Does Bendan O'Neill have this right on UK Labour? The US Democrats; Our NZ Labour?

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Submitted by Graham Hill on Fri, 2020-10-09 04:19

Brendan O'Neill writes for the UK on line publication Spiked and has argued often against Woke totalitarianism and its attack on free speech and defended the Brexiters. Spiked has also run articles on polticians deferring to "expert". It is a periodical worth reading.

The article below takes one of Bendan O'neills regular themes.

Wokeness has brought out a class hatred for working people, which the French philosopher Chantal Delsol has written about. The forgotten men and women in the US are people who live in teh rurla and small towen interior and are the people Trump has in part sought to help. Victor Davis Hansen has put this division on a rural v city divide as those that work with their hands and those who are in the 'rhetorical' professions, where spinning and massaging words and ideas is de riguer no matter how ludricous the ideas are when reality tested.

On starts with facts to arrive at the theory; whereas the Woke left start ex hypothesei, but who won't let ideas be upturned by fact: scil "the peaceful protests". In my opinion there is a problem- a bifuircation of thought- with how the left processes political data.

This is an essay that seeks to explain why UK labour disdains its tradtional base by looking at the Guardian's Owen Jones' book This Land.

It does in my view also explain the US Democrats alientaiton for its traditional base. That may well be a proces that started with FDR in the early 1930's who draw on academics (not practical business men) for his Brain Trust, which alos comprised idealists who were enamoured with Mussolin's Italy and the Soviet system some of whom had been part of the 1927 junket to the USSR and met with Stalin: See Amity Shlaes The Forgotten Man: A new History of the Great Depression 2008.