Daniel T Rodgers is a professor of History at Princeton. His book Age of Fracture won the Bancroft Prize in 2012.
So, what’s the deep analysis today?
Liberals risk becoming a permanent minority in America
Liberals, in the sense that he’s using (hint, special snowflakes) always have been a distinct minority in the US. Just as the Owenite wing of the British left couldn’t get elected to local councillor let alone above without the sheep of the Labour Party. Who disagree with them about pretty much everything except the desirability of the red rosette.
The desertion of the northern, white working class in the 2016 election, should it persist, would leave liberalism without a viable electoral base. Unless the Trump victory literally splits apart the Republican party, liberalism threatens to become a permanent minority of the educated, the bi-coastal, the urban, the nonwhite, and the poor.
Again the sort of liberalism we are talking about here is an almost exclusive preserve of the over-educated bi-coastal elite. Those non-white poor for example, not known as a great reservoir of tolerance towards gay men really – as innumerable hip hop lyrics point out.
It could even be that the coalition has broken because that concentration on the minor degrees of LGBYQQwhatsitallabout have not in fact addressed the interests of the poor of any race, urban or not?
Even, get your economics right and people might vote for you again?