I missed this last night while I was on the road.
We’re inching our way towards either a populist-progressive coalition or a populist-conservative coalition by finding common ground on tax hikes, government regulation of social media, Universal Basic Income, a VAT tax, unsustainable levels of student loan debt and now an usury cap.
The old stale True Conservatism of the 1980s is under siege and is dying out all over the internet. Populists are the center of the electorate now and we ought to be a wild card that can swing either way in national elections. In the long run, the only way to save conservatism is to throw Conservatism, Inc. in the garbage and flip the conservative-populist coalition upside down so that populists are the senior partner in the coalition and we find common ground with conservatives on social issues.
Populists and Moderates are 29% of the electorate.
Conservatives are 23% of the electirate.
Lolbertarians are 4% of the electorate.
We’re now light years away from Reaganism, but the institutions of Conservatism, Inc. which were set up in that era have failed to keep pace with the drift of the Republican coalition which has become more and more working class over time. Right-Libertarianism is now down to a mere 4% of the electorate, but due to the power and influence of the donors its preferences and policies are being forced on the base and this is causing mounting levels of social and economic stress and resentment toward elites.
Tucker Carlson blasting usury last night: “There is a reason why the world’s great religions condemn usury & why societies have restricted it for thousands of years. High interest rates exploit the weak. Credit card debt destroys people…what the banks are doing is disgusting.” pic.twitter.com/7TRFpdDhSg— The Columbia Bugle ?? (@ColumbiaBugle) May 11, 2019