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Now that National Review has bravely done its job of defending the Conservative movement by taking a bold stance against Trump and his brand of populism I thought I might share my view where the Trump support is really coming from. And later offer a theory on how to beat him. The Poison of Identity […]

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An On-Air Swedish Meltdown Borne of Quiet Emasculation?


Last week, the Swedish radio show “All my friends” featured a popular Swedish comedian by the name of Kristoffer Svensson. Mr Svensson and the four other men headlining the show are a part of the intellectual establishment in Sweden and are employed by the infamous left-wing newspaper Aftonbladet, a publication on the frontlines of the last few year’s fervent identity-politics beat.

The radio show in question is, like many media outlets these days, a show about the people doing it, rather than the world around them, and this week’s installment was no exception. An audibly angered Kristoffer Svensson immediately went on a tirade about a bad book review he had received recently, and while the  rant was par for the course, the message was all the more shocking.

Some Lives Matter: The Bizarre Politics of the Modern Democratic Party


NN15_OMalleyAs Ricochet member Doug Kimball mentioned earlier, Bernie Sanders brought his moldy message of 19th-century economics to Phoenix this weekend. The Vermonter joined fellow presidential candidate Martin O’Malley on stage for Netroots Nation’s raucous townhall event. When I typed the previous sentence, autocorrect changed “townhall” to “downhill” which is a decent summary of the progressive confab.

While former Maryland Governor and Baltimore Mayor O’Malley was answering questions from moderator (and illegal immigrant) Jose Antonio Vargas, African American activists jumped on stage, grabbed the mic, and “shut [expletive] down” to use their elegant phrase. Fellow activists cheered, others booed, and while O’Malley grimaced, the chants of “black lives matter” drowned out any message the candidate had planned to share.

Trying to regain control, O’Malley responded to the protest by saying, “black lives matter, white lives matter, all lives matter.” The protestors were shocked. Gasps filled the audience. You almost could hear a scratching record echo through the hall.

The Classicist Podcast with Victor Davis Hanson: “The New Dark-Age Mind”


As promised yesterday, here’s the second installment of the Hoover Institution’s new The Classicist podcast with Victor Davis Hanson (don’t get used to this pace — from here on out we’ll be releasing one new episode per week). Fair warning: this episode should probably be accompanied by a tumbler of scotch. Our topic: Victor’s thesis that the West is beginning the descent into a new intellectual dark age — something that he sees signs of everywhere from Ferguson to college campuses to the halls of power in California. Listen in below:

Identity Politics a Ticking Time Bomb for Democrats


shutterstock_56132851I’ve often thought that I probably couldn’t be a Democrat even if I held liberal policy views. The reason: it’s just too much work. The number of identity-based tripwires you have to navigate on any given day virtually assures you’re going to blow off a limb at some point. As Glenn Reynolds notes in his new USA Today column, the consequences of that trend are now playing out in the intra-Democratic fight over the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal:

Right before Obama’s trade bill cratered in the Senate last week, Obama complained that its chief Senate critic, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., didn’t understand the real world. [National Organization for Women President Terry] O’Neill then chalked Obama’s attitude up to sexism.

O’Neill told The Hill she took issue with Obama calling Warren by her first name during an interview with Yahoo News published May 9.

The Left Has Abandoned Ideas for Identities


Sen. Harry Reid — who apparently still runs the U.S. Senate despite the GOP being the majority — killed the President’s plan for fast-track authority on the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Leading up to the big vote, Obama traded barbs with free-trade opponent Elizabeth Warren, with the language growing increasingly personal.

In an April conference call, the President rebuffed Warren’s claim TPP was overly secretive. “The one that gets on my nerves the most is the notion that this is a secret deal,” Obama said. “Every single one of the critics saying this is a secret deal, or send out e-mails to their fundraising base that they’re working to stop a secret deal, could walk over and see the text of the agreement.”

The Supreme Court is Wrong: Get Race Out of Redistricting


Last week, the Supreme Court, in the case of Alabama Black Caucus v. Alabama, overturned a redistricting plan for Alabama’s State Legislature, with the Court’s majority (the four liberals and Justice Kennedy) arguing that the new district lines didn’t do enough to preserve the influence of black voters. As I write in my new column for Defining Ideasit’s a mistake to accept the redistricting status quo in which the majority party (Republicans, in Alabama) constructs relatively safe districts for itself and then gives the minority party a handful of even safer seats as compensation. As I write:

In a sensible world, the best counter to these dangerous tendencies uses explicit formal requirements to remove this unpleasant form of tit-for-tat politics. Two constraints, taken together, could achieve this result in a relatively simple fashion. The first is to stick with a requirement of rough numerical equality across districts. The second is to require relatively compact districts, which look more like simple squares than some grotesque 28-sided monster that white citizens (outnumbered by 4 to 1) consciously created in Tuskegee, Alabama in 1957 to block the possibility that newly enfranchised black residents would soon take over local politics. Six years after Brown v. Board of Education, the Supreme Court in Gomillion v. Lightfoot struck down this ploy under the Fifteenth Amendment, which provides that the “right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.”

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We Are Witnessing the Failure of Identity Politics


Troy’s thought-provoking post the other day on the laughable claim that the Democrats were on the verge of a 40 year ascendency got me thinking about the calamitous state of the Democratic party after the midterms. They have brought this catastrophe upon themselves by embracing identity politics in a country fundamentally concerned with issues.

Image: Siege of Sparta by Pyrrhus

Liberalism Is Eating Itself — Jon Gabriel


The Ouroboros is an ancient image showing a large serpent consuming its own tail. Venerated by Greeks, Egyptians and Norsemen of yore, it serves as an apt metaphor for modern American liberalism.

The Democratic coalition was largely built on grievance politics. For decades, progressive leaders divided Americans into subgroups based on race, gender, class, age and sexual orientation. Political leaders were the first to stoke this fire, but educators soon joined in, as did the media, NGOs, big business and popular culture.