Interview: Chris Lehmann

By CATHERINE TUMBER  |  November 2, 2010

What's the difference between liberal elites and plain old elites?
Well, this is one of the big confusions of our age. There are all sorts of working-class and poor Americans who have a stake in reproductive rights or equal-pay policies — but it's far more advantageous for the right to associate those views with the hosts of The View or Sean Penn. The best rule of thumb is this: when people start inveighing against "liberal elites," look at which well-entrenched socio-economic elites are actually cleaning up. In this moment of Tea Party grievance and chronic unemployment, corporate profits have returned to a point above their pre-crash 2007 heights. Call me a cynic, but those figures mean more to me than the paint-by-numbers anti-government plaints of a Joe the Plumber.

You seem to have become a vulgar Marxist.
I much prefer "suave Midwestern populist."

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