We Need to Build the America of Our Best Dreams
Elizabeth Warren’s new book details a middle class on the ropes — and what we can do about it
Elizabeth Warren’s new book “This Fight Is Our Fight: The Battle to Save America’s Middle Class” opens with a vignette of Warren and her husband on election night, ready to binge-watch Ballers while election returns rolled in on her laptop.
As she reflects back on the night, she describes it as “a train wreck in slow motion.” And while watching people react to Donald Trump’s victory, Senator Warren felt a pit deep in her stomach that so many of us have, too: the feeling that “for tens of millions of Americans, life was about to get a whole lot tougher.”
“This corruption is hollowing out America’s middle class and tearing down our democracy.”
Warren’s book isn’t just a criticism of Donald Trump (although there’s plenty of that, too)—it’s a call to rebuild a middle class that’s rightfully angry about how difficult life has become. In the 1960’s and 70’s, America enjoyed a period of widespread economic growth. It wasn’t perfect, but the 90% of people who did most of the work in this country were benefitting the most, too.
In today’s America, Warren argues, things work great for those on top. Government works great for the corporations, billionaires, and others who can afford top legal help or outright buy influence in Washington. But what about everyone else?
According to Warren, this kind of corruption is the most dangerous: it is sold in a slick, smooth-talking package and works to make sure that with every decision, the people with wealth and influence are taken care of. “This corruption is hollowing out America’s middle class and tearing down our democracy.”
Taking on Trump
Warren’s book is a call to build a stronger America by using government to support the middle class. While she thoughtfully builds up her argument, she also tears down Donald Trump. There’s even four pages dedicated to Warren’s Twitter feud with Trump during the election: “I tweeted about how he cheated hardworking people who had built his hotels and golf courses,” she writes. “I mentioned his bullying, his attacks on women, his racism, his obvious narcissism. And in that first tweetstorm, I did my best to sound the alarm: This guy is dangerous, and he could end up as president of the United States.”
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