The working classes vs. the smirking classes

The working classes vs. the smirking classes, by Dan Hannan.

She feels taken-for-granted, over-taxed, over-regulated, ignored, patronized, lied-to, laughed-at, disdained. She doesn’t expect her politicians to do everything she wants. She’d just like them to listen from time to time.

Here’s a good point about the Internet and immigration:

[T]here has been an unprecedented increase in global migratory flows, made possible by rising wealth in the developing world. The Internet allows people from rural backgrounds in Asia, Africa and Latin America to make journeys that their grandparents, living on subsistence agriculture, couldn’t contemplate.

Understandably, some people in the receiving nations fret that their politicians have lost control. Others suspect that those politicians are actively encouraging a level of migration that benefits big business but hurts unskilled workers.

The banking system helps the rich:

[T]here were bank bailouts, which led to a widespread — and justified — belief that the system was rigged; that the super-rich could collect vast profits in good times, but then debauch the state when things got difficult.