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Homer Simpson: Union Poster Child

An image of Homer Simpson is shown on stage at the Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, Calif., September 22, 2019. (Mike Blake/Reuters)

The best thing about the fantastical Atlantic piece romanticizing American working-class life in the 1980s and 1990s, “The Life in The Simpsons Is No Longer Attainable,” is that it inadvertently levels a devastating critique of unionism.

From start to finish, the piece peddles a bunch of progressive myths about the glories of lunch-pail jobs and diminishes the historic gains made by middle-class Americans over the past 30 years (I’ve written on the topic on numerous occasions.) But let’s, for the sake of this piece, accept the premise that in the good old days, men like Homer Simpson, a mere high-school graduate, could

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