From day one, it has seemed so obvious to me that, paradoxically, I find myself sputtering when I try to explain it.
There have been a few helpful “primers” so far, but this one is outstanding — particularly considering its author, whose surname a three year old who somehow spent a lot of time in Alt-Right circles might mistakenly believe to be “BillKristolsSonInLaw”:
Marini refers to institutions such as the family, church, and school, institutions charged with forming the character of a citizen, of instructing him in codes of morality and service, in the traditions and history of his country, in the case of the church directing him spiritually and providing him a definitive account of the cause and purpose of life. These are precisely the institutions that have been brought under the sway of bureaucracies and courts heavily insulated from elections, from public opinion, from majority rule. And as the public has lost authority over decision-making in the private sphere, as the culture has become more alien, more bewildering, more hostile to “the old morality,” as President Clinton keeps saying rather fatuously that the fates of Kenya and Kentucky are linked, is it any wonder voters have sought out a vehicle for their disgust and opposition?