Esoteric Dissertations from a One-Track Mind

August 4, 2008

James Loewen – On Social Class

Filed under: capitalism, history, politics — Tags: — codesmithy @ 8:46 am

James Loewen is a professor and author.  He is probably best known for the book Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong.  In the above video he talks about a taboo subject in American society: class.  Discussing class is a difficult task.  It is actually unsurprising that the right-wing picked up on Martin Luther King’s vision of a color blind society and routinely tout it as the true heirs of his legacy.  It has long been the claim of conservatives that we have already established a just social order.  These claims date back before and during Jim Crow and the nadir of American race relations as Slavery by Another Name shows.

Regardless, social stratification and class remain an omnipresent facts and economics are directly tied to politics.  There has been a one-sided class war in this country.  The reluctance to discuss class and the inability to organize a political party around working-class interests means social stratification will continue.

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