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  •  It may boil down to politics of privilege, friend (0+ / 0-)

    I've been stuck out here in the red region of the Midwest for a few years, been trying to understand the climate of the region as best as I may, in that time. Recently, I think I've begun to better understand the politics of privilege that would seem to drive the prevailing climate of the region.

    There is a sense of cultural identity that the typical Redneck carries oneself with, and in that sense of cultural identity, there are certain cultural values and cultural desires represented. I wish that I could offer a more immediately objective ethnographic view of the same - perhaps it would not sound so personal, then.

    I can ascertain, objectively, this much, while still stuck in this region: It's a matter of the politics of privilege.

    While stuck out here, perhaps I've seen some of the worst of how far people would be willing to go, anywhere short of obvious illegal action, to maintain their ghostly ideals of self-defined privilege - so far as to demean a person's individual character, knowing the person none, but apparently wishing to invent a leverage over whom, and why, I cannot actually imagine.

    I'm not one to respond directly to the political drama of the climate, out here. In fact, I think it's all a lot of superfluous bullshit - the Redneck Groupthink - it having no real bearing on business, economy, industry, science,  knowledge, or culture, except to  wholly interfere with all of the same.

    If the Red Region can just grow the hell up, already, I think we'd all be doing better for it. In the mean while, it's good to know that one is not alone in this climate.

    It could begin to resemble an Ayn Rand book, at times - Anthem, namely

    •  Redneck is an insulting phrase (0+ / 0-)

      You realize that the roots of the term "redneck" refers to people who work in the fields and thus get a sun-burned neck. It is a classist insult. It is time for people to give it up -- I don't care how much Jeff Foxworthy uses it. (By the way, Foxworthy is the son of an Atlanta IBM executive, so his work is as judgmental as anyone's.) There was a time when intellectuals were on the side of working people, but that sure ain't the case here.

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