Another class analysis, but at least it’s done with humor and wit, not with the suffocating urgency that some the excessive egalitarians bring to the table (the super-rich are too isolated…tax them into submission!). Even, of course, as excesses of the egalitarians may have helped make it so. This too, of course, is if all this is a proper analysis.
Tsing Loh uses the recession as a vehicle to critique the presumptions of Generation X, and what Richard Florida has termed the “creative class.”
“This economic catastrophe is teaching the Xers that their prized self- expression and their embrace of personal choice leads to … the collapse of capitalism.”
“The age of narcissistic creative-class strivers has brought this country cool new neighborhoods and an infinitely better selection of coffees and greens, but it has also brought shameful social stratification and a consumer binge that our children’s children may well be paying off”
That seems a little harsh…it’s not as if anyone is solely responsible for the economic mess either. I think she’s after narcissism and destructive individualism.
See Also On This Site: Sandra Tsing Loh On Feminism In The Atlantic: “I Choose My Choice, I Choose My Choice”…From The Atlantic: Richard Florida’s ‘How The Crash Will Reshape America’…Revisiting Larry Summers: What Did He Say Again?