I’d be interested in hearing your reactions, other than ad hominem reactions, to David Frum’s Atlantic piece in which he finds considerable resonance between two seemingly different books, Mark Lilla’s The Once and Future Liberal and Henry Olsen’s The Working Class Republican:
What Lilla and Henry Olsen, the author of The Working Class Republican, both see and recoil from is the weakening of the appeal of American nationhood—and the strengthening of subgroups: identity groups on the left; plutocratic possessing classes on the right. Instead of the broad messages of Roosevelt and Reagan, they hear the narrow claims of victim-group grievance and purist ideology.
The article does have one good turn of phrase:
Politics must be affirmative. Opposition—whether to “big government” or “white supremacy”—is a mood, not a program.
In my opinion both political parties have entered culs de sac from which there are no obvious exits and which lead inevitably to violence and misery.