Who benefits from left-wing policies?

The mayors of Amsterdam and Rotterdam have been having a simmering public feud about drug policy for years. Oddly enough, the battle is being fought on the pages of The Guardian in English.

The latest volley from Ahmed Aboutaleb, mayor of Rotterdam:

The mayor of a city on the frontline of the illegal drug trade has said that a negligent” attitude to recreational drug use, including an acceptance of cocaine as the middle-class narcotic of choice, has led to violence and corruption in Europe’s poorest neighbourhoods.

To quote the good mayor directly:

This is because cocaine has mainly been used in the higher echelons of society. And that has been seen as less serious, just as crime in higher echelons is often seen as less serious. There is an advanced form of acceptance and socialisation around cocaine.

Pleas to regulate or legalise drugs … ignore the fact that entire groups of young people in our working-class neighbourhoods are confronted with this misery and are corrupted. The phenomenon of high-class users enjoying a line on a Friday night has heavy repercussions in working-class neighbourhoods.”

He’s absolutely right, and it’s rare to see a politician stating this so clearly. Many of the sacred tenets of the modern Left are absolutely detrimental to the working class and rural dwellers to the benefit of well-off urbanites.

The relentless barrage of criticism directed at Nayib Bukele from left-wing publications feels like it’s coming from the same place. Nobody wants to see the the sausage making that is required to create a stable and functional society.

Other policies that could be on the list of things well-off urbanites enjoy at the expense of the working class:

What’s frustrating is that even talking about class politics or class interests has largely fallen off the radar. Instead everything has shifted to identity politics, which varies from a poor proxy for class politics (saying race X instead of working class or poor) to the outright meaningless (I have no interest in anybody’s they/them pronouns). The other political trend has been to talk about everything in apocalyptic terms. We’re all going to die of global warming. Donald Trump is the end of the world. When that’s the level of discourse, you can’t take a pragmatic, centrist position.