Lilla on the religious bent of the America and the new left:
“We are an evangelical people. How we ever got a reputation for practicality and common sense is a mystery historians will one day have to unravel. Facing up to problems, gauging their significance, gathering evidence, consulting with others, and testing out new approaches is not our thing. We much prefer to ignore problems until they become crises, undergo an inner conversion, write a gospel, preach it at the top of our lungs, cultivate disciples, demand repentance, predict the apocalypse, beat our plowshares into swords, and expect paradise as a reward. And we wonder why our system is dysfunctional…
What the new identitarians demand is more than mere recognition, though. They demand that you see this country exactly as they do, reach the same moral judgments about it, and confess your sins (which is what the word “privilege” is a secular euphemism for). The most recent books by Ta-Nahesi Coates and Michal Eric Dyson are quite explicit about this need for repentance. The subtitle of Dyson’s is A Sermon to White America. And the use of the term woke is a dead giveaway that we are in the mental universe of American evangelicalism not American politics.”
It is a good interview: Lilla gets in some digs at Dreher’s vision of the world but Dreher does not take the bait and lets his interlocutor expound his thesis.
My comment: we living in the stupid years. Sure, things have been worse, but they are not getting better in the foreseeable future. Politics can’t save you. You can only hope that the frayed common culture they want to destroy holds out long enough for decent folks to build up alternative networks and subcultures on the ground. May the future belong to the silent industrious ones.