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Angry White Men on the Right

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The value that patriarchy gave men at the expense of women, and that racial tyranny gave whites at the expense of blacks, and that traditional morality gave straights at the expense of gays, was unjust. The Democratic Party has done right to help redress those injustices.

But the value that has been taken away from average working men in our society, who are prevented from participating in the rising tide of wealth in America, is also unjust. The Republican Party has done wrong to help the rich and powerful take wealth and power from average Americans.

The anger of many white Americans males is understandable. But in an ideal world, they would side with justice in both cases: they'd accept that they should no longer benefit from the old unjust order, but they'd also assert their rights against the new injustice that deprives them of their fair shot at the American dream.

(The question of how basically good people have been captured by a destructive political force, and basically intelligent people have been manipulated into supporting a force that is working against their well-being, is an issue that is explored in my "Press the Battle" series that is unfolding here these weeks on OpEdNews.)

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