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Always playing the red vs. blue game, I’ve seen countless blue state friends posting this map from the Washington Post about compliance with “social distancing” orders, as tracked with cell phone data.
Outside of the disturbing privacy implications, this is exactly why a federal lockdown won’t work. For media observers on the East Coast, this is proof of their compliance with “social distancing” orders as opposed to those red-state idiots in the West and in the South. What it actually shows is the difference not in compliance, but in population density and a drastically different way of life.
In Wyoming, a supermarket isn’t around the corner like it is for those in New York or New Jersey.
What the gloating over this map also shows is the disconnect between those who consume the food made on American farms and ranches, and those who are actually working on them. Those going around the corner to their local Whole Foods on the Upper West Side to pick up some steak then return to their apartments to work from home. For a cattle rancher in Wyoming, the one responsible for that steak dinner on the Upper West Side, doesn’t have the luxury of working from home. But the fact that he’s not sitting inside his house doesn’t mean he’s recklessly exposing all of Wyoming. While that Whole Foods patron lives mere feet from his neighbor, the cattle rancher lives miles away from anyone outside of his immediate family. Traveling ten miles away in Wyoming exposes far fewer people than it does in the New York metro area. Traveling ten miles away is necessary in Wyoming; not so much in New York.
Which is why a one-sized fits all lockdown won’t work. The way of life in Wyoming is different than it is in New York, and they have no . Those on the East Coast who are used to shaping public opinion and policy prove with this map, and their gloating, why they cannot be trusted to set nation-wide policy.Published in