New Book: The Sinking Middle Class

June 4, 2020

The Sinking Middle Class: A Political History will be available in July from OR Books.

From the publisher:

Joe Biden’s current emphasis on the “American middle class” is typical of centrist Democrat strategy. It is used as a cudgel to defend the party against more radical demands that could win over working-class voters and non-voters. For Republicans, it provides a foil for disingenuous appeals to the “white working class.” Donald Trump’s 2016 victory made full use of such rhetoric.

Yet, as David Roediger makes clear in a pointed and persuasive polemic, this obsession with the middle-class is relatively new in US politics. It began with the attempt to win back so-called “Reagan Democrats” by Bill Clinton and his legendary pollster Stanley Greenberg. It was accompanied by a pandering to racism and a shying away from meaningful wealth redistribution that continues to this day.

Drawing on rich traditions of radical social thought, Roediger disavows the thinly sourced idea that the United States was, for much of its history, a “middle-class” nation and the still more indefensible position that it is one now. The increasing immiseration of large swathes of middle-income America, only accelerated by the current pandemic, nails a fallacy that is a major obstacle to progressive change.

Click here to preorder.

Article: White Privilege, White Advantage, White and Human Misery

March 8, 2019

I wrote a small piece for Verso Books’ blog entitled “White Privilege, White Advantage, White and Human Misery.”

Read it here via Verso Books.

Book Review: White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo

September 6, 2018

The Los Angeles Review of Books just posted my review of White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo.  Read it here!

Happy Birthday from Jawbreaker!

July 13, 2018

Jawbreaker dedicated their final song of the night to David Roediger. Thanks, Blake Schwarzenbach! Happy birthday, Dad!

Posted by Donovan J Roediger on Saturday, July 14, 2018

C.L.R. James Award Announcement

May 4, 2018

Class, Race, and Marxism was awarded the C.L.R. James Award from the Working Class Studies Association.

Read the full announcement here.

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