Edward Mcclelland Middle Class Summary

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Reading through RIP, the Middle Class: 1946-2013, it became fairly obvious that the author, Edward McClelland, was presenting a thesis idea that consisted of promoting the middle class through examples of its prime time when middle class thrived. McClelland made the point clearly as he repeatedly provided examples ranging from the glory days of the assembly line industry that had provided high paying jobs for many people, to presidents who attempted to keep business within the United States to promote home grown jobs. He was especially focused on the point that the middle class was shrinking due to a large discrepancy between the wealthy and the rest of society as capitalism achieves its goal of padding the wealthiest and keeping the middle …show more content…

The wealthy aren’t affected by this outsourcing, which is why it mattered little to them when the assembly jobs started to dissipate. McClelland was trying to demonstrate the power of capitalism through the statement that 24% of people in the United States define the American Dream as not being indebted. His boldest assertion is, “that in a system that picks winners and losers, it’s not fine to have the middle class labeled as a loser”. Therefore, this assertion stands high above the rest as it is the assertion of his thesis idea within the last few words. Without a doubt McClelland is all about the middle class and has intent on watching it rise back to power. He entailed many facts that supported the idea that the middle class shouldn’t be lost within this transition of jobs and shouldn’t be oppressed by the government’s attempt to control inflation through insufficient means. RIP, the Middle Class: 1946-2013 certainly got the point across, as it was mainly the author’s ideology and little of the various viewpoints that are associated with the subject matter. He could have covered more of the other side’s argument as well to further improve his own

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