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In the era of the audacity of hope I made case for the audacity of despair This is the view of the other America from flyover country the places and people often ignored This is the view from flyover country where the rich are less rich and the the poor are poor and everyone has fewer things to loseThis book The View From Flyover Country Dispatches from the Forgotten America by Sarah Kendzior is a collection of essays which she wrote between 2012 2014 for Al Jazeera Sarah Kendzior an anthropologist turned writer makes her home in St Louis Missouri a state positioned in what is referred to as America s heartland or flyover country Ms Kendzior who had been studying authoritarian regimes which have been emerging in central Asia began to notice disturbing similarities between what was happening in other parts of the world and what was occurring in the United States She new that countries with huge economic ineuality like the United States authoritarian leaders were rising to power Making her home in St Louis provided her with an opportunity to write about the challenges which have been facing people in towns and cities across middle America and how these challenges left unaddressed by government and elected officials for decades could create a vacuum which could then be filled by a demagogue speaking the language of populism I was curious about the term flyover country It s a term I ve been hearing a lot over the last decade or so This term is a description which has been used freuently in the media especially at election time Flyover country is defined as the parts of the United States that some Americans see only from the air and never actually see at ground level When used by the media or politicians flyover country instead refers to the parts of the country which are mainly ignored or forgotten until their votes are needed of courseThe essays in this book cover a number of broad themes the implications of continued high levels of economic and racial ineuality and the indifference shown shown by those with power toward those suffering the crisis occurring in higher education especially in terms of the 15 trillion of crushing student loan debt coupled with the lack of livable wage jobs available to students upon graduation the increasing widespread practice of universities hiring low paid adjunct professors despite the large increase in college tuition and the problems being created by what Ms Kendzior calls hipster economics the gentrification of neighborhoods which is pushing long term poor residents out of their own neighborhoods and often into homelessness I found all of the essays in this book thoughtful straightforward and full of empathy and compassion An essay I found particularly compelling was the essay Sarah Kendzior wrote about her hometown of St Louis Missouri The essay is written with the affection understanding and compassion that only a person familiar with the history of a place and in touch with the people and their struggles could write St Louis with its magnificent arch framing the sky ad nown as the gateway to the west was built in the late sky ad nown as the gateway to the west was built in the late century and in the years of the early 20th century was nown as the Future Great City of the World St Louis attracted all manner of explorers and companies which made it one of the great industrial cities of the midwest Now than 100 years later St Louis is instead characterized by a high murder rate high poverty rate and if you are a child born in north St Louis the odds are that you will die faster than a child born in Ira or Iran And of course St Louis is also characterized by the inattention of its Iran And of course St Louis is also characterized by the inattention of its and a country that appears to have forgotten it Sarah Kendzior sets the scene in this essay to skillfully describe the sights and sounds of the streets in St Louis Reminiscent of other protests which have occurred across America she described a particular protest staged by fast food workers on May 8 2013 Dozens of workers were gathered holding signs which read We Can t Survive on 735 which was a reference to their hourly wage of 735hour a starvation or poverty wage no matter where you make you home Among the protesters gathered that day was a figure who caught her eye and it is this figure that I found to be the most powerful among all of the images she described On a St Louis street corner someone is wearing a sign that says I am a man Like most in the crowd gathered outside a record store parking lot he is African American He is a fast food worker and he is a protester He needs to remind you that he is a human being because it has been a long time since he was treated like oneYes on that St Louis street corner was a reminder of what Missouri where the shameful Dred Scott v Sandford Supreme Court decision originated in 1857 which stated that Americans of African descent whether free or slave were not American cit. In this collection of essays St Louis journalist Sarah Kendzior tackles issues including labor exploitation racism gentrification media bias and other aspects of the post employment economy Sample titles The Peril. Izens and could not sue in federal court was still along with the rest of America grappling with regarding racism The Than Dozen Essays Collected than dozen essays collected this book are powerful snapshots of an America in crisis Whether is is the adjunct professor Margaret Mary Vojtko who taught french at Duuesne University in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania for 25 years and made an annual salary of less than 10000 and ended up dying from cancer in abject poverty or the gentrification occurring in places like the South Bronx and Harlem which is driving up rents and pushing African American residents out of their neighborhoods leaving some battling homelessness Ms Kendzior makes her feelings perfectly clear Her essays illustrate a theme which runs throughout America is blindly and erroneously holding onto its mistaken belief in upward mobility and meritocracy She says In America there is little chance at a reversal of fortune for those less fortunate Poverty is a sentence for the crime of existing Poverty is a denial of rights sold as a character flawI found these essays to be beautifully written informative and heartfelt I wasn t surprised by any of the issues Sarah Kendzior discussed because I also live in flyover country although not in Missouri and I see every day the results of decades of deindustrialization and inattention from government the hollowing out of so many communities leaving many people in despair and struggling I can t say that she is correct in her views and her defining of the problems plaguing the United States but I did come away from this book agreeing with her about one thing we all need to demonstrate empathy toward our fellow citizens who are suffering demonstrate less blame and compassion I believe it is unwise to blame those who cannot navigate a system which is rigged and irreparably broken and we do so at our own peril As John F Kennedy said Those who make peaceful REVOLUTION IMPOSSIBLE WILL MAKE VIOLENT REVOLUTION impossible will make violent revolution I have been following the work of Sarah Kendzior for uite a long time now and regularly read her essays on Aljazeera and elsewhere She s one of the rare individuals who is at once a scholar an intellectual a journalist an activist and a great writer so I was very thrilled to have so much of her work compiled in one place The essays touch upon various social economic and political issues but always in the context of larger systemic failures so despite the diversity of the themes the book reads like a comprehensive manifesto against a rotten system I ve been following Sarah Kendzior s writing for a while possibly since Ferguson first made it into mainstream news I bought her book because I wanted to support her work This book is strictly a collection that republishes essays and articles she s written before with some minimal organization into certain topicsWhen I revisited the book in November 2016 I wanted to understand how the United States elected Trump and what history predicts for our near future I found that the essays were less thoroughly supported than I remembered and that the book wasn t that focused in terms of understanding modern day America It s definitely still valuable but maybe not the most urgent thing to readI think the most critical essays to revisit are the ones about flyover country and about the Ira war Here are a few excerpts that stood out to meIra showed us that the conseuences for gross negligence were less than anyone had imagined This gaping disconnect between people and power and the public s resignation to adjusting to injustices rather than challenging them has shaped the post war era We lost in Ira than a war We lost accountability and faith in our institutions and most of all we lost the outrage that accompanies that loss because we came to expect it and accept it as normal This uiet acuiescence is in the end as damaging as any lie we were told The absence of complaining should be taken as a sign that something is rotting in a society Complaining is beautiful Complaining should be encouraged Complaining means you have a chance A fantastic essay collection by the woman often credited for first predicting Trump s rise to power With intelligence and concision Sarah Kendzior examines labor exploitation gentrification racism the elitism within American higher education and One central theme of this collection includes how our current economy privileges a select wealthy few while castigating the poor even when their poverty emerges from an unfair system as opposed to a lack of individual willpower One uote of many that exemplifies this theme about disadvantaged mothers Careers in this economy are not about choices They are about structural constraints masuerading as choice Being a mother is a structural constraint regardless of your economic position Mothers pay a higher price in a collapsed economy but that does not mean they should Of Hipster Economics The Wrong Kind of Caucasian Survival is Not an Aspiration Mothers Are Not 'Opting Out' They Are Out of Options Academia's Indentured Servants Meritocracy for Sale The Immorality of College Ad. Emand change in both institutions and perceptions The irony of American motherhood is that the politicians and corporations who hold power do have a choice in how they treat mothers and their children Yet they act as if they are held hostage to intractable policies and market forces excusing the incompetence and corporate malfeasance that drain our households dry Mothers can emulate them and treat choice as an individual burden or we can work together and push for accountability and reform This option is not easy But we are used to thatAnother consistent theme of The View from Flyover Country speaking up against oppression even when people hate you for it Though Kendzior focuses on #Economic Exploitation She Has A #exploitation she has a reach in this collection examining how people of color form online communities to resist the racism in movements like feminism how we dehumanize people of color in the media internationally how gentrification hurts creativity and Her tone is BOTH CONFIDENT AND COMPASSIONATE SUCH THAT SHE MAKES THE confident and compassionate such that she makes the point that through listening to people s complaints we can better respond with caring and indness instead of invalidation This passage on complaining speaks to this idea The surest way to eep a problem from being solved is to deny that problem exists Telling people not to complain is a way of eeping social issues from being addressed It trivializes the grievances of the vulnerable making the burdened feel like burdens Telling people not to complain is an act of power a way of asserting that one s position is important than another one s pain People who say stop complaining always have the right to stop listening But those who complain have often been denied the right to speakOverall a great essay collection that will resonate with fans of Evicted and Our Kids While I wish some of the essays were longer andor went a bit in depth by offering concrete steps for improvement I appreciated how Kendzior gathered her writing from years past into a single binding I also liked how she discussed how we are almost all victims of economic exploitation while still holding racists accountable for their prejudice and discrimination I look forward to reading of Kendzior s work in the future Note to new visitors this is a review of the self published 2015 edition of The View from Flyover Country I haven t read the edition from Flatiron Books which may contain different materialSarah Kendzior ended up being my canary in a coal mine when it came to a recent large scale political event Or accurately she was my Cassandra I unfollowed her on twitter for a while before that event because I thought she was being too alarmist Turns out she was 100% correct

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can only her predictions of our future beyond today are less crushingly awful than she thinks they The results of the 2016 presidential election left many stunned Over the course of the day and into the evening political pundits con I just listened to this audio for a second time This is an extremely important book I highly recommend Sarah s with Andrea Chalupa podcast It s cal Originally published in 2015 and republished in 2018 with a new forward and an epilogye by the author this collection of essays focuses on topics faced by the majority of Americans in the early 2010s poverty and economic disparity the rising cost of education the diminishing value of that education racism who decides whose humanity matters and I found them a bit repetitive because they were almost all essays that had been previously published in different places so the author was following similar themes in multiple settings She lives in St Louis and speaks to the topics from a personal place too not just a journalist but someone whose children attend school here who experiences the same ind of legislation etc That I have some reservations about this essay collection She has a clear eye for current issues and can articulate her arguments well I felt however that a lot of her focus was coming from the place of intellectual elites who are suffering under the current economy but whose lives are still very different from the majority I had thought this book would look at the average worker As this was not composed as a collection originally but is a gathering of her work over a period of a few years there is some repetition Nevertheless there is a lot of value and relevance in this collection After reading two essays I got your point Repeating it 33 times did not make it any convincing I agree that the poor and powerless need a much bigger voice and that changes need to be done I don t want to blame the victim any than the author but I did not see much of a movement for them to vote in 2016 Protest marches and complaining are poor substitutes for an organized political and labor movements Power can only be changed by other power and organization is powe. Missions Expensive Cities Are Killing Creativity A former columnist for Al Jazeera English Kendzior has spent years chronicling an America of diminishing opportunities This collection contains the best of her work. ,

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