Blue Collar Resentment of the Poor, March 10, 2017

My work on the second book, Darwin’s Flaw, 2.0: The Solutions Book is proceeding slowly as I still have to deal with the reality of being a home owner and all the rituals of doing things around the house that take up precious time that I would rather spend working on the book. Time-draining activities like raking the front lawn and ridding it of old, dead grass in preparation of the coming grass growing season. Ugh.

The subject of this short piece most likely will be placed in Chapter 3: Posse Comitatus, 2.0 – of the second book that I am writing: Darwin’s Flaw, 2.0: The Solutions Book. I can’t go into further details at this date.

The New York Times had a great article on March 7, 2017, that reflects the primary reason I know why working-class white males without a college degree voted for Mr. Trump in overwhelming numbers over Hillary Clinton in the general election [over 39 percentage points]: resentment for those below them in the social hierarchies – Whom Hillary Clinton and the Democrats support: [Remember this overarching rule: “It’s the economy, stupid.”]

This is nothing new in our long history on this planet. Conquering armies have invaded other countries and brought back slaves to be used as unpaid labor and cannon fodder for their military expansionist desires. I will only mention briefly the treatment of Africans torn from their country and shipped to America for its own economic greed.

History may have changed considerably, but biology has not. It’s biology’s “pecking order” 101. We have known this in biology and social studies since the first observations of dominate chickens using their beaks to ”peck” on the heads of those chickens whom they deemed to be “inferior.” Simply put: it is to determine “who’s on top, and who is not.”

Think of the modern day social pecking order as dominants vs. submissives “lite.” [See reference below – Social Dominance: An Intergroup Theory of Social Hierarchy and Oppression, Jim Sidanius, Felicia Pratto, Cambridge University Press, 1999].

It’s not rocket science. Blue-collar workers out there on the assembly lines are doing their best to work hard and survive. Add to this hard-working scenario we find in the “new economy” the blue-collar male workers and their mates are struggling to maintain a lifestyle that once was easily enjoyed by both their parents [link:http://statemuseumpa.org/levittown/one/b.html]. Back in the “good old days,” – post, War World II. C: 1950 – one paycheck was all that was needed to achieve a lifestyle where you could raise kids in a modest, affordable house in the “clean suburbs” [free, we can assume, from minorities, as well].

Now, pay attention – this is important. It is not about skin color: If I were to tell you that I came from the planet Zeon [Zee-on] where there are two social classes similar to those citied above because they do involve skin colors and social hierarchies – except in this case, the social conflict there is between the BLUES and the GREENS – Can you tell me which skin color is the hard-working dominant social class, and which skin color belongs to the submissive, “lazy” one?

So, if it is not about skin color, then it must be about the white race — that has been dominant in history — colliding with the reality that the blue-collar American Dream of the past is nowhere near that in 2017. The old motto of — If you work hard, keep your nose clean [no criminal record] you will get ahead financially and socially appears to be fading in the rear view mirror.

What is happening here is that we, as social “animals” that evolved from the jungle, still carry with us – at the deepest levels within our brains – the memories of social “pecking orders” that evolved in our human evolution that once allocated resources to those who were physically dominant. The physically stronger dominants took what they wanted and needed – sometimes through violent means. When the “social context” no longer involves [or allows] easy solutions to our “pecking order hierarchies” that once were “solved” by force, the “deep” brain reverts back to is biological origins of hierarchical positioning but must “adapt” to the new reality around them and find non-violent means to achieve the same goal. Which, of course, means – if the new method of achieving your goal of eliminating the drain on your “social wallet,” [by voting for conservative politicians who screw the lower classes] then it can create the mental “illusion” that you will be moving higher in the social order and it would make you “feel” [mentally] that you are in a higher social position which helps in your struggle to maintain a superior position in the social pecking order. And of course, that includes you, your spouse and your children because you have taken indirect – non-violent action that will prevent your “wallet from being drained.”

What I find truly ironic in all of this is that the non-college educated worker does not seem to understand that leaders of American industry – whom most likely are anti-union, “free market” gurus – made manufacturing deals with China, Japan, Mexico and other “inferior” countries in order to move their factories to those countries or purchase “cheaper” products made in those countries and then shipped to American shores to earn higher profits for the upper elite management and stockholders of those companies.

Why is the working-class resentment not focused on those industries? Not to mention their industrial CEOs – who have made deals with “inferior” countries with cheap labor instead of focusing their anger “downward” between the “working class white male” and the “inferior, poor” [mostly black?] Americans?

Is it because those who we view below us are more easily dominated and “screwed” then those who are higher up in the social hierarchy?  I strongly believe it is because it is biologically based that whatever social hierarchy we find ourselves in, it is in our biological nature to find it easier to “screw” those below us in the pecking order than those that are perceived to be “above us?”

The question that we have to ask ourselves in 2017 is: are we intelligent enough as a species to understand the biological baseline that still seems to be a barrier to advance into a “higher species” where all “men” are created equal?

References:

Social Dominance: An Intergroup Theory of Social Hierarchy and Oppression, Jim Sidanius, Felicia Pratto, Cambridge University Press, 1999]

New York Times: Trump Budget Proposal Reflects Working-Class Resentment of the Poor, Eduardo Porter, NY Times – Economic Scene – March 7, 2017

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/07/business/economy/trump-budget-entitlements-working-class.html?_r=0

 

 

/md

Blue Collar Resentment of the Poor, March 10, 2017

My work on the second book, Darwin’s Flaw, 2.0: The Solutions Book is proceeding slowly as I still have to deal with the reality of being a home owner and all the rituals of doing things around the house that take up precious time that I would rather spend working on the book. Time-draining activities like raking the front lawn and ridding it of old, dead grass in preparation of the coming grass growing season. Ugh.

The subject of this short piece most likely will be placed in Chapter 3: Posse Comitatus, 2.0 – of the second book that I am writing: Darwin’s Flaw, 2.0: The Solutions Book. I can’t go into further details at this date.

The New York Times had a great article on March 7, 2017, that reflects the primary reason I know why working-class white males without a college degree voted for Mr. Trump in overwhelming numbers over Hillary Clinton in the general election [over 39 percentage points]: resentment for those below them in the social hierarchies – Whom Hillary Clinton and the Democrats support: [Remember this overarching rule: “It’s the economy, stupid.”]

This is nothing new in our long history on this planet. Conquering armies have invaded other countries and brought back slaves to be used as unpaid labor and cannon fodder for their military expansionist desires. I will only mention briefly the treatment of Africans torn from their country and shipped to America for its own economic greed.

History may have changed considerably, but biology has not. It’s biology’s “pecking order” 101. We have known this in biology and social studies since the first observations of dominate chickens using their beaks to ”peck” on the heads of those chickens whom they deemed to be “inferior.” Simply put: it is to determine “who’s on top, and who is not.”

Think of the modern day social pecking order as dominants vs. submissives “lite.” [See reference below – Social Dominance: An Intergroup Theory of Social Hierarchy and Oppression, Jim Sidanius, Felicia Pratto, Cambridge University Press, 1999].

It’s not rocket science. Blue-collar workers out there on the assembly lines are doing their best to work hard and survive. Add to this hard-working scenario we find in the “new economy” the blue-collar male workers and their mates are struggling to maintain a lifestyle that once was easily enjoyed by both their parents [link:http://statemuseumpa.org/levittown/one/b.html]. Back in the “good old days,” – post, War World II. C: 1950 – one paycheck was all that was needed to achieve a lifestyle where you could raise kids in a modest, affordable house in the “clean suburbs” [free, we can assume, from minorities, as well].

Now, pay attention – this is important. It is not about skin color: If I were to tell you that I came from the planet Zeon [Zee-on] where there are two social classes similar to those citied above because they do involve skin colors and social hierarchies – except in this case, the social conflict there is between the BLUES and the GREENS – Can you tell me which skin color is the hard-working dominant social class, and which skin color belongs to the submissive, “lazy” one?

So, if it is not about skin color, then it must be about the white race — that has been dominant in history — colliding with the reality that the blue-collar American Dream of the past is nowhere near that in 2017. The old motto of — If you work hard, keep your nose clean [no criminal record] you will get ahead financially and socially appears to be fading in the rear view mirror.

What is happening here is that we, as social “animals” that evolved from the jungle, still carry with us – at the deepest levels within our brains – the memories of social “pecking orders” that evolved in our human evolution that once allocated resources to those who were physically dominant. The physically stronger dominants took what they wanted and needed – sometimes through violent means. When the “social context” no longer involves [or allows] easy solutions to our “pecking order hierarchies” that once were “solved” by force, the “deep” brain reverts back to is biological origins of hierarchical positioning but must “adapt” to the new reality around them and find non-violent means to achieve the same goal. Which, of course, means – if the new method of achieving your goal of eliminating the drain on your “social wallet,” [by voting for conservative politicians who screws the lower classes] then it can create the mental “illusion” that you will be moving higher in the social order and it would make you “feel” [mentally] that you are in a higher social position which helps in your struggle to maintain a superior position in the social pecking order. And of course, that includes you, your spouse and your children because you have taken indirect – non-violent action that will prevent your “wallet from being drained.”

What I find truly ironic in all of this is that the non-college educated worker does not seem to understand that leaders of American industry – whom most likely are anti-union, “free market” gurus – made manufacturing deals with China, Japan, Mexico and other “inferior” countries in order to move their factories to those countries or purchase “cheaper” products made in those countries and then shipped to American shores to earn higher profits for the upper elite management and stockholders of those companies.

Why is the working-class resentment not focused on those industries? Not to mention their industrial CEOs – who have made deals with “inferior” countries with cheap labor instead of focusing their anger “downward” between the “working class white male” and the “inferior, poor” [mostly black?] Americans?

Is it because those who we view below us are more easily dominated and “screwed” then those who are higher up in the social hierarchy?  I strongly believe it is because it is biologically based that whatever social hierarchy we find ourselves in, it is in our biological nature to find it easier to “screw” those below us in the pecking order than those that are perceived to be “above us?”

The question that we have to ask ourselves in 2017 is: are we intelligent enough as a species to understand the biological baseline that still seems to be a barrier to advance into a “higher species” where all “men” are created equal?

References:

Social Dominance: An Intergroup Theory of Social Hierarchy and Oppression, Jim Sidanius, Felicia Pratto, Cambridge University Press, 1999]

New York Times: Trump Budget Proposal Reflects Working-Class Resentment of the Poor, Eduardo Porter, NY Times – Economic Scene – March 7, 2017

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/07/business/economy/trump-budget-entitlements-working-class.html?_r=0