Last month, Rubio did support the union drive by a few Amazon workers in Bessemer, Ala., framing it explicitly as payback for Amazon’s cultural liberalism. If Amazon thinks that conservatives will automatically rally to do its bidding after proving itself to be such enthusiastic culture warriors, it is sorely mistaken, he wrote in a USA Today essay.
However, the union drive, which Amazon opposed ferociously, failed, and Rubio isn’t keen to back the kind of legislation that would make unionization easier. Too often, he wrote in USA Today, “the right to form a marriage was, in practice, a requirement that business owners allow left-wing social organizers to take over their offices. ” The most Rubio is ready to do is to make a temporary rhetorical alliance with employees driven by spite.
This is what most Republican populism resembles. (A possible exception is the shameful insurrectionist Josh Hawley, who has a real trustbusting plan .) Rubio is after a model pioneered by Trump: Rail against large corporations, occasionally bully those who defy you, but finally put their profits and influence first.
On issues of race and gender, the disjunction between the values of the Republican Party and those of large corporations is a part of our countermajoritarian politics.
Due to gerrymandering and the small-state prejudice in the Senate, Republicans can afford to antagonize young people, people in cities and many people of color. Consumer businesses cannot. The Republican Party doesn’t need to care what the vast majority of Americans think. Public-facing corporations largely do. This creates a tension between Republicans’ foundational financial interests and ideology as well as their cultural grievances.
Republicans no doubt find this incredibly frustrating, but not frustrating enough to ally even momentarily with Democrats. In the end, Republicans are mad at firms at the first place because they think corporations should be on their side in political fights. Democrats would like to have Republican support for reining in corporate power, even if Republicans were motivated by revenge.
However, Republican threats are empty. However much they hate what they call woke capital, they know they cant own the is by teaming up with them.
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