A Hollowed-Out Keynesian Warfare State
American Democracy Today and Historically
Year Published: 2003
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX9100
The Democratic Party today is a party of corporate lawyers. Forty years ago, it was still rooted in local urban political machines and in the unions. A similar gap has arisen between the business elite that controls the Republican Party and the small-town lower-middle class constituency that supports the Republican "cultural agenda" of a backlash against "permissiveness", as on the abortion issue, or the separation of church and state. The entire official political system is mobilized with a "hard" Hobbesian edge against the "social": the program is to close factories, close schools, close hospitals, build prisons.