The perils of symbolic nationalism

I love Kevin Williamson’s piece on Welfare Chauvinism, even though I’m kicking myself I didn’t read it before I filed my syndicated column today or my just-posted piece below. I particularly enjoyed this vintage Williamsonism:

“Senator Sanders and President Trump have substantially similar instincts when it comes to immigration even if the politically plastic gentleman from Vermont has been scolded into pretending otherwise. If you have convinced yourself that Senator Sanders’s views simply must be rooted in solidarity and that President Trump’s views simply must be rooted in viciousness, then you might want to consider the possibility that you have become a brain-dead partisan, a very cheap date indeed — and that you have not given sufficient consideration to the ways in which appeals to in-group solidarity are related to ordinary viciousness.”

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