Sent this comment to the blog digital emunction just now :
"People generally on the left (as in this post) wonder at the seeming disjunct between American quietism & the impoverishment of the middle class of recent decades. But there is a basic conservativism in American experience which has to do with the desire of individuals & families to manage & distribute their own wealth, the prosperity & well-being they have labored at themselves. This is at the root of the idea that “the best government is that which governs least.” Now those on the left may mock this position, as deluded-sucker false consciousness; but there it is – the basis of the disjunct.
Somebody will figure out a convincing centrist vision – something like Populism or TR Progressivism. Because the solution is not in some economist’s mathematical projections or statistics; the solution is in American society as a whole, making a commitment, with confidence, to a new sense of a shared common good. It’s not down with capitalism; it’s up with fairness & good governance (TR’s trust-busting as one example).
Part of the problem is that Tocqueville’s republic began with township democracy. Village self-governance is hard to translate to the scale of contemporary nation-states. But this is the experiment we must take ahold of, with… gusto… !"
(p.s. in this regard, see my "Teddy in the Amazon jungle" poems in Rest Note.)