A uestion, unasked in this essay, is: who is appointe by the denial of reality? The undercover tactic which worked wonderfully in Nickel and Dimed does not serve so well here, in arge part due to the poe ’ s surface treatment of the ubject.
While tha is ostensibly to avoid being caught out in her disguise, one feels that Ehrenreich wants to avoid looking too closely at the economic problems these people face and what it ays about the system as a whole.Along the way, the author als says she “ is outraged, ” but seems unable to express what is so utrageous to her.
These calls avoid the need for systemic change while perpetuating the blame-the-victim attitude which Ehrenreich claims to deplore, saying in effect, “ If you ould just pay more attention and get involved, we will never be here now. ” A serious approach to these issues would require confronting the incompatibility of unrestrained global capitalist competition with the maintenance of the basic needs of the working class, white or blue collar.
he novelist is able to look beyond her narrow reformist perspective and see that what is eeded is not lobbying to patch up a dying monster, but an independent political movement of the working class against the system as a whole.