Magazine March 9, 2020, Issue

The New Forgotten Man

(Steve Marcus/Las Vegas Sun via Reuters)
Neither elite manager nor wage-earner

During this season of populist fervor and resurgent nationalism, center-right policymakers and pundits have joined progressives in dividing America into two classes, workers and the managerial elite. Like those on the left, they regard the social and economic gulf between corporate owners and managers and the people they employ as one of the foremost policy problems of our time. They have fallen silent about the millions of Americans who are neither managerial elites nor stereotypical wage-earners. These are the shop owners, self-employed workers, small-scale entrepreneurs, and salaried employees who save their money and improve their credentials hoping to branch out

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Ryan StreeterMr. Streeter is the director of domestic-policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute.

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