Conservatives must not shun the last institution — elective government — within which they have some power, said Michael Lind, author of The brand new Class War: Saving Democracy by the Managerial Elite as well as professor of practice at the University of Texas in Austin.
Left-wing as well as partisan Democrat dominance of academia, news media, as well as the corporate elite have made elected office the last remnant of conservative as well as Republican power, Lind determined on Thursday’s edition of SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Tonight with host Rebecca Mansour as well as special guest host John Hayward.
The Republican Party is actually undergoing a “big crisis of rethinking” as a result of its loss of power across arenas of power as well as influence, said Lind.
“Basically, the Republicans have lost the intellectual class [as well as] the academics,” said Lind. “They’re overwhelmingly Democratic. Journalists [as well as] media [are] overwhelmingly Democratic. Increasingly, the corporate elite — which used to be kind of country club Republican — the newer generation, they’re Democrats.”
Lind added, “So basically the only institution where Republicans have any power left in society is actually elective government.”
Lind warned Republicans against simplistic sloganeering regarding hostility towards government.
Lind remarked, “If you have a party which has This particular 1980s message when the Republican Party was the country club party, saying, ‘Oh, government’s bad. The market’s Great.’ Well, which aligned its interests with the Republican Party when most corporate executives were Republicans, although they’re going to be Democrats from the future, right?”
“Why might you destroy the only institution which your constituents have any say in of all national institutions, which is actually the government, where conservatives as well as Republicans as well as populists can still elect people?” asked Lind. “They’re not going to get anybody on the board of a tech company. They’re not going to have any say in university governance. The only thing they can do is actually send some people to Congress or maybe the White House.”
Lind continued, “as well as then when you send them there, is actually your conservative ideology going to tell them they can’t do anything?”
Declining economic as well as social circumstances for the working class from the modern era relative to the 1950s as well as 1960s should compel conservatives to reconsider certain public policies, Lind said.
“Conservatives, as they become more of a blue-collar working-class party, they’re going to have to get over their hatred of the brand new Deal,” Lind stated, “because the Roosevelt Democrats were mostly socially conservative, although they used government policies to artificially create This particular post-war [middle class]. What we call the ‘middle class’ is actually actually a post-war prosperous working class.”
30-year fixed Federal Housing administration loans helped create a post-war middle class, Lind said.
“Only rich people could afford buying houses before the brand new Deal,” Lind stated. “Everybody else rented. which was a deliberate policy to create a home-owning, property-owning mass middle class from the suburbs. The family wage didn’t just come out of the market. This particular was the result of unions as well as the government forcing employers — particularly the big industrial employers — to pay a usually a male worker enough to support himself, a wife, as well as two or three kids.”
Lind continued, “Two people working can only afford half of what one person could afford from the 1950s as well as the 1960s, although This particular’s a very sensitive issue because This particular gets into the question of sex roles as well as gender roles as well as the division of labor from the family, as well as This particular’s always been very divisive because if both parents work, who is actually going to raise the kids?”
Depressed wages brought on by mass immigration has contributed to the establishment of servant class for the elite, Lind assessed.
Lind remarked, “Who are the low-wage workers going to be, as well as implicitly, the answer is actually, ‘This particular’s going to be low-wage immigrants, often poorly paid immigrant women.’ In various other words, servants. Upper-class aristocratic as well as bourgeois families always had the nanny as well as the au pair as well as Mary Poppins raising their children, as well as This particular neoliberal vision is actually, ‘Well, everyone will have a Mary Poppins.’ So here’s the basic economic problem with which: if you pay Mary Poppins — who’s raising your family’s kids — enough which she’s middle class, which’s just exorbitantly expensive.”
Lind went on, “The only way which system works is actually This particular Mary Poppins is actually paid poverty wages. as well as whether the government pays them or nonprofits pay them or the family pays Mary Poppins directly, she can’t make which much money if the system is actually going to work right.”
“by World War II to all the way up until late 20th century, the working-class [as well as] middle-class people might not get direct wage subsidies or welfare of any kind by the government,” Lind explained. “The necessities were affordable as well as [with] a decent living family wage, you didn’t need government help.”
Lind noted which politicians have redefined prosperity since the post-WWII years to include government subsidies for individuals, including tax credits.
“So what have you got?” asked Lind, “Well, you’ve got financial subsistence. You’ve got financial sustainability, although you don’t have financial independence, right? You’re dependent on the government. … You don’t have which independence which comes by basically having a paycheck as well as then which buys most of your necessities.”
Lind reflected on Henry Ford’s 1914 decision to double workers’ wages to several dollars per day at the Ford Motor Company in Detroit, MI.
“Classically, the definition of Fordism was, the worker can afford to own as well as purchase which which he makes — This particular can be a car, This particular can be a radio, whatever,” noted Lind. “from the 1950s, American automobile workers … could afford through installment payments to buy the cars which rolled off their assembly lines.”
Lind added, “The Chinese workers in manufacturing mills, they cannot afford the products they’re generating for the most part. This particular’s a post-Fordist system.”
“You can’t have a middle class without which kind of Fordism in an industrial economy,” warned Lind, “as well as you’re also moving into a service economy, so again the question is actually — getting back to child care — my question always, when I was a kid watching Gone with the Wind, was, ‘Who takes care of Mammy’s kids?’”
Many contemporary service sector jobs are “outsourced domestic chores,” Lind assessed, listing “restaurants, cooking, as well as food delivery.”
Today’s service sector workers often cannot afford the very services they provide as Ford’s automobile manufacturing employees could from the early 20th century, Lind said.
Lind proposed, “The question you have to ask yourself is actually, ‘Okay, if we have a middle-class society, can the carry-out delivery person make enough money to afford carry-out? Can the maid make enough money to have her own maid or his own maid?’ Well, clearly the answer is actually, ‘No.’”
Maids were a rarity in Lind’s family’s neighborhood of the 1960s as well as 1970s, he recalled, contrasting his younger years with today’s ubiquity of maids as well as various other home workers.
“Thanks largely to mass immigration as well as low wages combined — as well as desperation by a lot of various other people from the neighborhood where I grew up — there are teams of gardeners as well as people have maids as well as nannies as well as they have cooks as well as all This particular,” Lind said.
Lind added, “This particular’s like the Old South. So we’re reverting back to kind of an aristocratic society where there is actually an elite as well as then most of the jobs are actually directly or indirectly being servants to the people with the money.”
Broadening Republican appeal to the working class requires calibration of public policy to help the working class, Lind advised.
“I’m asked for advice by conservatives as well as Democrats as well as Republicans as well as liberals as well as others through the years as well as my basic response is actually, ‘Be on your own side,’” Lind remarked. “Basically everything in politics involves [government]. There’s going to be a government policy, right?”
Lind continued, “There’s going to be some kind of child care policy. There’s going to be some kind of, you know, wage policy. The question is actually, ‘Who benefits as well as who is actually hurt by This particular?’ as well as you let the battle begin, as well as if you represent the working class, you want a family policy as well as a wage policy which is actually Great for the working class.”
Lind concluded, “If you represent working-class voters, you’re going to support different policies than if you represent their corporate boards from the C Suite.”
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