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