Nok er weekenden nys overstået, men dette citat er så rigtigt, at jeg ikke ville vente en uge med at bringe det. Jonathan Chait om det nyeste indenfor politisk korrekthed: Den evigt stakkelsgjorte middelklasse.
Democrats and Republicans have developed an exquisite sensitivity toward any slight against the white working class. Blue-collar whites now occupy the same position in American politics that people of color hold in the smaller political subculture of academia: a victim-hero class whose positions (usually as interpreted by outsiders) enjoy the presumption of moral superiority.
The victim-hero class is the object of competitive flattery and the subject of mutual accusations of disrespect. You can’t read a Peggy Noonan [tidligere taleskriver for Reagen og konservativ klummeskriver] paean to real America–“a healthy and vibrant place full of religious feeling and cultural energy and Bible study and garage bands and sports-love and mom-love and sophistication and normality”–without thinking of a junior faculty member extolling the dignity of Guatemalan peasant women. Bill O’Reilly’s [konservativ talkshow-vært fra Fox News] or Tim Russert’s [journalist på NBC, tidligere ansat af demokratisk senator] endless invocations of their working-class backgrounds are the equivalent of the campus activist who introduces every opinion by saying “As a woman of color . . . .”