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Sun Jun 23, 2019, 07:38 AM

The left is fighting back, even in Republican states, as it attempts to reshape capitalism

Behold the new political yobs. The British and American right, once keen to engage intellectually with the left and firmly anchored in business and the middle class, have now become yobs in their evidence-free, argument-free attitude to trade and foreigners. They are guided by noxious prejudice and the simple rule that their flag and interest must rule whatever.

Yobs too in their attitudes to all the decent impulses in society: tolerance; the rule of law (that’s for suckers); a welcome to immigrants, fair play; respect for truth, personal integrity. The triumph of the new nativism is the triumph of the yob. Our societies, let alone our politics, have never been so threatened.

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Trump rages at foreigners because it is easier than telling his electorate the truth. His instinct, like his analogue in Britain, Boris Johnson, is to “fuck business” when it objects to what he is doing. The nihilist reaction marks the extent of their intellectual bankruptcy and the extent to which both are in hock to social forces that appeal to our worst demons rather than our better angels.


[link:https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jun/23/left-fighting-back-even-in-republican-states-as-it-bids-reshape-capitalism|

How much of this article is wishful thinking and how much presents a real swing to the left by business is very difficult to gauge just yet, I think.... but it is a very interesting read!

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