In short, this is not unique to the US, and it's a result of a lack of ideas. 1/n
The statement “We are all Keynesians now” is also attributed to (a reluctant) Nixon, recognising the necessity of fiscal intervention. 3/n
Back in a bit.
1. The ‘60s, the civil rights movement, & the development of the “southern strategy”
2. The fall of the USSR & “triumph of capitalism”
3. In the background, the role of "ideas generator” in conservative/libertarian thought being adopted by organisations like the Mont Pelerin Society (leading then to primacy of Chicago School).
1) the southern strategy was a new and cynical way to lock in Republican votes by focusing on white voters in an era where civil rights were being extended to black citizens. Weaponising racial animus.
No wonder the electorate's confused and irritated. 30/fin
The BIG dilemma for conservatives in the setting I’ve described is:
- the electorate will respond (positively and negatively) to the dog-whistle stuff, creating or exacerbating partisan divides, but ... 31/n
The first 3 of those are being seen outside the US now, and the latter may start to creep in elsewhere too soon. 34/n
To quote the title of a book I vaguely remember, roll on, brave bloody new world.