In an earlier list of what I learned and didn't learn this year,
I left out GUTS because I'm not convinced that it's a universal or permanent thing.
Nevertheless, it turned out to be a hugely important variable.
At first I assumed that Deepstate's control was total. It appeared that ALL governments at ALL levels were operating in strict unison to kill EVERYONE.
When a few exceptions started to pop up, I assumed that they would be quickly hammered down.
Some of them did converge to the holocaust sooner or later, but a few didn't. More importantly, a few leaders DEconverged after going along at the start.
When Deepstate has total control, exceptions aren't allowed. Desertion is punished even more harshly than refusal to join.
I had to conclude that INNATE PERSONALITY was able to overcome the pressures of blackmail and bribery. In other words, GUTS.
At the national level, only Magufuli of Tanzania has remained solid and scientific.
Sweden and the Orientals quickly showed as fakes, and now Sweden isn't even bothering to pretend. Belarus partly converged but might still be retaining a bit of independence.
Among governors, Noem of SD has been just as GUTSY from the start as Magufuli. Several governors in Dixie pulled out after initially going along. DeSantis of Florida shows the strongest and most stubborn leadership. Lee of Tennessee is almost as solid.
At the level of mayors, the system appears to be more rigid, or perhaps Bloomberg has done a better job of weeding out potential humans. No mayors have even pretended to stand against the holocaust.
Labels: Constants and Variables