“Notre Dame political philosophy professor Patrick J. Deneen gave a lecture in March titled “Aristopopulism: A Political Proposal for America.” In the talk (available here), Deneen described our current political paradigm as pitting “an increasingly corrupt elite against an increasingly coarse and angry populace.” Both of these, Deneen observed, are “morally adrift and engaged in politics as an assertion of power.”
Deneen’s suggested solution to this is a return to “classical political theory,” which proposed that “only an appropriately mixed regime”—in other words, a society that appreciates inherent goods in both elites and commoners—can “correct and even elevate the shortcomings of an opposing faction.” Such a dynamic demands that both elites and populists be “well-formed,” defined by virtuous desires and actions …
The intense polarization in the electorate is being caused by the breakdown of the liberal paradigm. It is ripping apart the social fabric from both ends. It has shattered our common culture and divided us into hostile tribes. As globalization accelerates, it is also presiding over the rise of economic stress. Opportunistic politicians competing for political power under liberal democracy are stirring resentment with political correctness and identity politics to fan the flames.
In The Great Plantation: A Better Paradigm, I laid out a road map of how we can begin to fix this problem culturally, economically and politically by electing Andrew Yang as the 46th president. We can’t even begin to untangle issues like ethnic and cultural heterogeneity creating multiple levels of resentment in the electorate until we address and fix the root cause which is the liberal order.
In order to replace liberalism, we’re going to have to draw from Aristotle, Christianity, Alasdair MacIntyre’s analysis of moral collapse, Hegel, Marx, Fitzhugh, Nietzsche, Foucault and others. Fortunately, Yang is pointing out right now what the economic future is going to look like as it becomes increasingly obvious over the next 15 years that technology and investment is generating wealth.
In order to reconcile these two extremes, we have to rebuild the center:
This can’t be allowed to happen again in light of Yang’s analysis: