It seems that the current pandemic is a game changing event on many fronts. It is unclear to what extent it is an actual health crisis or a simulacrum of one. But however we judge the actual severity of the disease, the putative crisis seems to be a catalyst for profound social transformation. What is clear is the radical difference in the way that the left and the right are responding to the perceived threat. We see in full view how the left wants everyone to stay at home and “social distance”, and how it is profoundly anti-democratic and totalitarian.
No one doubts that the flu has unfortunate consequences for the very old, the frail, and those in poor health. It is less clear whether it is any worse than the seasonal flu we’ve seen in previous years, and there is some evidence that it is not. But the perception of the disease has caused such paranoid, over-the-top totalitarian response in leftist governments that it may well have radical and distastarous consequences on social practices like tango.
Now some people on the right advocate “accelerationism”. They argue that the right should let the left get their way and “watch society collapse”. That would mean that loss of traditional milongas due to the loss of the older dancers who have maintained them would make clear what a sham all the hipster neo-tango dancing is and would turn people against the left.
So-called “liberals” want to hold onto the idea that the left can maintain traditional tango. But I think that they can’t. Once you opt for egalitarianism and feminism traditional tango is on the way out. The young are being indoctrinated in statist camps to hate anything to do with tradition and to instead to go skateboarding and get whole body tatoos. Again, the pandemic is showing what a totally unnecessary farce the so-called “education” system is and this gives us hope that people will stop going to school altogether.
A case in point is Montevideo where I’m spending my pandemic, and one of the places where tango originated. It’s a liberal utopia with plenty of “centros de la mujer”. I already got my “anti-machismo” lecture from a woman I met at a milonga. There are no traditional milongas here at all. While the DJ-ing is very acceptable, all traditional tango dancers have to share the floor with neotango dancers. That is likely the future of Buenos Aires after the pandemic. Then people will start seeing why leftism is really the end of traditional tango dancing and that would be a positive consequence of this imaginary crisis.
It is quite possible that Covid19 is really just another weapon in an ongoing war that includes also feminism and antiracism. If so, then feminists and antiracists might reconsider their position given that there won’t be any tango to decolonise if you’re permanently required to social distance.