I’m not just saying this because is a good friend and colleague, but if you can read this paragraph and not shiver, you’re made of sterner stuff than me
I wrote about the intraconservative fight over whether liberal democracy should be abandoned, since it no longer guarantees religious conservatives victory in the culture wars.
"The American creed has no more devoted adherents than those who have been historically denied its promises, and no more fair-weather friends than those who have taken them for granted."
We must all defend principles of civil society. The Illiberal Right Throws a Tantrum -- A faction of the religious right has concluded that if liberal democracy does not guarantee victory, then it must be abandoned. via Kudos
“The American creed has no more devoted adherents than those who have been historically denied its promises, and no more fair-weather friends than those who have taken them for granted.”
A fine discussion by of illiberalism on the right, including "the fundamental immaturity" of their critique: "what they describe as a crisis of liberal democracy is really just them not getting exactly what they want when they want it."
I heard this essay on American right-wing illiberalism was great; it's even better than I thought. Must read.
This essay on the temper tantrum among the illiberal right—"American Orbánists"—is fricking incredible.
In which dissects an important battle on the right
On the illiberal right in America
2. I stopped. Looking back the memorial probably caught my eye because I recently read this piece: I found this part emotionally very moving:
Very powerful rhetoric here from , to which I will offer a few mild responses:
“The question of whether the Republican Party would abandon liberal democracy for sectarian ethnonationalism was decided in the 2016 primary, and all French and Ahmari are doing is arguing about it after the fact.”
"Trump is the symptom of the Republican Party’s turn toward illiberalism, not its cause." This is such a smart, distressing piece, . It puts a lot of things in perspective and context.
"The American creed has no more devoted adherents than those who have been historically denied its promises, and no more fair-weather friends than those who have taken them for granted," writes
"A man whose ... most significant contribution to the institution of the family is destroying thousands of them on purpose."
Every sentence, every paragraph in ’s piece is worthy of being tweeted out, but none more so than this one.
There is so much pain in America's past, as well as its present, still never properly acknowledged. But I keep returning to these brilliant words by . The biggest believers in America's stated principles are those who work to make them real.
Well, I don’t think I’m going to read anything better than this today
Much needed perspective from . Read the whole thing.
A good time to bump this by : "The American creed has no more devoted adherents than those who have been historically denied its promises, and no more fair-weather friends than those who have taken them for granted."
"Black Americans did not abandon liberal democracy because of slavery, Jim Crow, and the systematic destruction of whatever wealth they managed to accumulate; instead they took up arms in two world wars to defend it." another essential piece by
This piece about the Ahmari meltdown is very good.
"Black Americans did not abandon liberal democracy because of slavery, Jim Crow, and the systematic destruction of whatever wealth they managed to accumulate; instead they took up arms in two world wars to defend it. Japanese Americans did not reject lib…
Devastating. Uterrly devastating demolition of the new illiberal right.... (Thread)
There is so much good stuff to chew on in 's new piece on how religious conservatives have turned against democracy now that it no longer guarantees them victory in its culture wars against women, LGBTQ people, and others. Some of my favorites
This article by is best I've read. Ever. "The American creed has no more devoted adherents than those who have been historically denied its promises, and no more fair-weather friends than those who have taken them for granted."
Adam Serwer also has a piece on it, and it uses Jane's research essentially as a springboard to make broad generalizations that conform perfectly to liberal preconceived notions of conservatism, and I'll give a good example
"The American creed has no more devoted adherents than those who have been historically denied its promises, and no more fair-weather friends than those who have taken them for granted"
"Today’s skirmishes among conservatives resemble the irregulars in 1865 shooting at one another because they had not yet heard of Robert E. Lee’s surrender at Appomattox."
Fantastic piece by ⁦⁩ on what Ahmari and French were really arguing about
Read on the American Orbánists
God I love making the far-right throw hissy fits!
"Black Americans did not abandon liberal democracy because of slavery, Jim Crow, and the systematic destruction of whatever wealth they managed to accumulate; instead they took up arms in two world...
'The question of whether the Republican Party would abandon liberal democracy for sectarian ethno-nationalism was decided in the 2016 primary, and all and Ahmari are doing is arguing about it after the fact'
The Illiberal Right Throws a Tantrum - The Atlantic via thanks