Good piece on why a heterodox group - right, left, techbro, etc - saw the #coronavirus coming. My theory, those who think about production. Includes discussion of
The liberal elite world of and is already rewriting history. They are on their way to pretending they were on top of #coronavirus instead of admitting people they disdain got it right. As usual.
It seems there is a lot of overlap between those on the right who opposed the Iraq War, and who understood early, the threat Wu Flu posed. Similarly, overlap btw the conservatives who supported the Iraq War and have downplayed the pandemic.
Vanity Fair - 2016 Trump Supporters Called the Coronavirus Early
Very interesting from TA Frank. Early Trump supporters (Bannon, et al) were sounding the alarm early on coronavirus, while Trump-can-do-no-wrong enthusiasts amplified Trump's denialism.
Now that the #coronavirus is the new normal, it seems crazy that there was ever a time anyone thought it wouldn't be. But for a month or so a bunch of us - mostly on the right and in Silicon Valley, plus whatever I am - were considered alarmists.
Good piece on the right and the coronavirus
💯 insightful article in
The argument that "original" Trumpians (like Steven Bannon) got this crisis right ignores a simpler explanation: The "original" Trumpians are (mostly) catastrophists with a taste for the apocalyptic and thus see disaster over every hill. 1/x
Key take-away here: blind faith in the political and media mainstream is a recipe for disaster.
“The Coronavirus Crisis Was Built for Insurgent Information”: Why Some Early MAGA Adopters Went Against Trump’s Virus Doctrine | Vanity Fair
Trump's early adopters were also the ones to first signal alarm over the coronavirus. Trump's late adopters downplayed it.
“In many ways the coronavirus crisis was built for insurgent information and sense-making networks" That's a quote from me in this article exploring why some sounded the coronavirus alarm early.
"Trump’s early adopters, who supported him before he looked like a winner to the rest of the world, were ahead of the average in expressing alarm. Trump’s late adopters, who would have lined up behind any Republican in power, carried the message of denial"
. on the outsiders - including some prominent early passengers on the Trump bandwagon - who saw the coronavirus coming. H/t .
Vanity Fair confirms thesis of the #LiminalOrder Our sense making apparatus was far ahead of most. And we're doing it in a tight nit, high trust, private network - far away from the glare of social media. This is the future.
“Trump, if he was ever Trumpist to begin with, became something else once he came to Washington. ... Cutting taxes, worrying about Iran more than China, easing up on the border hawkishness, and siding more with business than workers.”
“The Coronavirus Crisis Was Built for Insurgent Information”: Why Some Early MAGA Adopters Went Against Trump’s Virus Doctrine
It's not about bragging, coronavirus is a crisis, it's about who got there first and what are they saying NOW.
“The Coronavirus Crisis Was Built for Insurgent Information”: Why Some Early MAGA Adopters Went Against Trump’s Virus Doctrine
"If it makes sense why Trumpists would find such a resonant issue in the coronavirus, then the real mystery is why Donald Trump, for whom the issue was built, wound up playing the role of leading denialist..."
If your preoccupations have been over manufacturing capacity, border control, or globalism, then coronavirus hits on all three at once."
Anti-globalist "early adopters" of MAGA like Tucker Carlson and Steve Bannon -- "the people who understood the Party of Davos cynicism" -- were among the first to ring alarms about the coronavirus among conservatives, while "late adopters" downplayed it.
T.A. Frank would make a great unpredictable addition to the left side of a major columnist roster.
“The Coronavirus Crisis Was Built for Insurgent Information”: Why Some Early MAGA Adopters Went Against Trump’s Virus Doctrine
"[T]he early Trump adopters are mostly on the outside today. Whether you think that’s a good or bad thing...[w]hat’s clear is that on the issue of this pandemic, though, we’d all have been better off if Trump had listened to the former." via
Interesting insights here
As Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, and much of the GOP parroted the president’s no-worries line, MAGA originals like Steve Bannon and Mike Cernovich sounded the alarm.
One of the better attempts so far to explain why Fox and Vox were pushing the same pollyannish coronavirus party line.
Extraordinary piece by on the true early-warning guys.
I do think it's possible this crisis will empower the /secular/ populist Right. American Christian democracy, not so much.
Who knew that one day distinctions between early-Trumpists and late-Trumpists is going to be a thing? #MAGA