From the Atlantic,
In February 2011, the Washington Post published a survey it conducted with the Kaiser Family Foundation and Harvard University on the U.S. economy. Although black and Hispanic families were hurt by the Great Recession, it was the “non-college whites” who held the darkest view of the country. These men used to the the backbone of an economy built by brawn and rooted in manufacturing jobs. But now, nostalgic and despondent in equal measure, more than half said that America’s best days were past, and 43 percent said “hard work and determination are no guarantees of success.”
So we are off to a poor start here. But what does the author expect? These fellas are, after all, at the bottom of the pecking order due to the modern societal class system.
The survey feels portentous now that the category of “non-college whites” has become the core demographic of Donald Trump’s astonishingly strong coalition. Trump’s support is driven by racism, xenophobia, and other varieties of cultural unease, but it is also a reflection of a lost generation of men, enraged and adrift in an economy where a college degree is one of the few dependable life rafts.
To be honest, that paragraph feels portentous. It starts with lots of naming calling, then finally gets to the truth of one aspect. Perhaps the truth without name calling might have worked better…
Still, the MSM can never get totally at the truth. That would force them to state ideas that are politically incorrect. To alleviate this problem is what blogs like this one are for.
Non-college men in their 40s and older are shocking the country with their turn toward nationalism. But what’s the situation among non-college men under 35?
What precisely is so shocking about it? Isn’t that what citizens are supposed to do? Be Patriotic and all? Perhaps these men feel that this is the path to obtaining a measure of control about their lives. Empowerment even. Empowerment is good.
If good, steady, well-paying work is the key to any person’s economic satisfaction, there are several reasons to be nervous about the upcoming generation. Since 2000, the labor-force participation rate of young men without a college degree has declined more than any other age-and-gender group. Since the turn of the century, the participation rate of 16-to-24-year olds with just a high-school degree has fallen 10 points to about 70 percent; for those without even a high-school degree, it’s fallen 20 points, to 30 percent. Some of this drop is attributable to rising college attendance. But not all of it. Nine percent of Americans between 20 and 24 are neither in school, work, or training.
Maybe I will jump the gun a bit here. It really boils down carrots and sticks. There is a lack of incentives in general; that being the carrot. As for the stick, men have been relentlessly been beaten down as a whole such that shame really does not work any more. Is it embarrassing to hang around without a job? Not so much. You are worthless anyway. You might as well enjoy your worthless state.
There have been many times in my life when I thought to myself, “I just couldn’t live in that situation”. Then that situation occurred, and low and behold, one found that one could live in that situation. It is like that for the young men. They are told that they need to work; that this is the way it should be. Then they discover that not working is not so bad. Maybe some relatives and neighbors look at you funny, but then you get over it.
For some odd reason, the MSM never seem to understand these ideas. In actuality, many of them probably do, but are so wedded to the narrative that they can utter nothing against it. The narrative will enslave you, the truth will set you free.
In Part II, what these young men are spending their time doing is considered.
P.S. I had this written and scheduled two weeks ago. Then Dalrock references the same Atlantic article in his post today. It is like being a woman, going to a party and finding someone else wore the same outfit as you.