As Shadi Hamid of the Brookings Establishment lately famous on my podcast, The Remnant, that is exactly what’s occurred in Western Europe. There’s a broad consensus amongst European political events on spending and a beneficiant welfare state. This doesn’t imply financial points aren’t necessary to European voters. However the partisan fights are sometimes over which state-dependent curiosity — authorities staff, unions, farmers, large enterprise — ought to get extra subsidies or protections. In the meantime, cultural points like European identification vs nationwide identification and, particularly, immigration develop into main sources of brand name differentiation.