When was the last time you sat down with someone in a different class? Your managers, or some CEO, or just some friends whose means are way above yours? For that matter, when was the last time you actually listened to your peers on a topic you don’t know much about, or even on your own job and lifestyle from an outside perspective?
Most people don’t. They don’t care to, they don’t have the opportunity, and they don’t have the sheer status. Blue collar workers certainly don’t have the social standing to sit in with the big executives and just listen, keeping their mouths shut while their higher-ups talk, and maybe learn a thing or two; for that matter, the higher-ups don’t often get a chance to see things from the perspective down the line, largely for the same reason, up to and including lack of trying. It creates a divide between people who see the world in a vastly different—and incomplete—way.
As an amateur economist—an uncredentialed, self-indulging bean counter, for the most part—I see things most people miss. That extends all the way to professional economists, which is unsurprising when you consider how frequently new economic theories gain acceptance in the field. I see the struggles of the poor, the behaviors of businesses, the social problems, and the troubles ahead; I also see solutions everyone misses, and see the mistakes the people campaigning for those solutions make.
Blue Collar Lunch aims to talk up, down, and sideways to everyone of every class. Here I divert myself with musings on economics, social policies, personal habits, and anything else worth talking about or thinking about. The working class, the managers, the governors, the Senators, and everyone in between are my audience; when you read this, you read with men great and small.
I am a cold, uncompromising realist with focus on long-term goals and maximizing gains; and I feel the brutal truth belongs in the hands of those it affects, without conveniently covering some important but politically-unsound facts. There will be blunt, direct facts here that boil the blood of … occasionally, damn near everyone. I’ve found there are two ways people object: they seek and occasionally find the flaw, or they cover their ears and repeat a large volume of impressively-worded but ultimately unfounded information on broken theories and emotional pleas. The act of correcting an incorrect belief requires an immense amount of mental energy, which drives people to point out your flawed reasoning, but also drives them to cling to their own.
So enjoy, or fume, or find yourself deeply intrigued or disturbed and take the time to think and contemplate and decide how much mental effort and exhaustion you’re willing to put up with when something strikes against your world view but doesn’t have obvious, concrete flaws beyond your own simple disagreement. Either way, it’ll be fun.