From French, literally "already written by driftglass", is the phenomenon of having the strong sensation that an article or op-ed currently you are reading has already been written in the past by driftglass. "driftglass vu" is a feeling of familiarity, and "driftglass vécu" is the feeling of having "already lived through something driftglass talked about, shit, has it been a decade already?"; a feeling of recollection.
It is gratifying to see the sorts of things I was banging on about ten years ago suddenly appearing with the imprimatur of Serious Persons in paying publications here, there and everywhere.
However it is not nearly as lucrative as you might imagine.
From Bill Moyers in Salon today (h/t two different Alert Readers)
Andrew Sullivan is blind: It’s elitists who helped give rise to America’s neo-fascist movement
The patrician essayist blames Trump on "hyperdemocracy," completely oblivious of his own complicity in this tragedy
...For all of his occasional apostasy against the new Republican orthodoxy by being an openly gay conservative, Sullivan still has just enough emotional attachment to a patrician, largely imaginary version of “classic” conservatism as to want to protect his ideological mirage from contamination by the Trump craze. He favors some fantasy version of the conservatism espoused by his idol, the British political scientist Michael Oakeshott. It is his delusion that there now exists a conservatism purged of its reactionary impulses that can function as an anti-ideology rather than the ideology it actually is. Contemporary conservatism, with its harping on tradition and values, is an elaborate evasion of the fundamental political question all societies face: Who gets what, and on which terms? When Abraham Lincoln spoke of “the mystic chords of memory,” he did not mean the dead hand of custom, but rather a steady confidence in popular government derived from the inalienable rights of the governed.As with other right-of-center polemicists of late, Andrew Sullivan seeks to distract us by playing down or ignoring the role of movement conservatism in creating the ugly carnival that is Trump by waving shiny objects in front of us labeled “political correctness” (so he can blame “the Left”) or popular culture (to diffuse the blame throughout society). Sorry, Andrew: The conservative movement, and the elites who back them, built this Frankenstein monster. They own it.
Clearly there is an ever-widening niche for this kind of writing.
And clearly I established myself long ago as fully capable of delivering it, hot, fast and readable.
So my question is...