OK, today is a national holiday, the observance of New Year’s Day, which fell on a Saturday this year. But tomorrow I have to go back to work after a 2-weekish vacation. Not looking forward to it.
Many of you know that I work at an urban university in the middle of a largish city. Well, it may not seem largish to those of you who like cities, but for someone like me who despises cities it seems pretty big. I live way outside of the city, on a LARP-farm in the countryside. Which means that, for the last two weeks, I have been living around sane people, but tomorrow I have to go back in the presence of crazy people, and I am not looking forward to it.
The blogger Z-Man opined today that “Red states and blue states have been replaced with normal states and Covid states” and I believe this is true, to a first approximation, but it’s unfortunately much more granular than that. The nightmarish policies enacted by Blue governors have caused a mass exodus of Reds from those states, but a combination of the effective government of Red states and the money-for-nothing life of urban centers has preserved Blue enclaves within our Red state cities. Which means that, for people like me, life is a schizoid balance between sane evenings and weekends, and batshit crazy weekdays. I haven’t worn a mask, nor have I seen more than a tiny handful of people wearing masks, for over two weeks. Don’t even know where my mask is right now; going to have to dig the filthy rag up before going to the office tomorrow. But once I get into town, you better believe I’ll see idiots walking on the sidewalks in masks, driving in cars with masks, conspicuously social distancing, etc. Guarantee I will hear at least one person a day make some kind of retarded comment about vaccines, either virtue signaling about their booster jab or complaining about the unvaccinated doing something or other. And omicron — I guarantee there will be people worrying about catching that fucking cold. SMDH, fam, I am not looking forward to it.
Z-Man describes in his post a “Great Divorce” in the development, where Reds have to figure out a way to separate from Blues before they both go crazy:
These two realities are showing up in population movements. Normal people are fleeing the lands of the Covidian for places like Florida. For sure it is not just the lunacy of Covid theater, but it is playing a big role. We now live in two separate cultural and psychological spaces. There are those with triple masks, barrels of hand sanitizer, and a full booster card. Then there are the purebloods with their bare faces and their increasing impatience with the Covidian…
Hear that Covidians? Our patience is wearing thin.
Like a marriage headed for divorce, Americans may be at that point of no return where one or both sides realize it is over. Normal people could tolerate the goofy politics and weird social fads, but Covid is the breaking point. Normal people are not just out of patience, they want out of this dysfunctional relationship. Normal people want a divorce from the mentally unstable. This relationship has reached its end.
Me, I don’t see a realistic scenario where a genuine split can occur between Red and Blue America. Who would get the nukes? Instead, I see it as a recurrence of the Cold War, but within one (very large) country, instead of between many. In a famous speech given at Westminster College in Missouri, Winston Churchill laid out a famous metaphor to describe what was happening in the lands that had been conquered by Leftists after the fall of the Third Reich (emphasis mine):
From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has descended across the Continent. Behind that line lie all the capitals of the ancient states of Central and Eastern Europe…. The Communist parties, which were very small in all these Eastern States of Europe, have been raised to pre-eminence and power far beyond their numbers and are seeking everywhere to obtain totalitarian control. Police governments are prevailing in nearly every case, and so far, except in Czechoslovakia, there is no true democracy.
Churchill used the idea of an “iron curtain” to describe the seemingly impenetrable barrier between the free world — which really was just the world as it had been for generations before the Wars — and the madhouse of the Soviet Empire, where Bolshevik fanatics motivated by a quasireligious political fervor were running their populations through a meat grinder of torture, ethnic cleansing, and outright genocide.
Today I’ve come to think of the barrier separating traditional America from woke America as a Blue Curtain. On the one side, life remains as it has been for at least three generations — at least from the 1940s, with only modest changes. On the other, life is under the sway of the social media-fueled crazies of the Great Awokening. Nearly any situation one can get into behind the Blue Curtain has been altered somehow by the Wokians — between their racialist obsessions, their flirtation with communist economics, their retconning of western history, their weird sexual beliefs and mating customs, their crippling hypochondriasis, and their constant status-seeking denunciations of the world on the other side of the curtain, everything in Blue Country has the taste of madness and desperation to it, everything presents itself like some kind of funhouse mirror perversion of normal life. And in any situation on that side of the curtain that isn’t touched by this madness, one is constantly aware that it is looming just beyond the perimeter, and it only takes one jilted Karen to let it all flood in like water through a broken dam.
Whatever, it’s exhausting, and I am not looking forward to having to go back to it.
Edit: in the first edit of this article I attributed the first quoted piece to “J-Man”; it should have been Z-Man, and it’s now corrected. JayMan is in fact an excellent science blogger, and I refer any and all interested parties to his wonderful resource on Behavioral Genetics posted at the Unz Review.