Commenter DN Poolside posed a perceptive question recently:
Is it possible for the Overton window to move left AND right at the same time?
That’s plainly what’s occurring. Liberalism, and its SJW drone fleet, achieve more thorough destruction of traditional norms on a near daily basis. As just one example, transgender evolved from a term most of the public had never heard, to society’s standard of civil virtue in mere moments after something called gay marriage was found lurking in the penumbras. Now athletic contests may not be held in good conscience where men are prohibited from women’s restrooms. Such a position would have been the purview of science fiction within living memory of a field mouse. Today it is deemed the wisdom of the ancients.
Unfortunately, the left’s victories only aggravate rather than temper its desperation. Every cultural achievement requires a new pursuit, because history never stops and being on the new “right side” of it is paramount for fragile psyches. But history is already recorded, and so the right side they ludicrously presume to know is what more circumspect observers call “the future.” And getting there consistently before the clock requires frantic lunging into blind curves. So that’s what they do-–all jostling to not be the last around the bend.
The result is Overton screaming leftward under heavy acceleration. Though none of its liberal drivers ever look up to see who’s following. Millions across the West have simply watched it fade over the horizon with growing contempt. And because every people must have cultural denominators, a new Window has formed in the vapor trail of the old.
Nationalists and populists are now constructing their own values and vernaculars. They are building frameworks that serve their people’s welfare rather than exclusively that of others. They are rejecting the abstract and embracing the organic. The left’s sacred pail of ‘isms is being emptied, and speech that is consistently narrowing in one cohort is expanding in the other. The Right Side of History is still to be written, and the left has no monopoly on pens. Which means the old Overton Window and the new are racing rapidly apart. Throughout the West, a sort of national speciation is taking place.
In a visceral sense, that is why tonight’s US presidential debate is drawing historic interest. Partisans sense this is no typical election. Rarely have its standard-bearers represented such disparate factions. Hillary’s multi-cult migrant menagerie against Trump’s founding stock Deplorables. I don’t think the inevitable “that’s not who we are” has ever featured such mutually exclusive wes. The debate will be notable for its chasm of common ground. If nothing else, it will be a refreshing departure from two globalists murmuring about the most efficient means to subordinate the interests of Indiana to Israel or Kansans to Kurds.
So my response to DNP is yes, the Overton Window can move simultaneously left and right. But only if it is two Windows, rather than one. That’s a condition which seeks equilibrium. May it be found on The Right Side of the Future.