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August 9, 2007

Hinterland Diary

John Stoehr

If only more liberals sounded like this . . .

"Ah, for the good old days before the hologram [i.e., Big Media] and its hyperstimulation of 'consumer affluence,' the days of 'America's teeming masses,' that sweat-soaked, beer-farting mob of ordinary working Americans who didn't have a pot to piss in by today's standards, much less a credit card, but still knew bullshit when they saw it. Guys that looked like William Bendix and were unapologetic about earning their bread by their mitts and never heard of the word lifestyle. Women in curlers who would have laughed Martha Stewart off the map. Them was Americans, bub!"

From "A Feast of Bullshit and Spectacle: The Great American Media Mind Warp" by Joe Bageant, a lefty liberal born and bred in the Land of Dixie who's (ironically) waxing nostalgic for the good ole days when working-class America stood tall and didn't wake up everyday needing to face the "artificial collective product of the corporately 'administrated' modern state economy." He is the author of "Deer Hunting With Jesus: Dispatches from America's Class War." He wrote this piece for Alternet.

Posted by John Stoehr at August 9, 2007 9:27 AM


Sorry, but as the overeducated product of working class parents, I'm not impressed. He sounds like he's describing people that he's seen on television.

I want him to take responsibility for his own opinions instead of foisting them on other (made up) characters. I want him to use the word "I." I want him to say: "I hate such-and-such, because..." "My experience teaches me this, and therefore..."

Still, if your point is that liberals need to rediscover the working class roots of liberalism, I very much agree.

Posted by: gary panetta at August 9, 2007 8:21 PM