In fact what is developing is a two-tier labour force. At the top are what I call symbolic-analytic workers. They are managerial, professional, and highly trained technical workers who manipulate symbols in abstract ways and who have a good four-year college education under their belt. The second tier consists of local service workers who are hobbling along close to the minimum wage. There is not too much in between. That is the long-term trend.This is smart, too:
The top 20 per cent of Americans are in many ways seceding from the rest of the United States into enclaves of good schools, good parks, recreational systems, and state-of-the-art infrastructure, leaving the remainder of American citizens with fairly poor schools and infrastructure. Thus the top 20 per cent is becoming more successful and more competitive internationally, while the rest are becoming less competitive. In sum, the difference is not so much between national economies and nationalism, as between national economies and national societies.
I read this in this article in Salon:
And if it is necessary to understand our enemy, it is also necessary to understand the risk that we could become the very thing we fear. Nietzsche wrote, "He who fights with monsters should see to it that he does not become a monster himself. And when you stare long into an abyss, the abyss also stares into you." Secrecy and lies in the service of a higher good -- it has a Marxist, a fascist, a theocratic sound. Little by little, under the guise of "national security" -- since the birth of the republic, always the greatest threat to American values -- Cheney and his blustering, deeply devout accomplice have steered America away from its priceless legacy as a land governed by laws, debate and transparency, and toward something none of us would want to recognize.And I agree with this -- thoughts I've seemed to be having:
That centrist Democrats like Hillary Clinton cannot clearly reject Bush's catastrophic war seems to reflect their deeper inability to articulate, or perhaps even to understand, two things: that Iraq has severely damaged our national security, and that the process by which the Bush administration sold their war has severely damaged our democracy. Yes, those are harsh claims, which go beyond Beltway decorum. And yes, we are at war. But gentlemanly behavior can be a betrayal of the country...What I've often thought about the Bush Administration is that they are so bad that they are beyond hyperbole, or exaggeration, in style of Nietzsche's concept "beyond good and evil." Men so nefarious that the implications of their evil cannot even be detected...their force of will co-opts the goodness of the innocent to their own depraved whims of power. --adam