Last Wednesday, the conservative talk show host Tucker Carlson started a fire on the right after airing a prolonged monologue on his show that was, in essence, an indictment of American capitalism.
America’s “ruling class,” Carlson says, are the “mercenaries” behind the failures of the middle class — including sinking marriage rates — and “the ugliest parts of our financial system.” He went on: “Any economic system that weakens and destroys families is not worth having. A system like that is the enemy of a healthy society.”
Liberal Christopher Blair writes a satirical Facebook page called “America’s Last Line of Defense,” containing outrageous fabricated hit pieces about the Clintons, the Obamas and Sharia law invading the US. Millions of American right wingers eat it up. “No matter how racist, how bigoted, how offensive, how obviously fake we get, people keep coming back,” says Blair, who is doing a terrible thing that is helping destroy America.
Will the Left Survive the Millennials? – Lionel Shriver at The New York Times describes the backlash he experienced after giving a university address criticizing the idea of “cultural appropriation” and defending the right of fiction writers to write from other ethnic points of view.
In my youth, liberals would defend the right of neo-Nazis to march down Main Street. I cannot imagine anyone on the left making that case today.
He makes good points here, but gives the 2016 right an unearned free pass.
Update: A friend informs me Lionel Shriver is a woman. Guess she won’t appreciate my gift of a year’s subscription to Dollar Shave Club then.
Roy says he has recently come to the conclusion that the conservative movement in the US has for the last 50 years been joined at the hip with white nationalism.
To which I say: No shit Sherlock. This has been blindingly obvious to me and many others on the left since the very beginning.
I don’t mean that disrespectfully to my conservative friends, who are sincerely opposed to bigotry and racism. Sometimes we all fail to see things that are blindingly obvious to other people. I think that’s human nature.
Nate Silver, FiveThirtyEight: When conservative politicians talk about “real Americans,” they
often mean white people without college degrees — the so-called “white working class.” They usually mean practicing Christians. Their examples usually refer to people in the South or the Midwest — not East Coast elites or West Coast hippies.
If you’re one of these “real Americans,” you’re in the majority in almost every respect. Most Americans are white, most are Christian, most don’t have college degrees, and most live in the South or Midwest Census Bureau regions. And yet, only about 1 in 5 voters meets all of these descriptions.
Conservatives think Trump is a buffoon they’ll be able to control. That’s literally what led Hitler to power; German conservatives thought he was a fool they could lead, says Jonathan Chait at New York Magazine.