Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Radical Chic & Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers--#44 finished

These are two Tom Wolfe essays or commentaries written in 1970 dealing with race relations at the time.  In Radical Chic he looks at the very upper class white liberals in New York City that host "parties" or "meetings" where radical groups are brought in as guests and a sort of debate and fundraiser occurs.  He points at some of the absurdities of these events and basically calls out the liberals for their white guilt.

In Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers he examines how poor or ghetto groups have learned to game the governmental bureaucracy system to get funding and "jobs" for the poor.  He looks at how these groups use intimidation and again a sort of white guilt to get money for their group.  I have seen reviews that call these essays funny but I think they show what has become the problems in government and has lead to groups like the Tea Party hating the idea of tax money being wasted.

Good stuff.  I really liked these essays and found them to be surprising that Wolfe went against the establishment the way he did back in early 1970s.

I have posted it on PBS, it is the only copy on system at least for this edition.  I expect it to move soon but even if not soon it will move at some point.

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