Some musings on why people found the suburban nuclear family ideal of the 1950s and 1960s so hellish and eventually rejected it. In particular, we posit that the suburban nuclear family ideal was an attempt to emulate the planter class aristocracy but collapsed because the social dimensions of emulating that lifestyle were ignored.
This book is a detailed analysis of the puzzle of why (some) marriages in the U.S. are becoming increasingly unstable. It argues that changes in job opportunities create bifurcated marriage markets which lead to bifurcated marriage behavior. In doing so, the book touches on issues of gender, race, and class, and argues that this bifurcated marriage behavior can exacerbate societal inequality.
I lay out how property is an engine of inequality in society, and why property ownership, tax law, and inheritance law are critical to fighting inequality and oppression in society.
This book puts forward the argument that the right's political strategy since the '60s has been built on fanning class resentment but disguising it as a culture war. The result is a cycle of backlash against "liberal elites" that pushes U.S. politics rightward each time it occurs. Its analysis and predictions are particularly insightful in light of the last election.
Why do people who need environmental protection call for the killing of the EPA? This book explores this contradiction. In doing so, it talks about the suffering that deregulation has caused in coastal Louisiana, and portrays the attitudes that allow it to keep happening.
Some people say identity politics cost Democrats the election. Some people have a lot to say of the essentialness of identity politics to leftist politics but are much happier if Democrats would stop talking about economic issues. I think people should be highly suspicious of both types. In this post, I discuss the connections between social justice and economic justice and why if you care about one, you should care about both.