…without a wall!!!
Rongjia Tao has an idea to stop tornadoes from forming in America.
Tao says we should build a wall.
…Rather, we should build three walls.
Tao is a professor of physics at Temple University.
According to Tao, if we build three walls where hot and cold fronts normally collide, the walls will block or weaken the air collisions.
The walls would protect Tornado alley just as the Smokey and Rocky mountains protect the coasts.
Tao reckons the walls will need to be 300 meters tall by 50 meters wide. They will be built in North Dakota, Oklahoma and along the Texas/Louisiana border.
Super cell storms have caused billions in damages just in the last couple of decades. Tao estimates, based on the cost of building in urban areas, that we can build all three walls for about $500 million.
But we can do even better.
Why build three walls when you can build three cities for the same price?
Politics doesn’t work. Politics can never work.
The right/left divide in politics is the expression of much deeper biological imperatives.
This difference can never be reconciled.
Studies show that liberals and conservatives have different brain structures, respond to different stimuli and thus have different emotional needs and ideals.
History consists of the two groups making each other miserable.
Sooner or later, one of the groups goes crazy and becomes violent. Eventually both sides go to war.
Whoever kills a sufficient number of the others wins the war and enjoys a period of rulership until conditions to change to create a sufficient number of the other group.
Then they line up and do it again.
Rinse and repeat. Yawn.
There’s only one way to break this cycle:
Let both live how they need.
Which brings us back to our tornado walls!
Building three cities with big enough buildings can not only stop tornadoes…
But we can use those cities to test new models of governance.
I propose for America to build a liberal city, a conservative city, and then a third city for some to be determined purpose.
The liberal city can be a test ground for a generous welfare state and a centrally planned sharing economy.
The conservative city can be a business friendly tax haven without a safety net.
Administratively, these cities would function more like city states with great amounts of autonomy and minimal federal oversight.
There are a lot of details to be worked out, of course.
…But this can be the first step in forging a lasting peace.
We can find out what works from both camps and create a new form of parallel governance.
At the very least, we can have a place to where extremists and curmudgeons from both sides can migrate.
We can stop tornadoes and start solving politics with one big construction project.
…And not in some far off time in the future!
The Empire State Building was designed and built in 14 months.
That was 87 years ago.
If we put our minds to it, we can do the same.