This article gets into what the growth in inequality looks like from the white male middle class point of view. Lately these people have been painted as deplorables, but many aren’t. If we don’t build a society that addresses their needs too then we are not going to see things get better.
He also had a narrative about his own life. It’s not the agency narrative you often find in the professional segments of society: I found my passion and steered my own ship. It’s more of a reactive, coping narrative: A lot of the big forces were outside my control, but I adjusted, made the best of what was possible within my constraints and lived up to my responsibilities.
There’s honor to that, too. Still, over the past many months speaking with people in these situations, I can’t help feeling that society is failing them in some major way, and not just economically.
Dignity and Sadness in the Working Class http://nyti.ms/2cVrd5A