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The New Class War by Michael Lind: 9780593083697 | Books
"In both Europe and North America, populist movements have shattered existing party systems and thrown governments into turmoil. The embattled establishment claims that these populist insurgencies seek to overthrow liberal democracy. The truth is no less alarming but is more complex: Western democracies are being torn apart by a new class war. In this controversial and groundbreaking new analysis, Michael Lind, one of America’s leading thinkers, debunks the idea that the insurgencies are primarily the result of bigotry, traces how the breakdown of mid-century class compromises between business and labor led to the conflict, and reveals the real battle lines. On one side is the managerial overclass—the university-credentialed elite that clusters in high-income hubs and dominates government, the economy and the culture. On the other side is the working class of the low-density heartlands—mostly, but not exclusively, native and white."
book  publisher  class-war  populism 
12 days ago by tsuomela
Current Affairs | Culture & Politics
"Some people openly advocate elite rule. They are both evil and foolish."
democracy  history  philosophy  epistocracy  experts  populism  citizenship  libertarianism 
july 2017 by tsuomela
Jeremiah, American-Style | New Republic
"Hope in a Scattering Time: A Life of Christopher Lasch By Eric Miller"
book  review  biography  culture  critique  conservative  liberalism  populism  democracy 
july 2017 by tsuomela
The Radical Lasch | The American Conservative
"The Marxian social historian saw past the limits of liberalism to a true middle-class populism."
culture  critique  conservative  liberalism  populism  democracy 
july 2017 by tsuomela
The Betrayal of Democracy | Chris Lehmann
On finding Christopher Lasch in a Steve Bannon listicle
alt-right  populism  elites  elitism  1990s  culture  failure 
march 2017 by tsuomela
Robert Reich (The Wall Street Occupiers and the Democratic Party)
"But the modern Democratic Party is not likely to embrace left-wing populism the way the GOP has embraced – or, more accurately, been forced to embrace – right-wing populism. Just follow the money, and remember history."
wall-street  protests  activism  democrats  politics  liberal  history  populism 
october 2011 by tsuomela
Attempted Assassination of Congresswoman Giffords in Arizona | Corrente
by Stirling Newberry "Thus, what lust was to the Victorian, rage is to our own age: the hidden demon that is both worshipped, and feared.

The right wing sanctifies this rage, by combining it with reactionary intent. The right wing allows revolutionary violence in favor of a reactionary order. "
politics  violence  guns  events  extremism  rhetoric  language  economics  right-wing  populism  socialism 
january 2011 by tsuomela
Tea'd Off | Politics | Vanity Fair
"Forfeiting a both-houses Republican victory, rational conservatives ignored or excused the most hateful kind of populist claptrap (e.g., the fetid weirdness of Glenn Beck’s 9/12 Project). The poison they’ve helped disseminate will still be in the American bloodstream when the country needs it least.
By Christopher Hitchens"
politics  tea-party  conservatism  populism  republicans 
december 2010 by tsuomela
Patriotism as Status Socialism (or, America: F**k Yeah!)
that a lot of our current politics has less to do with actual policy disagreements than with resolving status anxieties. You can think of patriotism as a kind of status socialism—a collectivization of the means of self-esteem production. You don’t have to graduate from an Ivy or make a lot of money to feel proud or special about being an American; you don’t have to do a damn thing but be born here. Cultural valorization of “American-ness” relative to other status markers, then, is a kind of redistribution of psychological capital to those who lack other sources of it.
politics  america  status  populism  american  exceptionalism 
november 2010 by tsuomela - Right wing populism: simple, stupid
I honestly think what’s going on is a big time identity politics temper tantrum, and unlike all but the worst kinds of identity politics on the left, it’s got very little attachment to policy outside of those policies that reinforce their identity politics argument. And that argument is that they are the Real Americans®, and the rest of us need to submit.
politics  tea-party  conservative  identity  american  right-wing  populism 
march 2010 by tsuomela
The End of the Tea Party | The American Prospect
by Mar Schmitt. "But the most reliable lesson of recent American politics is that movements dependent on that level of heat eventually -- or, actually, quite quickly -- burn themselves out. The tea-party movement cannot be sustained at the level of anger that's currently fueling it. It may leave a permanent impact on the Republican Party, giving it some new faces and new language, and most important, allowing the party to divorce itself from the legacy of that squishy moderate, George W. Bush. But regardless of the economic times or the political mood, hot populism of both the left and right varieties has never had a very long run."
politics  populism  conservative  tea-party  movement 
march 2010 by tsuomela
Fantasy-League Politics | The American Prospect
Some criticisms of independent party hopes, especially elite hopes.
politics  independent  populism  third-party  elites 
february 2010 by tsuomela
Populism: Just Like Racism! - Matt Taibbi - Taibblog - True/Slant
On the other hand, telling oneself that when powerful people “rig the game” one should just tolerate it, because one’s best hope for seeing the situation fixed rests in hoping those same powerful people fix it themselves — I would describe that as pessimism, or something worse than pessimism. The whole point of America is that we are all supposed to be our own masters, never viewing anyone as being by birth or situation inherently better or more capable than ourselves, and so the notion of relying upon some nebulous class of investment bankers to “channel opportunity” from on high strikes me as being un-American.
populism  politics  america  economics 
january 2010 by tsuomela
Consumer Protection Redux: The Lessons of History « The Baseline Scenario
Recaps the history of the 1960s and 1970s efforts to create a Consumer Protection Agency. Traces its failure to conservative populist ideology and business lobbying.
history  consumerism  regulation  government  conservative  propaganda  free-markets  populism 
september 2009 by tsuomela
Open Left:: Who's Calling Who Crazy? Centrist/Extremist Theory & The Marginalizaiton of The American Majority
More on Richard Hofstadter and other mid-20c historians who marginalized extremism on both sides of the political center in favor of corporate centrism.
marginal  extremism  centrism  history  ideology  populism  1h20c  hofstadter  richard  politics 
august 2009 by tsuomela
The Daily Dish | By Andrew Sullivan - "Is Your Bubble Bursting?"
Your obvious shock and dismay at the sheer angry ignorance of the health care teabaggers reiterates my largest problem with your rosy immigrant's view of America. You have often underestimated just how poisonously dangerous the American populist right is.
populism  right-wing  town-hall  health-care  republicans  conservatism 
august 2009 by tsuomela
Open Left:: Why is the Democratic Party Elitist?
The difference between then and now is that we don't have any third parties any more. The two parties have professionalized and are no longer dependent on graft in the strict sense of the word, but the party pros are still non-ideological mercenaries chasing after the dollar.
political-science  politics  history  populism  progressivism  1h20c  america 
april 2009 by tsuomela
What Next For Banks? « The Baseline Scenario
The case for keeping banks in something close to their current structure begins to take shape.... Rather, the argument is: those opposed to banks and bankers are angry populists who, if unchecked, would do great damage. Bankers should therefore agree to some mild reforms and more socially acceptable behavior in the short-run
banking  reform  crisis  economics  populism  anger  backlash 
april 2009 by tsuomela
Dana Blankenhorn: The 1897 Game: Who is Thomas E. Watson Now?
The point is that Bachmann represents a long-running strain in American political thought, one that reaches deep into our history. You may call her kooky, even mysterious and ookie. But she does have importance, and we will continue to hear from her, whether or not she continues in Congress.
populism  right-wing  conservative  history  generational-analysis 
march 2009 by tsuomela
Collapse or Consolidation? - Ross Douthat
If the Western leadership class survives the current crisis, after all, the lesson they're going to draw from it is relatively simple: We must never let this happen again. And while that impulse could be a spur to greater decentralization and democratization, it's more likely to be produce greater supranational regulation, more expansive bureaucracy, and a more hand-in-glove relationship between big government and big business than existed before the crisis.
economics  bailout  crisis  future  results  conservative  politics  power  elites  populism 
march 2009 by tsuomela
Hullabaloo - Populism Tango Redux
reaction to Rick Santelli's populist outburst
populism  outrage  conservatism 
february 2009 by tsuomela
The Perils of 'Populist Chic' -
Over the next 25 years there grew up a new generation of conservative writers who cultivated none of their elders' intellectual virtues -- indeed, who saw themselves as counter-intellectuals. Most are well-educated and many have attended Ivy League universities
conservatism  history  anti-intellectual  populism 
november 2008 by tsuomela

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