home  |  book  |   RSS  |  contact  |
  Road to the Middle Class
Monday November 30, 2015 
by Christopher Chantrill Follow chrischantrill on Twitter









1930s analysis

UK spending

US bailout

US gov debt

US budget

US revenue

US spending

sisters, sisters


















Assimilation and the Crime of the Century

ONCE upon a time there were a bunch of Educated Youth around and they decided to help the suffering factory workers, the people they called the working class. Looking back, these elite "best men" had two options: they could teach the factory workers how to wive and thrive in the capitalist, post-industrial-revolution society and economy that had changed everything; or they could assist the factory workers with "social protection" and make them comfortable in their factory work.

The Educated Youth chose the latter option. They captured the ramparts of cultural and political power and forced society to make life comfortable for the people that toiled in the factories under near slave-labor discipline. They created wage and hour laws; the legitimized restraint of trade in labor; they initiated government pension and health care plans; they forced safety legislation on employers. And life got pretty comfortable for the factory workers. In the heyday of factory work, for one brief moment, a kid could graduate from high school and go down the road to the local factory, and expect to work there, a good job at good wages, for a lifetime.

But then factory work ended, the grandchildren of the educated youth fell out of love for the working class, and the working class sank like a stone. Of course it did: protected and cosseted and confirmed in its pre-modern culture, it was utterly unprepared for the real world of the modern, global economy.

Over at According to Hoyt, author and immigrant Sarah A. Hoyt discusses this issue from the US immigrant's perspective in "Prepare to be Assimilated." She discusses her choice to assimilate to US culture against maintaining the culture of the old country, Portugal.

But today I want to talk about assimilation, or, in sociological terms, acculturation.  I, and Kate Paulk, and Dave Freer, and a ton of the rest of us are immigrants who went to another country with the intention of living there the rest of our lives and who had incentives to fit in and be part of that country...

But even then, with the best will to fit in, it’s a HARD thing.  Really hard.
Sarah then writes at great length just how hard it was for a literate girl from a village in Portugal to "fit in" to America. Today, she feels 90% American and 10% Portuguese, but it took a long time to get there.

Yet today's Educated Youth encourages immigrants to retain their culture and denies the hard road that any immigrant must travel in order to "fit in." And the popular culture encourages non-whites to cleave to their tribal identity instead of fitting into the white middle-class culture of America.
This is the message these new refugee-immigrants will get, though TV, through movies, through social workers.  How important it is they hold on to their all vital tribalism.  Not just in food and clothing, but in thought.  How it’s somehow “racism” to demand they fit in into their new homeland.
Only it doesn't work. It didn't work for the working class; it isn't working for African Americans that have been culturally separated and socially demoralized by the Great Society and race preferences. It's turned college women into bullying special snowflakes.

The Educated Youth are now hard at work on Hispanics, to get them to define themselves as separate from America. And then there are the Muslims.

The message from Sarah A. Hoyt to immigrants is "Don't." Don't listen to the liberals and the identity activists and the Educated Youth. Learn to love the land and the people you have chosen. Only she makes the point more strongly.
Fit in or f*ck off.
Well, she didn't come up with that on her own. She got it from an immigrant to Australia, Dave Freer, from South Africa. And he got it, the first two words, from another immigrant to Australia.

(Myself, I've always avoided the company of fellow ex-pat Brits in the US. I just don't like their "in the old country" talk. That's why the Aussies say: "go back to Britain you whingeing Pom." All I want to do is to be an American.)

This stuff is getting a bit old. Now that we have seen what happened to the Soviet Union. Now that we see what Mao's China was all about. Now that the old white working class in Britain and the US is descended into alcoholism and drug dependency. Now that we know without a doubt where the left's politics leads.

It's time to say that progressive politics is the Crime of the Century.

Because the only thing for peasants first arriving in the city, or immigrants arriving in America, is to "fit in or f*ck off." Anything else is misery and failure.

And anyone that encourages the new arrivals in their separation and segregation is a monster.

perm | comment | Follow chrischantrill on Twitter | 11/27/15 8:48 pm ET

My Thanks to America

MY love for America began on my first morning in America. It was in December 1965 when I woke up early in my parents' apartment in Denver, Colorado, and saw the crystal clear dawn come up on the great prairie horizon. It only got better. I loved the way that everything worked, from the heating that heated to the cars that lumbered along confidently with their great iron V8s. I loved the ...

 click for more

perm | comment | Follow chrischantrill on Twitter | 11/26/15 6:29 pm ET

The Left Has Always Been Totalitarian, Robert Ehrlich

IN NRO today Robert Ehrlich, former Republican governor of Maryland, has some sensible things to say about the ungenerous and anti-democratic Left in America. His piece is titled "A Syllabus of the Dangerous Errors of the Left." (The link and the tag say things like "Progressivism and Democratic Party: Exteme and Dangerous" so you can see that the editors had a bit of a struggle with the lead.) ...

 click for more

perm | comment | Follow chrischantrill on Twitter | 11/25/15 7:45 pm ET

Why Working Class Whites Vote GOP

THE New York Times has finally committed journalism on the topic of What's the Matter With Kansas, the fact that the white working class is not voting for its economic interest as it should, but is voting instead for racist, sexist, homophobe Republicans that don't give a good goddam about them and their real interests, as properly understood by elite liberals. Alex MacGillis writes, The ...

 click for more

perm | comment | Follow chrischantrill on Twitter | 11/23/15 11:54 pm ET

|  November blogs  |  October blogs  |


“I Want a President”

Georg Simmel’s Sociology

Charles Murray’s By The People

Thomas Piketty’s Capital

The Spirit Level

McCloskey’s “Bourgeois Era”

Karl Polanyi’s Great Transformation


Download latest e-book draft here.


A New Manifesto
A spectre is haunting the liberal elite—the spectre of conservatism.


The Crisis of the Administrative State
It wasn’t supposed to be like this.

Government and the Technology of Power
If you scratch a social reformer, you will likely discover a plan for more government.

Business, Slavery, and Trust
Business is all about trust and relationship.

Humanity's Big Problem: Freebooters and Freeloaders
The modern welfare state encourages freeloaders.

The Bonds of Faith
No society known to anthropology or history lacked religion.

A Critique of Social Mechanics
The problem with human society reduced to system.

The Paradox of Individualism
Is individualism the gospel of selfishness or something else?

From Multitude to Civil Society
The larger the government, the smaller the society.

The Answer is Civil Society
In between the separated powers.

The Greater Separation of Powers
If you want to limit power then you must limit power.

Conservatism Three by Three
Conservatism, political, economics, and cultural.

The Culture of Involvement
Imagining lives without the welfare state

The Poor Without the Welfare State
Can the poor thrive without the welfare state?

The Middle Class Without The Welfare State
How would the middle class live without all those middle-class entitlements?

Liberals and the Welfare State
Liberals, the ruling class of the administrative welfare state.

From Freeloaders to Free Givers
The path to the future lies through moral movements.

The Real Meaning of Society
Broadening the horizon of cooperation in the “last best hope of man on earth.”

conservative manifesto



AAM Book of the Day

Stevenson, George M, The Puritan Heritage

AAM Books on Education

Andrew Coulson, Market Education
How universal literacy was achieved before government education

Carl Kaestle, Pillars of the Republic
How we got our education system

James Tooley, The Miseducation of Women
How the feminists wrecked education for boys and for girls

James Tooley, Reclaiming Education
How only a market in education will provide opportunity for the poor

E.G. West, Education and the State
How education was doing fine before the government muscled in

AAM Books on Law

Hernando De Soto, The Mystery of Capital
How ordinary people in the United States wrote the law during the 19th century

F. A. Hayek, Law Legislation and Liberty, Vol 1
How to build a society based upon law

Henry Maine, Ancient Law
How the movement of progressive peoples is from status to contract

John Zane, The Story of Law
How law developed from early times down to the present

AAM Books on Mutual Aid

James Bartholomew, The Welfare State We're In
How the welfare state makes crime, education, families, and health care worse.

David Beito, From Mutual Aid to the Welfare State
How ordinary people built a sturdy social safety net in the 19th century

David Green, Before Beveridge: Welfare Before the Welfare State
How ordinary people built themselves a sturdy safety net before the welfare state

Theda Skocpol, Diminished Democracy
How the US used to thrive under membership associations and could do again

David Stevenson, The Origins of Freemasonry
How modern freemasonry got started in Scotland

AAM Books on Religion

David Aikman, Jesus in Beijing
How Christianity is booming in China

Finke & Stark, The Churching of America, 1776-1990
How the United States grew into a religious nation

Robert William Fogel, The Fourth Great Awakening and the Future of Egalitarianism
How progressives must act fast if they want to save the welfare state

David Martin, Pentecostalism: The World Their Parish
How Pentecostalism is spreading across the world


The Yale Problem Begins in High School | HeterodoxAcademy.org
Jonathan Haidt encounters the bullying PC culture at a private high school.

Who Turned My Blue State Red?
it's the working folks one step up from welfare.

How Obama is bankrolling a non-stop protest against invented outrage
but maybe he will make non-left America to unite against his SJWs.

The Religious Fate of Secular Liberation
something went wrong with the end of religion prophecy.

Lying Is America’s Biggest Political — And Media — Problem
and it's not just the Clintons and the media.

> archive


cruel . corrupt . wasteful
unjust . deluded



After a year of President Obama most Americans understand that the nation is on the wrong track. But how do we find the right track? Americans knew thirty years ago that liberalism was a busted flush. Yet Reaganism and Bushism seemed to be less than the best answer.

But where can we turn? Where are the thinkers and activists of the old days? Where do we find the best ideas? And how do we persuade our present ruling class to loosen its grip on power so that we can move the locomotive of state back onto the right track?

With all of our problems it seems like the worst of times.

In fact, this is the best of times. Under the radar a generation of great thinkers have been figuring out what went wrong and conjuring up visions of a better future. This book, "An American Manifesto: Life After Liberalism" is an introduction to their ideas, and to the great future that awaits an America willing to respond to their call.

Although this book is addressed to all Americans, conservative, moderate, and liberal, and looks to a nation that transcends our present partisan divide, I must tell you that liberals will have the most difficulty with the book. The reason is simple. I am asking liberals to give up a lot of the power they have amassed in the last century. But we are all Americans, and we must all give up something for the sake of the greater good.


I am Christopher Chantrill and I am writing this book in full view. I'll be blogging on the process and the ideas, and I'll be asking you, dear readers, to help. Read the blog. Read the articles as they come out on American Thinker and ponder over the draft chapters here on this site.

Then send me your reactions, your thoughts, and your comments. You will help more than you know.



“But I saw a man yesterday who knows a fellow who had it from a chappie that said that Urquhart had been dipping himself a bit recklessly off the deep end.”  —Freddy Arbuthnot
Dorothy L. Sayers, Strong Poison

Civil Society

“Civil Society”—a complex welter of intermediate institutions, including businesses, voluntary associations, educational institutions, clubs, unions, media, charities, and churches—builds, in turn, on the family, the primary instrument by which people are socialized into their culture and given the skills that allow them to live in broader society and through which the values and knowledge of that society are transmitted across the generations.
Francis Fukuyama, Trust

Hugo on Genius

“Tear down theory, poetic systems... No more rules, no more models... Genius conjures up rather than learns... ” —Victor Hugo
César Graña, Bohemian versus Bourgeois


“We have met with families in which for weeks together, not an article of sustenance but potatoes had been used; yet for every child the hard-earned sum was provided to send them to school.”
E. G. West, Education and the State

Faith & Purpose

“When we began first to preach these things, the people appeared as awakened from the sleep of ages—they seemed to see for the first time that they were responsible beings, and that a refusal to use the means appointed was a damning sin.”
Finke, Stark, The Churching of America, 1776-1990


“When we received Christ,” Phil added, “all of a sudden we now had a rule book to go by, and when we had problems the preacher was right there to give us the answers.”
James M. Ault, Jr., Spirit and Flesh


A writer who says that there are no truths, or that all truth is ’merely relative’, is asking you not to believe him. So don’t.
Roger Scruton, Modern Philosophy


presented by Christopher Chantrill
Data Sources  •  Contact