Being working class in this country means being afraid. It means living in fear that you are going to be run out of your home because you can't make rent. I means being afraid that if you get sick and can't make it to work for a week then your world as you know it will crumble. It means staying in a shitty, abusive relationship because if you run away then you have nowhere to go and you're worried that you'll end up sleeping in an alley. It means having no safety net, nowhere to fall back to, no stable ground under your feet. It means feeling like you're adrift on the sea in a storm and you're clinging to your life to keep yourself afloat but you know that tomorrow, next week, next month, you and everyone you care about might be scattered to the winds and sink beneath the water.
Durn Bronzefist: It's very interesting to me that many working class people are surprised that the middle class has these prejudices. Doesn't this demonstrate that the working class perceive the truth of what the fundamental antagonisms in society are?
Unfortunately, a lot of poor people in the US are afraid of or untrusting of the government. Perhaps part of it is that the few social programs we have require that people get treated like absolute garbage in order to enroll in them (think your worst DMV experience times a hundred). I
Do people seriously do things "ironically"? As distinct from having a guilty pleasure? Or just enjoying doing it. And why?
I'm still not seeing why people think hipsters wear those trucker caps ironically.
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