Comment of the Day: Graydon: "What you're seeing is an active ethnogenesis; Trump's base are recreating themselves as something that's not 'Americans'...

...because America (at least claims to) believe in something other than no free press, no rights for women, ethnic cleansing to establish a white ethnostate, and so on. It's near enough the Confederacy with an authoritarian central government. What tends to be forgotten is that the Union was an act of ethnogenesis, too; people had to make up a unitary power to explain to themselves why they were fighting. It's part of why promoting someone Lieutenant General was such a big deal; they had to change the founding myth. There's several attempted ethnogenesis efforts going on; there's a real sense in which the non-Trump political factions need to pick one and push it consciously...


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