Thaddeus Russel: What Gavin Newsom And I Have In Common

by | Dec 4, 2020

“Newsom and his cronies deserve torches and pitchforks. But what we can do instead is simply refuse their orders.

That’s the only revolution we need.”

2020 12 04 07 20

Minutes before I began writing this column on Thursday, California governor Gavin Newsom announced that while he has “sympathy” for small business owners he is nonetheless issuing a new round of comprehensive “stay at home” orders that will likely kill many of the remaining small businesses that have managed to survive nine months of the country’s strictest lockdowns.

I am a small business owner in California, and I wondered why the governor would feel sympathy for me. He and I certainly have a few things in common, which might be the source of his concern. Newsom and I were both born in the mid-1960s in the San Francisco Bay Area and have both started businesses. When we were teenagers we both loved baseball—he as a collegiate player and I as a mere but passionate fan. Those invested in identity politics would also note that Newsom and I are both white, cisgender heterosexual men. 

Given these biographical similarities, one might assume that his “sympathy” for me is natural, authentic, and perhaps even inevitable. But what I don’t share with Gavin Newsom is the most important characteristic of all—his position in the economic and political ruling class of California.

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