This article is a great analysis of American politics since the 60’s. It identifies 3 major movements: liberal progressivism, moderate progressivism, and conservatism, and shows conclusively that liberal progressivism always gets rejected or repudiated because white working-class voters hate it, and why they hate it. It is funny to me how the liberal progressives never learn that their problem is not that the voters were fooled by their opponents, but that the voters actually do understand their policies and reject them anyway.
The moderate progressivism of Democrats like Bill Clinton and the RINOs who infest my region of the country is of course also bad, and even the “conservatism” of the Republicans ascendant this year (well-represented at www.nationalreview.com ) still shares too many progressive assumptions. There needs to be a 4th movement further to the right ( www.alternativeright.com is one place to see what this might look like), because the “center” moves leftward. This tendency is so obvious it can be seen from the names of the movements — moderate progressivism still progresses, while conservatism conserves what is already there and resists further leftward movement, but to move the USA to the right substantially, explicitly rightist movements need to become more powerful. At least things will move in the right direction tomorrow. You have to move the Overton Window to the right gradually in order to keep the voters with you; large shifts in what is politically acceptable only occur after social, economic, or military disasters, and although I know that some commenters who don’t like America’s influence might regard that as the most reliable way to end up with a saner world, as an American I can’t give up on regular politics yet.
(Yes, I know the left-right axis has limited usefulness in political analysis, but in this particular case it is useful enough to facilitate making my points.)