A Christmas present this year was Vance's Hillbilly Elegy, which details his absent father, drug-addicted mother, and the gun-toting, chain-smoking "Mamaw" who actually raised him.
The book is a memoir, with a trace amount of politics thrown in. Reviewers have called it an explanation for the Trump phenomenon, particularly the inconsistent politics of poor whites. They rail against welfare, but use it. And so on.
Vance is now making the rounds, talking on NPR and writing for the New York Times and the National Review. From the little I've read, it's tough to peg his politics, but he appears to reject race realism (i.e., genetic differences foreclose the egalitarian ideal) in favor of the system's favorite standby, colorblind conservatism.
I trust Vance is a fine fellow with some good points to make, but his white advocacy is perfectly palatable to the system, which is to say that it doesn't pack much punch.
I suspect affirmative action played some part in his admission to Yale Law School, just as much as the admission of anyone else to the impossibly small, selective institution. How to choose among several hundred super-smart children of Indian immigrants? (One, it turns out, became Vance's wife).
As I survey it, Yale Law School may well be the single most powerful institution in America. Must we wait until one of its graduates announces that whites have a right to their own nations?