June 24, 2005

Privatizing Morality

How does Bush do it? How does he convince people in a middle class that is losing income, losing high-wage job opportunities, losing health and retirement benefits, and working longer hours, that the Bush future of giving more to the rich and giving less to the poor, while fear-mongering huge increases in military spending, is the best course for America. Arlie Hochschild explains it in the July 2005 issue of The American Prospect.

If you have wondered why so many Americans would vote against their own economic self-interests, she explains it. If you have wondered so many Bush voters are threatened more by homosexuality and abortion than by loss of their jobs, lower wages, loss of health insurance, and loss of retirement benfits, she explains it. Why is it that, for so many millions of Americans, the Rapture replaces temporal concern for the poor?

It's a superb piece of analysis. I urge you to read it.

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