YOU may wonder why it is that our liberal friends have chosen to champion illegal immigrants and Muslims.
Actually, you may wonder what the whole universe of identity politics is about, apart from the fact, suggested by my Great Reaction meme, that identity politics is neo-tribalism.
The answer is that the name of the identity politics game is that the subject group needs to have no place else to go.
Or rather, said group needs to believe that it has no place else to go.
You can see that this cunning little trick started way back with Marx. Hey, he said, you workers better get with the program, for unless you sign up with the Communists the capitalists will oppress and exploit and "immiserate" you like you wouldn't believe. Really, you chaps have nowhere else to go.
Now, I am not saying that the workers didn't have a rough time in Britland back in the 19th century. Of course, the rough time was nothing compared with the rough time that the peasants experienced after the lords dumped them following the nationalization of the armed forces in Britland by Henry VIII. That was what the Elizabethan Poor Law was all about: trying to Do Something about the starving peasants causing chaos throughout the land. The last event in this story was the Captain Swing riots in SE England in1820.
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What went wrong in the nightmare of the Great Depression? For ten long years, American was stuck on stupid.