There is no secret about the state of the middle class today: because of the advancements on productivity, labor has basically no power and this means that a larger-than-historically-normal income gap has developed. It’s not the end of the world, as being living in an equitable society and living in a society with a high quality of life are by no means the same thing. But don’t tell that to anyone on the political left, including the old stalwarts:
Just to be clear, this is simply false. Carter’s time was more equitable, but the actual material quality of life is not radically different. The disparity between rich and poor doesn’t matter, unless you’re under the impression that making money is morally illegitimate and that rich people should be dis-empowered just for the sake of dis-empowering them. Today’s middle class is not like yesterday’s poor. And although this should be abundantly clear without anyone saying it, busywork is not the same as work that has a purpose others actually value enough to pay for.
Those people who are deep into poor territory in most measures still don’t have to worry about starving, and for that matter, most of them don’t even consider the possibility of a life without air conditioning. Calling these people poor is like calling fat people “plus-size”. There’s an agenda at work, and it’s not even on purpose.
Pious old men have permission to be pious old men, but sometimes, I wish Reagan were still alive to remind this guy about everything good about the private enterprise system, including its inequalities. And I don’t even like Reagan.