The Melting Pot vs The Pool

from Richard Pressl @ Flexible Reality –  Dec 5th, 2017

The Post War I & II periods saw the emergence of the American “Melting Pot”, comprised of Europeans immigrants, rural farmers, trades, communicants, unions, socialists, small towners, feminists, blacks & browns, and human rights advocates which oriented itself toward liberal social and political ideals.

Beginning in the 70’s a contrasting collective formed, a “Pool” consisting of uber-capitalists, Randians, anti-black, Christian fundamentalist, anti-science, anti-elite, white privileged, freedom-focused, Nationalists, survival-of-the-fittest, authoritarian, hostile to universalism, anti-tax, and folks intent on forcing their orientation on others which championed what became known as a “conservative” orientation.

For about sixty years, America functioned under the “Melting Pot” motif, but after Reagan, the center-left lost its hold on the public sphere, and for the past forty years the base has morphed into a “Pool” – today’s Republican and Libertarian parties.

In spite of all the progressive legislation passed in the early period which benefited the majority of American, the latter period has exalted personal wealth, power, dominion, and control of others which has brought the country to its current state of disunity and dysfunction.

The liberal melting pot constituency dissipated, to be replaced on center stage by an orientation which had no appreciation for anything objective, universal, or even broadly humanitarian.

The election of trump simply demonstrates the conservative Pool is larger than the Melting Pot. The “Pool” motif is fitting for another reason: people are generally tribal in public, choosing to associate primarily with others who are like them. Even in extreme perspectives, such as criminality, this holds true, where whites primarily rob/kill/rape whites, and blacks primarily assault their own race members.

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