Editor’s Note: Occidental Dissent has been sluggish for the past few days. Hopefully, the issue is resolved now. I dealt with it this morning.
The latest Thomas Edsall column reads like an “oh shit” moment.
These people are already nursing a long list of grievances against Eastern-based PMCs which ultimately stretch back into the mists of American history and the development of rival regional cultures. In order to get rid of Donald Trump and claw their way back to power in Washington, they jettisoned liberalism and embraced racial demonization, censorship, mob violence, doxxing, impeachment, economic blackmail and punishment, government surveillance, weaponizing the intelligence agencies, etc.
The Heartland working class is already grappling with the rollout of woke supremacy and globalization and automation of manufacturing. What happens when you throw the rise of AI into the mix in the 2020s? It is a question that I have thought a lot about in recent years.
“Beginning in the mid-1960s, the priorities of the Democratic Party began to shift away from white working and middle class voters — many of them socially conservative, Christian and religiously observant — to a set of emerging constituencies seeking rights and privileges previously reserved to white men: African-Americans, women’s rights activists, proponents of ethnic diversity, sexual freedom and self-expressive individualism.
By the 1970s, many white Americans — who had taken their own centrality for granted — felt that they were being shouldered aside, left to face alone the brunt of the long process of deindustrialization: a cluster of adverse economic trends including the decline in manufacturing employment, the erosion of wages by foreign competition and the implosion of trade unionism.
These voters became the shock troops of the Reagan Revolution; they now dominate Trump’s Republican Party. …”
The forces that led to the Trump presidency have only grown over the past four years and have quickened during the Biden presidency. Trump’s defeat radicalized far more people than would have been the case had he been reelected. Over 70% of Republicans believe the election was stolen from him.