The divide between this strain of the American left and its conservative opponents is about more than politics and policy. It goes back a long way, it is deep, and it will never be bridged. . . ."The divide . . . will never be bridged." He's right. I wish he weren't, but I know too many such leftists to disagree. Nothing will change their minds. There's only one attitude for the sensible conservative/libertarian to adopt:
The Rosetta Stone that explains this tribal divide is Columbia historian Richard Hofstadter's classic 1964 essay, "The Paranoid Style in American Politics." . . .
After Hofstadter, the American right wasn't just wrong on policy. Its people were psychologically dangerous and undeserving of holding authority for any public purpose. . . .
This isn't just political calculation. It is foundational belief.
"I am sorry, gentlemen," said Rearden, "that I will be obliged to save your goddamn necks along with mine."