What next for the populist (MIDDLE CLASS) revolt?
The Dems taking the House can be seen as a win for the Establishment. However, it feels like the middle class revolt is just getting its act together in the wake of the win. Almost like the Dems had to have that win to move the middle class revolt further along.
Nothing scares the crony class like the merchants, the entrepreneurs, everyday folks, who do not rely on or profit from the state getting their act together politically. And in some respects the USA is a current laggard in the revolt. The Yellow Vests in France (and in Belgium and the Netherlands - now Germany too?) have raised the ante.
Any effort to oppose a reassertion of power by the Establishment should be met non-violently in this country (in contrast with France), but things should be taken to another level in terms of organization and commitment. The middle class is still by far the largest constituency in the USA and it has for too long been manipulated and undermined. In many respects it has been the target of dismantlement as the middle class is a cauldron of "bourgeois ideals". Things like liberty, property rights, the rule of law, and family all are in conflict with the ideals of what some call "societal and government elites". Statists of all kinds loathe few things more than an independent (as in not reliant upon the state) middle class that can think for itself and make its own decisions.
The middle class is a huge threat to the crony class. This is one of the reasons there has been such an effort to split the middle class along gender and racial lines. If middle class people can be picked off as they come to associate their identity with their gender, "race", sexual orientation, instead of the basic boring ole middle class values of hard work, rule of law, family, to some degree religion, and so on, the mission of the crony class, the statists, is furthered. If the serfs can be kept in line and in fear, the power of the crony class can expand.
If the middle class wakes up however, that would be a disaster for the folks in Brussels and Washington.
Whether the positive, democratic potential in the new populism can be developed further remains an open question. As the protests in France show, people are searching for a language through which they might express their very 21st-century form of solidarity. But they seem to lack the intellectual resources and leadership necessary to give their aspirations clarity. In the UK, millions feel empowered by the vote for Brexit. But none of the political parties represents their interests; the pro-Brexit majority is bereft of an institution that might enforce its ideals.
Unless populism can develop greater political clarity, and develop an inspiring view of democratic citizenship, it will struggle to make progress. In face of the considerable power of the political and cultural establishments, it can only advance if it develops a coherent alternative to the values of the prevailing order. There is a lot at stake in the coming years. An enlightened, democratically informed version of populist politics is what we need.