Here’s something you might be surprised to see: a balanced and reasonable look at the Trump movement in the pages of The New Yorker. It is built upon an interview with the pseudonymous essayist “Publius Decius Mus”, whose anti-Clinton article “The Flight 93 Election” caused a such a stir last September. (We linked to it here.)
There is, of course, the obligatory swipe at the alt-right, and we see also the axiomatic rejection of the moral plausibility of white identitarianism in any form — but this is, after all, The New Yorker, and even ostensibly conservative publications must make these same obeisances. But the article, by Kelefa Sanneh, is a thorough and thoughtful look at Trumpism’s relationship to modern-day mainstream conservatism, and it is quite astonishingly free of malice.
Read it here.