The Fall is finally here. We’ve been outside since breakfast. First, we went on a long walk to our local nature preserve, and now Klara is sleeping under the staircase in the backyard.
We had almost no COVID lockdown, but every year we experience a May-October weather-related lockdown. We sit sadly indoors, with our ACs cranked up to the max, staring out of window at the burned-out lawns.
Now that we are finally out of captivity, we can’t force ourselves to go back inside.
It’s very pleasing to a healthy human brain to see order appear in place of chaos and observe the results of human ingenuity and hard work. Such images tap into our survival instinct and make us feel stronger by reminding us of the greatness of the human intellect and spirit.
Wow, folks. Of course, we have to thank Trump for starting the trend and normalizing nation-state protectionism but this is taking it so much further (and yay to that):
There are very clear continuities between the Trump and the Biden administrations. Both are radically different from the Bush and Obama administrations. Both are enormously more pro-nation-state than Bush and Obama. They are still not even remotely as pro-nation-state as I’d like them to be but the shift is stunning.
There’s so much screeching and propaganda on social media that you’d think Trump and Biden were from different planets. People buy into the hype, get emotionally invested, and don’t see what’s under their noses. Remember COVID? How did their policies differ? They didn’t. Leave it all to the states, don’t do any federal mandates, and wrap things up whenever possible without intruding on the states’ decisions in any way. The Trump policy flowed so smoothly into Biden’s, nobody noticed a change.
Unfortunately, both are intensely bad on immigration but that seems unavoidable at this moment.
I’m observing this with great interest because if the US sticks with the nation, that’s a mega important development.