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‘A professionalised hard right’ August 4, 2022

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
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Janan Ganesh in a piece in the IT originally carried in the FT raises a not unimportant point. Noting that the first wave of populists in the US and UK (Trump, Dorries, Johnson et al, and he also points to the Tory leadership contest) have been largely incompetent in one way or another, he points to the next wave – DeSantis, Pompeo and others. These, he suggests, “can also get to the end of a briefing note. Each can bend a bureaucracy to his will. In office each would bring into being the longstanding liberal dread of a professionalised hard right.”

That shouldn’t just be a liberal dread but a left dread too. Because we’ve seen elements of this before, and Ganesh could push his timeline back quite some distance. Ted Cruz had aspects of this in 2015 before there was the Trump wave. In fairness, Ganesh notes that outside of the US and UK there are those like Orban who expound this particular line and by their lights expound it well.

That said, I think there’s something to his argument that the next iteration in the US would be a hybrid of Trump-style populism and a more disciplined approach. Even that might necessitate, as he notes, some sort of discipline in terms of crafting a message that can gain an actual majority. But that’s probably an argument from despair because, whatever else, a DeSantis White House would be a very different proposition from anything that has gone before.

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1. irishfabian+ - August 4, 2022

The US has a weak left due to Wilson Red Scare. But a divided and left that has a weak foreign policy let’s the hard right gain power. Clement Attlee succeeded because he opposed all dictatorships.

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WorldbyStorm - August 5, 2022

Then again, there’s the 1951 election. I guess that was lost by a whisker and the BLP won the overall share of the vote but while I agree Atlee was clear on dictatorships weren’t there other issues more immediate? Or is the case being made that that was a key component amongst many key component?

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irishfabian+ - August 5, 2022

Labour increased its vote. But first past the post and Conservatives being one nation then didn’t help. My point is hard right gains power because the left can’t form a credible alternative

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WorldbyStorm - August 5, 2022

There’s certainly an element of truth in what you say

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irishfabian+ - August 5, 2022

Thanks and the same with your views

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WorldbyStorm - August 5, 2022

Nicely put!

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2. mal - August 5, 2022

With climate collapse & global heating plus increased risks of nuclear war, now is the last time that the hard right should be allowed to take power. Left-wing opposition needs to get organized and start pushing back. It’s not a game. It’s a battle for survival.

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WorldbyStorm - August 5, 2022

+1 It’s so easy to see how hard/far right governments will derail things particularly on the climate crisis.

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