Op-Ed on the Huffington Post

I’m really delighted to announce that my Twitter threadzilla on conservatism from a couple weeks ago has been transformed into an op-ed on the Huffington Post. It’s now polished up, beautifully edited by HuffPo, and ready to share easily! Please do so!

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5 Responses to Op-Ed on the Huffington Post

  1. Jared Allen Johnson says:

    A very informative piece, written with a clarity that can make some what difficult terminology easy to follow. Loved it and shared it (which I rarely do).

  2. Sam Yanez says:

    Brilliant! Nothing takes place in a vacuum – todays ideological shifts didn’t just “happen”. Deeply rooted history HAS shaped the present and you connected a nebulus web of past dots to a present web of nebulus dots. Thank you!!!!

  3. Gus diZerega says:

    Your piece is excellent and any quibbles I have are of the narrow academic variety that, if right, would just fine tune a excellent analysis.

    I do have one additional substantive addition to your analysis that I think you might like.

    The Republican Party’s “Southern strategy” that welcomed NeoConfederates in so as to split the Democratic coalition was the means by which something similar to the rise of continental European style conservatism happened here. NeoConfederates did not love the Constitution and Founders- they loved those who had warred against their principles. Confederate leaders like Calhoun and later Phillips explicitly rejected the idea of human rights.

    NeoConfederates like Sessions and many other current Republicans want to ‘conserve’ the ideals of the old Confederacy, which denied the entire idea of human rights- the only rights belonged to governments: “states rights”- a concept Madison, for example, said made no sense. They are anti-liberal to the core.

    They also explicitly endorsed religion in politics- and much of their base were Southern baptists, a religious faction that was created solely to support slavery. In American terms these people are radicals, and given their long experience controlling some state governments, and unusually ruthless political skills, more liberal conservatives, such as Northeastern conservatives and even Goldwater Republicans, were no match.

    I think what separates the new order Republicans from European style reactionaries was their comfort at manipulating democratic politics, a practice they had perfected in the South. But this difference also brought them closer to European style fascists.

    Trump came from the outside- but by explicitly appealing to a base rooted in the South more explicitly than his primary competition, he captured the nomination due to its plurality rules. But once he won, the fact that the republicans had already traveled a far way towards Trump style politics (minus the personal pathologies of the man) made it a good match.

    • Kate Antonova says:

      This is a brilliant addendum, and I agree completely. It’s more than a little terrifying, how much we’re going back to the worst and biggest fundamental disagreements of the Civil War era. I do think there are two things that make today’s GOP different and more dangerous than even the Confederacy- 1, they’re controlling the entire federal government and the Republican party seems to have entirely ceded the party over to them, and 2, the new element of the information age, which I think both helped to make this possible (through viral misinformation, hacking, etc), and potentially allow this radical right to do more damage, because they seem bent on destabilizing the very idea of fact, reason, truth, etc.

  4. Gus diZerega says:

    I’d love to disagree- but I don’t.

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