The irony of conservatism is that it paves the way for "socialism" by decrying state intervention on behalf of everyday people (lower and middle income) while welcoming it on behalf of the very wealthy. Bootstraps for Main Street and bail outs for the donors of con think tanks— Pedro L. Gonzalez (@emeriticus) February 10, 2021
You wanna resist the forces behind cancellation, woke-ism, etc.? Hit where it hurts:— Sohrab Ahmari (@SohrabAhmari) February 11, 2021
1. Support unionization at Amazon and the like.
2. Win back labor unions.
3. Tax large university endowments.
4. Use existing monopoly laws against Big Tech.
5. Class analysis is your friend.
Understand that woke-ism, gender ideology and the like form the legitimating structure used by the owners of capital and the professionals who service them to maintain and expand their power.— Sohrab Ahmari (@SohrabAhmari) February 11, 2021
It's utterly shocking how bereft liberal politics is, and even some sectors of left politics, of these once-central priorities — just as so many large media outlets never focus on power centers like CIA, Pentagon, Wall St, etc.:https://t.co/BQfQeMqz8G— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) February 11, 2021
This is also my take.
There has been a dramatic resorting of the electorate. Some White working class Independents and Democrats are now Republicans. Meanwhile, some suburban Republicans have now gone over to the Democrats. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce was part of the conspiracy against Trump. The PMC ratio in the Republican Party isn’t what it used to be just a decade ago.
The voters have changed. The rhetoric and messaging is changing. Geriatric Republican politicians and donors haven’t changed. Conservatism, Inc. hasn’t changed even though it now reflects the views and sentiments of less than 30% of the Republican Party. The policy agenda hasn’t changed. How long can you possibly go on like this though before reality catches up with you in the primaries?
Donald Trump is gone. Trump voters are still in charge of the Republican Party. They have the power to elect new Trumps to Congress in much the same way that everyone in the GOP became a little Reagan. The demographic base of True Conservatism has eroded and the entire edifice built upon it is going to come tumbling down over the next few years. Sheer generational turnover will do it.
Note: We will be monitoring the situation. The next few election cycles should be much more interesting than usual because the electorate is so different now.