Quote of the Day: Moynihan on the Lower Middle Class

This is spot-on:

Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan once said to me that the United States has “a fifth column in every country on earth.” I asked whether he meant the CIA. No, he replied, “I mean the lower middle class.”

Godfrey Hodgson, The Myth of American Exceptionalism, p. 163.

One thought on “Quote of the Day: Moynihan on the Lower Middle Class

  1. > the United States has “a fifth column in every country
    > on earth. […] I mean the lower middle class.”

    In every country–including the US itself, which is hateful. To do away with this unsavoury ilk for good Moynihan et al had one good idea,[1] States-wise and elsewhere. The instrumentalisation of demography is for fascists, but when the going gets tough, social democrats get going.

    Eric Holder, the US attorney general: “If we allow this attitude to persist in the face of the most significant demographic changes that this nation has ever confronted- and remember, there will be no majority race in America in about fifty years- the coming diversity that could be such a powerful, positive force will, instead, become a reason for stagnation and polarization.”

    Razib Khan has some qualifications, though: “Yes, it does look like the Republicans, as a white Christian party, are in a world of demographic hurt. But, be cautious about projecting current trends too far. By that, I mean that the trends working against the Republicans are clear, but we aren’t quite where the Republicans were during the 1970s-1990s where the opposition party had to play on their terms (e.g., the two Democratic Presidents were Southerners who engaged in triangulation). Realignments take time, and by the time all the dynamics play out some of the background assumptions may have changed.”

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