The Democratic Party is now the party of foreigners and minorities. How did the all-American party of the common man, founded by Andrew Jackson, come to this? Briefly-
-There was a common party, the Jeffersonians then Jacksonians that eventually became the Democratic Party. It was run by elites- Jefferson and Jackson were nothing if not elite- but they were Southern agrarian elites, opposing Northern commercial elites.
-The Northern commercial elites had various pro-business parties, the Federalists, then the Whigs, then the Republican Party. The Republican party also had Western (or what you would now call Midwestern) support because Western farmers, while they economically had more in common with Southern farmers and plantation owners, did not like slavery and saw it as a threat to their culture.
-The Republican Party remained strong after the Civil War as the US became a more industrialized and less agricultural country. The Democratic Party remained the party of the farming or laboring common man.
-If you want to ride a horse, you have to have a horse to ride. Elites who didn’t want to elbow their way to the front of the Republican Party had the opportunity to take over leadership of the Democratic Party, then still run by common people. In 1928 the Democratic presidential candidate was Irish Catholic machine pol Al Smith; in 1932 the patrician FDR.
-If you want to control the common man, the best way is to control his institutions. The Democratic party and labor unions are run by the same people, youthful elites.
-The common man saw the Democrats were no longer interested in helping him, but making an alliance between the elites and the lumpenproletariat, a political coalition dating back to ancient Rome and seen today in Latin America. The brighter and better part of the common people- that is, the white part- moved over to the Republicans, if only as a defensive move.
-The upper/lower coalition (I forget what Moldbug calls it, he uses the Indian caste terms) is unstable, but politics like much of life is about today, not tomorrow. It will last and rule things as long as it lasts.