Pluralistic: The conservative movement is cracking up (14 Nov 2023)

Today’s links The conservative movement is cracking up: It’s not just Trumpism – antitrust is an emerging fracture line. Hey look at this: Delights to delectate. This day in history: 2008, 2013, 2018, 2022 Colophon: Recent publications, upcoming/recent appearances, current writing projects, current reading The conservative movement is cracking up (permalink) Politics always requires coalitions. In parliamentary democracies, the coalitions are visible, when they come together to form the government. In a dictatorship, the coalitions are hidden to everyone except infighting princelings and courtiers (until a general or minister is executed, exiled or thrown in prison.) In a two-party system, the coalitions are inside the parties – not quite as explicit as the coalition governments in a multiparty parliament, but not so opaque as the factions in a dictatorship. Sometimes, there are even explicit structures to formalize the coalition, like the Biden Administration’s Unity Task Force, which parceled out key appointments among two important blocs within the party (the finance wing and the Sanders/Warren wing). Conservative politics are also a coalition, of course. As an outsider, I confess that I am much less conversant with the internal power-struggles in the GOP and the conservative movement, though I’m trying to remedy that. Books like Nathan J Robinson’s Responding to the Right present a great overview of various conservative belief-systems: And the Know Your Enemy podcast does an amazing job of diving deep into right-wing beliefs, especially when it comes to identifying fracture lines in the conservative establishment. A recent episode…Pluralistic: The conservative movement is cracking up (14 Nov 2023)

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