Mike Lux

Mike Lux, a political consultant for progressive organizations and unions, is the author of the new book How to Democrat in the Age of Trump, which documents the political viability of progressive populism.

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Why the Center Doesn’t Hold

The bipartisan coalitions of the past three decades gave us free-trade deals and bank deregulation, and tried to cut Social Security and Medicare. And Third Way Democrats want to bring this back?

(Luke Harbur /The Kansas City Star via AP)
The W.B. Yeats poem “The Second Coming” has long been frequently quoted in political stories for the line, “Things fall apart, the center cannot hold.” With the rise of Donald Trump, however, the quotations went viral. According to an analysis by Factiva , the line was quoted more in the first half of 2016 than it had been in the previous 30 years. And for good reason: As I argue in my book How to Democrat in the Age of Trump , the center is not holding in American politics because the center became corrupted and stopped working for working people; because the bipartisan deals of the past quarter-century were all about deregulation, trade, and reducing social benefits. The center’s chief creation was our towering inequality. The center isn’t holding on either side of the aisle. The Republican Party has become owned, lock, stock, and barrel, by Donald Trump’s brand of mafia-style cronyism and corruption, in combination with a virulent form of...