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One of the best books I have read recently has been J. D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy. This book became particularly famous because of Donald Trump’s win in the Presidential elections. It seeks to explain why so many working class voters in America preferred Trump to Hillary.

Vance is from rural Ohio and has seen poverty, violence and drug abuse since his childhood. He escaped this vicious circle by joining the US Marines. After a distinguished career as a soldier, he joined the Ohio State University and Yale University on scholarship and achieved great academic success.

He has since gone on to become a very good journalist and author and his book, Hillbilly Elegy, seeks to explain why working class areas in America, which have traditionally voted for Democrats, this time chose to vote for Trump.

He is one author who truly understands the thinking of the poor white voter, who many in the media dismiss as racists, homophobes, misogynists and worse. His empathy for them and their choices can be felt through the book, and he says that what hurts poor white voters most is “the feeling that our choices don matter”.

Vance speaks about the feeling of helplessness that these voters face. The fear that regardless of how hard they try, they cannot do much to achieve success in life. They have this complete lack of control over what happens to them, and have a very troubled relationship with money.

Indeed, it is money that is the biggest cause of divide between liberal white American in cities such as New York and Washington, and the hard working poor whites in Middle America, such as the rust belt or the industrial belt such as Ohio, Kansas, Michigan and Nebraska.

Home prices are on the rise across the United States, and only a small section of the population can afford to buy homes in the best locations in the country. This has created a society of haves and have nots, with the have nots relegated to the margins of the society.

Working class Americans more than anything hate being talked down to in a condescending manner by the media, Hollywood and the rest of the establishment class, says Vance in his book. He alludes to the deep frustration they feel when they switch on the TV and find that the national media such as CNN, MSNBC, CBS and others focus on issues that they have little interest in – such as the fight for transgender rights, for example.

The real issue in America, as Vance explains, is the loss of jobs. A vast section of the population cannot get decent jobs anymore, like the sort of jobs their parents had. Those at the top, those who are highly educated, have access to the best opportunities in the world, while those who are not so well educated find themselves trapped in debt, poverty and unemployment.

Vance makes an important point in one of his interviews. He says that President Donald Trump must forget what the media says or doesn’t say about him because his voters – the average working class white American – does not care less. He should instead focus on issues that matter to his supporters, which is jobs, jobs and jobs.

Author: Raghav Hegde – India

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