Walter Russell Meade uses a police scandal in New York City- and the cop’s rather surprising public support for the blue lawbreakers- to launch an analysis of the other Blue, the big blue social model/political structure.
Reactionaries rage against it. Conservatives reprove it. A few- Moldbug, Foseti, me- analyze it. Meade takes the unusual step for a mainstream conservative of analysis, and he makes a pretty good observation of how it all wraps up. He appreciates that the government has a huge constituency, including de facto government employees such as health care workers, and adds one I hadn’t thought of- construction, which while not as dependent on government spending as health care, is still a big client, especially for some specialized firms.
He vastly overstates the interest in the educated upper-middle class in good government, going so far as to call them “goo-goos” on that account. The only real evidence of this is some willingness to confront teachers’ unions on control of schools. As for the rest- cutting spending, pensions, deregulation- they have no interest at all.
Meade points out that “special privileges” abound, and not just for cops. He doesn’t admit, or realize, that these are a fundamental part of the blue social system. In a heavily regulated society, you need a certain slack to survive. For some it’s tickets torn up, for others it’s permits walked through. Giving people a freebie every once in a while keeps them from chafing under all the other rules too much.
Right now the system has some stress, but not much. New York was bailed out- the money is mostly there to take care of anybody important. When and if ever the stuff hits the fan, we’ll see how strong it really is.