Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Donald Trump looks different when you see him in person
Trump estimated the crowd at 7,000 – New Hampshire police said it was closer to 3,000 – and there wasn’t a whit of “deplorable” behavior. No racism, no sexism, no xenophobia, not even any nasty T-shirts, at least by current standards. Nor was there a surly or aggrieved mood coursing through the pack. Folks were upbeat, there to have a good time.
What inspired the 300-mile drive Friday night from Long Island toward a noon rally up north was the sense that after a week of “Access Hollywood” tape replays and sexual assault allegations, Trump might finally be ready to completely blow his stack, start roaring and foaming and biting the heads off of members of the media.
What transpired was foundationally different: Most of Trump’s speech focused on specific problems facing the people of New Hampshire and the United States, and the steps a Trump administration would take to address them.
The news here isn’t that Great Taste Less Filler found that Trump events aren’t what he was expecting. The news is that he was expecting what he was expecting in the first place.
Back in the days when Charles Murray wasn’t losing his fucking mind and bitching about the people who actually want to solve the problems he used to write about, he discussed this phenomenon called “cognitive stratification.” Actually, it’s more than just cognitive stratification, it’s a mashup of the merging of the IQ overclass and the wealth and income overclass and their isolating themselves in relatively small geographic areas, cities for the most part, into one giant ossified hardened almost impenetrable hyperpowerful mega-elite bubble, isolated from everyone and everywhere else, those everyones in those everywheres are slowly crumbling and getting more and more destitute by the year.
Self-ghettoized in their own bubbles, the mega-elite think that anything outside their bubbles is Deliverance.
Hence, Lane Filler’s initial expectations.
While I’m thinking about it, this is why the Bernie Sanders style populist left and its bag of solutions is as underpowered as trying to use jello to hammer a nail. All they see is income and wealth inequality and think it’s purely its own problem and that the solution is a few tweaks to a few laws, and all will be glorious. We on the alt-right know it’s a symptom of the larger far more profound and consequential problem I just described, and we know that the ultimate solution is going to take a lot more muscle and be more drastic than just technocratic changes in tax and social program policies. When Peter Thiel spoke to the RNC, (“Make PayPal Great Again”), my ears really perked up when he said that when he was growing up as a boy in the very city in which he was speaking, that Silicon Valley used to be everywhere. I thought for a moment that he was getting ready to talk about stratification, but he didn’t, and I wish he would have.