„Reaganism without the dollar: this isn’t one woman’s arbitrary whim. It is the culmination of decades of (unreciprocated) US focus in a Robert Caro-hooked Westminster. You would think from British public discourse that Earth has two sovereign nations. If the NHS is fairer than the US healthcare model, it is the world’s best. If Elizabeth II was better than Donald Trump, monarchy beats republicanism tout court. People who can’t name a cabinet member in Paris or Berlin (where so much that affects Britain, from migrant flows to energy, is settled) will follow the US midterms in November. The EU is a, perhaps the, regulatory superpower in the world. UK politicos find Iowa more diverting.“

Truss learns the hard way that Britain isn’t America (€)

The vibes theory of politics ($, Link in Twitter suchen deaktiviert die Paywall)

„Imagine, at the start of the pandemic, that Donald Trump had shut his country down and Angela Merkel had kept hers open. He justified his action as a protector of the homeland while she stressed liberal ideals. (“As a girl in East Germany, I saw the human cost of draconian . . . ”)

I bet the pandemic culture war we have seen since 2020 would have been exactly inverted. It would have been a badge of rightwing pride the world over to mask up or stay in. It would have been a progressive statement to bare your face and party. People don’t work out what they think and then join the corresponding tribe. They join a tribe and infer from it what they think.“

Janan Ganesh über Politik und die Frage, was Politiker für die Wählerschaft attraktiv macht. Er argumentiert entlang der „Somewheres/Anywheres“-Unterscheidung von David Goodhart – und kommt zu einem entsprechend deterministischen Modell politischer Willensbildung. Ähnlich formuliert es Jonathan Freedland im Guardian: „Brexit ist a mood, not a policy