Last night, I joined my friends James Edwards and Keith Alexander to break down and digest the news that Roe v. Wade is officially dead. I was on in the third hour, but you should listen to the whole show. The discussion builds up to how the Dobbs decision is going to fuel polarization.
We covered a lot of angles of this:
- The Roe decision which legalized abortion was part of the “Rights Revolution” of the 1960s and 1970s. It was part of the long tail of the New Deal coalition. Democrats dominated the country after the Great Depression and World War II and stacked the federal courts with liberals who gave us rulings like Brown, Loving and Roe. This is clearly over now.
- Conservatives have been slowly radicalizing over the past decade, but the trend has rapidly accelerated under Joe Biden. Where is this going?
- The Dobbs decision is extremely radical in the sense that it devolved a massive amount of power back to the states. Is this the beginning of the end of the 20th century progressive project to concentrate power in DC in the hands of unelected bureaucrats and judges?
- Where is the Alito Court going to go from here? Is Clarence Thomas ready to take the gloves off? The ruling class will never forgive this Supreme Court for the demise of Roe.
- Obviously, the Dobbs decision is going to massively increase polarization because the main thing it does is recreate a geographic division between states. Women still have “a right to choose” … in places like the Northeast and West Coast. Is a National Divorce possible?
- As Ross Douthat correctly points out, the Dobbs decision should have never happened. PMCs and the media are 100% against it. The so-called Cathedral or Synagogue was against it. Elites have lost a cherished constitutional right to sacrifice babies to Moloch. The only people who supported this and who worked for decades to make it happen were White Christian conservatives in flyover country. And yet, this decidedly non-elite, largely working class and middle class constituency with the support of Catholic legal elites triumphed over the Synagogue. Are we too pessimistic? Is this an early indicator that Jewish power is in decline?
- Finally, the demise of Roe has been a Charlie Brown trying to kick the football situation for generations. It has preoccupied White evangelicals for decades. With abortion becoming a settled issue in Red States and polling clearly showing an emerging racial awakening among them, can we redirect their energies toward fighting the Great Replacement?