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DAVIDSON: The Battle for Political & Intellectual Territory

I’m Right, You’re Wrong

Jeff Davidson

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With days to go, the political discourse in this election season is heating up to molten levels, contributing to a larger, longstanding phenomenon, which has actually been in progress for decades: The whole world is now concerned with what one could regard as ‘marking territory.’

Human beings, sensing both the swelling numbers of people populating the planet, and the diminishing supply of resources, consciously or unconsciously are constantly marking territory. This development long precedes any contemporary government administration.

“Territoriality” as defined on Psychology.iresearchnet “is a pattern of attitudes and behavior held by a person or group that is based on perceived, attempted, or actual control of a physical space, object, or idea, which may involve habitual occupation, defense, personalization, and marking of the territory. Marking means placing an object or substance in a space to indicate one’s territorial intentions.”

For some people, the territory is raw land. For others, it’s intellectual property. For many people, it’s positions in cyberspace, and for growing numbers it is political control, and even thought control, as we’ve witnessed on the part of the Left.

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Today, we have unarticulated fears about our futures. Government workers and corporate rank-and-file employees begin thinking about retirement long before the rest of us, but, clearly, no one wants to miss out on ‘their share’ of goods, services, benefits, influence, or control.

The marking of territory is a direct result of our entering the economic age. As my Economics 101 professor at the University of Connecticut explained, when resources are abundant, economic concepts do not come into play. If you are part of a small tribe, for example, dwelling on a huge, isolated landmass, with an abundance of fruits, seeds, berries, vegetables, fish, and wild game, you do not reside in an economic society.

Economics comes into play once goods are either scarce or in high demand. As the professor explained, economics is the allocation of scarce resources, to which I would add or “perceived to be” scarce resources.

As economies grow and evolve, people look to established institutions such as education, business, and government, to shape their values. However, in established economies of abundance, such as those in the West and along the Pacific rim, people decreasingly rely on legacy institutions, sometimes becoming dismissive or more suspicious of them, and instead turn inward to “self-expressive” type values.

A World in Flux

Today, as every square inch of semantic space is in flux, people and the groups to which they belong are vying for control in ways no one likely imagined in previous generations. The airwaves, the Internet, newspapers, magazines, and books, as well as physical territory, the skies, the seas, and everything in between is being contested.

Above all, perhaps, is ideology. The belief system to which you adhere, in many respects, defines not only your worldview, but often your actions, your lifestyle, and your future. Accelerating ideological confrontation and the competition for scarce resources proceeds as a result of world population climbing from three billion in 1960 to nearly eight billion today by the close of 2020, with billions more en route. The same is occurring in the U.S. as climbed to 331 million people, up from 160 million in 1960 – merely two generations.

In a 60-year time span, a nearly tripling of the human population, unquestionably impacts each of us in myriad ways. Planet-wide, the mean population exceeded 100 people per square mile starting in the late 1990s and is edging up to what many people deem to be an alarming rate. Concurrently, planetary resources are relatively finite. The landmasses and fresh water are certainly finite.

An Acute Quest for Control

The quest for control on global, regional, national, and even personal levels has likely never been as acute an issue as it is at this moment. Personal technologies, particularly the cellphone, enable any user the ability to stay connected globally and to keep informed on key issues.

Often, keeping pace means visiting the same websites and relying on the same information sources with their same parallaxed views. Consider your own bookmarked sites: How often do you intentionally explore sites that are far afield of your current views, interests, and explorations?

As we’ve often witnessed, it is beyond human capability to be entirely objective. Everybody is shaped by their upbringing, predispositions, surroundings, and peers, as well as by influential leaders, media manipulation, groups vying to be persuasive, and a host of other factors.

The typical person, or whole groups for that matter, often do not even realize why they think and believe the way that they do. They simply know deep down that they are ‘right,’ and are convinced as such by others, regardless of what available objective measures might otherwise indicate.

I’m Right, You’re Wrong

Given that today each of us is ‘right’ on contemporary and political issues, it is becoming increasingly difficult to encounter anyone who is willing to concede any ground, often, on even the smallest of issues. As a case in point – and many other examples exist around the world – the current configuration of the United States has another decade, perhaps, before states with liberal enclaves on the east and west coast, and states with a more conservative base in the interior split into two or more nations. So alarming.

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New Travel Restrictions Arrive Months After Biden Bashed Trump for Same Thing

It’s like they’ve forgotten all about what they said when they were trying to insult Trump.

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Oh the hypocrisy of the liberal left; does it know no bounds?

While President Joe Biden hasn’t been quite a contradictory as some of the other high-level hypocrites in his party, it appears that this is only because he really hasn’t done anything as Commander in Chief.  The border crisis remains a horrid, humanitarian stain on our nation.  Biden-flation continues to threaten the all-important consumer spending season surrounding Christmas.  Russia continues to act with impunity the world over.

It’s hard to be a hypocrite when all you do is sit idly by, right?

But now, a worrisome new strain of COVID-19 has threatened to take the world by storm, and Biden’s work to curb the spread here in the US appears to be eerily similar to actions that he once lambasted Donald Trump for taking.

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President Joe Biden has imposed travel restrictions into the United States due to coronavirus fears despite previously slamming former President Trump as xenophobic for doing the same thing in 2020.

“We are in the midst of a crisis with the coronavirus,” Biden tweeted as a presidential candidate last year the day after Trump imposed travel restrictions from several countries including China into the United States. “We need to lead the way with science — not Donald Trump’s record of hysteria, xenophobia, and fear-mongering. He is the worst possible person to lead our country through a global health emergency.”

And he even doubled down on this sentiment:

Biden later attempted to walk back the xenophobic comment and claimed during a debate that he was making a broad point about xenophobia and not directly referring to the travel ban.

“A wall will not stop the coronavirus,” Biden tweeted in March of 2020. “Banning all travel from Europe — or any other part of the world — will not stop it. This disease could impact every nation and any person on the planet — and we need a plan to combat it.”

One has to wonder, if Joe Biden was that oblivious about the needs of the nation back when he was insulting Donald Trump’s leadership, how is he possibly going to right the nation’s wrongs while in power?

Oh the hypocrisy of the liberal left; does it know no bounds? While President Joe Biden hasn’t been quite a contradictory as some of the other high-level hypocrites in his party, it appears that this is only because he really hasn’t done anything as Commander in Chief.  The border crisis remains a horrid, humanitarian stain on our nation.  Biden-flation continues to threaten the all-important consumer spending season surrounding Christmas.  Russia continues to act with impunity the world over. It’s hard to be a hypocrite when all you do is sit idly by, right? But now, a worrisome new strain of COVID-19 has threatened to take the world by storm, and Biden’s work to curb the spread here in the US appears to be eerily similar to actions that he once lambasted Donald Trump for taking. President Joe Biden has imposed travel restrictions into the United States due to coronavirus fears despite previously slamming former President Trump as xenophobic for doing the same thing in 2020. “We are in the midst of a crisis with the coronavirus,” Biden tweeted as a presidential candidate last year the day after Trump imposed travel restrictions from several countries including China into the United States. “We need to lead the way with science — not Donald Trump’s record of hysteria, xenophobia, and fear-mongering. He is the worst possible person to lead our country through a global health emergency.” And he even doubled down on this sentiment: Biden later attempted to walk back the xenophobic comment and claimed during a debate that he was making a broad point about xenophobia and not directly referring to the travel ban. “A wall will not stop the coronavirus,” Biden tweeted in March of 2020. “Banning all travel from Europe — or any other part of the world — will not stop it.…

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California City Votes to Become ‘Constitutional Republic’, Will Not Adhere to COVID Rules

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There are plenty of ways in which companies and municipalities are working to push back against the government’s highly criticized COVID-19 mandates, and one town in California has just taken perhaps the largest step toward freedom that we’ve seen yet.

In a move that was born out of a need to keep the state government from becoming an authoritarian brute, the city of Oroville, California has declared itself a sovereign “constitutional republic”.

The city council in Oroville, located at the base of the Sierra Nevada foothills about 90 miles from the capital of Sacramento, adopted a resolution this week stating it would oppose state and federal orders it deems to be government overreach.

Oroville leaders said the designation was a way of affirming the city’s values and pushing back against state rules it doesn’t agree with, although a legal expert said the designation was merely a gesture and did not grant the city any new authority.

The move had its naysayers, of course.

But the city’s declaration does not shield it from following federal and state laws, said Lisa Pruitt, a rural law expert at the University of California, Davis, who said it was not clear what the designation meant.

“A municipality cannot unilaterally declare itself not subject to the laws of the state of California,” Pruitt said. “Whatever they mean by constitutional republic you can’t say hocus pocus and make it happen.”

Despite the pushback, the measure passed in a vote of 6-1, and there is little doubt that legal challenges will be coming in the not-so-distant future.

There are plenty of ways in which companies and municipalities are working to push back against the government’s highly criticized COVID-19 mandates, and one town in California has just taken perhaps the largest step toward freedom that we’ve seen yet. In a move that was born out of a need to keep the state government from becoming an authoritarian brute, the city of Oroville, California has declared itself a sovereign “constitutional republic”. The city council in Oroville, located at the base of the Sierra Nevada foothills about 90 miles from the capital of Sacramento, adopted a resolution this week stating it would oppose state and federal orders it deems to be government overreach. Oroville leaders said the designation was a way of affirming the city’s values and pushing back against state rules it doesn’t agree with, although a legal expert said the designation was merely a gesture and did not grant the city any new authority. The move had its naysayers, of course. But the city’s declaration does not shield it from following federal and state laws, said Lisa Pruitt, a rural law expert at the University of California, Davis, who said it was not clear what the designation meant. “A municipality cannot unilaterally declare itself not subject to the laws of the state of California,” Pruitt said. “Whatever they mean by constitutional republic you can’t say hocus pocus and make it happen.” Despite the pushback, the measure passed in a vote of 6-1, and there is little doubt that legal challenges will be coming in the not-so-distant future.

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