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[First Things] The New Party of the Rich

Bolivar687

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In November 2018 the Democratic party reclaimed control of the House of Representatives, thanks to strong gains among the rich. The party won 43 seats from Republicans, 18 of which were among the richest 15 percent of congressional districts nationwide. In twelve different states, the richest House district flipped from Republican to Democrat. In five states, the top two richest flipped. The richest 15 percent of House districts are now represented by 56 Democrats and just 10 Republicans. In 2018, voters in America’s wealthiest counties, cities, and neighborhoods made a decisive turn toward the Democrats, and now America’s traditional party of the left—whether it admits it or not—is the party of the rich.

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All this is part of a great political transformation. Throughout the West, parties on the right are renouncing their former devotion to neoliberal economic policies. As they do so they draw what some would call “populist” voters into their ranks from the working and middle classes. The short-term problem with this electoral strategy is that populist appeals alienate professional- and managerial-class voters that were once such parties’ electoral pillars. In the United Kingdom the upper middle class increasingly bolsters the resurgent Liberal Democrats. In Germany they fuel the rise of the Greens. In the United States they caused the Democratic party’s triumphs of 2018 and 2019.
 
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For one thing, the rich are insulated from the inevitable disasters of liberal policy. They don't have to worry if the Demorats destroy public education. They send their kids to private schools. They don't have to worry about the Democrats' softness on crime. They live in gated communities with private security. They can afford higher taxes and work for corporations that can afford higher taxes. So they don't have to worry about slow economic growth and unemployment. They can make big contributions to Ivy League schools or went there themselves, so they don't have to worry about their kids losing spots to less qualified applicants to support "diversity." So they can afford to virtue signal by voting for and contributing to Democrats.

For another thing, high taxes and extensive regulation actually benefit larger corporations that can afford the taxes, the lawyers to navigate regulation, and the costs of compliance better than small businesses or startups. So Democrat policies help limit competition that might arise from new or small businesses. The bottom line is, for the uber-rich, voting for and contributing to Democrats is not only a cost-free way of virtue signalling, it actually benefits them. Of course that benefit comes at the expense of the middle and working classes, but they're just a bunch of racist deplorables anyway, right?
Anyhow, this phenomenon is well underway yet no one on the Left recognizes it: progressivism is a quasi-religious ideology that is built to secure and justify the power of the upper class, while using certain minorities on the other end as a justification. But progressivism despises and tears down the middle-class, working class, and generally anyone who isn't either (A) enormously class-privileged, or (B) a minority who can slot into one of the heralded spots in the intersectionality religion. It's a war of professionalized, managerial, incredibly White upper class and its institutions, pretending to care about the lower classes but only as a way of tearing down the deplorable middle classes and common Americans. To hell with progressives.
 

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Solid comment below the article:

Anyhow, this phenomenon is well underway yet no one on the Left recognizes it: progressivism is a quasi-religious ideology that is built to secure and justify the power of the upper class, while using certain minorities on the other end as a justification. But progressivism despises and tears down the middle-class, working class, and generally anyone who isn't either (A) enormously class-privileged, or (B) a minority who can slot into one of the heralded spots in the intersectionality religion. It's a war of professionalized, managerial, incredibly White upper class and its institutions, pretending to care about the lower classes but only as a way of tearing down the deplorable middle classes and common Americans. To hell with progressives.
Most of the progressives I've known that claimed to be for the working class could never quite grasp why the working class didn't support them. I've heard them attribute it to various reasons that could be boiled down to ignorance, stupidity or racism. The most common one was they 'are too busy trying to get by to think about politics' [ignorance category] with the silent second part being 'so we have to do it for them'. It's always bothered me.

At least the more radical types just want to burn it all down and start anew. Although that requires absolutely ignoring the sheer number of average everyday people who are content across the entire class spectrum, which means you'd destroy countless lives and families in the process of 'saving the world'. Assuming people are victims, or depressed, simply because there is some struggle in their life is a mistake.