“Lambert Strether” on U.S. politics, 2016-2020

“Lambert Strether” is a contributor to the Naked Capitalism web log. Here’s his idea of how U.S. politics has changed in the past four years.  I think he’s right, and my bet is that politics will change even more in the next four years.

  • The Professional Managerial Class (PMC) attained class consciousness.
  • The PMC was and is embubbled by a domestic psyop.
  • The press replaced reporting with advocacy.
  • Election legitimacy is determined by extra-Constitutional actors.
  • “Fascism” became an empty signifier, not an analytical tool.

Read his full post to see what he means. The comment thread is good, too.

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“What It Took”: The Price of Democrat Victory in 2020 by “Lambert Strether” for Naked Capitalism.  A brilliant analysis and an interesting comment thread.

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One Response to ““Lambert Strether” on U.S. politics, 2016-2020”

  1. Fred (Au Natural) Says:

    Winning for a politician or a political party has become the objective in and of itself rather than winning to accomplish something. Politics has taken on the model of modern business where making profits for the next quarter takes precedence over keeping the business viable in the long term.

    Ironically, it was Newt Gingrich who had the vision to see how to keep the GOP competitive for the forseeable future. He saw that the leaders of the future were the dog catchers and city council members and state house occupants of today and launched a huge campaign for these entry level offices. The GOP is still reaping the benefits.

    I don’t see any of that long term thinking these days. They focus on the White House and a few congressional races and just hope the lower races come along on the coattails.

    He’s absolutely right about the PMC. Hillary would have handily won except she explicitly identified with the PMC and Trump explicitly ran against them. The PMC is a small portion of the population that the rest of the people are coming to view as oppresors rather then trusted authorities. In order to make it work you have to count on certain demographics (minorities, women, union workers, environmentalists) voting your way at rates approaching 100%. If I were the Democrats I’d be frightened to death at the slow erosion of minority support shown in 2020.

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