Leapdragon 2016 - Aron Hsiao Was Here

The best diagnosis of our political moment that I’ve read.  §

“From this self-laudatory funhouse has emerged a host of cynical entrepreneurs, each with the same approach to our dismal, fractious moment: Take no prisoners, brook no opposition, and never, ever step away from the umbrage. These people end their sentences with “Really.” or “In 2017.” or “Let that sink in”; they pepper their analyses with eschatology; and, as is apt for a cult, they are promiscuous with their accusations of heresy. Like Lewis’s busybodies, they are convinced to a man that they are saving the country, and insistent that the dissenters are miscreants or weaklings. They have little sense of history, no instinct for context, and no meaningful faith in the system they want to save. They are marching in an army, and damn does it feel good.”

This comes from Charles C.W. Cooke over at National Review (and before you start, yes, I read National Review; I read a whole list of rags on the left and right religiously, including DailyKos, where I’ve been a participant for going on 15 years). The money phrase?

“…they pepper their analyses with eschatology; and, as is apt for a cult, they are promiscuous with their accusations of heresy.”

Religious thinking captured the Right sometime during the Reagan years. It captured the left sometime during the Obama years. It has only tightened its grasp on each side since then. For the entire polity, we are living in end times, trying to save the world.

Of course given climate change and the antibiotic crisis, this could well be true—but ironically, these actual concerns are amongst the last on either side’s list and have little to do with what’s going on, so they will not be addressed.