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If one accepts the premise of Francis Fukuyama and Hegel that economic and social liberalism have dueled and defeated all other competing ideologies, then there are obvious limitations for working people in 21 st century society. While the prosperity of America has been unparalleled since WWII, the income is spread unevenly. The inequality since the post-war period becomes obvious when one realizes that real income for the bottom quintile of workers has decreased since ’78 and the Gini Coefficient has risen (Cowie 5 Nov 2008). The importance of the working class cannot be underestimated in a national election, as according to Michael Zweig, 62% of the American population belongs to the working class. Rationally, it may appear that if a politician has a message tailored to this particular group he can easily win a national election. However the working class is more complicated then a block of economically disadvantaged individuals, as there are historical and sociological reasons that explain why it is hard to unite the factions comprising the majority of this country. If income inequality is determined by markets finding their most efficient outcome, then the reasonable question facing a political consultant would be whether there can be a political solution to this problem? In order for a candidate to carry the working class in a future election, he must tactfully avoid the divisive issue of race, but at the same time ensure that common historical methods of suppressing minority turnout cannot operate. He must create economic incentives to restore families, be credible to restore the people’s faith in government, and strengthen organized labor. According to Michael Zweig 64% of the working class is composed of minorities, thus it is essential to look at how minorities have ended up in the working class. The reason why the majority of working class people are minorities should be obvious to any 1
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pupil of American history, as it was not until the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that minorities and especially Negroes were given the full protection of the laws promised in the 14 th Amendment. In fact, besides for the highly publicized travesties of slavery and Jim Crow, John Dittmer details subtler methods of suppressing the black vote. Some of the most effective methods were psychological and economic harassment by whites through citizen’s councils or the KKK. While the harassment perpetuated by the Klan has been recorded in almost every American history text, the works of the citizen’s councils were just as effective, although less publicized. If a black tried to register to vote, he could look forward to harassment in Mississippi in the 50’s, as his name would be published in the local newspaper and he would be fired by his boss for rebellion. The harassment was awful enough that even professional blacks shunned civil rights leaders from their area Furthermore if he was a member of the professional class, he would be boycotted by white employers and their employees, which made blacks with money to lose very weary
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This test prep was uploaded on 02/01/2009 for the course ILRCB 3060 taught by Professor Cowiej during the Fall '08 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).

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