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Post-Reconstruction part 2

The Jacobin has an article refuting a claim from one of Vox's more libertarian writers and i'm not too interested in that specifically. But i thought this was an interesting interpretation of recent history:

Then there was the period from 1940 to 1970, which witnessed the greatest progress in closing the racial wealth and earnings gaps since Reconstruction, thanks to the strength of the New Deal coalition and the labor movement, which integrated the federal government's military-industrial supply chain (as well as the military itself, following the war), and the Civil Rights Movement, which successfully pressed the federal government to intervene in the South on behalf of equal rights. That advance was eventually turned back the same way it was during Reconstruction: through an alliance of white supremacy and implicitly racialized "free market" ideology, the latter of which came to dominate both major political parties.

By fnord12 | April 25, 2017, 8:54 AM | Liberal Outrage