Politically and increasingly culturally America today is a 50-50 country, more polarized than at any time since the Civil War, and last November’s midterm elections did nothing to resolve the polarization; in fact, if anything it more definitively deepened it, and it has now been topped off with the indictment of Donald Trump, which will exacerbate the tensions until we have our next opportunity to speak as a people in 2024. America remains a center/right country politically and philosophically, but there is an uneasy political coexistence with the center/left on a number of philosophical and foundational issues, which I believe can be broadly identified as profound differences on the nature of man, the source of our rights, and the role of government in our lives. These issues manifest themselves in deeply philosophical questions such as are we an idea or a culture?, are we about opportunity or outcomes?, do we believe in American exceptionalism?, do we favor the individual or the collective?
On some of these issues there are major disagreements, but the center, left and right, tends to a least attempt to deal with them in the context of the underlying principles of the American founding. Not so with the radical progressive left. It has corrupted the progressive views of the early 20th century followers of Woodrow Wilson, remixed them with the Marxist ideologies of Herbert Marcuse and Antonio Gramsci and their major elements today which, under the various banners of “wokism”–BLM, DEI, CRT, etc.–hate America and believe that it is an illegitimate white supremacist regime grounded in centuries of exploitation of the oppressed.
So how do we deal with this cancer that is corrupting American institutions and the body politic?
First, we must acknowledge that the major cultural, political, financial, educational, and large corporate institutions of America are under the leadership of the elites of the liberal establishment, mainly of the center/left persuasion. They own the place. Second, the far left progressives operate at the sufferance of these elites, who either approve of their poisonous activities or are extorted to support them. Therefore, it is this liberal establishment that must provide the leadership to cure this disease; the conservative traditionalists and center/right have no seat at this table.
And what if the liberal establishment is either unable or unwilling to provide this leadership? We might find that the hard right will pick up the fight and hit the streets, and this will not be pretty.