I made semi-humorous comments about dividing up the US this weekend. The reality is that this is occurring in every facet of our lives, from the micro to the state levels. The population is segregating itself on the basis of politics. I saw an ad recently for an anti-woke razor, presumably a reaction to Gillette’s pathetic endorsement of “toxic” masculinity and transgender bullshit. There is and will be a huge market for the part of the population that does not want to support crazy ideologues in any manner. I am a charter member of that group. I won’t, for example, patronize any business in Minneapolis, because it is run by completely incompetent goofballs who have ruined the city and now whine about crime and other problems as though they aren’t their fault.
The division in the country was starkly illustrated in a recent poll. It found that not only do people not trust the government or feel optimistic about our future, they viciously blame those who have a different political perspective than their own. Around 75% of voters who identify with each major party think members of the other party are attempting to impose their beliefs on everyone, are generally untruthful and spread misinformation. People act on these perceptions to, with a significant minority saying they actually drop friends or stop talking with some people because of politics. (UC Poll) Worse in my mind was a different poll which showed a significant number of people thought assassinating a political leader whose views you disagreed with was okay. Democrats, especially young male Democrats, were especially likely to hold this view. That is truly frightening and explains the existence of Antifa, which is the most ironically named organization anywhere, as it promotes nihilistic destruction of anyone who doesn’t agree with their bizarre ideology.
The split is seen in patronage of certain businesses, what media sources people rely on, the schools they sent their children to, where people will work and where they live. It occurs at a community level and at a state level. The results of the differing politics is easy to see if you are open-minded enough to look. Cities run by progressives have become open sewers of public defecation, homelessness, crime which results in no arrests or prosecutions, rioting and public property destruction by mindless nihilists, decaying infrastructure, useless public education, fleeing businesses, rampant drug use and so on. Progressive heavens indeed. But this group is great on using euphemistic language, so maybe this is progress to them. They certainly have created equity; everyone is suffering in the hellholes they run. The same is true in many progressive run states–California, New York, New Jersey, Illinois, Oregon, Washington–you get the point.
On the other hand in the south and middle part of the country, the economy is booming, people are moving in to escape the progressive paradises, the populations are safe, education is strong and improving–in short, government is doing what it should, actually try to improve people’s quality of life. The trend is inevitable–the progressive areas will get worse and worse because the ideology and policies suck, and the more conservative areas will get bigger and better because their policies actually help the population. Florida versus California or Texas versus Illinois is no contest.
This voluntary segregation is not good, it exacerbates division and divisiveness and leads to constant national strife, because unfortunately there is only one national government. Segregation does not promote tolerance and understanding. But when incompetent ideology makes a good life untenable, people have no choice but to do everything they can to avoid it. And the stark difference in these two approaches is a natural experiment that will demonstrate which is more conducive to real progress. And it isn’t the supposed progressive one.