Profile picture
Jedediah Purdy @JedediahSPurdy
, 9 tweets, 1 min read Read on Twitter
A cautious case for constitutional optimism: 1/ If you'd said 12 years ago that the Dems would be arguing about a Brandeisian woman, a Debsian socialist, & two progressive candidates of color, you'd have looked like a fantasist.
2/ There's a more realistic confrontation with economic power & racialized inequality in the framing & mobilization of national politics than at any time since the 1960s (race) and earlier (economics).
3/ It may be a few years before a Green New Deal can be legislated, but there's real hope & energy there--a constructive, progressive response to the climate crisis & the other crises of inequality that are entangled with it.
4/ Democrats understand that ballot access & fair elections are an existential issue for them--and the mainstream has understood that quashing these is existential for this GOP. An old false equivalence is gone.
5/ There's a more realistic understanding of the Supreme Court's status as an anti-majoritarian political institution, not a transcendent cathedral of principle, than has been in many years.
6/ Mobilization is extraordinarily high--and positively motivated around democracy, equality, GND, &c.--not purely reactive, despite the President's extraordinary power to produce reactions & consume attention.
7/ Trump's consistently weak popularity shows a certain basic majoritarian resistance to his stratagems. The margin between 40% and 55% is intensely diagnostic of democracy's basic viability.
8/ So, to every anxious narrative of constitutional decline, add the reminder that constitutional crisis of certain kinds is part of how democracies renew themselves.
9/ And thank all the people whose work has brought us these reason for qualified optimism, often against well-placed naysayers. Thanks, everyone.
Missing some Tweet in this thread?
You can try to force a refresh.

Like this thread? Get email updates or save it to PDF!

Subscribe to Jedediah Purdy
Profile picture

Get real-time email alerts when new unrolls are available from this author!

This content may be removed anytime!

Twitter may remove this content at anytime, convert it as a PDF, save and print for later use!

Try unrolling a thread yourself!

how to unroll video

1) Follow Thread Reader App on Twitter so you can easily mention us!

2) Go to a Twitter thread (series of Tweets by the same owner) and mention us with a keyword "unroll" @threadreaderapp unroll

You can practice here first or read more on our help page!

Did Thread Reader help you today?

Support us! We are indie developers!

This site is made by just three indie developers on a laptop doing marketing, support and development! Read more about the story.

Become a Premium Member and get exclusive features!

Premium member ($30.00/year)

Too expensive? Make a small donation by buying us coffee ($5) or help with server cost ($10)

Donate via Paypal Become our Patreon

Thank you for your support!