Culture Wars/Current Controversies

Newt Gingrich says 2020 is ‘the most important election since Lincoln’

Newt Gingrich is one of the most loathsome people in modern American political history, but he may be right that the 2020 election increasingly resembles the 1860 election in the sense of the existential questions that are involved. Newt may also be right that the victory of the Democrats may well represent the final nail in the coffin of the traditional right-wing of the ruling class (R.I.P and Rot in Hell) and the victory of the “California model” that he describes (which amounts to neoconservatism in foreign policy, neo-feudalism in economics and totalitarian humanism in social policy).

From the perspective of those of us who want to overthrow the system entirely, I have mixed opinions about whether a Democratic or Republican federal administration is better. I’m inclined to think a Republican administration is better because both the far left and far right tend to perform better under Republican administrations. with the Left denouncing the administration as fascists and the Right denouncing the administration as sellouts and traitors. During the Bush years, we had large antiwar movement, with left-leaning localities issuing resolutions denouncing the Iraq War and the Patriot Act, and we also have a very good right-wing antiwar movement as well (David Frum’s “unpatriotic conservatives’). We also have better riots under Republican administrations. The lumpenproletarian insurrections of 1992 and 2020 were infinitely superior to the comparatively lame Occupy Wall Street glorified block party of the Obama era.

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