The Origin Story Of White Male Rage

It’s a little bit deeper than just “economics.”

Ted Bauer

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Lots of columnists try to opine about “why voters like Trump” and/or “the origins of white male rage,” and they usually get a little bit close but miss some of the bigger factors out there. Paul Krugman, who is probably very insulated from day-to-day American realities, just tried earlier this morning:

I have written about a lot of these topics, and I mean a lot of them, over the years I’ve been writing. I am also generally pretty angry myself about different things, although I have the self-awareness to realize some of that is “competitive Victimhood” too. I’m a complicated little scamp.

Let me try to break this down for you a bit.

Economics

This is the big one, absolutely, but it’s not the entire story. People are frustrated by how much stuff seems to cost and how far (or not far) the dollar seems to currently stretch. They are also angry about how the “macro” story of the economy is good — “Hey, we created some jobs!” — but the micro story of their actual reality each day is bad. It’s easy to blame an old fool President for this, and I’m sure that's a fraction of the problem, but it’s not the whole problem. The economy being in the toilet exists at a complex intersection of greed, COVID, debt decisions, what types of companies we invest in, our deification of tech, and much more.

Purpose and Respect

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Ted Bauer

Mostly write about work, leadership, friendship, masculinity, male infertility, and some other stuff along the way. It's a pleasure to be here.