One thing we don’t talk enough about when we deal with surging white nationalism, which is now commonplace enough for replacement theory to be casually touted on @FoxNews in primetime, is the extent to which it’s also deeply misogynistic. This piece from the @nytimes:
When you think about how connected far right politics have been tied to questions of what women (white women specifically) should and shouldn’t be doing with their lives and bodies (working outside the home, abortion, sexual availability, prostitution etc) it’s quite revelatory.
And these groups prey on the fragility of some white men, to draw them in...
And of course, demographic panic over nonwhite immigration quickly gets tied in, in a “Camp of the Saints” kind of way (recall that was a tract cited by Trump’s pal Steve Bannon...)
And once you get a group of men fixated on civilizational panic about non-white and non-Christians immigrating, becoming citizens, voting — and doing so like most nonwhite people; meaning voting for the more liberal party — and having kids, it’s not hard to get to violence.
It’s not hard to see why people who feel these fears remain so loyal to Donald Trump, who basically vowed to reverse these civilizational changes and put white, Christian men back on top socially (the way they remain economically.) He was a human “F-you” to social modernity.
This is why I so often talk about apartheid South Africa in reference to what’s happening in America right now. Yes Tucker Carlson helpfully is making it plain for us, but he is hardly alone on the right in raising this “replacement panic,” which also fuels voter suppression.
This civilizational panic is dangerous bc it’s seductive to some people who look around them and see things changing: more nonwhite faces on TV and in sports, multicultural celebrity culture, “wokeness” among empathetic whites, and nonwhite voters sometimes getting their way.
And so you see this broad push on multiple levels on the right to slow the rate of change; slow down nonwhite voters, roll back women’s liberties, reverse LGBTQ gains, including by exempting conservative Christians from civil rights rules... it’s why they obsess over the courts.
And ... scene.
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