Interesting piece by Ezra Klein in Vox. I don’t agree with his definition of conservatism but he does nail Trump and his supporters to a T. I always thought his slogan Make America Great Again was a big tell. In the mind of Trump supporters America isn’t great and only Trump can make it great again. Of course it can never actually be great under Trump because his whole shtick is centered around having a constant enemy that he’s fighting against on behalf of so-called forgotten men and women. The struggle will never end because if it did there would be no reason for Trump to exist. https://www.vox.com/platform/amp/po...p-conservative-cpac?__twitter_impression=true In her book Political Tribes, Yale Law professor Amy Chua argues that America is entering an extended period of political instability, driven by demographic change that leaves no group comfortably empowered and all groups afraid of losing what status they hold: We find ourselves in an unprecedented moment of pervasive tribal anxiety. For two hundred years, whites in America represented an undisputed politically, economically, and culturally dominant majority. When a political tribe is so overwhelmingly dominant, it can persecute with impunity, but it can also be more generous. It can afford to be more universalist, more enlightened, more inclusive, like the WASP elites of the 1960s who opened up the Ivy League colleges to more Jews, blacks, and other minorities — in part because it seemed like the right thing to do. Today, no group in America feels comfortably dominant. Every group feels attacked, pitted against other groups not just for jobs and spoils but for the right to define the nation’s identity. In these conditions, democracy devolves into zero-sum group competition — pure political tribalism. We’re in an era where the core conflict between conservatism and liberalism is between a whiter, older, and more male coalition trying to hold onto its power against a younger, more diverse, and more female coalition that is nearing a durable political majority for the first time. This isn’t a clash over any one policy, but over political, cultural, and economic power going forward. Trump viscerally understands contemporary politics in those terms and connects to his coalition on that level. And this is why Trump’s form of conservatism triumphed over the visions offered by his establishment Republican challengers. What the conservative base feels is being lost has nothing to do with tax rates or regulations. It’s a cultural war, and Trump, unlike many other Republican politicians, is willing to fight it.