Tom Woods emails:
Shortly after Donald Trump was elected a year ago, I sent out an email to the effect that American society was coming apart.
And it’s only gotten worse.
Ideological and cultural differences have reached a point at which huge pluralities simply loathe each other. What one group considers holy and praiseworthy the other considers abominable and deplorable.
When people of a particular political persuasion are the victims of violent assault, the media downplays it and half of social media suggests they had it coming. Meanwhile, when someone slightly right-of-center wonders if six-year-olds should really be encouraged to transition to another gender, the knives come out.
This was not always the case. Check out an episode of the old show What’s My Line? on YouTube. Panelist Bennett Cerf was one of the founders of Random House publishing. He was a left-liberal by the standards of his day. But he was gentlemanly, well dressed, charming, affable, courteous, well mannered — the very opposite of his counterparts today.
And he still believed in that now discarded idea: the honorable disagreement. He could call Ayn Rand a “brilliant woman” while still disagreeing with her “cockamamie philosophy.”
Whatever political disagreements there were, Americans shared quite a bit in common culturally, morally, and in the most basic standards of civilized behavior.
That’s all gone now.
And the double standards are ridiculous. Left-liberals who had precisely zero to say about Barack Obama’s connivance at the starvation of an entire country — Yemen — become hysterical about immigration restrictions that are extremely mild by historical and global standards. I don’t know precisely where on the scale of state enormities those rank, but I’m fairly certain it’s somewhere below starvation.
I have to admit: even though I knew the status quo — the low-intensity civil war brewing beneath the surface in America — could not go on forever, I am surprised at how quickly things are changing.
I see two groups: one, full of ideological imperialists, wants to impose its vision of the world on everyone, destroying the careers and reputations of anyone who resists.
The other group, which is plenty divided, prefers not to be lectured to, demonized, or ruined.
Everyone once took for granted that the goal was to seize the federal apparatus and impose their vision on the country.
How about just abandoning this crazy, inhumane task?
Why not admit the differences are irreconcilable, and simply go our separate ways?
Is this not obviously the most humane solution?