The Problem of Surplus White Men

The Problem of Surplus White Men. By John Feffer.

A view from the left, from the Institute for Policy Studies — a progressive organization dedicated to building a more equitable, ecologically sustainable, and peaceful society. Enough said.

The problem of America today is the problem of white men.

Who lies at the intersection of guns, right-wing fanaticism, pandemic and climate change denialism? Who ensures that racism continues to course through the lifeblood of the country? Who stands in the way of gender equality? Who supports foreign wars and the military-industrial complex? Who is getting hit hard by the erosion of the manufacturing base in the heartland?

White men. …

White men who are all revved up with no place to go pose the greatest challenge to American democracy. They are the core of Donald Trump’s support. They are showing up on the streets in militia formations and with Proud Boy banners. The “manosphere” of online anti-feminism is the gateway for many right-wing activists who worry about being “replaced” by minorities and immigrants. And white men have been struggling with a long period of enormous economic dislocation that has turned them into a surplus labor force. …

Angry white men have been a fixture in European right-wing politics, in Australia, in Israel. …

But the United States must address a particularly toxic version of this problem because of the country’s endemic racism, polarized politics, and Rust Belt economics. Angry white men contributed to the Reagan revolution of the 1980s, the Gingrich backlash of the 1990s, and the rise of the Tea Party in 2009. But it wasn’t until 2016 that they found a leader just like them. …

Their solution?

The past option of sending surplus white men off to other lands is no longer on the table. …

Rather, the answer is to create well-paying jobs for all through Green New Deal policies. The bulk of these jobs — retrofitting buildings, creating new energy infrastructure, building a fleet of new electric cars — need to be open to those without college education.

Oh, right. The level of ignorance of some on the left is mind-boggling, and has to be read to be believed.

It’s pretty clear who the left are being trained to hate.