One of the worst boomercon takes during the runup to the 2020 presidential election was that Joe Biden was the antifa and BLM candidate. It may have been an electorally useful tactic–though not useful enough–but in terms of truth value, there isn’t much. To assume they have a candidate is to fundamentally misunderstand what those movements are about. And if they had to have one, Biden/Harris wouldn’t be it.
One of the biggest open questions of the next couple of years is how the Establishment is going to deal with the far left. The issues that caused the disaffection that nearly gave us Sanders and did give us Trump in 2016 have not gone away. While the soap operatic rage against and defense of Orange Man diverted attention away from those issues for the last five years, they are all still there.
Not only are they still there, they’ve gotten worse. The labor force participation rate is down, student debt is up, wealth inequality is growing, racial tensions are rising, tens of millions of people are on borrowed time as an avalanche of eviction notices is tenuously held back by stopgap federal legislation the congressional paymasters don’t like, commodity prices are rising, record trade deficits continue growing, caravans of migrants from Latin America are heading north, states and municipalities are hopelessly insolvent without federal government bailouts that will be entirely financed by Federal Reserve money creation–these were things were pressing issues five years ago and they’re more pressing now.
As the powers that be aim explicitly at the heart of heritage America, the populist right increasingly feels like it has nothing to lose by refusing to play by the rules. The anarcho-left is emboldened by the near impunity with which they’ve been able to engage in aggressive civil unrest over the last year. They are wasting no time challenging the new regime. The Establishment has outmaneuvered the populist right and the disaffected left over the last several years, but it has not ameliorated any of their problems. It has only made them worse. They think taking away Donald Trump will settle things, as though he is the cause rather than the symptom of the anger and frustration. That isn’t the case, and it will be obvious soon.