"Hillbilly Elegy", "New Republic", "Talking Points Memo", "The Atlantic", J.D. Vance, Koch Brothers' Agenda, Mark Lillanov, Matt Stoller, NYTimes, Sarah Jones
In previous posts, I indicated it was time to “listen” to what the election was telling us. Mostly, I have stopped spending so much time on social media (particularly Twitter and Facebook) and also have largely been staying away from some of the more mainstream media which was so inaccurate leading up to election.
I am posting below links to a number of articles of varying lengths and on various topics that have caught my attention and interest.
The End of Identity Liberalism, by Mark Lillanov, NYTimes, Nov. 18, 2016. A short article that speaks to one area the Democrats need to consider. Bernie Sanders said something similar to this yesterday.
How Democrats Killed Their Populist Soul, Matt Stoller, The Atlantic, Oct. 24, 2016. A lengthy article that I think Democrats need to read and discuss as they/we consider how to rebuild a party that has lost what it once stood for. (Stoller once worked with Ellen at the Sunlight Foundation, and I invariably find his thinking and writing thoughtful and valuable.)
Behind the “Make America Great” the Koch Agenda Returns with a Vengence, Nov. 21, 2016. Not as lengthy as the article above but useful in understanding that money did influence this election and that what is ahead is worrisome for those who have concerns about the Koch agendas.
Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and a Culture in Crisis, by J.D. Vance, 272 pages, Harper, June 28, 2016. This memoir has received a lot of attention as Vance writes from the “inside” about a part of our country that only now is getting significant attention. Vance grew up in the Middletown OH (the Rust Belt) and in Johnston, KY (an Appalachian town) and writes with intimate knowledge of one portion of America that has deservedly gained much attention in this election. Both Ellen and I found the book valuable.
J.D. Vance, the False Prophet of Blue America, by Sarah Jones, New Republic, Nov. 17, 2016. A very short article calling into question some of the conclusions Vance draws in the book mentioned above.