From The Guardian:
The future is here and it works. Importantly, it is not a conservative future.
It’s not exactly a progressive-globalist future either. Boulder is one of those Whitopia sort of places. They tend to work well irrelevant of the politics they’re running. It’s almost as if the behaviours and abilities of the people matters more than the politics of the place. Who’d have thunk it?
Boulder has become the exemplar of how rich and satisfying urban life can be. It is also a Democrat stronghold.
White people living in blissful whitopia do indeed vote that way. Long-term, it’s definitely a mistake. They don’t know what they’ve got ‘til it’s gone.
It has been voted the US’s brainiest city, its happiest city, the country’s foodiest place and the number one city for health. It is a standing reproach to Donald Trump, and indeed Britain’s rightwing Brexiteers who ape his thinking.
This is baffling. How exactly is a town that only has about 2000 immigrants and is full of white people doing stuff white people like a reproach to Trump? Trump’s policies are Boulder-inspired aren’t they?
And I’m even more baffled about how Brexit fits in? Exactly how many ‘Syrians’ has the EU tried to foist on Boulder, Colorado lately?
Trump would doubtless dismiss Boulder as the people’s republic, scorning its efforts as political correctness gone mad: these are Bernie Sanders Democrats.
Whitopia democrats are fans of Bernie Sanders, Whitopia Democrat.
He is opposed to all the good that a city like Boulder represents, and whose success – with the right national policies – could be reproduced more widely. In elections, the candidate who can own the future wins. Trump cannot own Boulder, or any of the culture or values that make it what it is. The US may flirt with Trump, but ultimately it will vote for more Boulders. It’s the only possible future.
Here’s a shocking thing to say: the politics don’t matter that much. It’s not ‘policies’ that make this town a Good Place. It’s the population (assuming for a second that you can abide Hipsters).
You could put a bunch of white people, Jewish people and East Asian people in a ditch on the moon, give them the screwiest political system possible… and I reckon they’d still do OK.
So.. in a way, I agree with The Guardian: Yes, a city that’s 85.7% white folks and 4.7% East Asian folks sure does sound like a nice place to live. But everyone there needs to start voting for their local Trump-equivalent, and pronto.