by Shelt Garner
I have pretty regular political debates with my far more conservative relatives — sometimes despite myself — and it seems clear that they just want to crush the “woke cancel culture mob” and that’s it. They just don’t care what happens after that.
The thing is — for all its soft power to make conservatives fear that their lives will be ruined “just for being conservative” — the center-Left has very little hard power. Yes, it has some hard power now because of the historical quirk that was Trump being very stupid and lazy…but otherwise…meh?
As such, it’s inevitable that Republicans are going to gain power again. And, unless Blues fucking leave the Union at the state level, MAGA Republicans are going to establish an honest to God autocratic white Christian ethno state in the United States.
But will anyone really notice?
I think way too much about this. I think about the real-world implications of a MAGA autocracy all the time. The element to such a thing that I keep bumping up against is race. It’s race that would make any MAGA-themed autocracy unable to simply stop at gutting the social safety net or making it impossible for women to have an abortion legally.
As such, while it’s theoretically possible that the only thing the average person might notice once the United States is an autocracy is all the liberals they know are fleeing the country….there is also a pretty good chance that some sort of weird Qanon Pol Pot situation might happen with the “liberal” cities emptied and there being Killing Fields in Upstate New York, among other places.
I don’t know what is going to happen. I can’t predict the future. But I do know, in general, the we’re fucked. We are totally, completely fucked. We’re in the twilight of the America we’ve known since at least 1865. Something is is about to replace it. Who knows what it ultimately might be.