Monday, March 14, 2016

Leading US Establishment Conservative says: White Working Class Communities Deserve to Die

Because … they vote for Trump, and he, like many GOP establishment conservatives, is foaming at the mouth at the thought of Trump at the head of the GOP. At first, I thought this was a joke, say, an article from the Onion.

But see here and the original article here, which is an article in the leading US conservative journal National Review by Kevin Williamson. His explicit words on America’s poor white working class: the “truth about these dysfunctional, downscale communities is that they deserve to die.”

It is almost as if Williamson set out to prove the thesis of Michael Lind’s analysis of Trump here. The issues that many from the working class care about, such as unemployment, the off-shoring of jobs, and mass immigration, are of no concern to the US conservative elite.

As I noted yesterday, the far left do not represent the working class on the last of these crucial issues either (since they now seem to be militantly in favour of open borders), nor do the mainstream left, mostly obsessed as it is with toxic identity politics and regressive left lunacy, which is less and less appealing for the working class too. And even if Bernie Sanders is a rare exception, it does not look like he will be the Democratic nominee and even Bernie’s campaign is poisoned to some extent by association with toxic regressive leftism that loathes the working class as racist, sexist bigots. So who will the US working class vote for?

9 comments:

  1. well i really like bernie but sadly he have no chance,so i think it will vote trump most likely

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  2. If the Democratic Party has a choice between keeping the identity politic warriors while losing unions and the working class vote, and losing the identity politic warriors while keeping unions and possibly gaining more of the white working class, which option will it choose?

    It seems fairly accurate to say that many of the white working class Republicans supporting Trump are racist bigots. They're the demographic that split from the Democrats over civil rights in the 1960s, and has been voting against its own economic interests ever since.

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    1. "It seems fairly accurate to say that many of the white working class Republicans supporting Trump are racist bigots"

      How do you know that most of them are "racist bigots"? What is your definition of "racism"?

      Having said that, I would not doubt **some** are. No doubt some may have bizarre Alex Jones-style conspiracy theory views of the world; others nasty paleoconservative views, and so on.

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  3. I cannot convince my friend in England that the elites treat the lower class like shit, or that anti Trumpers often attack Trump supporters.

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    1. Is your friend a Tory? lol.

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    2. Indeed. Odd that a man astute enough to be a Tory wouldn't get it.

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    3. hmmm... working class Tory or Oxbridge educated toff?

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    4. Neither. Canadian, grew up a few houses from me.

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  4. LK,

    That is a fantastic analysis of the Trump movement by you. National Review must be channeling their inner-Herbert Spencer with this dribble. Telling these people they should just get a U-Haul and move from their community is so simple-minded and totally ignores the real issues.

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