May 15, 2024

The end of progress

The Gaza war has destroyed the progressive movement in the United States. I have been concerned about the tension for months, but I think it’s over. The last feeble light of the flame kindled in the New Deal has been extinguished.

Even among the left, we no longer have a consensus that Jews have a right to live somewhere, anywhere, on the planet. Anti-Dreyfusards are all over lefty Twitter. It’s terrifying. (Some of these accounts are probably Russian bots. But their ubiquity is terrifying in itself.)

Let me be clear: Biden will win in November. He’ll have the support of every former progressive and every loyal American. But the coalition that elects Biden is going to be awkward, filled with lots of people who can no longer trust their allies.