Snapshots and preliminary conclusions

Kass:

Ann Coulter has been silenced at Berkeley, where the free speech movement was born. And other intellectuals, including Charles Murray and Heather Mac Donald, have been silenced at other colleges, attacked by mobs. If the left agrees with your views, you may speak. If the left doesn’t agree, they will shut you down. This is America now. Some liberals also have seen their careers ruined by mob rule. Those two professors at Yale, a husband and wife, come to mind. She told Yale students not to worry if some other student wore a sombrero as a Halloween costume, that there were more important things to worry about than political correctness and a student wearing a sombrero. But a Yale student, a woman, a minority, screamed in response, weeping in hideous self-indulgent theatrics captured on video. And all of this caught fire on the internet and sparked the virtual mob on social media. The professors, the husband and wife, with decent records and obvious care for the intellectual development of their students, were shamed out of Yale.

Kotkin:

The blue bourgeoisie, notes urban analyst Aaron Renn, are primary beneficiaries of “the decoupling of success in America.” In blue America, he notes, the top tiers “no longer need the overall prosperity of the country to personally do well. They can become enriched as a small, albeit sizable, minority.” The blue bourgeois tend to see the activities that take place largely in the red states — for example manufacturing and energy — as backward sectors. Yet manufacturers employ most of the nation’s scientists and engineers. Regions in Trump states associated with manufacturing as well as fossil fuels — Houston, Dallas-Fort Worth, Detroit, Salt Lake — enjoy among the heaviest concentrations of STEM workers and engineers in the country, far above New York, Chicago, or Los Angeles. Besides supplying the bulk of the food, energy, and manufactured goods consumed in blue America, these industries are among the country’s most productive, and still offer better paying options for blue-collar workers. Unlike a monopoly like Microsoft or Google, which can mint money by commanding market share, these sectors face strong domestic and foreign competition.

They sow not; neither do they reap. Universities, Education, Big Cities, Media, Entertainment, the Young and Hip, some Tech. We can argue about particulars, but in general they all exist on Other People’s Money.

Universities have endowments and the corrupt student debt industry. Pre college Education in the post-Christian era has the tax / union nexus. Forget an EMP event, Big Cities can’t live without an uninterrupted supply chain that comes from the countryside. Media and Entertainment people may work hard, but they produce nothing and many have never had a real job in their lives. Young and Hip ditto, except for the work hard part. Tech or at least some Tech: please let us know what Snapchat does for a living when you figure it out. (Finally, we’d add the managements and boards of big companies that run for cover over trivialities like only girls can use the girl’s bathroom.)

In a sense of course, agriculture, manufacturing and business and consumer services businesses also rely on other people’s money, but the correlation between input and output is much higher. Living on endowments, taxes, regulations, applause, ratings, is something else. So for the moment we’ll call what we’re going through the OPM Civil War.

Bonus fun: we observe that the further you’re into the OPM environment, where cause and effect (e.g. supply and demand) are arbitrary and not related to whether your business does well or goes into Chapter 7, the higher the likelihood you’re a global warming enthusiast, since you live in a dream world.

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