THE RISE OF AN AMERICAN “STRONGMAN” WAS PREDICTED IN 1998 – www.delanceyplace.com/
Today’s Book Selection — from Achieving Our Country Richard Rorty. In 1979, children from the top socioeconomic quarter of American families were four times more likely to get a college degree than those from the bottom quarter; now they are ten times more likely. In 1998, American philosopher and academic Richard Rorty wrote of the emerging political and social divisions in America and predicted the emergence of a “strongman” in American politics.
Whether readers agree or disagree with Rorty’s writings [which includes some statements more pungent than those included below] , the fact that he wrote so directly about this phenomenon almost twenty years ago is intriguing and merits reflection: