Jay Fink on the soul-sucking humorlessness of the Woke:
It’s some combination of liberalism and America’s cultural puritanism that makes American liberals so unpleasant. At it’s core I see Wokeness as a killjoy. This is a fairly recent phenomenon too. Liberals from 30+ years ago were a more fun group than they are today.
When the Woke do laugh, it is invariably one of disdain and snark rather than of joy and mirth. Forcing the latter from the range of acceptable behaviors is inhumane. Hopefully it is also inhuman, such that in short order humanity rejects the rejection of one of life’s greatest pleasures.
Moving to other core human emotions, dfordoom on the motivational power of fear:
The best way to make the elites behave better is to make them feel fear. From the end of the 19th century to around the early 1960s our elites were terrified there’d be a socialist revolution and that they’d be lined up against a wall and shot. As a result they made an effort to ameliorate the sufferings of the working class.
There’s nothing like fear to give the elites a sense of social responsibility.
The elites no longer feel that fear because in the 1960s the Economic Left (which was a genuine threat to the elites) was replaced by the New Left (which was elite-friendly and elite-funded and controlled).
If a Democrat consolidation–court-packing, DC and Puerto Rican statehood, citizenship for illegal aliens–occurs between now and the 2022 mid-terms such that the GOP is permanently locked out of national electoral contention, will it lead to the progressive left breaking off from the corporatist neo-liberal establishment that clearly holds the whip hand in the Democrat party today? Twenty years down the road it seems as plausible that there is progressive DSA party to compete with a corporatist, centrist Democrat party as there is the current Republican party competing with it.
Mark G. doesn’t think the GOP can out-promise the Democrat party:
If the Republicans try to win elections by offering more free stuff than the Democrats it is not going to work because the Democrats can always outbid them. Trump may get by Sleepy Joe and Hindu Hillary but there are just too many people now who want the government to give them things. I predict an expanding Democrat run government in the future. The Democrats free health care plan will be especially unworkable. They also support open borders immigration and free health care and free everything else will act as a magnet pulling in poor people from around the world and hasten the collapse.
Respectfully disagree with the first sentence–at least theoretically, though he’s almost certainly correct in practice–and the reason is right under Mark’s nose! Democrats promise X to everyone living in the US or able to find a way here; Republicans respond by promising X+ exclusively to American citizens. That’s the electorally effective populist America First message in a nutshell right there–and the best form of ‘minority outreach’ the party can reasonably hope to achieve.