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The Establishments war on Donald Trump
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Title: Suicide of the West HOW THE REBIRTH OF TRIBALISM, POPULISM, NATIONALISM, AND IDENTITY POLITICS IS DESTROYING AMERICAN DEMOCRACY By JONAH GOLDBERG s
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Post Date: 2018-04-24 10:15:06 by tpaine
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Suicide of the West HOW THE REBIRTH OF TRIBALISM, POPULISM, NATIONALISM, AND IDENTITY POLITICS IS DESTROYING AMERICAN DEMOCRACY By JONAH GOLDBERG

“Epic and debate-shifting.” —David Brooks

With his trademark blend of political history, social science, economics, and pop culture, two-time NYT bestselling author, syndicated columnist, National Review senior editor, and American Enterprise Institute fellow Jonah Goldberg makes the timely case that America and other democracies are in peril as they lose the will to defend the values and institutions that sustain freedom and prosperity. Instead we are surrendering to populism, nationalism and other forms of tribalism.

Only once in the last 250,000 years have humans stumbled upon a way to lift ourselves out of the endless cycle of poverty, hunger, and war that defines most of history—in 18th century England when we accidentally discovered the miracle of liberal democratic capitalism.

As Americans we are doubly blessed that those radical ideas were written into the Constitution, laying the groundwork for our uniquely prosperous society: · Our rights come from God not from the government. · The government belongs to us; we do not belong to the government. · The individual is sovereign. We are all captains of our own souls. · The fruits of our labors belong to us.

In the last few decades, these political virtues have been turned into vices. As we are increasingly taught to view our traditions as a system of oppression, exploitation and “white privilege,” the principles of liberty and the rule of law are under attack from left and right.

At a moment when authoritarianism, tribalism, identity politics, nationalism, and cults of personality are rotting our democracy from within, Goldberg exposes the West’s suicidal tendencies on both sides of the ideological aisle. For the West to survive, we must renew our sense of gratitude for what our civilization has given us and rediscover the ideals that led us out of the bloody muck of the past – or back to the muck we will go.

Suicide is painless, liberty takes work.

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#1. To: tpaine (#0)

MosTly

atheism

Pc

Diversity fascism

Now

Muck
boris

BorisY  posted on  2018-04-24   12:05:37 ET  Reply   Untrace   Trace   Private Reply  


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HOW THE REBIRTH OF TRIBALISM, POPULISM, NATIONALISM, AND IDENTITY POLITICS IS DESTROYING AMERICAN DEMOCRACY

Tribalism and identity politics, I agree.

But there's nothing wrong with nationalism. In fact, we need more of it. I think Mr. Goldberg, however, is offended by the conservative reaction to illegal immigration -- confusing it with our stance on legal immigration, which we favor.

As for populism, that's merely a jab at Trump and his supporters. I mean, how else could you explain Trump's victory other than the uprising of the mindless rubes in flyover country, succumbing to the sloganeering of a billionaire huckster pretending to be on the side of the little guy?

Gosh. Maybe Trump should have simply offered some hope and change. That's different, you see.

misterwhite  posted on  2018-04-24   12:07:35 ET  Reply   Untrace   Trace   Private Reply  


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how else could you explain SH45's victory

The psychological and emotional manipulation of the mindless rubes in flyover country, succumbing to the sloganeering of a billionaire huckster pretending to be on the side of the little guy? Merca! f-yeah!! MAGA hats!! Whoo Whoo!! Build the wall!! lock her up!! Drain the swamp!!

Too ignorant to resist.....

Jameson  posted on  2018-04-24   12:45:08 ET  Reply   Untrace   Trace   Private Reply  


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#4. To: Jameson (#3)

I love watching red diaper diaper doper babies cry trying to rationalize why real Americans told them to fuck off or die.

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#5. To: Jameson, misterwhite, Y'ALL (#3)

misterwhite --- As for populism, that's merely a jab at Trump and his supporters. I mean, how else could you explain Trump's victory ---

--- Merca! f-yeah!! MAGA hats!! Whoo Whoo!! Build the wall!! lock her up!! Drain the swamp!!

Too ignorant to resist.....

You're both far too ignorant..

Try reading the (free sample) 1st chapter of this excellent book at amazon.

Even clowns like you two might learn something...

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