Populist Unity and its Problems
Americans on the margins and fringes of political life have long known that the two major parties that take turns governing the United States agree on far more than they disagree. If the public at large has the opposite impression, it is only because these parties and their media machines have done a good job at blowing up their actual differences out of proportion.
Recent events, however, have made this task more difficult. America is witnessing a convergence between the left and right wings of its establishment/elites that is more explicit than it has ever been in the past; a failure on the part of populist activists to likewise converge will ensure that the problems both sides acknowledge – namely corporatism, the police state and the empire abroad – will continue along their dangerous trajectories. Continue reading