Oh ffs STFU pic.twitter.com/fRM4gbmyY5— Libs of Tik Tok (@libsoftiktok) June 21, 2021
Portland can be summed up in a single word.
When I look at Portland, I see a place where modernism has run wild and has become culturally dominant. Traditional values have receded. The values of the avant-garde have become hegemonic.
The phrase “you can be yourself here” gives the game away. What does that mean? It means “Become Who You Are.” It means left-libertarianism. It means cultural liberation and cultural egalitarianism. It means social liberalism. It is all ultimately based on an overly romanticized ideal of the interior self and self-expression which is constrained by outside forces like, say, law enforcement.
Portland has a major anarchist problem because it has a much bigger modernism problem. Anarchists have always flourished in these bohemian urban enclaves. Civilization is collapsing in Portland because these degenerate values are too widespread and entrenched now and too many people who share this misguided worldview have accumulated there. The most basic tasks of civilization are neglected there because even the most minimum level of order required for a civilization to function feels oppressive.
There is too much individualism, too much cultural liberty, too little respect for authority, too few people with traditional values to provide order and stability. Those who remain there are getting out.
Note: This is Portland.