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Book Description: How scapegoat politics is dividing America and bankrupting the middle class.
The size and stability of the American middle class was once the envy
of the world. But changes unleashed in the 1960s pitted Americans
against one another politically in new and destructive ways—while
economically, everyone fell behind except the wealthy.
Right-wing culture warriors blamed the decline on the moral shortcomings
of "other" Americans—blacks, feminists, gays, immigrants, union members
—to court a fearful white working and middle class base with ever more
bitter "us" vs. "them" politics. Liberals tried but mostly failed to
make the case that we're all in this together. In All for None and None
for All, MSNBC political analyst and popular Salon columnist Joan Walsh
traces this deeply disturbing dynamic as it has played out over the last
forty years, dividing the country, poisoning its politics, jeopardizing
its future—and splitting her working class Irish Catholic family as well.
Connects the dots of American decline through trends that began in the
1970s and continue today—including the demise of unions, the stagnation
of middle class wages, the extension of the right's "Southern Strategy"
throughout the country, the victory of Reagan Republicanism, the
widening partisan divide, the increase in income inequality, and the
drop in economic mobility.
Shows how liberals unwittingly
collaborated in the "us" vs. "them" narrative and failed to develop an
inspiring, persuasive vision of a more fair, united America Explores
how the GOP's renewed culture war—one which could conceivably make Rick
Santorum president, and produced radical changes in states like
Wisconsin, Ohio, and Virginia—now scapegoats even segments of its base,
as it blames the troubles of working class whites on their own moral
failings rather than an unfair economy.
As the United States becomes a
"majority-minority" culture, while the GOP doubles down on racial and
cultural appeals to rev up its demographically threatened white base in
2012, Walsh talks about race in honest, unflinching, unfamiliar terms,
acknowledging not just Republican but Democratic Party political
mistakes—and her own. This book will be essential reading as the country
struggles through political polarization and racial change to invent
the next America in the years to come. (Publication Date: August 28,
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