Class divisions are the widest they have been since the Great Depression. But tribal/sectarian divisions are the widest they have been since the Civil War. Existential issues trump class politics. Among the Red Tribe, there is an audience for “national-conservatism,” “national-populism,” etc. Among the Blue Tribe, there is an audience for social democracy and a much, much smaller audience for outright socialism. But all of this is still subordinated to tribal/sectarian/existential politics.
Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti give their thoughts on an op-ed in the Washington Post detailing how populism could help Democrats in the midterms.