Generational Markers

Existential threat

Public health emergency

Peaceful protesters

We are all in this together

It’s just stuff

But they’ve got insurance

Flatten the curve

Systemic

Stay home save lives

Mostly peaceful

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Our generation will shudder until the end of our days whenever we will hear these words. They will remind us of what gigantic assholes we’d made out of ourselves back in year 2020.

History will not be kind to the rioting coronabro generation of extraordinary snowflakes. We will be mocked.

“Gramma, can you tell me about that time when everybody freaked out, locked themselves up in a huge timeout and then threw a tantrum and burned cities? It’s such a funny story.”

“Yes, grandpa, I misbehaved but it’s nothing like that time when you were young and everybody broke everything for no reason. I saw it on TV, and it was really crazy.”

14 thoughts on “Generational Markers”

  1. I remember reading in January about things used/done in 2019 and how people of the the future will find them weird. Things like Google Dot or Alexa (letting a spy into your house) or grown men wearing toddler pants. 2020 is a whole different game. It feels like a crazy nightmare.

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  2. Clarissa, the sign in your yard supports a local Democrat, right?

    Ask since Rod published a post about letters received by people who put a sign for Trump or police:

    https://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/the-liberal-unwelcome-wagon-letter-from-neighbor-trump/

    I understood you are careful about what you say at work. So, Trump sign in your yard would be out of the question?

    The tensions are running so high now that I wouldn’t put neither BLM nor Trump signs. Those are not usual elections since covid and crisis and riots combined to push many people over the edge.

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  3. If I consider the US government’s response to a new contagious somewhat-dangerous respiratory disease, it seems to me that if the government reacted quickly and well, such that very few people died or got very sick, a large minority of the population (at the very least) would insist the government overreacted and the disease wasn’t that dangerous.

    And if things got bad enough for most of the people to believe that the disease was indeed dangerous, a large minority or small majority of people would say the government didn’t do enough because of how bad things got.

    With the current polarization, I can’t imagine the majority of the population thinking the government did a good job – unless the disease was as mild as the common cold and required and received no action.

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      1. Because you’re a fascist, Clarissa. Watching you wallowing and wriggling in delight at brutality and murder is really quite disgusting.

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    1. // Louis Vuitton and Apple Store have good insurance, but not all little businesses.

      Another issue with insurance is that it will most likely be raised after the riots. It will hurt small businesses the most and act as another factor in their elimination. Only huge chains will survive the chaos.

      Now at last I see why the riots are described as class war.

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  4. “But they’ve got insurance”

    That’s the ‘best’ line out of all others to me.

    A good answer would have been ‘So does your car and the flat in which your family lives. Going to lit them up now to fight white supremacy in your building. Bye, bye!’

    That would make many think straight, no? Explaining about large vs small businesses and re the chances of large chains reopening would take too much time and not be half as effective. The moment you threaten to burn their house down, they would see in a flash why insurance wouldn’t give them a new house tomorrow.

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  5. I know I quoted many articles today, but this is the best analysis of the class aspect I’ve seen yet, explaining everything in a concise yet deep fashion:

    Hub City Riot Ninjas
    A young overclass gets dressed up to join the burning
    BY MICHAEL LIND

    https://www.tabletmag.com/sections/news/articles/hub-city-riot-ninjas

    QUOTE

    What is behind the riots? … In my recent book The New Class War and the essays on which it was based in the journal American Affairs, I have explained that in the United States and other North Atlantic democracies, the greatest geographic divide is between high-density hub cities and low-density heartlands. The riots are a hub city phenomenon—and so are their most striking participants, affluent young white rioters dressed like ninjas.

    The hub cities have a radically different social structure than the heartlands. At the top are …

    Dressing up as revolutionaries like children on Halloween, the sociopathic heirs of the overclass, already living in neighborhoods from which the working class was forced out by economic privation, take part in the vandalization, looting, and burning of local businesses, many of them owned by immigrants or members of minority groups. If they get arrested, the fortunate among them can count on being bailed out after phone calls to their indulgent liberal or moderate conservative parents, who live in expensive, nearly all-white urban and suburban neighborhoods and denounce racism and fascism on their Facebook pages.

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  6. Now reread this article and the interesting paragraph was probably this:

    “What is new about the nationwide riots of the last week that have followed the death of George Floyd is the convergence of these two previously separate streams—traditional urban riots in poor neighborhoods triggered by police-related incidents, and the ideologically motivated vandalism by young white members of the overclass in downtown districts. This convergence is the result of hub city gentrification.”

    This is simply funny and sad:

    “Children of the managerial overclass … demand that the billionaires be soaked to pay for socialism (translation: Mom and Dad need to increase my allowance).”

    🙂 😦

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  7. Can you do that with a medium-tempo beat that’s easy to dance to?

    That’s pretty catchy already, it’s like “Safety Dance” but for a new generation.

    Needs a chorus though.

    “Move to the center of the vehicle
    And away from the doors
    Wear a mask at all times
    Don’t pick things up from the floors
    This. Is. A. No. Smoking. Area.”

    You can dance if you wanna.

    F-F-F-flatten the curve! 🙂

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