison there.
Hey, where is the evidence that they are lying?ANDOk now you are comparing Vox to Fox ... come on now, there is really no comparison there.
I think it kills you that ppl vote for trump because the left sucks.
dems are selling right now.
I didn't vote for Trump in 2016. I am in California and my vote doesn't really count anyway. But I will crawl over broken glass to vote for Trump in 2020 - because the Democrat party has gone bat-shit crazy insane.
I think it kills you that ppl vote for trump because the left sucks
I felt he could get the right things done, like a steamroller
vote against a tidal wave of "free shit"
Except that Obama fucked them by giving us health insurance.
585 billionaires already have plans for every penny of our taxes.Free shit is for billionaires only.
They telling them junk like "those jobs aint comin back" and people know its crap.
Your last post was dismissive of all the realistic gripes ppl had w/ obama
Obummer fucked everybody by giving the health insurance companies more money and robbing the common taxpayer
Hircus saysYour last post was dismissive of all the realistic gripes ppl had w/ obamaNo it wasn't
I don't see a better candidate right now.
SANDERS looking good stillELIZABETH WARREN strong comeback after that native scandalTULSI GABBARD also stand against billionaires
NO - lie for your own benefit and you lose credibility and open yourself to blackmail
Yet you are cool with Trump????
TULSI GABBARD also stand against billionaires
Trump / Gabbard 2020
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