Trump and what he means.
Frank Bruni marvels at polls indicating that Donald Trump – with his multiple marriages and casinos – is the preferred candidate among Republican evangelicals. Others are shocked to see a crude mercantilist make so much headway in the alleged party of free markets. What happened to conservative principles?
Actually nothing — because those alleged principles were never real. Conservative religiosity – conservative faith in markets – were never about living a godly life or letting the invisible hand promote entrepreneurship. Instead, it was all as Corey Robin describes it: Conservatism is
a reactionary movement – a defense of power and privilege against democratic challenges from below – particularly in the private spheres of the family and the workplace.
It’s really about who’s boss – and making sure that the man in charge stays boss.