This is adapted from a comment I made on Zippy’s blog. The article I wrote that I’m referring to, by the way, is here, and you can comment there or here about it if you’re so inclined. I think it came out well, and I recommend “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” highly.
I recently wrote an article on the newest Harry Potter movie (which was great), and I mentioned in passing how disgusting I found J.K. Rowling’s personal and political views. It got me to thinking why.
I think it has to do with a contempt for the middle class. Rowling went right from dirt poor to impossibly, tremendously rich; her time spent in the middle class was so short she wasn’t able to experience much of what it was like.
A consequence of this is that she honestly CAN’T understand why middle class people are concerned about things like paying welfare, or illegal immigrants taking jobs, or the country being overrun by Muslim refugees. She sees refugees, immigrants, and mothers on welfare as “poor”, and thus sees it as all of our responsibility to take care of them.
After all, she crunched the numbers: If all of us middle class people gave up a latte a day, we’d be able to give every single mother a home! What is WRONG with us? Why do we all hate minorities (the majority of the poor)? Why are we such horrible racist monsters?
She doesn’t understand what it’s like to be one firing and a month out of work away from slipping below the poverty line, because it’s not something she experienced for any significant length of time. To her, middle class people not wanting to get rid of the one big vacation they take every two years, that they scrimped and saved months for, is evil, because someone, somewhere out in the world, just happens to be suffering worse.
I think this explains the attitude of a lot of our supposed elites.
I mentioned earlier that for all that talk of Trump targeting middle class white Americans or white males, I can’t remember him directly addressing white males or even whites in general at all the entire election.
Now, what he DID do is promise to bring in jobs and to get illegal immigrants out so they’d stop taking jobs, and since it’s white Americans who are the ones that the elites are attempting to run out on a rail, or worse, they correctly surmised that it was white Americans who that message resonated with the most. What they didn’t catch is that this said a lot more about them then about the white Americans they were condemning so strongly.