Glenn and I argue in our book that the political system has become a monopolistic competition. A good book on the subject is this one from the Hoover Press by James Miller. It’s nice to see that idea confirmed by self-critical thinkers, and here is a very thoughtful essay out just today on race in SLATE by Tanner Colby:
The left has been ceded a monopoly on caring about black people, and monopolies are dangerous. They create ossified institutions, paralyzed by groupthink and incapable of self-reflection. To the extent that liberals are willing to be self-critical, it’s generally to flagellate themselves for not being liberal enough, for failing to stand fast with the old, accepted orthodoxies. Monopolies also lead to arrogance and entitlement, and the left is nothing if not arrogant when it comes to constantly and loudly asserting its place as the One True Friend of Black America. And yet, as good as liberal policies on race sound in speeches, many of them don’t hold up in the real world.
The good news is that this initial essay, excellent throughout, is the first in a series.