The Other Left
It seems of late that there are two lefts, and meanwhile many comentariatariates try to cut things left/center/right. I got to thinking about it after following Krugman's link to a Sanders story in the NYT. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/14/us/politics/bernie-sanders-2020-candi...
Before you get your hairs crossed, Krugman was pointing out the stupidity of attempting to smear Sanders as being too rich to talk about inequality, the article specifically points to the CAP and those kinds of folks.
I of course thought of DK, and it's path of Social Justice as a religion. Many would think that the antipathy voiced towards anything with the "wrong" chromosomes or melatonin of today's SJWs would place them on the extreme left of things politically, and it does, except when it comes to inequality in the economic sense.
I'm increasingly noticing a split and today I read but one more example of someone angry at paying more taxes, someone in the top quintile and probably in the top 10% or more by income. The new taxes do not favor write offs, if one is used to many deductions, you fare worse, and if we are ever to socialize medicine (not afraid to say that word) or frankly many other things, there will be a great leveling, many might have to learn to exist on incomes only two or three times as large as the median. Today they are Democrats, the donor class, the kinds of folks with the time and income to go to rallies and donate a couple thousand. I'm not sure they will be willing to pay the taxes required and the loss of power.
There are unresolved issues from 2016. Trump won, and a lot of Republicans are still pissed and embarrassed about him, but in the end he has done their bidding. There is still a restlessness I feel. An unfulfilled need amongst my neighbors in my precinct. I'm not sure Bernie Sanders can win a deeply divided Democratic Party, and many of the rising stars of the moment seem like so many CAP freindly candidates in a more palatable face.