The reasons for Trump’s win are obvious, if you know where to look.
Manly dignity is a big deal for working-class men, and they’re not feeling that they have it. … So is breadwinner status: Many still measure masculinity by the size of a paycheck.
Class trumps gender, and it’s driving American politics.
- Understand That Working Class Means Middle Class, Not Poor
- Understand Working-Class Resentment of the Poor
- Understand How Class Divisions Have Translated into Geography
- If You Want to Connect with White Working-Class Voters, Place Economics at the Center
- Avoid the Temptation to Write Off Blue-Collar Resentment as Racism
WWC men aren’t interested in working at McDonald’s for $15 per hour instead of $9.50. What they want is what my father-in-law had: steady, stable, full-time jobs that deliver a solid middle-class life to the 75% of Americans who don’t have a college degree.
trade deals are far more expensive than we’ve treated them, because sustained job development and training programs need to be counted as part of their costs
If we don’t take steps to bridge the class culture gap, when Trump proves unable to bring steel back to Youngstown, Ohio, the consequences could turn dangerous.
Source: What So Many People Don’t Get About the U.S. Working Class – by Joan C. Williams