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Not The Slightest Bit Country

If you haven't checked out The Urban Archipelago yet which is probably the case since it went up this weekend please do. It really is, in many ways, a more staid restatement of many of the arguments made by Fuck The South. I've read it a couple of times over the weekend and despite the weird Ayn Randisms that keep popping out at me I keep finding oh-so-totally memorable things contained within:

In cities all over America, distressed liberals are talking about fleeing to Canada or, better yet, seceding from the Union. We can't literally secede and, let's admit it, we don't really want to live in Canada. It's too cold up there and in our heart-of-hearts we hate hockey. We can secede emotionally, however, by turning our backs on the heartland. We can focus on our issues, our urban issues, and promote our shared urban values. We can create a new identity politics, one that transcends class, race, sexual orientation, and religion, one that unites people living in cities with each other and with other urbanites in other cities. The Republicans have the federal government--for now. But we've got Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Diego, New York City (Bloomberg is a Republican in name only), and every college town in the country. We're everywhere any sane person wants to be. Let them have the shitholes, the Oklahomas, Wyomings, and Alabamas. We'll take Manhattan.

I live in one of those blue cities embedded in a solidly red state and I wholeheartedly agree.

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  1. The South has pockets of blue – that’s partially what led to Molly and I’s extreme post-election disappointment. Living in the honest-to-god City of Knoxville, TN and seeing all of those Kerry signs and urbane neighbors lulls one into a sort of “liberal” complacency. But no matter what the 100,000 or so of us do, we are no match for the suburbs, the farms and the neighborhoods of $400,000 stucco houses that are 10 feet apart.

    I used to contend that there was a “New South” and an “Old South” but that is a drastic oversimplication and an overestimation of my fellow native Tennesseans. To anyone on the outside it’s just “The South” and until “The South” makes strides to join the 20th Century (we’re always a century behind) it will continue to be that way.

    Here’s hoping the Republican party becomes the Republican party again… once the fat federal dollars quit flowing South they will all be voted out of office.

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