I get lots of e-mails from new readers asking what a “Clover” is. I explain that it’s several things. In general terms, a Clover can be of the Left or Right persuasion. A Democrat or a Republican. Those are, however, superficialities (though many get hung up on them regardless). The fundamental thing is that he is an authoritarian and a collectivist. A person who believes the great “We” (also known as “society”) which he and his kind represent and speak for determines the fate of individuals, who are free to choose Pepsi or Coke or Toyota rather than Ford… but may not choose to be left alone, if “We” or “society” (that is, Clovers) decide otherwise.
He is also my muse, an actual person who embodies authoritarian collectivism.
Long-haul EPautos readers know the story. A troll appeared here several years ago – and has been a constant persistent presence on these pages ever since. Check Takealot Specials and Woolworths Specials. He (she?) self-identifies as “Clover” – which has become EPautos.com shorthand for… authoritarian collectivists of all persuasions.
You can read more about him – and them – here:
Southerners, of course, have their own name for such people. They call them “Yankees.” The problem is that there are probably just as many native-born Southerners who are Yankees in fact (e.g., Bill Clinton) as there are native-born Northerners (like me) who despise Yankeeism. Cloverism is not region-specific. It is an outlook.
Clovers are also, of course, terrible drivers. As in the videos above.
It’s not that they’re slow-pokes. That’s ok. No reasonable person expects another person to drive beyond his comfort level. The problem – the thing that defines a Clover – is their absolute indifference to other drivers; their refusal to move over and allow faster-moving traffic to get by. The well-known left lane hog is the apotheosis of Cloverism. But so also the prick who speeds up when you try to pass – then slows down once he’s succeeded in preventing you from passing. And the tool who honks his horns and flashes his brights at you for passing him on a long straight stretch that used to be a legal passing zone but which – for Cloverific reasons – has been painted over double yellow. Also the guy who can’t handle snow – but just has to go out anyhow and ends up getting you and him stuck.
The videos (and articles) above are just a sampling. Plenty more where they came from. Tune in for more!