From the beginning in January, we have stressed that the Democratic base or DLWC voters voted for social democracy on the basis of material self interest. In contrast, the Democratic establishment or DILE voters voted for deeply polarizing self actualization and esteem culture war issues. In the internal tug of war within the Democratic Party, we predicted that the divisive and unpopular culture war issues would win out while the more popular economic pledges would mysteriously be trimmed.
The fact that the Biden administration is giving up on raising the corporate tax rate while including gender neutral language about “birthing persons” in its budget illustrates this dynamic. See also how Joe Biden retreated from even forgiving a mere $10,000 of student loan debt.
The left populists like Secular Talk are striking out because Joe Biden and the Democrats aren’t getting anything done that really matters to them. The Democratic Party doesn’t really believe in social democracy. At the same time, the right populists are reacting to the explosion of illegal immigration and violent crime and wokeness in the form of systematic racism and equity language. This is why the Biden administration can look radical to one group and a dismal failure to another group.