Red Vs Blue

Model of categorizing US states/counties/citizens

Initially defined as to whether a state voted in majority for George W Bush vs Al Gore in the 2000 election. Blue=Gore (Democratic Party), Red=Bush (Republican Party).

David Brooks on (Dec'2001) the split.

Timothy Noah identifies (Apr'2004) as being a county-level split (with urban-area counties more likely to be Blue). (Urban Secession)

Is this Stasist/Neo Phobe vs Dynamist/Neophilia (Virginia Postrel)? Probably not, given that the Democratic Party is owned by the Labor Union-s.

Tom Wolfe on the anti-democrat resentment. I think support for Bush is about not wanting to be led by East Coast pretensions. It is about not wanting to be led by people who are forever trying to force their twisted sense of morality onto us, which is a non-morality. That is constantly done, and there is real resentment... I cannot stand the lock-step among everyone in my particular world. They all do the same thing, without variation. It gets so boring. There is something in me that particularly wants it registered that I am not one of them.

Scary slave-state map

(The citizens of) which states pay the most in federal taxes, vs which states receive federal money.

I think that rather than state-level clustering, a better model is the Urban Archipelago.

Also refers to RedPill vs BluePill choice in the Matrix movies.

Do GrayPill and GrayTribe refer to the same category? (and is it Gray or Grey?) (RedTribe/BlueTribe)

Scott Alexander on the OutGroup

Venkatesh Rao:


And what about Purple Pill?

And Black Pill

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