New rulers often find themselves imitating the habits of the old. Part of this is the necessities of leadership, how those on the outside have grand ideas that, when finally applied to reality, are inadequate and quietly withdrawn.
Witness, for example, the change from decrying “kids in cages” under President Donald Trump to the “migrant children in overflow facilities” under President Joe Biden. Meet the new boss, same as the old boss; the only difference is the gloss applied by a politicized press.
In broader societal shifts, we see the same replication of old policies under new names. What we used to call mainstream culture is on the decline — the loser in the culture wars. The counterculture that began to infect the United States in the 1960s has become the dominant culture, at least across the elite institutions to which Americans once looked for guidance and formation, as postmodern ideas like critical race theory replace classical American ideas