This is good stuff.
I agree with the vast majority of it:
“The explosion of outrage after Trump’s victory offers clear evidence: We’re in the midst of a regime-defining moment.
Nearly three decades ago, James Carville kept the Clinton campaign focused on bread-and-butter issues: “It’s the economy, stupid.” Perhaps the disaffected voters in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, and Wisconsin were operating in that old paradigm, concerned about jobs and the fate of post-industrial America. But our ruling class interpreted the main themes of the Trump campaign—anti-trade, border wall, foreign wars, criticism of the media, and political correctness violations—as a direct attack on their leadership. …”
“Tom Klingenstein has written a powerful essay that perfectly captures the essence of the existential conflict raging in America today. What was at stake in the 2016 election, and what is stake today and for the foreseeable future, is not a political contest between liberalism and conservatism but a “choice between two mutually exclusive regimes: multiculturalism and America.” Klingenstein defines multiculturalism as a project synonymous with identity politics, political correctness, and a continual emphasis on group conflict based on the centrality of race, ethnicity, and gender. …”
“Thomas Klingenstein argues that President Trump is the leader of an American politics of citizenship against its multicultural antagonists. Trump put the “P” in Politics with his verbal vindication of America, which Klingenstein thinks was a crucial aspect of his 2016 campaign.
Klingenstein defines multiculturalism as a view that “conceives of society as a collection of cultural identity groups, each with its own worldview, all oppressed by white males, collectively existing within permeable national boundaries…. It carves ‘tribes’ out of a society whose most extraordinary success has been their assimilation into one people.” Trump, Klingenstein further contends, “showed us that multiculturalism, like slavery in the 1850’s, is an existential threat;” conservatives must make the defeat of multiculturalism the non-negotiable focus of their politics. …”
“Mr. Klingenstein makes clear at the outset of his paper that his idea of multiculturalism largely consists of identity politics and political correctness. In practice, in the United States, identity politics is the atomization of the entire vast and intricate demography of 325 million Americans into dozens of overlapping aggrieved sub-sets, each claiming discrimination. This is the fragmentation of society into victim associations: ethnicities, groups of minority sexual orientations, people with physical and mental handicaps, with career reversals—an ever-broadening range of bearers of attitudes and afflictions. All groups except straight adult white males are endlessly hunted and outed to be embraced as yet another wronged collectivity that American virtue requires to be highlighted, elevated, and compensated; all, of course, in exchange for their votes. …”
It is much better than National Review. I’ve started reading it daily. I think the “Right vs. Left” division is about to be rendered obsolete by a post-modern economy.
I still have very nostalgic memories of 2015 and 2016, but unfortunately every point being made on this website is moot and everything we worked so hard for to get Trump elected was also made moot because 1.) Trump sold out to the Republican donor class and 2.) Trump adopted their legislative agenda and priorities and 3.) he didn’t have anyone in Congress to work with who supported the MAGA agenda and 4.) he shunned his own populist base and attacked it and 5.) he staffed his administration with all the braindead grifters and throwbacks of Conservatism, Inc and will pay the price for it.
What comes after Trump? If it is more Charlie Kirkism and the Sheldon Adelson and Koch Brothers agenda, then the Right in America is finished. If it is something more in the vein of Tucker Carlson, then it could have a viable future. Robots taking over will focus the question. The obsolescence of work for 40% of the workforce over the next 15 years will transform everything.
Political correctness, for example, will collapse without its social and economic underpinnings.