Tucker Carlson discussed the problem last night on his show.
By the problem, I mean the issue which we have discussed here at length on this website for the last several months: the affluent, White upper middle class, college educated professionals who tend to live in urban areas or wealthy suburbs who have always been the progressive base in this country who have been going through this transition from progressive liberalism to woke progressivism. Basically, the problem is the professional-managerial class (PMC) and their downwardly mobile children.
White Nationalists have framed the issue as an ethnic conflict between Jews and White Gentiles but this doesn’t really capture the whole truth. Jews are much more likely to be secular, affluent, highly educated, urban professionals than other Americans. Jews are highly overrepresented among the oligarchy and within the PMC. The extremely wealthy and the highly educated in American society are the top two social classes and both of these classes are multiracial and multiethnic now. There are the super rich (billionaires), the modestly rich (millionaires) and the professionals (upper middle class).
PMCs aren’t the upper crust of American society. As a social class, they are below the rich and the super rich, but above the American middle class the working class. They resent the rich and look down on the middle class and working class. It is people who come various racial and ethnic backgrounds, but who are predominantly college-educated White people. These people are the social base of progressivism. They are united by their values and their politics. Their values have traditionally been liberalism, modernism, cosmopolitanism and antiracism. Within the mainstream conservative movement, the big divide has always been between Right PMCs who are socially liberal, fiscally conservative moderates and the conservative base which is socially conservative and fiscally conservative. Right PMCs and Left PMCs are both socially liberal urbanites and suburbanites. It is just that one faction is more libertarian and wants tax cuts while the other is more obsessed with environmental issues and climate change.
White people in America are more divided by density and education these days. If you are a college graduate who lives in a dense urban area, you are more likely to be a modernist progressive bugman. Similarly, if you live a sparsely populated rural area and you are a high school graduate, you are more likely to be a conservative with more traditional values. There is a lot of truth to the stereotype that people who live in urban areas and wealthy suburbs are more likely to be PMCs and thus more likely to be cosmopolitan, modernist and antiracist in their values. The people who live in the cities thinks this makes them better and more enlightened than the “backwards” bigots who live out in the small towns or the countryside. The various types of suburbs are the battleground with the wealthiest suburbs and college towns being the most progressive and the working class suburbs being the most conservative.
The PMC are currently going through a crisis. Their downwardly mobile children who congregate in bohemian neighborhoods in urban areas are going to college only to graduate and become Starbucks baristas and Uber drivers. There has been an explosion in the college-educated population combined with a shortage in white collar professional class jobs. This has led to elite overproduction and the radicalization of the downwardly mobile spawn of PMCs. These are the Millennials and Zoomers who tend to get “woke” and who become socialists and anarchists. They are anti-white and anti-rich.
In the liberal vs. conservative era, the PMC was much more stable than it is today. There were fewer college graduates and more white collar professional class jobs to go around. There were significantly fewer radicals infesting big cities like Portland. These people had the same values – modernism, cosmopolitanism, liberalism and antiracism – in a much milder form. It was MLK-era liberal antiracism and JFK-era cosmopolitanism, not our present day more extreme version. As the number of leftwing radicals has soared over the past decade, liberalism is being dropped in favor of wokeness and socialism. The exact same phenomenon of education polarization and elite overproduction is playing out in the UK where the very same people with the same worldview got behind Jeremy Corbyn.
My theory is that downwardly mobile PMCs are responding to their economic decline by emphasizing and intensifying the cultural values of their social class. We’re still higher status than the working class because we are even more anti-White. We’re even more anti-traditional and cosmopolitan than our parents. We’re woke now. We’re socialists now who really want to stick it to the man.