Sunday, March 8, 2015

The Two Americas

I have wanted to assemble a set of maps showing the many ways that Republican areas of the country are just worse off than Democratic areas.  And I have actually collected several of those maps, but Rosa Rubicondor beat me to it.  I want to strongly urge you to take a couple of minutes to take a look at this excellent collection.  It really shows the delusion that right wingers live in when they continue to believe that they have it so great.  They are determined to bring us down to their third-world level, and so far are meeting with a fair degree of success.

This post found via Infidel753's weekly link roundup, a high point of my internet week.

2 comments:

Magpie said...

Just by way of comparison regarding the mentality around this divide:

Travelling around (for example) Britain you can find picturesque villages or soul-destroying vistas of poverty depending on where you are.

These days there’s actual food insecurity in Britain. It’s a funny place. So much that is pleasant and so much that is unpleasant within a stone’s throw of one another.

But anyone who lives in poverty there KNOWS they have the shitty end of the stick.
No-one in poverty there says “I got it great” or “I live in the best country in the world” or “the rest of the world looks up to this”. It’s crap and they know it. The whys and wherefores of how things got to be this crap are another matter but people do understand they have it bad.

One has to wonder… at the pervasiveness and the depth of the mythologising and the propaganda required to make someone living in Shitville Louisiana believe they have it so good. You may understand it intuitively and intellectually but I am still stupefied by it. It’s not like they don’t have images of the other America constantly put in front of them.

Rosa Rubicondior said...

Glad you liked the maps and thanks for the sout-out.