Matt Karp is my favorite college-educated Brooklyn-based socialist and historian.
We have similar views on the PMC Question. In my view, PMCs have gradually taken over the Democratic Party and have steadily pushed their bourgeois social liberalism and polarizing culture war issues which have repulsed the Heartland working class. The Republicans have capitalized on the collapse of the New Deal coalition and have steadily lured populist voters over to the GOP by focusing on the culture war in their messaging. The Republican Party has become much more working class while the Democratic Party has become much more professional class. And yet, both parties have remained stuck inside their old ideological frameworks and haven’t adjusted to the fact they have exchanged their bases.
Joe Biden’s Democratic Party is what we used to call the Whig Party or the old Republican Party. It is an Eastern-based party of arrogant coastal elites who feel entitled to rule this country, utopian social reformers, upper middle class professionals, Wall Street and Big Business. Whereas the New Deal coalition was a populist-progressive coalition, Joe Biden’s Democratic Party is based on woke progressivism, which has irreconcilable differences with populism. As a result of this, the Republican Party is now based on a populist-conservative coalition like in the Jackson era or the Bryan era.
Both parties increasingly sound like their historical predecessors even though in terms of ideology and policy and in terms of the gerontocracy in Congress they are still trapped in “liberalism” vs. “conservatism” even though that is not the debate that is even going on anymore. The Republican base is now largely composed of rural voters, workers and small businessmen like the Jackson and Bryan era while the Democratic Party has become the choice of affluent voters with cosmopolitan values.