In America, factional hatred seems to be hitting new levels. Yet strangely, just below the surface, in principle, an interesting convergence is taking place between the right and the left. The most obvious example is the public support for US assistance in Ukraine. But as we explain the last number Washington MonthlyToday, this left-right convergence goes even further and deeper than the Russian invasion রয়েছে including the fundamental economic issues on which liberals and conservatives were at odds just a few years ago.
You can see it on National TV’s arguably the ugliest, most biased venue: Tucker Carlson’s nightly Fox News show. While Carlson himself may be incredibly racist and authoritarian, his rebellion against corporate monopolies and for the defense of economic control ধারণ the ideas he picked from the increasingly influential cadre of “liberal-northern” conservative intellectuals – often alienated from people like Elizabeth. Warren. “Democrats and progressives, although they hate Putin and Carlson’s position on cultural issues, share his views (often without realizing it) on many important aspects of political economy,” he wrote. Monthly Editor Gabby Birenbaum and Senior Editor Philip Longman in their cover story. “And it is possible that at least some self-styled conservatives may crowd out Carlson’s head and discover that they are, above all, liberal.”
Elsewhere in the new issue, Monthly Editor Rob Wolf records another sign of this confluence between left and right: the state attorney general, on a bipartisan basis, is taking responsibility for enforcing the no-confidence motion in a way that the federal government cannot or will not. Wolfe spoke to the AG on both sides to hear their cases on Amazon, Google, Facebook, and the like, reminiscent of the first Gilded era, when state lawsuits facilitated the separation of Standard Oil.
It is not surprising that Americans of deeply different political persuasions agree that economic density threatens the well-being and freedom of the average person. Indeed, the idea that political independence requires broad-based prosperity, and that the lack of the latter threatens the former, is the idea that the founding fathers of America, despite their many differences, have unequivocally agreed, as Caroline Frederickson explained in her review of Joseph. Fishkin and William E. Forbeth Anti-oligarchy constitution.
Then, it would not surprise the founders that in our own age of mass-downward dynamism, America has been attacked by a wave of liberal anti-populism driven by the politics of identity on both the left and the right. The good news is that we now see some aggressive pushbacks from the main intellectual defenders of traditional liberalism, such as Francis Fukuyama and Yasha Maunk, whose new books John Halpin and Colin Woodard have reviewed on our pages.
Finally, I argue that at the present moment, when Americans on both sides of the Isle stand united with Europe in their defense of liberalism against authoritarianism, Joe Biden offers a great opportunity to propose a big new idea: an “Atlantic Alliance.” It will be a set of agreements between the United States, the EU and the United Kingdom on some kind of economic NATO-no-confidence policy, labor rights, climate change, supply chain, technology transfer and other important issues. The goal will be to increase the wages of workers and the middle class on both sides of the Atlantic (better to reduce internal support for liberalism) where a large and strong trade market will be created to challenge the prey of China and Russia.
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