Trump’s MAGA Heirs Want a Kinder, Gentler Authoritarianism

Source: The Daily Beast
by Matt Lewis

“Ever since Donald Trump came down that gold-plated escalator in 2015, the American right has relied more on coercion than persuasion. This month’s National Conservatism Conference (its third edition), held in Miami, signaled an increasing commitment to this heavy-handed approach. One breakout session included a call for mandatory military service for anyone making over $250,000 a year. … perhaps the most newsworthy example came when Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said tech companies ‘cannot be viewed as private entities’ because ‘we know without a shadow of a doubt they are doing the regime’s bidding when it comes to censorship.’ This, of course, comes on the heels of DeSantis going after Disney — when the company opposed Florida’s controversial ‘Parental Rights in Education’ bill, dubbed ‘Don’t Say Gay’ by its critics. What happened to ‘limited government’ conservatives opposing intervention in the private sector, and opposing the state picking winners and losers?” (09/13/22)