In 1968, Nixon offered a promise of peace and order. Today, Trump offers only conflict.
Mark R. Yzaguirre“Trump in 2020 occupies the place not of Nixon, but of Daley and George Wallace: Trump is the force of disorder...not the candidate of healing who can restore a fair and just public order.” @davidfrum raises key point about Trump as today’s George Wallace.
To understand the President’s path to the 2020 election, look at what he has provided the country’s executive class.
Mark R. YzaguirreThis is a great @eosnos piece in the New Yorker. I’ve said for a long time that Donald Trump is a country club Republican (or at least in a subset of that group), and not just because he owns country clubs. To claim otherwise misses a lot.
Alex Lee Moyer’s new documentary TFW No GF explores the lives behind a maligned label
Mark R. YzaguirreI also think this @daily_barbarian piece in @ArcDigi gets it right when it talks about ironic trolling being a cynical ideology, especially when it comes to politics. Politics is about distributing power and resources and there’s little irony in that.
On the incredibly powerful pull of tribe over truth.
Mark R. Yzaguirre“We are shot-through with sin. When everyone around us is right, we deserve little credit for conforming. When everyone around us is wrong, we’re also likely to fail.” Powerful @DavidAFrench piece about tribalism and the weight of history.
The publisher of conservative online magazine The Federalist broke federal labor laws when he tweeted last year that he’d send employees “back to the salt mine” if they tried to unionize, a National Labor Relations Board administrative judge decided.
Mark R. YzaguirreBen Domenech gets in trouble for something he wrote by himself!
Charlie Sykes on how people are finding a way to be anti-Nanny State but also pro-Orange God King.
Mark R. YzaguirreGreat @SykesCharlie piece that if anything is understated. Populist libertarianism is a popular ideology (arguably the American ideology) and extends far beyond wingnut protestors. If it becomes the prime anti-lockdown ideology, that will have big effects.
Like 9/11 or the financial crisis, there will be before coronavirus and after
Mark R. Yzaguirre“The United States decided not to use the WHO’s coronavirus test, opting to develop its own for reasons that remain unexplained. That contributed to a severe testing shortage...” This will need to be explained, in Congressional hearings. Via @ArcDigi
Mark R. Yzaguirre@stoolpresidente “Anarchy, State and Utopia” is one of the most important pro-libertarianism books ever written. As any somewhat knowledgeable 21 year old Political Science major could tell you. If you didn’t know that, here is a place to start.
The "Groyper Army" and the war over college campus conservatism, explained.
Mark R. Yzaguirre“In reality, the “groyper army” is simply the alt-right of 2016 and 2017, warmed over, reenergized and using new terminology...Its leaders and advocates are racists and Holocaust deniers” Good @cjane87 piece about an ugly aspect of American politics.
Here are a few things that the New York Post’s Sohrab Ahmari, noted public Catholic intellectual, apparently believes: American Christianity is intolerably beset by tyrannical leftists, and its only hope for salvation lies in Missouri Sen. Josh...
Mark R. Yzaguirre“If there’s anything good to come from the spectacle...perhaps it will be the realization that there is no there at the heart of “illiberal conservatism.” It’s not an ideological proposition. It’s a pose.” Cosplayers gonna cosplay. Good @EggerDC piece.
Mark R. Yzaguirre“This is how we get people purchasing plastic Trump straws for $1.50 a piece, or shouty, self-indulgent t-shirts that proclaim banal lifestyle details...” And there’s more where that came from at @ArcDigi.
Using government to create market distortions is national conservatism’s agenda.
Mark R. YzaguirreThis George Will putdown is weak. If National Conservatism is Elizabeth Warren Conservatism (and I don’t think it is), then it’s a good political development. Heck, that’s a compliment and I might go to @yhazony’s next conference if that’s true.