Magazine February 24, 2020, Issue

The Return of Class Conflict

At a rally for President Donald Trump in Toledo, Ohio, January 9, 2020 (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)
The New Class War: Saving Democracy from the Managerial Elite, by Michael Lind (Portfolio, 224 pp., $25)

Michael Lind’s career has finally come full circle. Once a rising conservative intellectual, Lind broke with the Republican party in 1992 over what he considered its enabling relationship with Pat Buchanan and the reactionary Right. He then spent decades warning that the neoliberal era, typified by a zeal from elites in both major parties for deregulation, free trade, and open immigration, would lead to the very sort of populist counterrevolution that could bring a reactionary like Buchanan to power.

Today, however, Lind’s views are more likely to be described as “what a smarter Trumpism sounds like,” as the title of his

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This article appears as “Working-Class Backlash” in the February 24, 2020, print edition of National Review.

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