My favorite involves those cellular automata from before. And surely in our real world, where the upper-class has no way of distributing secret messages to every single cool person, this would be even harder. That would be crass.
But the upper-class is very upset, because their gambit of wearing black to differentiate themselves from the middle-class has failed — both uppers and middles now wear identical black togas. Like all of you, my first thought was of course the pathogen stress theory of values. Just as three eighteenth-century Frenchmen and a renegade Brazilian Marxist philosopher predicted.
On the other hand, I feel massively threatened from the left, since the few times I got in a fight with them ended with me getting death threats and harrassment and feeling like everyone was on their side and I was totally alone.
Support for abortion and gun control have stayed pretty stable for decades, radical feminism seems to have leveled off, and aside from global warming environmentalism has kind of faded into the background. But as the barber-pole movement of fashion creeps downward, fundies are starting to become two classes below certain people at the top, and those people no longer risk misidentification.
So they conceive an ingenious plan to switch back to white togas. After two years, the lower-class notices the middle-class is mostly wearing black now, and they start wearing black to pass as middle-class. But everyone also wants to avoid getting mistaken for a member of a poorer class.
And then going too far, until other people have to roll their eyes at those people. This post is less something I will defend to the death and more a form of self-therapy. Certainly not because I selected them for that. Actually, put that way a lot of people seem to be anti-leftist.
That would explain why so many working-class people with crappy jobs end up conservative. If conservative values are fueled by fear of contamination based on an inbuilt evolutionary reaction to the observed level of pathogen exposure, then my current work on an internal medicine hospital team — which is pretty heavy on the death and disease even for a doctor — would turn me super-conservative very quickly.
It is only the rich, who are at no risk of ever being mistaken for the poor, who can pull this off. Grundy, and then people even less hip than that, until it became a big pileup on poor Mrs.
Maybe work-related stress has some special ability to cause this effect? I do admit that, although I try to base my reasoned opinions on The Greater Good, a lot of my political emotions are based on fear, especially fear for my personal safety.
But I feel like these sorts of things probably go on all the time, and my increased conservativism is the cause, and not the effect, of me noticing them. In the past two months I have inexplicably and very very suddenly become much more conservative.
Upper class people are richer, and so can afford to about-face very quickly and buy an entirely new wardrobe. Grundy herself joins the party, what then? But nothing new of this sort has happened in the past two months. Why do I like this model?
It explains a lot of otherwise mysterious things about fashion. And I would like to think that the rationalist movement is a part of that. They want to pass for upper-class, and they expect to be able to pull it off, so they start wearing black too.
I remember especially noticing the Eich incident and invasion of the Dartmouth administration building and related threats and demands. But I think this is the fundamental generator that makes it all tick.
On each tick, a cell tries to be the same color that the cell above it was last tick. Now the upper-class and underclass wear white, and the middle and lower classes wear black. When was the last time you could hear a story like that and have it be even slightly probably that the mob was rightist?
This would actually explain a lot. Certain versions of it are certainly plausible. The Left has been doing an unusual number of bad things in the past two months. I have long suspected social justice contains some of these. The overall effect is sort of like a barber pole.[Content warning: some ideas that might make you feel anxious about your political beliefs.
Epistemic status: very speculative and not necessarily endorsed.Download