…erican middle class men — at least some of them — are being radicalized. Not by ISIS, by communism. But by a seductive, grandiose kind of authoritarianism. To become something like true believers in the Russian model of society. A patriarchal supremacy. A repressive, ethnically charged patriarchy, in which the state is a mechanism for the pure and strong to dominate the impure and weak, with violence, exclusion, fear, and intimidation. All of which the pure and strong believe vehemently is right, just, noble, and true. But it’s in fact just a tool of oligarchy, to go on enriching itself. Give men in decline someone t…
See, here’s where you’re missing the point: those guys in those shirts thought that the country worked like that for them all along. And for many of them, it did. And now that the “others” — racial minorities, gays, women, etc — are using the rules of our country to push back against what they thought it was, they’re wanting to change the rules of the country to protect their place in it.
(please note that by “the rules” I’m not merely referring to legal documents, but also the unspoken/unwritten rules of polite society and the social contracts of our communities)