The (not so secret) War Against Coincidence

There is no easier way to drive web traffic (or electoral results) than outrage. Formulating connections between events in real time and how, inexplicably, they prove that The Enemy is out to get you and the only way to save this country is to stand up and fight back against those MARXISTS on capital hill. Similarly we read headlines about how our DEMOCRACY is UNDER THREAT if THE ENEMY gets re-elected again and you better STAND UP against these FASCIST WHITE SUPREMECISTS.

We are living in a world which has democratized sacred information and placed these treasures in the hands of lazy, narcissistic, deeply lonely losers desperate for adulation and love. They thrive in the paradigm of information overload, are complicit in the subtle manipulation of data points which are then senselessly extrapolated to whatever outrageous nonsense they want. We give these people our time and energy for free, who then sell that time to advertisers and around we go. Frankly, who isn’t attracted to taglines like ‘THE ENEMY is trying to control what you believe’? Blogs are the incubators for the mass-media’s strategies and until people start becoming a little more patient and a little less drunk with the ‘educate yourself’ kool-aid, this rampant conspiracy-fueled ‘I see Jesus in my morning pancakes therefore the liberals are going to socialism my breakfast’ will never stop.

We can begin by looking at a nice wordpress blog called FloppingAces. One which has descended into full on, self-righteous wrist slitting. A post begins with a clever tagline like “everything that is happening is intentional” because, why not?

Imagine, if you will, Gavin Newsom, Beto O’Rourke, AOC, and Maxine Waters as Presidents. Imagine Joe Biden staying in office until he dies then a decade after that? Imagine living in a country with no borders with your taxes based on your voting history?  Imagine you have absolutely no power to fight it? It’s not only possible, it is happening.

Yes, just imagine a world where 5 people sit as president and then the current president remains as president forever. Imagine! Envision a country with no borders (a continent? is this a riddle?)! Everything we see in the media, on a blog, in a podcast, some FBI coke raid in Miami is somehow connected and you’re a sheep if you don’t see it. Because if you just squint your eyes and pretend like you’re some 14 year old reading a detective novel called “John Saves America” then you may just convince yourself that this (whatever ‘this’ even is) is all connected to some grand conspiracy.

On one end we are led to believe that democrats and liberals and globalists are hopelessly inept and stupid (they are, after all, liberals!) but then at the same time should understand that these people control the planet and are coordinating thousands of state, local, and federal agencies to initiate a purge of all ‘true’ and ‘loyal’ Americans looking to outsource jobs to China and sell this country piece by piece to the highest bidder. This story is all to familiar because of course it is the same story that existed during the Obama administration, and the Clinton administration.

Free trade and free markets were, not so long ago, the political cure-all. Cut taxes, remove regulation and presto, jobs will appear. But conservatives it seems do not hold so tightly to their indelible beliefs. Much like their aggressive resistance to gay marriage because of the Bible, they were all to willing to throw it away once their leaders said to. Trump walks into office and says that free trade is actually theft and that we are being cheated by buying $1 shirts from Vietnam and China. Behold the unionists political playbook, protectionism, tariffs and xenophobia. Somehow Trump has morphed the republican party into a horseshoe where they are joining hands in the righteous psalm of socialism for all.

It’s obvious why people want to perpetuate this narrative. Urgency drives people into action, it encourages people to get enraged and worked-up so that they are willing to stand in line for hours to vote on a work-day. The fine people at FloppingAces are intentionally or unintentionally stoking the fires of their repeat for Jan 6th. The first casualty in their war of aggression will be that of coincidence.

Nothing, it seems, happens without nefarious reasons these days.



  1. There are a lot of places these days trying to stoke the fires of a future insurrection (or civil war, even). I have no idea how to stop this or slow it down. The logical solution seems to be to try to have conversations with people on the other side of the political divide, calmly and without name-calling. But how does one do that in a world in which people don’t listen to each other anymore?

    1. You bring up some good points. But on one end I think that republicans in this case are winnowing their support base to their detriment. The entire strategy is a reductive one (get a very motivated minority to try and win elections) which will work in local/state elections where voter participation stays low, but i’m not so sure it works on a larger scale. So on one hand I think it’s a self defeating paradigm, becoming more and more extreme which will piss off moderates and force them to vote, extremists react by beating the drums louder and refuse to accept the results of their failure. On the other, the most optimistic view of their strategy is to stage a legalistic showdown between a handful of States and the federal government. But the posturing being done here just feels like a childish game of Russian roulette vs actual attempts at enacting change. The courts, no matter how conservative they seem to be, are unanimously against the extremists so it’s moot.

      There is always talk on how to save the other side from insanity and I think it’s possible to only seed doubts, not to convince. We live in a world where people believe they can educate themselves and in such a world people need to convince themselves that they are isolating themselves from ‘normal’ political discourse (i.e. the election they lost was ‘stolen’ from them. it was not, the are just losers and need to swallow this pill and realize that if they stop being stupid they have a decent shot to win 2024).

      It is easy to draw contradictions in any political movement, so I don’t think it is worth the pixles to draw contrasts on republicans when they can deflect and say well democrats are hypocrites too therefore why not a globalist conspiracy. I think it’s easier to start from the ground up with a set of axioms they inherently believe in (you can take Regan) and build up to a place which differs from where republicans are today. I think free trade is a great place to start. I think the next step is to cede ground on voting security (sure you need a drivers license / some type of government identification) and trade that for something far more valuable which is voting accessibility (voting should be mail in with secure boxes, voting should not require you to wait in line for 4 hours). I think democrats lose the bigger fight by refusing to give an inch on ID laws. Finally, it’s important to recognize that the extremists do represent a significant amount of the US population and as such they shouldn’t be summarily dismissed electorally. They feel like they’ve been ‘cheated’ by big business, free trade, a more inclusive society, whatever. They need to be convinced by politicians who are willing to speak to them on their level & explain why it is that free trade helps them and why some government is okay. Ideological purity is a death sentence when speaking to extremists, refuse to engage in this pointless exercise and instead focus on issues that actually matter and cede ground on those that don’t.

      People will listen to that, there’s a reason a lot of trump voters liked bernie sanders

      Also, as an aside, I don’t live in fear of civil war, nor do i live in fear of this perpetual chest beating and protest movement. If Jan6 showed anything, the people involved are frankly inept. Sort of a side rant here but I don’t think people like those at FloppingAces really have the type of support on the ground, or support in the echelons of power in key US institutions (i.e. the military, the courts, the bureaucracy) to do much of anything. However, I am worried about the slow erosion of said key institutions and the intransigence shown by state officials in certain states.

      1. Thank you for that optimistic reply! You’ve made me feel a lot better. And I agree with a lot of your points as well. I don’t have nearly as much of a problem with voter ID as some of my fellow progressives do, for example. I think what is way scarier are plans to have state legislatures possibly overturning election results. If giving some ground on voter ID keeps us from going there, great.

        I also agree that some of the more fringe elements are people who feel left out. Here in Oregon, for example, Portland is the big population center, and a lot of rural Oregonians feel completely abandoned and unheard. I think just acknowledging that and listening to them, especially on local issues they care about, would go a long way.

        I’ll do my best not to live in fear of Civil War, either 😉 Living in fear is never a good idea anyway.

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