“Pittsburgh, Not Paris”

1 06 2017

Washington, D.C.

Even though civic nationalism is underpowered and long-term ineffective, we just heard an encapsulation of why even it is preferable to ideological-based governance.

It’s because our OCGE must have used the word “our” some 87 million times.  The implication is that countries have concrete interests, economic and otherwise, that are sometimes more important than and sometimes need to take precedence over the ideological proclivities of the people inside of them.




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1 06 2017

Over-under on how many hours it will be until this is compared to the Holocaust?

1 06 2017

Not surprisingly:


That’s because cities, definitely cities in first world countries, and even cities in countries somewhere between first and third world, now have more in common with each other than they have with the suburbs, exurbs and rural areas of the countries they’re in.

The mayor of Pittsburgh has more in common politically and feels more political kinship towards the mayor of Paris than he does to any given white person in rural western Pennsylvania, and the mayor of Paris has more in common with the mayor of Pittsburgh than she does with common French rural women. Meanwhile, rural western Pennsylvanians and the rural French have more in common with each other than they do with urban politicians from Pittsburgh and Paris.

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