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By Joe Lowndes (March 21, 2020)

Tucker Carlson is being cheered by some liberals for calling out NC Sen. Richard Burr for insider trading.

Burr should be investigated for this, to be sure. But this is consistent with Carlson’s right-wing nationalism more generally – just as it was Pat Buchanan’s before him. However, it will matter in a new way in coming months I think – and in ways that the left should be paying close attention.

The economy is unquestionably going to continue to collapse at the top and the bottom in coming months. When the presidential campaign season begins in earnest this summer, when things may really spin out of control and suffering really increases, it is easy to imagine real pressure from below on the Biden campaign to call for greater economic reorganization that would include heavy taxation on the top brackets and more redistribution in the form of major healthcare reform, debt cancellation, relief, etc. (the return of Sandersism).

Trump will have to outflank this. As the livelihood and lives of members of his electoral base fall apart, they will need to hear him demonize some elites in their defense along with the nationalism he always draws on – more border control, more crackdown on immigrants, more hostile language about China, etc..

This will be where Carlson will be crucial. His distinct framing of politics – a combination of xenophobia, racism, authoritarianism, and full-throated defense of working-class Americans; broadcasted to his massive nightly audience – is exactly what Trump will need to beat Biden.

We should all really be thinking about what the political-economic landscape looks like in two, four and six months and how we should respond. The right surely is.


mofongo wrote

I'm unsure who they're reaching out to, to democrats? BS-like progressives? or the radical left and post-left?

Basically, their main concern is the right wing propaganda machine, to which 'the left' has to both counter and set up their own propaganda that's different than "greater economic reorganization that would include heavy taxation on the top brackets and more redistribution in the form of major healthcare reform, debt cancellation, relief, etc." but also predict what both Trump and Carlson say to outflank their outflanking, which is ridiculous.

Another issue is how US centric this is, considering that they many other countries suffering with the pandemic, election time and lackluster action plans/results. Maybe it's my expectation that because it's on raddle it won't fall into the pitfall of making the US the center of everything. My mistake, though.

So, what should the global left do in the following months? Now that the crisis will be more than naked to all that care to notice, we should first lend an ear, people will be looking for solutions. Second, use what's in our means (knowledge, contacts, tools, etc) to bring them to reality. Finally, keep a journal of your and yours experience during the quarantine, this is a very unique moment that should not be forgotten and our recollections overridden for the upcoming narrative. This a very tragic time for all of us, emotionally, financially... well, all aspects of our life really. At some point, we'll all likely know someone that died in the pandemic, someone whose life changed forever for enough not being done, or quicker, or because richer people were given priority.

On the other hand, it's impressive to see how quick and effortlessly change is happening in the natural world. Just a few weeks and polluting gasses have gone down, animal life is returning to places. Now imagine what could be done with a little effort. Remember this, strive for this, take photos. It is possible and faster than what you would think.