Blue Collar Liberalism


Harper’s Magazine, December 2013

Harper’s continues to espouse an ethos that fits well in the jeans and work shirts of the laboring class. This cuts against the grain of most progressive thinking in the early days of the twenty-first century, but who’s to say they’re wrong?

Thomas Frank bemoans (slightly) the political gentrification of Chicago, and Jeff Madrack reminds us yet again of our increasing inattention to educating, informing, and employing our youth.

But not everything here is of beer taste. There’s the wine drinker’s concern about the rising price of art. (Is art not for the masses anymore? author Ben Lerner seems to ask.)

John Kerry seems to have gained the fascination of many journalists since he took the reins of State, and here Andrew Cockburn implies that the project of foreign policy is bankrupt, supposing, I guess, that governmental paydirt lies within the national borders. Meanwhile, the sun rises on a truly international economy and politics.

Of course there’s more, as always with this magazine. I wait patiently to see whether its visionaries have truly glimpsed the future.

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