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Los Angeles – Steven Rubin – Vacationland


In the US, it is a pretty safe bet to say the least understood people are the white underclass and the white rural poor. These are people who live completely outside the American Dream and have no obvious impediment to their upward mobility such as skin color. They can evoke a visceral reaction of judgment from others because their very existence is a huge threat to the dwindling middle class in America. The myths of middle class culture have to do with self-discipline, goal setting, independence and the ability to leave the group if necessary to “get ahead”. But there is a whole swath of people, mostly living in rural areas, who don’t want to leave their family, their ties and their history to get a job in the city. There is no way for them to get ahead and they know it and tend to just live with that knowledge. They have to contend with the failed social safety net, and economic policy that flies far over their heads.

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