Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Brockes, Emma. "America's Last Taboo." GUARDIAN July 21, 2008.
Twenty years ago, Barbara Ehrenreich wrote an article for the New York Times in which she pointed out the growing inequality of American society and was promptly denounced, by a rival paper, as a Marxist. "The Washington Times is an extreme-rightwing publication," she says, so there was no surprise there. But the paper's reaction underlined a general principle: that while one can say "fairly wild" things about race and gender in the US, there persists a certain coyness about class. "There's this powerful myth that America doesn't have classes; that they're an ancient English or European thing that we abolished. And that if you're not rich, it's your own damn fault." . . . Read the rest here: http://books.guardian.co.uk/interviews/story/0,,2291935,00.html?gusrc=rss&feed=fromtheguardian.