I AM LOSING MY MIND WE ARE WATCHING MANUFACTURED CONSENT PLAY OUT IN REAL TIME pic.twitter.com/zrMEbe6LBT— shoe (@shoe0nhead) January 31, 2021
Double masking is where it’s at. pic.twitter.com/nCNhiVVhQJ— Senator Scott Wiener (@Scott_Wiener) January 30, 2021
I'm just gonna leave this here pic.twitter.com/Uz1pPi3CIH— Orwell & Goode (@OrwellNGoode) January 31, 2021
Today is the 12th day that Biden has not sent a 3rd stimulus check for $2,000 “out the door.” pic.twitter.com/XmjA80CYyY— Has Biden Done Anything Yet? (@WaitingOnBiden) January 31, 2021
I’ve been enjoying the series.
Last summer, I began thinking more about the professional class after reading Michael Lind’s articles Hub City Riot Ninjas, The Double Horseshoe Theory of Class Politics and The New American National Elite. I also spent a lot of time reading through the Pew typology surveys and Voter Study Group reports.
Antifa tend to be the spoiled brat offspring of the professional bourgeoisie. This is why they are never punished for anything. They can just lay siege to a federal courthouse in Portland every night for months and burn down entire neighborhoods and the media, the mayor and the governor of Oregon has their backs. They are the embodiment of “white privilege” like their parents.
“Left” and “Right” are illusions.
The Solid Liberals or DILEs are the dominant group in the Democratic Party. These people are White upper middle class, college educated professionals who are modernists who prioritize cultural liberalism. Yes, this group includes the Jews, but it includes a larger cluster of deracinated White liberals. Collectively, they are about 13% of the electorate. They are one of the whitest groups in American politics.
The Core Conservatives or “True Conservatives” are the dominant group in the Republican Party. These people are also White upper middle class, college educated professionals who are modernists who prioritize economic liberalism. They are also about 13% of the electorate. Both wings of the professional managerial class enforce political correctness. They are scolds or tone policers.
In every election, these two dominant groups pass the baton to each other. As a result, the long term drift of American politics is always toward more cultural and economic liberalism. The neoliberal consensus stays intact. It seems like nothing ever changes and populism grows as stress increases in the middle of the electorate where most voters are socially conservative and economically moderate.
450,000 Americans have died from COVID and far more people believe other Americans are a greater threat to them because of non-stop media hysteria from people like Brian Stelter.
The United States is more polarized than at any point since the War Between the States. The political climate is tense. And yet, the polls also show that the polarization is an illusion. Over 80% of Americans supported the $2,000 stimulus check. There is overwhelming agreement that COVID and the economy are the two most important issues facing the country. There is a super majority level of support (2/3rds to 3/4ths) for at least half a dozen major issues: taxation, debt relief, infrastructure, health care, etc. The public agrees on these issues. It is the politicians who don’t because they are puppets of their donors. They divide the public on issues where there is a broad consensus by stirring up the culture war.
Congress is dysfunctional because it overwhelmingly skews toward elites. If you simply picked random working class and lower middle class people off the street and sent them to Congress and instructed them to figure things out, it would be like a miracle happened they would easily compromise.