chapter  26
10 Pages

Notes on Marginalization, Poverty, and Extremism

WithAnthony M. Angiletta

In August 1959, a 19-year-old American first-semester dropout and son of factory-class parents and grandson of northern and southern European peasants, found himself a tourist in the mythic City of Light. His tourist status was the result of membership in the largest and most widely geographically distributed imperial military force the world had yet known. Full of enthusiasm for Culture, imbued with the notion that the American Dream was both beneficent and exportable, and absolutely mindless of his own intense class-consciousness and class pretensions which others could see, one might imagine the shock felt in his first encounter with one of those less well advertised sights of Paris – a clochard lying in the passage of a fashionable shop near the Champs Élysées.