Lind’s diagnosis is sharp and insightful, his prescriptions less so. What does “democratic pluralism” mean in practice? Should we really return to an era when great trade unions held managements to ransom? In an age of automation is that even possible? Is the “developmental state” merely autarky, a closed economy?
Still, The New Class War is an invaluable contribution to understanding the political currents of our times, and placing them in a historical context. Long after we have stopped talking about Trump and Brexit, the challenges Lind identifies will define our debate.
Lind’s argument is compelling and clear, though readers with a long memory will recognise its intellectual ancestry. Pointing the finger at a distant, insular and technocratic elite echoes earlier accounts such as Christopher Lasch’s The Revolt of the Elites, Colin Crouch’s Post-Democracy and Peter Mair’s Ruling the Void.
The suggestion that Trump voters have entirely legitimate and even good reasons to rebel, though criticised on the liberal left in America, also has strong overlaps with arguments advocated by David Goodhart, Eric Kaufmann and myself.