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MacIntyre: Accelerating the great sorting
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MacIntyre: Accelerating the great sorting

America has a serious problem. Healthy political bodies must share a common moral and cultural foundation if they are to work for the good of their nation. This does not mean everyone has to think in lockstep, but there must be at least some shared tradition, some basic moral language with which the population can frame their understanding of political issues.

This becomes especially true if the state expands its reach by assuming duties that once belonged to other social spheres like those of the family, local community, or church. When the state is deciding whether parents should maintain custody of their children, whether individuals can be forced to receive experimental medical treatments, and what will be taught to every young mind in America, conflicts about what constitutes the good become existential.

Originally, a system based on federalism was supposed to mitigate this problem by restricting the centralization of government and keeping most political power at the state level, where differences in regional culture could be expressed through local laws tailored to the traditions and dispositions of individual communities. In 2023, however, a vast amount of power has been shifted to the national government bureaucracy and local community has been shattered, making it incredibly difficult for regional unity to form in opposition to the toxic dictates of Washington, D.C. If states are to defend themselves from the hedonistic and destructive monoculture of Washington, then communities with shared values must once again concentrate themselves in specific geographic regions. America must engage in the great sorting.

Economic opportunity is an amazing thing, but it has the nasty habit of fracturing communities. Young people who want to accumulate wealth and prestige leave their communities and move to university towns to acquire the credentials necessary to hold high-status positions. Some recent graduates return home, but most move to metropolitan areas where high-status employment opportunities will be more plentiful. With the ease of communication and travel, few people feel it necessary to live in close proximity with family members who are only a text or plane flight away.

Corporate culture is highly competitive, and climbing the ladder means being willing to constantly move from one part of the nation to another while chasing the next promotion, which completely removes any chance that a young person will set down roots and form a connection to a specific community. As a result, those who would otherwise have become promising up-and-coming leaders in their communities tend to abandon the values of their home cultures and adopt a homogeneous metropolitan progressivism in blue cities dotted across the country.

This is why no red state is truly red. Even if the majority of citizens are conservative, the cities that serve as their economic and cultural centers are thoroughly blue, and those progressive enclaves have an outsized impact capable of derailing the moral consensus of the state. America is divided by zip code, not by state lines, which means that it is incredibly difficult to create the unified cultural and political will necessary to protect the population from the oppressive reach of Washington.

Until recently, most individuals were happy to trade community for prosperity, assuming that enough disposable income could always shield their families from the social consequences, but recent events have dismantled that illusion. The pandemic lockdowns, and the biomedical tyranny that followed, suddenly made it very clear that local and state governments could mean the difference between life and death. That high-status corporate career in New York may have looked nice, but if your grandparents died while locked in a nursing home and you lost your job because you refused to take an experimental vaccine, then your ability to attend a trendy brunch on Sunday morning seems less important. It suddenly became inescapably obvious to millions of blue-state residents who were not bought into the progressive religion that they were at the complete mercy of fanatics with whom they shared no common values.

Blue states had been making it borderline illegal for conservatives to live within their regions for decades by making it impossible for anyone with opposing values to get a job or own a business. Those who opposed progressive orthodoxy may have been willing to remain quiet and keep their heads down on social issues, but when schools, churches, and business were shuttered indefinitely, the cost of remaining in blue states became visceral. Faced with the prospect of living with N-95 masks strapped to their faces for the rest of their lives while Black Lives Matters protesters burned down their neighborhoods, many decided to flee to regions that had stood against the progressive jihad.

As Americans fled biomedical tyranny, they settled in states like Florida, which became redder as a result. A culture of resistance against progressivism formed into a more conservative moral identity, and the political capital accumulated by Governor Ron DeSantis due to his opposition to biomedical tyranny allowed him to go on the offensive against progressive indoctrination in a way many had thought impossible.

Florida, a swing state that had been trending purple for a decade, suddenly became the subject of endless hyperbolic progressive hit pieces as it banned the teaching of critical race theory and radical gender ideology. DeSantis rode his wave of political momentum and converted it into a resounding electoral victory by reforming voting laws during the 2022 midterm while the rest of the GOP fizzled.

The governor refused to stop, following up with a ban on transgenderist child mutilation and strict abortion regulations. DeSantis even teamed up with conservative activist Chris Rufo to take over a notoriously progressive state college and transform it into a haven for conservative students and professors. Not only were more conservative residents moving into Florida, but progressives were now actively fleeing the state as new legislation threatened what they held dear. Establishment conservatives had told their voters that the culture war was unwinnable, a waste of time, but by engaging in it directly, DeSantis secured power in a way that the right has not seen in decades.

The great sorting is the way forward. There is no national cultural consensus. In fact, the moral visions of red and blue America are now diametric opposites that cannot coexist. Permanent Washington is so thoroughly corrupt and broken that no one, not even a capable leader like Ron DeSantis, will likely be able to repair it. Many have discussed the possibility of national divorce, which I think is unlikely in the near future, but the great sorting can happen now and is happening now.

The left has made it impossible for red America to exist in blue states for decades. It is simply time to return the favor. Make red states redder. Create an environment where people once again recognize the necessity of living next to family and community that share their values. Create the moral and political will necessary to defend your state from the corrosive progressive monoculture forced on it by Washington, D.C. The rise in remote work has already afforded many who are no longer shackled to a blue city the ability to vote with their feet. The faster blue and red America can peacefully separate, the better it will be for everyone.

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Auron MacIntyre

Auron MacIntyre

BlazeTV Host

Auron MacIntyre is the host of “The Auron MacIntyre Show” and a columnist for Blaze News.
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