This is a very dangerous moment we’re in, because the benefits of whiteness are not as great as they once were, materially. And that can mean one of two things – perhaps a movement on the left to deal with an economy that would benefit everybody at the bottom and the middle, black, white and brown – or it can mean an even more intensified racial politics. And I think right now, we’re seeing the latter.
Political scientist Corey Robin examines the state of conservatism in the Trump era – as a reactionary ideology a generation past something tangible to react against, as a political project wavering on free market capitalism and doubling down on white supremacy, and as an opening to the left, if there is a left, to advance a popular agenda and reclaim power.
Corey is author of The Reactionary Mind: Conservative from Edmund Burke to Donald Trump for Oxford University Press.