race-bottom The New York Times frequently provides the valuable service of unintentionally tipping the hand of conventional (overclass) ideologies. Applying simple reason to the NYT‘s usual reportorial contortions, it is often possible to find important admissions of core brainwashing stratagems.

And so it is today regarding the core American political insistence that this is a “middle-class” society. Turns out that the experts in charge of managing this untruth are pretty keenly aware of their own bullshit:

“It used to be ‘middle class’ represented everyone, actually or in their aspirations, but now it doesn’t feel as attainable,” said David Madland, managing director of economic policy at the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank with close ties to the Clinton campaign. [emphasis added]

The entirely logical reality is that, in the Times‘ phrasing, “[e]ven if families fall in the middle in income distribution, they cannot afford many of the necessities, much less the luxuries, traditionally associated with being middle class.”

The balance of the story reports on how politicians are now scrambling to coin new ways of refusing to talk realistically about social class while suggesting they actually care about the class fates of ordinary citizens.

But it is official: “Middle class” has always been a diversionary tactic, a way of using aspirations to prevent the truth from surfacing.

One Reply to “Busted!”

  1. Heehee, that’s great. The American dream as nothing but a dream, and such. It’s perfectly natural that a country founded by marketers would make aspiration itself, never attainment, be the highest ideal.

    I know people who live and die believing they are “middle class” just because they think they are–regardless of the number of mortgages or future insecurities that it takes to maintain that illusion, and even so, without any of the actual trappings of middle class status, such as two cars in a garage and a chicken in every pot. And yet, the dream alone–the Belief Itself that they want to be middle class, whatever that is–suffices to make them feel content being constantly worried about their failure to sufficiently aspire…and, as they age, no longer even aspiring to the dream of the reality, yet still ironically aspiring to the dream of the dream of the reality.

    As you said before, the worldly justice would be for the mighty marketeers to be forced to drink their own triclosan, but I’m afraid we won’t see such a justice in this lifetime.

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