White-collar professionals dominate the liberal left. They’re a convenient target of the right, which demonizes its opponents as privileged Prius-driving, latte-sipping coastal elites. But Catherine Liu argues that such professionals, as a class, impede genuinely radical social change. She posits that the class biases of the Professional Managerial Class often influence progressive politics away from broad demands for economic redistribution and instead toward individual consumption and inward-looking interpersonal politics.
Catherine Liu, Virtue Hoarders: The Case against the Professional Managerial Class University of Minnesota Press, 2021