How the GOP could become a workers’ party

A Modest Proposal for Republicans: Use the Word “Class” by Scott A. Siskind for Astral Codex Ten. “Pivot from mindless populist rage to a thoughtful campaign to fight classism.”

There are some interesting ideas here that are consistent with what Republican leaders say they stand for.  I’m not sure I agree with Siskind about prediction markets being better than credentialed experts, though.

[Afterthought]  I’m not sure how seriously Siskind intended his article to be taken.  He wrote about “classism,” which is based on differences in status, habits and tastes, rather than economic class, based on differences in income, wealth and power.

The Republican Party has been campaigning as the enemy of elites since the days of Richard Nixon and Spiro Agnew.  But as for supporting labor unions, jobs programs, a higher minimum wage or anything else that would threaten the interests of their rich donors, that’s another thing.

Siskind’s post is thought-provoking, but mostly as an implied criticism of the Democrats.


2 Responses to “How the GOP could become a workers’ party”

  1. Fred (Au Natural) Says:

    Definitely a satire, as surely as was Swift’s essay.


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