White working class
Working class white people are the large group of working people in the United States of European ancestry. They function as swing voters due to distinctly American peculiarities of the American political system which due to a long history of racism in the United States has historically granted them white privilege in terms of opportunity and social status. Thus they may be gulled into voting against the objective interests of the proletariat by conservative or libertarian political movements which advance rhetoric which promises "freedom," individual rights, and "jobs" while advancing the interest of corporations in avoiding regulation or the need to adequately compensate labor or provide decent working conditions.
Notes and references
- Immigrants from Spain or Portugal can also be considered Hispanic or Latino
- Everyone who participates in the American economy benefits from its highly developed and efficient economy and the power of American imperialism. White privilege is an added advantage.
- "Delusions of Populism" opinion by Paul Krugman in The New York Times July 11, 2013
- "The Case of the Missing White Voters, Revisited" analysis by Sean Trende on RealClearPolitics June 21, 2013
- "No, Republicans, ‘Missing’ White Voters Won’t Save You" blog post by Ruy Teixeira and Alan Abramowitz on ThinkProgress July 9, 2013