Apr 21, 2020, 8:13 PM
Ok. I can feel ‘a disturbance in the force’ so to speak. What shift is it that I feel going on in the public? Exhaustion with the virus event? What’s going on?
—“Threefold exhaustion most people couldn’t keep up with one facet. The medical face of the virus itself, the economic face of job security, and the conspiratorial face of the sinister mysteries”—Micah Pezdirtz
Let me see if I can elaborate:
1 – The people are addicted to the gated institutional narratives like cows being fed daily lots of hay and corn. They can’t step on the paddle and get their dose of the illusion of running with the herd.
2 – With multiple competing narratives, and exhaustion from all of them, they have lost incentive to do anything other than look elsewhere.
3 – With time at home and limited hyper-consumption they have time for direct experience and self reflection, and as a consequence they are ‘waking up’ to being in the MOUSE UTOPIA.
Because that’s what’s been done to them.
–BY JOHN MARK–
By John Mark
- Normies experiencing loss of trust in authority/”safe” leaders/narratives. “How did it all go so horribly wrong?” Surveys show the left is more afraid of both virus & unemployment. The “blame Trump” narrative still brings the left some comfort (like a kid’s favorite blanket), but fact is the lefty cities are getting hardest hit & they can’t exactly feel their lefty leaders are doing great.
Raw fear/negative emotion opens the door for people to learn/change their minds in a way they will never do outside such a situation. Case in point: 80% of Americans now view immigration as a threat. (That was not the case, not even close, a few months ago.)
The virtue-signal economy collapsed overnight. The entire signaling value of “I love nonwhites, foreigners & immigrants” collapsed completely. China is a crappy place, interactions with & reliance on 3rd world low-trust shitholes have terrible consequences. Even MSM is writing articles on forcing China to pay reparations. The virtue-signalers now have no other way to signal other than to wear masks and report their neighbors for going outside. Which is way more annoying and obviously tyrannical than saying you love immigrants. The virtue-signalers are lost.
Do not underestimate the importance of this point. The human accounting system is status and cheap virtue-signaling is the easiest way to raise one’s self-sense of status, and one’s status in the eyes of other shallow ignoramuses, who far outnumber truth-speakers (cuz of ’65 immigration act & 19th amendment). These people have had their entire status economy collapse. Think of how we feel – “We’ve been so right all along and everyone is having to kinda admit it, and all sorts of things we wanted for decades are happening!” – but in reverse…”Everything I’ve ever said/signaled I believe & support is falling apart”. And imagine being a low-agency normie or lefty, not accustomed to self-reflection or truth-seeking, possibly never having considered changing your mind on anything important, experiencing this. They feel lost. No ability to just follow the herd headlong, thoughtlessly, anymore. Like one of us right wing family men losing our wife & kids. No compass. Now add the real economy collapsing.
- Because lefty political leaders & grassroots just do “oppose Trump” like programmed robots, this leaves the door wide open for Trump to completely OWN the optimism/hope/”let’s re-open the economy” angle. My guess is he’s seeing more & more data come out that tons of people have it & never have symptoms which means the death rate is way lower than originally thought (just as was caught on White House hot muc today), and he’s making a calculated bet that re-opening the economy will not cause a disasterous level of virus cases/deaths. The left’s leaders are stuck being the negative bad news bearers that everyone hopes are wrong. The lefties now are in a position where they hope he’s right, and may have to admit he’s right about re-opening the economy, and already kinda have to admit he’s been right about trade and immigration. Very tough on their psyches. My wife also points out that with the daily press conferences many normies/lefties are seeing him directly, repeatedly, rather than thru the filter of lefty/normie news sources, and for some this is changing their view of him.
As Micah & Curt pointed out, far less distraction. No sportsball. Celebrities seen as out of touch, provoking anger & jealousy quarantined in their expansive mansions with pool etc while millions are stuck in apartments, homes, crowded with kids, etc.
People spending way more time with spouse, kids, homeschooling, etc. Along with the whole situation highlighting “what’s really important”.
All this is results in MASSIVE COGNITIVE DISSONANCE.
And feeling LOST. A result that then follows for many, is a significant amount of mind-changing and attitude/priority-shifting for NPCs/normies most of whom have never gone through it before. (Most of us on the Smart Right have gone thru it multiple times in our lives, of our own volition, as we learn.)
I mean, the data shows it. Compare attitudes on immigration before and after. Huge shift.
I’m not saying the lefties are all gonna start voting right wing now. But they are reeling. The normies are shifting more right/nationalist out of sheer brick wall of reality slamming the world. Institutional trust is lower than ever (in modern America). Weimar was emerging anyway, now virus (regardless of its actual seriousness as a disease, the govt reaction was very severe, making it a very serious situation). Our leadership’s handling once again ludicrously bad & out of touch & corrupt – “trillions for bankers, $1200 for you!” along with congress shoving pork into it etc. Maddening to normies who normally don’t care much or pay attention.
Been slammed at work having to work a ton of extra hrs, but hopefully I can get a video out on it soon.