A conversation about Richardson's book, "Democracy Awakening: Notes on the State of America," Substack, and the importance of popular history
Thank you, Clare 🇺🇸💙
November 9, 2016 — this where were you when question tops all others. After working tirelessly for Hillary in Brooklyn, my husband and I were disappointed that an obligatory event in Switzerland would keep us from the epic parties we were certain would happen. At the hotel Les Trois Rois, in Basel, we tried to stay up as late as our bodies would let us. I went to sleep knowing life was about shift into uncharted territory. The next morning, as I sat sobbing over my breakfast, the waitstaff were giving my husband the evil eye, and I was too distraught to correct their misperception.
I do believe too little is being said or written about what people where I grew up are feeling and experiencing. There is a direct line from the financial crisis of 2008 to their embrace of DT. The financial class created it and then bought up what was left at fire-sale prices. To rub salt into the wound, private equity then bought up all their foreclosed homes (not the homes of people who overextended — average price between 80 - 150,000) only to rent them back at exorbitant prices and no maintenance - true slumlords. However, what really sent them over the edge (talking Motown here) was having to help bail out the auto companies only to get screwed again in return. Thanks to Shawn Fain, there has now been a long overdue correction, sigh. Now the Biden administration needs to show that image of Biden on the picket line starting now until the cows come home.
I do not know how you do what you do without losing faith. So I thought of you when I saw this.
And thank you for all the work you do.