“The View From Flyover Country – Dispatches From The Forgotten America” by Sarah Kendzior : I’ve only read the introduction and I can already see why it went viral.

I don’t often read non-fiction books, but, as I struggle to absorb the reality of Trump in the White House, I’ve been looking for something that will give me a better view of the context that led to that man being in that job.

I can see what the GOP, the Mercers, the Koch brothers and Putin get out of it. I understand Cambridge Analytica’s cyber-psyops mechanics and how Facebook enabled this attack on democracy.

What I don’t get is: what made Trump attractive or even possible?

I’m hoping this book will help me with that.

So far, I’ve only read the introduction and I’m already hooked. 

This seems like a book that gives a voice to all those suffering from America’s economic decline, systematic corruption and wealth tilt towards the coasts.

Here’s a two-paragraph extract to show you what I’m hooked by:

“The United States’ current contentious climate is the flip side of the false promise of hope we saw half a decade ago. In the aftermath of the recession, hope was wielded like a weapon by corporations that lured in desperate Americans with exploitative assurances: work for low wages now and you will be rewarded with a raise later; rack up college debt because a steady job is guaranteed. Hope was flaunted by pundits and politicians safely ensconced in elite coastal enclaves, who implied—with their endless proclamations that prosperity awaited if you worked for it—that the lack of prospects for the rest of us must be our own fault.

Above all, we were told not to complain. Don’t complain about exploitation. Don’t complain about discrimination. Don’t complain that you feel trapped. Don’t complain, because the problem is not real—don’t complain, because then people will think the problem is you.”

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