I’ve long thought that class struggle would make a comeback as class divisions widen, although I am skeptical about the efficacy of a labor movement in an economy where labor is transient and capital is highly mobile. Folks like Kyle Kulinski hope to replace culture war politics with class politics, but the evidence from history is that people normally side with their tribe and religion over their social class. It’s certainly true that class politics can have a cross-cultural cross-ideological appeal in the same way there are pro-gun or pro-life Democrats, pro-gay or pro-choice Republicans.
But it is likely that class politics are still going to be subordinate to cultural politics that represent quasi-religious existential conflicts. Additionally, both major parties are committed to the neoliberal paradigm, and it will be unlikely that either party will be able to effectively embrace the labor movement because the objectives of labor are fundamentally at odds with the ruling class elements that control both parties. What is more likely is that both parties will have a pro-labor constituency within their ranks, and there will be pro-labor swing voters as well, but all of this will still be subordinate to the existential issues.
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