Whether UU practice and theology thoroughly hitched to some of Kotkin's pillars of Gentry Liberalism listed below, I can't say. (I'm always surprised. Last week another congregant came out of the Political Conservative's closet to me and advised many not as Liberal as you'd think if you get behind what they say.)
Gentry liberalism, so hot just a year ago, is now in full retreat, a victim of its hypocrisy and fundamental contradictions. Its collapse threatens the coherence of President Barack Obama's message as he prepares for his State of the Union speech on Wednesday....but to the extent we've latched to these ideas and swallowed their contradictions --as Kotkin goes on to explain-- we'll face the same crisis.
Gentry liberalism combines four basic elements: faith in postindustrial "creative" financial capitalism, cultural liberalism, Gore-ite environmentalism and the backing of the nation's arguably best-organized political force, public employee unions. Obama rose to power on the back of all these forces and, until now, has governed as their tribune.
No outreach in San Antonio or embrace of immigration issues will save us from the crash.
The wheels will be coming off our own bus and we can't --gentry like-- have the new Americans change our tires on a worn out bus of Social Democracy, dressed as faith, without any grasp of the working people's aspirations.