The Posh Boys & Girls @TheEconomist have not forgotten about ‘The Right Nation’ by John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge. Here is the first excerpt posted at The National Review:
But, for whatever reason, the editors of National Review have decided that the other excerpts are no longer worthy of being read.
The collapse of the Neo-Liberal Swindle, made this pseudo apologetic for Free Market dogmas offered by Bush The Younger. And his confederates, until Henry Paulson’s exercise in Keynesian interventionism, in the face of a economic crisis, not seen since 1929. All carefully managed by a Congress populated by Free Market dogmatists.
Followed by Obama’s etiolated version of the same, with Larry Summers as his initial political operative, were the first and second act of an American Political Melodrama, that produced the Carnival Barker Trump, that has made the careers on the dreaded ‘Left’, in the political imaginations of the bumptious Economist hirelings/fellow travelers:
Headline: Donald Trump’s presidency has moved America left
Sub-headline: The Right Nation was last this enthusiastic about left-wing policies in 1961
‘The Right Nation’ becomes an integral part of the latest Anti-Left hysteria of the Posh Menage :
Public opinion is contradictory: many more Americans describe themselves as conservative than as liberal; yet Americans prefer left-leaning policies to right-leaning ones, even when these are accompanied by the promise of higher taxes.
It pains this conservative collective to even entertain the idea/fact/notion that the Neo-Liberal Collapse and its ‘Gig Economy’ has inaugurated a Leftward political migration, in an argued ‘Conservative Electorate’ ! What is offered is almost comically mechanistic:
The American public’s preferences on policy have long shown an allergy to whatever the occupant of the White House is trying to do. In this respect public opinion is like a thermostat: when policy gets too hot, Americans turn the temperature down. When the government drifts too far right, Americans want to move back to the left, as happened in the 2018 mid-term elections.
In terms of temperature, to follow the lead of these writers, the Free Market Mythology is not just stone cold dead, but utterly bankrupt: while the policies of Sanders, Omar,Ocasio-Cortez, Gabbard, Tlaib and The Green New Deal are the alternatives to Republican political irrationalism. Led by Trump and his minion, ‘Mule Piss’ Mitch McConnell. Not to mention the utterly sclerotic New Democrats under the tutelage of the rapacious, nihilistic Clinton coterie.