Robert Putnam’s Bowling Alone chronicled the growing loneliness and isolation of wealthy societies. Twenty years later, the problem is far worse than he could have imagined.
“Loneliness, once a borderline experience usually suffered in certain marginal social conditions like old age, has become an everyday experience.”
It’s clear that the GOP is capturing new parts of the working class. It’ll take credible appeals to workers’ frustrations and economic interests to win them back.
“The EU’s pro-globalization policies have hurt workers and been found to lead to more anti-EU voting.”
“There is no social class, no capital accumulation, no ideology, no politics, no voting — just two modern hunter gatherers pooling their resources to survive the forces of nature.”
Bass & Superstructure
“The problem wasn’t finding jobs so much as leaving those that proved abusive, exploitative, or dangerous.”
“I’d prefer to have a society that redistributed resources in such a way that no one needed individuals in distant countries to buy them malaria nets.”
“In case of ‘an organized uprising,’ he believed, the army would need ten thousand soldiers to defend Manhattan, and four thousand for Brooklyn.”