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1. The NYT story on Trump’s bone spurs (nytimes.com/2018/12/26/us/…) reopens some old wounds about class, race, privilege, and Vietnam:
2. I’m still haunted by @JamesFallows “What Did You Do in the Class War, Daddy?” published in 1975, but more essential than ever today. The opening passages are directly relevant, and available here: washingtonmonthly.com/2009/11/01/jam…
@JamesFallows 3. Subsequent social science has complicated the picture some. Was there any difference in the class, race, or education in the share of American men who served, or served in combat? The data suggests it was small, or nonexistent. journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.117…
@JamesFallows 4. But! What was true of college-educated men in general was probably not true of America’s most elite; those at particularly privileged institutions, or who came from great wealth. And that’s what the Trump story illuminates—the ways the most privileged of all evaded the war.
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