Gilens of Princeton has also shown that the bottom ~70% of the income scale have about as much impact on the political class as a gush of wind would to Trump’s hair.
The issues most important to the richest 10% are rarely shared by those elsewhere on the income scale:
This is reductionist all the same (note the last minute bracket added to the title), if you want other takes on the rise of right-wing populism, look here.
- Conservatives are under the misapprehension that those aspects of society which are good and hard-fought for, are in fact eternal (probably God-given), and it is foolish to try and improve on them
- Traditionalists/reactionaries feel that those aspects of society which are good and hard-fought for, are in fact eternal (certainly God-given), and it is high treason to try and improve on them c. 1600 A.D.
- Social democrats want to know why you just won’t cut them a break and just let them do what’s in your best interest
- Liberals want to know if you’ve heard all about the latest scandal currently shaking the literary scene?
- Socialists are frequently left stupefied by power – the awfulness of those with it, the ghastliness of welding it
- Marxists have better constitutions for handling the burdens of power (somewhat worse, though, at letting go)
- Anarchists make interesting footnotes, bad dinner guests
- “Alt-rightists”, the ugly babies of Self-Pity and Self-Aggrandizement, are fascists
- Fascists are moderately easier to shoot than rabbits