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Oct 4, 2022Liked by Ed West

A very sobering and astute article, Ed. Makes me think the Tories have messed up big time by talking about increasing immigration in the wake of the tax cut announcement. If they had come down on immigration like a ton of bricks before anything else they could have then sneaked in the tax stuff with out much fuss. The polls would be telling a different story now, and the MSM wouldn’t be able to do much about it but froth. Tories got no game. If they had game they would put Kemi Badenoch as PM.

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Oct 4, 2022Liked by Ed West

Great piece Ed. You're talking about something here that is an obsession of mine.

The typical American voter is somewhat center right on social issues (moderate social/cultural conservatism) but a big fan of redistributive programs like Social Security and Medicare... and there are exactly ZERO major political parties who have such a combination as their platform. Our choices are "economic social democracy + encouraging your kids to mutilate their genitals" or "Reaganism/Thatcherism + ban abortion for rape victims." If a party or politician came along that was both moderately culturally conservative and supportive of New Deal-style economics, they would be massively popular, but also a huge threat to the status quo and therefore every elite institution, left and right, would go all hands on deck to destroy them.

This is why I insist that immigrations rates will never come down in the West, no matter how much the public opposes it. Democracy is now just laundered oligarchy. What really matters is differences of opinion between factions of oligarchs, and like Ed said if all factions of oligarchs want something it will definitely happen.

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Referring back to your Denmark article I wonder if this juggernaut is an anglophone phenomenon. By which I literally mean America’s elite mores land so cleanly in Britain because they’re expressed in English.

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Barely a month from announcing the most diverse government ever to the least popular in decades. Well done. Without your Queens unfortunate passing it could have been total collapse in less time than one of those long cricket matches.

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https://thecritic.co.uk/we-need-the-rich-more-than-they-need-us/

This piece from The Critic today seems to fit with the basic thrust of your article, Ed. The public vastly underestimates just how reliant they are on the taxes of the rich, as well as being completely ignorant of the role of the City of London in papering over deficits. 'Listening to the public' on City regulation would likely lead to a much poorer (and more heavily taxed) society, much as I hate to admit it.

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I admired the phrase, "extremely sentimental about animals." This is true of so many people and I find it hypocritical from the same individuals who eat factory-raised beef, chicken and pork without a thought. Although hogs are far more intelligent than dogs or cats, they are often kept inside huge warehouses in cages so small that the animal cannot even turn around. In death, cows, pigs and chickens are 'slaughtered' but our pets, 'cross the rainbow bridge.' Even humans just 'pass.' The money spent on pet dogs and cats and other more exotic pets is embarrassing, and inconceivable to people who struggle in less-developed nations. It's hard to respect this blindness.

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