Above and below

Apropos of my previous post, Thomas Edsall suggests that an ebbing tide suppresses all boats. For the New York Times he writes:

Insofar as men and women are pushed into jobs that pay less and provide less satisfaction, their hostility to both those above them and those below them is likely to intensify. Of course it’s impossible to say for sure, but one possible development in an environment of general downward mobility is that fewer people will keep the common good in view while focusing on their own self-interest. Competition in the workplace is likely to become increasingly pervasive and backlash over affirmative action policies benefiting minorities and women threatens to mobilize futher political reaction.

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