"I believe in some form of universal basic income," he told CBS’s Scott Pelley, citing concerns about technological unemployment. "I’m pro-single-payer health care. Is that right-wing or is that left-wing anymore? Well, if you have a lot of people, a large swath of the company, or country, are suffering, then I think that we owe it to all Americans to do right by them and to help them out." . . .This is F.H. Buckley:
Cernovich is less a traditional conservative than he is a Trumpist — and Trumpism in its purest, alt-right variety cares more about white working-class identity politics than traditional conservatism. More and more, Trump fans are seeing single-payer as part of that.
Alt-rightists and other Trump-loyal conservatives — Richard Spencer, VDARE writer and ex–National Review staffer John Derbyshire, Newsmax CEO and Trump friend Christopher Ruddy, and onetime Donald Trump Jr. speechwriter and Scholars & Writers for Trump head F.H. Buckley — all endorsed various models of single-payer in recent months and years.
Steve Bannon has said the Republicans will become a party of ‘economic nationalism.’ No one has bothered to define this, but here’s one thing it must mean: We’re going to treat Americans better than non-Americans. We’re going to see that Americans have jobs, medical care and an enviable safety net.Sets up some interesting tests for liberals: would you work with the Steve Bannons of the world to achieve single-payer healthcare? I would.
It remains to be seen whether the Alt-Right has any actual power in Washington; so far the Ryans and McConnells remain firmly in control of the Republican Party. But I wonder if maybe the rigid ideological standoff of the past 40 years might be in for a shakeup in a few years.