WEDNESDAY, JUNE 30, 2021
With anthropological insights: It can get extremely dumb here in the streets of Our Town.
The Dumbness can play a very large role in Our Town's affairs. The Dumbness, and the Incompetence. Corruption is sometimes observed.
Regarding the Incompetence, we don't think we'd noticed this problem until we were in college. We did start to notice it then.
Some of us are never able to take this step. This doesn't mean that we're bad people. It just means we're human.
To what extent can The Dumb hold sway in Our Town? Especially given the way we've mocked The Others for their claims, beliefs and behaviors concerning last November's election, the meltdown about the New York City mayoral race is a striking case in point.
Gotham is Our Town's most famous major city. In its news report about the mayor-race meltdown, the New York Times offers this:
GLUECK (6/30/21): For the Board of Elections, which has long been plagued by dysfunction and nepotism, this was its first try at implementing ranked-choice voting on a citywide scale. Skeptics had expressed doubts about the board’s ability to pull off the process, though it is used successfully in other cities.
Some Democrats, bracing for an acrimonious new chapter in the race, are concerned that the incremental release of results by the Board of Elections—and the discovery of an error—may stir distrust of ranked-choice voting and of the city’s electoral system more broadly.
In a statement late Tuesday night, [Maya] Wiley laced into the Board of Elections, calling the error “the result of generations of failures that have gone unaddressed,” and adding: “Sadly it is impossible to be surprised.”
“Today, we have once again seen the mismanagement that has resulted in a lack of confidence in results, not because there is a flaw in our election laws, but because those who implement it have failed too many times,” she said.
According to the Times, the board "has long been plagued by dysfunction and nepotism."
According to Candidate Wiley, the board has "failed too many times...Sadly it is impossible to be surprised,” the candidate gloomily said.
Meanwhile, will this latest remarkable bungle "stir distrust of ranked-choice voting and of the city’s electoral system more broadly?"
Yes, it surely will! It will also stir added distrust concerning the outcome of Campaign 2020. More broadly, it will stir distrust concerning the way Our Town functions in general.
How puzzling is the latest meltdown? We've wondered about this too:
GLUECK: The results may well be scrambled again: Even after the Board of Elections sorts through the preliminary tally, it must count around 124,000 Democratic absentee ballots. Once they are tabulated, the board will take the new total that includes them and run a new set of ranked-choice elimination rounds, with a final result not expected until mid-July.
Other close observers of the election separately expressed discomfort with the decision to release a ranked-choice tally without accounting for absentee ballots.
“There is real danger that voters will come to believe a set of facts about the race that will be disproven when all votes are in,” said Ben Greenfield, a senior survey data analyst at Change Research...
Exactly! Why even try to release a vote count now, when it will have to be done all over again when the absentee ballots get counted? Maybe there's a reason for that, but we've found this puzzling too.
(We'd put that decision right up there with the bungled logic of high-end Gotham schooling. Why kick all those Asian kids out of Stuyvesant High? Why not create a Stuyvesant II, doubling the number of seats at the high-powered school? Here in Our Town, we're so dumb that we pretty much never ask. It's all about our desire to show which "racial" groups we favor!)
Things can, and do, get very dumb here in the streets of Our Town. Despite this fact, we Townies are inclined to insist that our thought leaders can never be wrong.
This is a very dumb belief, but it seems to be widely held.
In truth, Our Town's thought leaders are often notably lacking. Our journalists and academics have routinely failed to serve, or have actively led us astray.
Despite such facts, when a dispute breaks out along tribal lines, we're inclined to insist that The Others just have to be totally wrong. Meanwhile, we'll agree with every damn-fool thing our own thought leaders might say.
Our thought leader are often mediocre corporate-selected and corporate-paid multimillionaires. Despite our love of transparency, we aren't allowed to know how many millions they're paid to entertain us in the requisite fashion.
The woods are lovely, dark and deep. As is the nature of the race, the performance of Our Town's elites is often very poor.
Our Town is often comically awful, but this is hard for Us Townies to see. Top experts say we're wired this way—as are The Others, of course.
In Gotham, Our Town has now done it again. Maybe Cuomo can write another book explaining how he worked it all out!
At any rate, nothing is ever as dumb as Our Town. Until you go visit Theirs!
It's impossible to be surprised by this, Candidate Wiley has said.