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Is "WASP nostalgia" just a dog whistle?

What's really behind a controversial argument?


Mary Elizabeth Williams
December 11, 2018 12:00AM (UTC)

Salon introduces the question of the day, where we invite you to lead the conversation.

Last week, New York Times columnist Ross Douthat  penned a sentimental remembrance of George Bush, and an explanation of "Why We Miss the WASPs." But Chauncey DeVega argues against the "myth of a great white Anglo-Saxon leadership class" and the "white supremacist public policies" that elevated them. What do you think? Do "we" miss WASPS, or is this nostalgia just MAGA culture in preppier clothing?

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Mary Elizabeth Williams

Mary Elizabeth Williams is a staff writer for Salon and the author of "A Series of Catastrophes & Miracles."

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