Bourbons passing for Jacobins

As I seek to understand the Trump phenomenon, specifically his support by a lot of my more or less sane countrymen, I encounter helpful things occasionally:

[Donald] Trump, writes [F.H.] Buckley, is “unlike anything we’ve seen before, for the simple reason that he’s up against something that we’ve never seen before: a liberalism that has given up on the American Dream of a mobile and classless society.” Those who today style themselves as progressives are nothing of the sort-they are not revolutionaries but the new aristocrats: “They are Bourbons who seek to pass themselves off as jacobins. They have bought into a radical leftism, while resisting the call to unseat a patrician class that leftists in the past would have opposed.”

Daniel McCarthy, reviewing F.H. Buckley, The Republican Workers Party: How the Trump Victory Drove Everyone Crazy, and Why It Was just What We Needed in the November-December American Conservative.

This characterization is consistent with the much-remarked “Hidden Tribes” report a few news cycles ago and with Hillary Clinton’s “deplorables” remark during the campaign.

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