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Cusack’s rage post showcased the precise phenomenon that has made modern politics so toxic. That phenomenon has a direct relationship to the things Cusack got right about the Democratic Party. A brief and somewhat personalized history lesson might help illustrate my meaning. When I entered graduate school many years ago, I encountered the so-called holy trinity of academia: In those days, nearly everyone in humanities and social sciences worked on race, class or gender. Over time, however, I noticed changes. Job announcements no longer asked for specialists in labor history or Marxist theory. “Class” fell out of favor. In hindsight, the reasons are obvious. For one thing, 20th-century Marxist experiments had produced nothing but totalitarian misery. Meanwhile, workers had always suspected that leftist elites merely used them as stepping stones to power. Working people learned to recognize affluent liberals who claimed to be their friends while secretly hating them. Thus, affluent liberals discovered they could not rely on the working classes. So liberals dropped the old industrial proletariat and focused instead on race and gender. Cusack simply did not get the message. Apparently, the actor still thinks that working people view him as their champion. But he actually belongs to the very class of elites he claims to despise. Though he does not know it, Cusack’s social media post demonstrates why working people have abandoned the Democratic Party. In short, by using words and phrases such as “fascists” and “trumps lawlessness,” he endorsed the Democratic elites’ narrative. Members of the entrenched and sprawling federal bureaucracy say those same things about Trump and his supporters. For decades, money has flowed from the hinterlands into the capital. Now, those bureaucrats reside in the nation’s wealthiest counties and have turned Virginia blue. So much for helping the working class. Proponents of open borders also regularly insult Trump and his supporters by calling them “racists.” Flooding the labor market with young men from other countries makes preening liberals feel morally superior, but it hardly helps the American working class. When public figures articulate an idea or defend a value that working people share, agents of cancel culture and even government censors — Democratic Party allies all — attempt to silence them. Working people know that they have no meaningful voice. Cusack hilariously believes that arguing for taxes on wealth makes him a friend to the working class. That train left the station sometime in the last century. In truth, working people have learned from long experience that taxes merely enrich their true enemies. This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
This is what liberals /neoliberals have never understood – or taken responsibility for – that they have played a major part in creating the precise conditions for fascism to flourish – Obama corporatist democrats – are to the right of Richard Nixon on domestic policy – Don’t… https://t.co/KiQyTRj6up— John Cusack (@johncusack) September 18, 2023