Group grievances as a booming market

From John Goodman at the Lighthouse Independent:

Roughly one fourth of Democratic voters are black and in some states the majority of all Democrats are black. The implications of these facts are not lost on the Democratic establishment. If, say, one third or even one fourth of black voters voted for a Republican, or if they decided not to vote at all, the results for Democrats would be disastrous.

But why do black voters prefer Democrats? That’s not an easy question to answer. Less than half (47 percent) consider themselves “liberal,” not much different from the number who consider themselves “conservative” (45 percent). And even among the self-described “liberals” black voters seem to get a raw deal from the people they vote for. In our central cities, many black parents send their children to the worst schools, they receive the worst city services and they are exposed to the nation’s worst environmental hazards (think Flint, Michigan). In almost all cases, these cities are run by Democrats. More.

Reality check: Identity politics, the politics of grievance, and demands for reparations are all very bad investments.

Has grievance politics ever done a thing for those who invested in it? Aren’t most groups who get involved just as miserable afterward as before? Maybe more so?

The problem is, feeling wronged is not an asset in the real world. Even if the cause is justified, it is only what we do with our own lives that matters, and we all make those decisions every day.

But what frustrates me about Goodman and many similar American commentators is that there is a central fact we are not recognizing: Declining job opportunities make grievance politics much more attractive. And easy to market.

= There was a time I could just clock in, drop off my time sheet at Accounting, and wait till Thursday evening. But now I stay home and you have to give me money for my sore feelings? This can’t and won’t last but there will be many casualties as it deteriorates.

On a policy note, I do not think free trade is working as planned (but we can discuss it).

See also: Ontario taxpayer, why should you pay me $650 to save money on my fuel costs?