Unified Theory of Republicanism

The Republican Party Takes Flight

My Twitter pal @jodotcom did us a solid and unspooled this great Twitter thread by @_EthanGrey. I find this analysis to be both insightful and consistent, and also easy to understand the many contradictions of the modern Republican:

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    Frank Wilhoit 03.22.18 at 12:09 am (copied from the original on Crooked Timber )

    There is no such thing as liberalism — or progressivism, etc.

    There is only conservatism. No other political philosophy actually exists; by the political analogue of Gresham’s Law, conservatism has driven every other idea out of circulation.

    There might be, and should be, anti-conservatism; but it does not yet exist. What would it be? In order to answer that question, it is necessary and sufficient to characterize conservatism.

    Fortunately, this can be done very concisely.

    Conservatism consists of exactly one proposition, to wit:
    There must be in-groups whom the law protectes but does not bind, alongside out-groups whom the law binds but does not protect.

    There is nothing more or else to it, and there never has been, in any place or time.

    For millenia, conservatism had no name, because no other model of polity had ever been proposed. “The king can do no wrong.” In practice, this immunity was always extended to the king’s friends, however fungible a group they might have been. Today, we still have the king’s friends even where there is no king (dictator, etc.). Another way to look at this is that the king is a faction, rather than an individual.

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  2. roket says:

    At least we now know that their southern strategy worked.

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  3. R White says:

    The current version of conservatism that exists across fly-over country as we are all familiar with is due to Fox News being televised to a receptive audience of sociopathic boomers, who with their insistence upon not paying any taxes whatsoever for the general welfare of others as well as their flight out of the cities, areas they all perceived as morally and fiscally corrupt war zones, is the proverbial white supremacist ‘can of worms’ that has been kicked ‘down the road.’ Since the time of st. ray-gun, the bill is now coming due in the various forms of rotting physical infrastructure and natural environments, broken supply lines, overwhelming and unsustainable debt along with a lack of comity and degradation amongst political parties.

    In essence, the “southern strategy” that tricky dick nixon first used, which lee atwater and later karl rove perfected for morally bankrupt and incompetent power-hungry republicans, has left us ALL poorer, dumber and hopeless. FFS

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