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Redneck Men

I'm scheduled to record a session with Doug Lain tomorrow for the Diet Soap Podcast. He and I have both interviewed the late Joe Bageant, and he sent me a .pdf of the Australian edition of Joe's final book, Rainbow Pie: A Redneck Memoir. I'm reading the book today. On page 128, Joe describes reading a notice that a bank sent to his father announcing the upward "adjustment" of his adjustable rate mortgage.

‘Joey, can they do this to me? Is this legal?’

Reading the terms, I could see that it was an adjustable rate
mortgage, of which I’m sure he had no concept. In
fact, amortised, the rate hike effectively wiped out the
entire four years of payments he’d already made.

‘Daddy, I’m afraid they can.’

His face locked into that hard set, the kind you see
on bronze Confederate statues on Southern courthouse
lawns. But his eyes could not hide the confused pain and
insult he felt. Redneck men have a way of crying inside
that manifests itself as a rigid, faraway look, a combination
of pain, outrage, and fatal resignation.

A transcript of my interview with Joe Bageant serves as a chapter in my book, Conversations on Collapse.

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