Tuesday, July 21, 2015
The problems with Greater Appalacia
1) It's militarily indefensible
2) Not controlling the lower Mississippi or another ocean port, it has no way to get its product out.
This 'nations' map from Tuft's Magazine should look familiar to long-time readers, and I do like the county-by-county approach even though that makes it less useful for positing what USA v3.0 might look like*. But as a map of cultures it's still misleading: the differences between Dearborn, Detroit, and Houghton, Michigan, are far greater than between the Tidelands and the Deep South or between Yankeedom and The Midlands. We have a whole slew of what might be called "microcultures," many too small to map, but even more distinguishing than the differences noted above.
They loom larger as well, because we no longer expect there to arise any synthesis between them and the macro culture.** That's an unavoidable byproduct of our modern, multicultural ideology. A century ago, the ideology of the day was that every day and in every way we're getting more and more American, even as what it meant to be an American changed over time. That's simply not the case any more except among immigrant populations, and only a small minority of them. Modern American multiculturalists certainly don't expect Salvadoran or Sardinian immigrants to celebrate Flag Day or even to learn English.
For obvious reasons, such an approach results in growing numbers of microcultures increasingly isolated from the surrounding majority. But if culture is important, then multiculturalism is necessarily a devolutionary and destructive ideology because it's impossible for people of very different cultures to live peacefully together over the long term.*** So we can look forward to a future of increasing cultural isolation and occasionally violent struggle, with the map growing more and more granular.
Still, such a change doesn't mean 4GW sits upon our doorstep. If Mr. Lind is to be believed, the necessary and sufficient cause we are missing is something to replace America as our collective primary loyalty. In the Middle East and North Africa, Islam and its various divisions demand primary loyalty. But neither denomination**** nor states nor regions nor races***** are in any such position here.
Not yet anyway. I've long been of the opinion that no such thing will happen so long as the dollar retains any semblance of value. After all, a fed and entertained population is not one longing to go to war with itself. So at least for the medium term, we'll muddle along hating those Yanks or Rebs or granolas just as we have always done.
We just won't secretly hope they get their stuff together and join the rest of us real Americans.
UPDATE: Along those lines, an interesting aside from Vox regarding Greece: [the elites] had better remember that their whole plan depends upon keeping the masses fat and happy. This is absolutely true: there is no population so radicalized as a newly-impoverished, hopeless one. Once mass poverty arrives on our shores and it becomes obvious that the government can't or won't fix it, all bets are off.
* We are on v2.35 presently, but it's a bit buggy and is still based on 1860s-era technology.
** As crappy as it is. But that's a separate issue altogether.
*** Well, maybe it's not impossible, it's just never happened.
**** As 5 Boys' Mom points out, Baptists are not even content to remain Baptist. They are pretty unlikely to start suicide bombing Catholic churches.
***** There's plenty of flag-stomping and "America is racist" crap being tossed about, to be sure. But it's a tantrum, not a change in primary loyalty. #BaltimoreRiot marchers don't want to leave America, they want America to give them something.