Listen To the MAGA People
Maybe we’re not the bubble boys
You know what’s weird about this Paul Krugman tweet?
It’s not just that he makes sense — Krugman often does. No, it’s that in the tweet and the thread to which it belongs we see a reputable mainstream writer referring, in an offhand way, to the central myths of the MAGA tribe — that liberals are coming to kill them (so they have to kill liberals first), that BLM burned down major cities in 2020, that cities are cauldrons of violence, etc. — as evidence that somebody besides liberals are in a Bubble.
How often do you see that?
We’ve been told for years that liberals are in a Liberal Bubble and that we have to go out and get an earful of what the people who voted for Trump are all about — hence, all the MAGA voter diner safaris in the prestige media.
Of course, those of us who did in fact know people like that actually heard from them in that period, and maybe my experience was uncommon but what I mainly heard was racist and/or sexist and deranged persecution-mania gibberish, which led to me no longer listening to those people because who needs it.
I suppose peddlers of the Listen To The MAGA People perspective would consider this very liberal-intolerant of me. That’s what the “Bubble” frame insists: Your blinders are preventing you from seeing past the multiple parentheses your MAGA correspondent is putting around the names of well-known Jews — you should engage and try to understand their grievances.
When we talk about bothsiderism and Murc’s Law, that’s what we’re talking about —the idea that the liberal perspective is of necessity insular and blinkered, whereas the conservative perspective is some deep American truth that, despite the existence of Fox News and hundreds of other rightwing media outlets and columnists, just hasn’t broken though, which is why America is (sadly) divided.
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