Against Conservative Pessimism

A U.S. flag flies at Hay Creek Town Hall on Election Day in Hay Creek, Minn., November 3, 2020. (Eric Miller/Reuters)
America faces challenges, but it can still be saved. Don’t let any black-pill-peddling digital junkies convince you otherwise.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE T he right-wing Internet vocabulary is rife with “pills.” The red pill, originally a reference to the famous choice that Neo faces in The Matrix: “You take the blue pill, the story ends. . . . You take the red pill, you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.” The “red pill” has become the conservative version of “woke,” denoting ideological affinity and an awareness of what’s really going on behind the curtain. The blue pill is its ignorant and blissfully unaware counterpart. This initial binary has expanded to accommodate a vast array of digital

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