Two Recent Articles Worth Reading

Two articles I’ve come across recently that are worth reading:

I Spent 5 Years With Some Of Trump’s Biggest Fans. Here’s What They Won’t Tell You. (Mother Jones)

But something else seemed at play. Many blue-collar white men now face the same grim economic fate long endured by blacks. With jobs lost to automation or offshored to China, they have less security, lower wages, reduced benefits, more erratic work, and fewer jobs with full-time hours than before. Having been recruited to cheer on the contraction of government benefits and services—a trend that is particularly pronounced in Louisiana—many are unable to make ends meet without them.

This is one of those counter intuitive issues that neither political party seems ready to solve. How do you convince workers, whose jobs are evaporating due to technology (whether that’s technology replacing a worker, or technology lowering the barriers for others to do that job less expensively), to rely on the government for job training and benefits while transitioning into a new career?

Neither party wants to solve that (and certainly not during an election cycle).

How Fox News women took down the most powerful, and predatory, man in media. (NY Mag)

Her first assignment was to go down to the newsstand and fetch him the latest issue of Maxim. When she returned with the magazine, Ailes asked her to stay with him in his office. He flipped through the pages. The woman told the Washington Post that Ailes said, “You look like the women in here. You have great legs. If you sleep with me, you could be a model or a newscaster.” She cut short her internship. (Laterza did not respond to a request for comment.)

This was not even close to the worst offense. Jesus.

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