Meet Joe Bageant: One of America's Best Redneck Populist Writers
Author Joe Bageant's distinctive style has graced the pages of AlterNet for a few years, and we wanted to make sure you haven't been missing his great essays on the American mindscape, wealth and democracy, the role of corporations in our economy, and most of all, the life and culture of redneck society. Bageant is author of the popular book, Deer Hunting With Jesus: Dispatches from America's Class War (Random House Crown), about working class America. You can read the complete archive of his on-line work, along with the thoughts of many working Americans on the subject of class on his website.
Many of Bageant's essays from this year have been read by over 50,000 people on AlterNet. Here are 10 of his most popular:
Obama promised change -- and sure enough, things are changing for the worse.
We've been reduced to "human assets" in a relentless economic machine. And we can't even complain: appearing cheerful is vital when all of life is monitored by an employer.
America is broke. And the easy credit, phantom "growth" economy has been exposed for what it was: a credit scam.
"There ain't any health care debate going on, Bubba. What is going on are mob negotiations about insurance, and which mob gets the biggest chunk of the dough."
Capitalism has raped the resources of the world. Now corporations are left to strip human experience from life, then rent it back to us.
"We're starting to hear a little discussion about the white underclass... Mainly because so many middle class folks are terrified of falling into it."
Restoring dignity to laboring America won't be easy. It won't be pretty, and it won't be "within the system." Because the system is the problem.
"It don't matter who gets to warm his butt in the White House chair. The top dogs eat high on the hog and the little dogs eat the tails and ears."
The most chilling accomplishment of American capitalist culture is that we have commodified our own consciousness.