Expanding upon Elon Musk’s view of polarization in cartoon form

Beau Dure
5 min readMay 23, 2022

Elon Musk recently explained his political evolution with, of course, a tweet:

His view that “woke progressives” have arisen over the last 15 years and have become a minor menace isn’t wrong. Ironically, they’re using his favored medium.

But his view is, shall we say, a bit oversimplified. As annoying as “woke progressives” can be, his diagram omits quite a few groups who are considerably more dangerous. People who want to deny the existence of LGBTQ humans are more of a threat to society than a bunch of left-wing meanies who take out their insecurities by scouring Twitter in search of people to cyberbully.

So let’s take a deeper look, one that I hope will help Elon and anyone else of a like mind understand what has happened in US politics and society since those halcyon days when we elected a Black center-left president who represented this country without embarrassment on the world stage and did not usher in the Islamofascist-socialist paradise his detractors feared.

Ah … two honorable people running for president. The fringes are more or less out of the power structure.

Sarah Palin? Who? Well, that changes things a bit.

Mitt Romney’s a decent human being and all, but who are these historical re-enactors ranting about the government?

And here comes the woke brigade! Now they can argue with people on an increasingly unpleasant social medium.



Beau Dure

Author of sports books, slayer of false narratives, player of music