Friday, April 06, 2018
"How the Right Lost Its Mind" and fell for Trump
There is a new book “How the Right Lost Its Mind”, by Charlie Sykes, from Random House.
Again, I’ll have to get it and read it, in time. But there is already a lot of controversy.
It can be said that old fashioned conservatism, especially the social side, got plundered by the Internet starting in the late 90s. A “don’t ask don’t tell” mentality could not survive.
So today, we have an understandable war about privacy, and even the idea that the “user is the product.”
But the Internet also fed conservative media a certain way, so it tended to feed a certain mindset with reactionary tribal mindset. So conservative media lost its own way, with regards to normal journalistic standards.
Jonathan Chait takes all this up in New York Magazine here.
It’s also “right” to let National Review speak up about this (in a piece by Guy Benson) since the history of William Buckley seems to be an issue.