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Trump Voters, American Institutions, and Nostalgic Politics with Yuval Levin

“The problems we face are a direct function of how things have changed since mid-century America.”


Yuval Levin is the editor of National Affairs and also the Hertog Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. He is a contributing editor to National Review and author of The Fractured Republic. Levin joined the Federalist Radio Hour, where he discussed his observations on political trends and frustrations, both in Washington and across the U.S.

Levin noted the extreme sense of nostalgia coming from both parties, longing to return to their glory days. “Everybody is talking about something they miss in American politics and very few people are talking about what’s actually happened and where we are now and what our strengths might be, as well as what our weaknesses are.”

Domenech and Levin also discussed how the bottom third of American society is experiencing less integration with the institutions that make success possible. “Family, religion, community, work–all have been breaking down for people and I think this is a direct function of exactly the same process that is driving our diversity and economic dynamism,” Levin said.

Both contributors to National Review’s Against Trump symposium, Domenech and Levin discuss what Trump supporters look and sound like. “One of the things conservatives need to wrestle with is that their ideology and their policy prescriptions have nothing to offer the Trump voter,” Domenech said.

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