The COTW consulship includes Jay Fink:
I have thought it through more than most of my fellow white males over 45 but I don’t see giving welfare to mothers as socialism. It is something I passionately oppose, but it’s totally status quo. Everyone from a conservative Republican to a neoliberal will keep giving handouts to mothers, especially single mothers, and pretty much no one else.
I see Socialism as a system that would allow other people besides single mothers to have a safety net. This is why Bernie Sanders had appeal to me. I want one extreme or the other. Either cut off everybody or give to everyone in need.
Whether it be immigration restriction or government wealth redistribution, the best way to increase white support is to focus on fairness. For immigration, that means a moratorium. For wealth redistribution, that means UBI. Charles Murray was a couple of decades early, Andrew Yang was a couple of years so, but some version of it is coming in the future.
And Divine Right on the seeming conundrum of Bernie Sanders the politician becoming less popular from 2016 to 2020 even as his expressed political beliefs became more popular over that same time period:
There’s a lot of wiggle room between socialism and not-socialism. Mostly, it’s in how you phrase it and what specific policies you are proposing. Luckily for the U.S. (so far), the democrats have chased out all the smart, attractive and straight white males who could have sold it to the public. They are stuck with trouble-making AOCs and the like. She did a good job of sinking Bernie Sanders this year with her racist grandstanding. Turns out, people don’t like that either.
Pew, 2018: “Six-in-ten Americans say it is the federal government’s responsibility to make sure all Americans have health care coverage, including 31% who support a “single payer” approach to health insurance, according to a new national survey by Pew Research Center.”
Pew, 2018: “Two-thirds of Americans favor raising federal minimum wage to $15 an hour”
Time, 2016: Most voters favor defense cuts
Pew, 2017: “Few Americans support cuts to most government programs, including Medicaid”
Right on cultural issues, left on economic ones–that’s where the prime political real estate is, guarded by establishment agents. Donald Trump pushed past the guards but was sweet talked off the plot after throwing a couple shovels of dirt. Sanders politely asked if he might build there. He was curtly rebuked and sent away. Someone is going to get in there and start building soon, though.