Makes you wonder

Trump and Biden town halls: two channels, two candidates, two planets

If they’re really that different, the two sides, then perhaps one side shouldn’t rule the other. Either way.

They have already tried dividing into two nations and that didn’t work out well. So the only option would seem to be that government only does what it is absolutely necessary that government does and which can only be done by government. Everything else gets left to the peeps themselves.

That is the more you insist that the coastal wokerati really are an entirely different tribe from the Flyover deplorables then the more you should be in favour of minarchist government.

Not that it works that way of course but logic and politics were ever strange bedfellows.

9 thoughts on “Makes you wonder”

  1. No no, the coastal wokerati don’t want to have minimal government they want surrender of the flyover deplorable and big government for all

  2. “So the only option would seem to be that government only does what it is absolutely necessary that government does and which can only be done by government. Everything else gets left to the peeps themselves.”

    That’s closer to libertarianism though than either the typical member of the Blue tribe or Red tribe actually lies, albeit favouring Red more than Blue. So not sure that this is a genuine solution. (Suits the so-called ‘Grey tribe’ better but they’re probably well under 10% of the population, albeit overrepresented in places like Silicon Valley.)

    An alternative is something more reminiscent of how the US was founded. You limit the extent of Reds ruling Blues and vice versa if many government functions go back to the individual States, which are more homogeneous than the country as a whole. I always thought federalism is one of the biggest historical advantages of the USA, since by letting fifty experiments try to flourish you produce more chances for innovation and seeing what actually works than if you try to harmonise everything at a central level. But both Reds and Blues seem to have been determined to reduce the extent to which this is possible over the last few decades, presumably because whoever has the upper hand in Washington can’t resist the temptation of getting more of the country to do things “their way”…

  3. The civl war pitted the free traders / states’ rights crowd against the tariff mongers / big government bods. Apart from the slavery thing it looks to me like the wrong side won.

  4. The genius of Federalism is that it allows those 50 laboratories to see what works best. It also allows people to vote with their feet, if a Red state is too unenlightened, you can head to CA or NY or whichever state fits you best. And, or course, the opposite is true.

    There are, unfortunately, those who don’t like either of these features – can’t have people notice that “their” way seems to be working better than “ours” or risk having our tax base move away. And, of course, the innate human desire to control others.

  5. “The civl war pitted the free traders/states’ rights crowd against the …”. Not quite.

    The slave states were dead against States’ Rights while they held the upper hand in Congress. Only when they lost control did they suddenly see the attractions of States’ Rights.

    Politicians, eh?

  6. So the only option would seem to be that government only does what it is absolutely necessary that government does and which can only be done by government.’

    That would be nothing, then. Sorted.

    Nothing Government now does was not previously done by the private sector… which includes charities, mutuals, civic groups, etc as well as for profit. Govt just nationalised what was already being done to grab more power.

  7. The problem with the US (and it’s creeping out to other places) is yes the country is split into two completely seperate populations, but those two polulations are “Damn well bloody leave me alone” vs “Damn well bloody do you’re told”. Societies of the second can live as a subset within the first, but societies of the first cannot exist as a subset within the second.

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