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Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Writing in the Wall Street Journal, Jim Webb promises to be a redneck class-warrior. What in the heck do you make of this part:
Still others [i.e. corporate execs he talked to during his campaign and whom he didn't like] have gone so far as to argue that these divisions are the natural results of a competitive society. Furthermore, an unspoken insinuation seems to be inundating our national debate: Certain immigrant groups have the "right genetics" and thus are natural entrants to the "overclass," while others, as well as those who come from stock that has been here for 200 years and have not made it to the top, simply don't possess the necessary attributes.

Most Americans reject such notions.
And so, clearly, does Webb. But what's the point of even bringing this up? To imply that corporate America is engaged in a race war against Webb's beloved Scots-Americans, the folks he wrote about in his book Born Fighting, and on whose behalf he cherishes obvious resentments based on both race and class ("those who come from stock that has been here for 200 years and have not made it to the top")?

And just who are these "natural entrants" into the "overclass" -- notions that Webb softens by putting them into his villains' mouths, but which he obviously thinks are in play? Who does Webb think -- exuse me: who does Webb think corporate America thinks -- are the "overclass"? Asians? Anyone else?

My point being: this op-ed features explicit class resentment, and implicit race resentment, and is therefore highly weird.