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Response to Demovictory9 (Reply #22)

Sat Feb 19, 2022, 01:40 PM

36. :) The last time "I drove into Texas" and stopped at a giant new gas station

blazing with lights, I browsed the gift area and saw a "Mexican coffee cup," said so right on it -- "Mexican" for the large ceramic cockroach standing in the bottom. My first thought was not, "This is wonderful." Of course I know that's not the usual, but still.

As you say, racial and ethnic separating out has always been going on; white flight to shiny new areas as cities expanded was normal, and those inclined always did that. But this is ideological sorting and only racism driven for some.

Some on both sides, like the guy I mentioned, have become politically/socially extremist, resentful and uncomfortable among people who didn't change with them, angry at not being respected but wanting to be. Others became quickly mean in an era of growing meanness, fearfully and angrily fleeing what they've come to hate, including racists specifically looking for of their own color.

But I think most migrating on both sides are just moving to the kind of places they would always have liked to live because they no longer feel comfortable where they are. Seeking their version of niceness to replace what seems lost.

Speaking of, one thing that's facilitating conservative moves away from blue areas, of course, is typically lower real estate prices in conservative areas. Wonder how much of a factor that enabler is? Also distance working.

Many will be happy or satisfied for life, but not quite utopia for everyone. It seems likely that, when the meanness and extremism pass and things calm down, some are going to end up unhappy with local cultures too insular and even extreme (as the article worries) for them, downright sick of social gatherings always devolving into the same mean spirited and idiotic badmouthing of the usual targets. How about raising children in those places? How about where the kids choose to live as they grow up?

At least those moving to urban areas have their bigger societies, vitality, and relative safety during economic downturns. The same's not true of extra-urban conservative areas especially. An influx of RW social reactionaries is likely to strangle already limited development and lead to decline, as too often happens with conservative communities anyway if they can't draw from the vitality of a nearby blue city.

Whatever. I'm imagining future adjustments following unfortunate decisions inevitable in unfortunate times. But, moving to find our happy place is something we've always done anyway.

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