Whatever we do, we cannot continue our toxic relationship with labor, where work and identity coalesce into one grisly concept that reduces our humanity to a job title, a number of hours worked, and a salary.
It’s no secret that American society has a rigid gender binary, one that valorizes masculinity and looks down upon femininity, one that rewards those who fit neatly into that binary and terrorizes those who don’t adhere to it, and one that reinforces the existing social, political, and economic power structures.
Our education system has, in effect, reinforced America’s existing aristocracy.
At its core, America’s fixation on physical appearance is about status.
In America, wealth is status.
The imposition of a singular belief system on a multicultural society such as the U.S. is dangerously antithetical to the American tenet of liberalism. It erases the beauty of our country’s varying customs, traditions, religious beliefs and ideological positions, and ignores our unending effort to create compromise and accommodations along those lines.
While both parties can be held responsible for the ineffectiveness of social reform, Democrats have long played a special and enabling role in the problem.
Meritocracy ultimately becomes a cop-out for powerful people attempting to avoid the work of addressing inequalities ingrained in society.