Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Procrastination in action

Or "inaction," as the case may be. There are of course many things which are much more important than blogging, at this point in time exactly forty-eight hours before I leave for the airport; so of course I am blogging rather than doing any of them. My (call it) reluctance is in some way an expression of fear of what I will find buried and half-forgotten in the mess. If I stopper up my ears so as to hear no clucking, can the chickens be said to be home and roosting?

In other news I present for your delectation an editorial from the Portland Mercury:
It's time for the Democrats to face reality: They are the party of urban America. If the cities elected our president, if urban voters determined the outcome, John F. Kerry would have won by a landslide. Urban voters are the Democratic base.

It's time to state something that we've felt for a long time but have been too polite to say out loud: Liberals, progressives, and Democrats do not live in a country that stretches from the Atlantic to the Pacific, from Canada to Mexico. We live on a chain of islands. We are citizens of the Urban Archipelago, the United Cities of America. We live on islands of sanity, liberalism, and compassion--New York City, Chicago, Philadelphia, Seattle, St. Louis, Minneapolis, San Francisco, and on and on. And we live on islands in red states too--a fact obscured by that state-by-state map. Denver and Boulder are our islands in Colorado; Austin is our island in Texas; Las Vegas is our island in Nevada; Miami and Fort Lauderdale are our islands in Florida. Citizens of the Urban Archipelago reject heartland "values" like xenophobia, sexism, racism, and homophobia, as well as the more intolerant strains of Christianity that have taken root in this country. [...]

If Democrats and urban residents want to combat the rising tide of red that threatens to swamp and ruin this country, we need a new identity politics, an urban identity politics, one that argues for the cities, uses a rhetoric of urban values, and creates a tribal identity for liberals that's as powerful and attractive as the tribal identity Republicans have created for their constituents. John Kerry won among the highly educated, Jews, young people, gays and lesbians, and non-whites. What do all these groups have in common? They choose to live in cities. An overwhelming majority of the American popuation chooses to live in cities. And John Kerry won every city with a population above 500,000. He took half the cities with populations between 50,000 and 500,000. The future success of liberalism is tied to winning the cities. An urbanist agenda may not be a recipe for winning the next presidential election--but it may win the Democrats the presidential election in 2012 and create a new Democratic majority.
Quite right. The article is less academic and more amusing (to an urban blue-state mentality) than these excerpts suggest, well worth reading.

In other, other news here is a series of wonderful Flash animations of scenes from office life using only typography. Brilliant.

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4 Comments:

Blogger Pacian said...

I am blogging rather than

Been there, done that. But then, who hasn't?

Also: bon voyage for 2 days hence.

May 8, 2007 at 11:42:00 a.m. GMT+2  
Blogger zhoen said...

Chickens? What chickens?


I agree about the cities. The US is set up to balance Rural and Urban, with Rural given undue weight.

May 8, 2007 at 11:44:00 a.m. GMT+2  
Anonymous OTL said...

Have a good vacation, Udge! :)

May 8, 2007 at 5:24:00 p.m. GMT+2  
Blogger JoeinVegas said...

Stupid Democrats will never get together.
Have a nice trip - we'll miss you.

May 8, 2007 at 10:35:00 p.m. GMT+2  

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