“The abortion decision will backfire – and benefit the Republicans” [This column appeared in today’s edition of DN (in Swedish) — an independent liberal daily newspaper]

Sociologists call the phenomenon “the big sort”, or the great division. In the 21st century, more and more Americans have moved to areas where others tend to like them politically.

Partly as a result, the number of counties, or electoral districts, where more than eight out of ten voters vote for the same party has quadrupled since 2004.

The process is self-reinforcing: The greater the concentration of opinion, the more conservative or progressive the local politics.

The deviants are increasingly giving up and moving to a state, city or suburb where people reason more like them.

Two strongly contrasting cultures emerge. One has its center in about ten states on the coasts as well as in city centers and university towns across the country.

The other dominates inland as well as in the outer suburbs and sparsely populated areas where the majority vote for Trump.

There are many indications that the Supreme Court’s decision to abolish federal abortion rights will further intensify the geographic polarization.

Texas has already hammered out a law that makes it more difficult for the state’s women to obtain abortions elsewhere. Other Republican states are expected to do the same.

Anyone who wants to keep their abortion right – almost three-quarters of American women – is effectively forced to move to a state that guarantees it.

That is, in fact, what Republican Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri predicts will happen.

In an attention-grabbing interview, he calls the abortion decision a “decisive moment”. Namely, it will make blue (Democratic) states bluer and red (Republican) states like Missouri redder – simply because more progressive voters move away. He thinks it is “excellent news”.

Wonder about it. The US electoral system already favors smaller states, mostly by giving them extra electoral votes in presidential elections, and Republicans dominate in almost all of them.

That is the reason why the party has had three presidents since 1988, despite winning the most votes in only one of the last eight presidential elections.

And that is the reason why it has been possible to build a strong conservative majority in the Supreme Court.

The more liberal voters concentrate in a few populous states on the coasts, the more cemented the imbalance will become. Already today, a presidential vote in North Dakota or Wyoming is worth four times more than in California.

The Republicans are not kidding about it. The abortion decision will “strengthen our grip on the Electoral College,” notes Hawley.

He is not wrong.

Arvid Åhlund


Progressive voters are moving away from there. He (Josh Harley) thinks it’s excellent news.

Posting my review of Map of a Planation by Jenny Mitchell – Winner Poetry Book Awards 2021

A remarkable collection of poems!

Map of a Plantation delineates immoral and deadly crimes with elegance and equanimity. It’s a moving, lyrical portrayal of enslaved––man, woman, child––and enslaver intertwined in long enslavement in the distant past when the gods refused to witness the cruelty and injustice orchestrated by evil forces. Christian souls were holding the Holy Book and a whip. All this enraged me yet allowed me to bear sympathy and pity for devils. This bizarre behaviour still plagues the lives of multitudes. Hope remains the only currency at homo sapiens’ disposal to create a bright future for every living soul. 

The following are two of my favourites:

I used to be a bible woman, rang a bell for God

knew his words by heart, though 

I cannot read.

As the last was taken from my

breast, I cursed God

quietly or the master will attack

as if a crime to hate the life he


I highly recommend Jenny Mitchell’s beautiful book to every reader, including non-readers of poetry like me.

[@lgt41] Lawrence G. Taylor


@lgt41: I don’t have the time to do scientific research. Assuming this is the case, what an appalling reality. In the blog post, black cats are subjected to similar treatment. Awful!
Growing up, however, I remember believing it was a bad omen whenever a black 🐈‍⬛ crosses my path on foot or bike. But I’ve dispensed with the superstition decades ago because it turned out not to be true — according to my empirical knowledge.

In my debut Strangers in Another Country, “Betty and the Black Puppy” is part of the collection of tales. Betty is Scottish and a latter-day Francis of Assisi regarding all God’s creatures. In the story, the dog 🐶 is a symbol of… [I can’t let the cat out of the bag! Please fetch a copy, or read free Kindle Unlimited.)


Jordan Peterson & Fascist Mysticism | Pankaj Mishra | The New York Review of Books

It is imperative to ask why and how this obscure Canadian academic, who insists that gender and class hierarchies are ordained by nature and validated by science, has suddenly come to be hailed as the West’s most influential public intellectual. Peterson rails against “softness,” arguing that men have been “pushed too hard to feminize,” like other hyper-masculinist thinkers before him who saw compassion as a vice and urged insecure men to harden their hearts against the weak (women and minorities) on the grounds that the latter were biologically and culturally inferior. Peterson’s ageless insights are, in fact, a typical, if not archetypal, product of our own times: right-wing pieties seductively mythologized for our current lost generations.
— Read on www.nybooks.com/daily/2018/03/19/jordan-peterson-and-fascist-mysticism/