The Blockade: Coping in the age of Trump
Today's read: In the New York Times, the story of a former tech executive (Walmart and Nike among his credits) who now lives a solitary life on an Ohio pig farm. Erik Hagerman was so disturbed by Donald Trump's election that he decided to shut himself off from what was to follow. Donald Trumpâ€™s victory shook him. Badly. And so Mr. Hagerman developed his own eccentric experiment, one that was part silent protest, part coping mechanism, part extreme self-care plan. He swore that he would avoid learning about anything that happened to America after Nov. 8, 2016. â€œIt was draconian and complete,â€? he said. â€œItâ€™s not like I wanted to just steer away from Trump or shift the conversation. It was like I was a vampire and any photon of Trump would turn me to dust.â€? It was just going to be for a few days. But he is now more than a year into knowing almost nothing about American politics. He has managed to become shockingly uninformed during one of the most eventful chapters in modern American history. He is as ignorant as a contemporary citizen could ever hope to be. The article details all the ways in which Hagerman has enforced what he calls The Blockade. James Comey. Russia. Robert Mueller. Las Vegas. The travel ban. â€œAlternative facts.â€? Pussy hats. Scaramucci. Parkland. Big nuclear buttons. Roy Moore. He knows none of it. To Mr. Hagerman, life is a spoiler. They say ignorance is bliss.