Starting tomorrow, black kids (don't actually) matter: As of today, we'd be inclined to say that Donald J. Trump is likely to win re-election.
It may not turn out that way, of course. But we'd be inclined to favor Trump's prospects with journalists like Blow going wild.
This morning, Charles Blow has opened a previously unexplored "new frontier" in the liberal world's bungling attempt to deal with Trump and Trumpism. It comes near the start of his latest unhelpful rant in the New York Times:
BLOW (3/25/19): The best case against Donald Trump and the age of Trumpism has always been, and remains, the moral case. Criminality is only one facet of that, although it is the one that the courts and Congress can use to punish him.We have to hand it to Blow! It has become tired and tedious to describe Trump as a racist and a sexist. Until this very day, we don't think we've ever seen him described as "a transphobe" as well!
As for the people, the voters, it is the moral abomination of having a racist, sexist, child-caging, family-separating, Muslim-hating transphobe as president that must remain front and center. That is the only way to move beyond Trump in 2020.
It has long been clear that this type of name-calling is the only play Blow seems to know. That, and the sweeping denunciation of whole groups which constitutes blindly tribal, pre-rational "thinking:"
BLOW: The very symbols of Trumpism—the MAGA hats, the wall, etc.—are more than merely physical objects. They have long since transcended their original meaning and purpose. They are now emblems. They are now the new iconography of white supremacy, white nationalist defiance and white cultural defense.According to Blow, self-identifying as a Trump supporter is now a "white supremacist signaling device!" So it goes as public figures like Blow work to get Trump re-elected.
They are a form of white pride credentialing.
In much the same way that the Confederate flag became a white supremacist signaling device, wearing the MAGA hat and self-identifying as a “Trump supporter” now serves the same purpose.
They're all white supremacists now! In such ways, sub-rational figures have always urged the tribe to march off to war with The Others, who are of course all alike. Or, as Professor Harari has limned it:
"Tolerance is not a Sapiens trademark. In modern times, a small difference in skin color, dialect or religion has been enough to prompt one group of Sapiens to set about exterminating another group.""Tolerance is not a trademark" of our tribal, war-like species! Then too, neither is rational thought. In the current context, Trump's re-election prospects will be enhanced by the familiar three-step process which has been quite visible for more than three decades now, dating at least to the crazy decision to take out Gary Hart:
Mainstream journalists and liberal thought leaders: Mainstream journalists and liberal thought leaders will behave in highly irrational ways. On cable TV, they will behave in unhelpful ways designed to help corporate ratings, corporate ad rates and earnings and cable superstar salaries. (Despite our love of transparency, we liberals aren't allowed to know how large those salaries are.)Last week, we discussed the heroic attempts of elite logicians to determine where the number 3 lives. Was man [sic] ever "the rational animal?" Our reports went exactly like this:
They'll talk about nothing but The Chase, thereby pleasing the base.
Elite logicians and other academicians: Elite logicians and other academicians will fail to step forward with useful critiques and correctives. On the highest levels, they're too busy trying to determine where the number 3 "resides"—where such "mathematical objects," which have an "actual reality," can in fact "be found."
Rank and file liberals and progressives: Assailed by bad advice from the top, rank and file liberals and progressives will tolerate ludicrous conduct by their thought leaders.
The Others will persistently notice our tribe's persistent ridiculous conduct. As part of an age-old human tradition, they'll tell family and friends about it.
Tuesday, March 19: Professor Livio's well-received book! High-order rational animals.At the start of last year, we told you "it's all anthropology now." The irrational conduct of leading liberals and elite logicians is a basic anthropological reality—and it's going to help Trump's re-election prospects.
Wednesday, March 20: "When language goes on holiday." Hardy and Godel gone wild!
Thursday, March 21: Fields Medal winners get tons of respect. Mathematicians gone crazy!
Friday, March 22: Livio's magical mystery tour! Things that go bump in the night.
As we said a few weeks ago, we plan to split out focus this year between 1) the work of our elite logicians, and 2) the liberal world's total disinterest in the lives and the interests of black kids.
We plan to return to the frequently comical, bungled work of our elite logicians next week. Tomorrow, we start a series of reports about the liberal world's latest clueless reaction to the latest enrollment figures from Gotham's Stuyvesant High.
As for The Others, they're all white supremacists now! So it goes as a high-ranking "liberal journalist" struggles with the simplest elements of rational thought. Even worse, as he tries to create our next war, as we tribal animals always have done, down through the annals of time.
Our ancestors did this long ago. Our leading "journalists" do it today, even as our "elite logicians" comically stare into air.
Were we ever "the rational animal" in any essential way? Anthropologically speaking, we'd have to say that, in advancing such self-impressed claims, we've been "seeing ourselves from afar."