Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Flotsam on a Fetid Tide

I have been too busy designing a houseboat that sails to write a blog post this week, and so instead I encourage you to read the following. (Link to the original.)

More fun in the Indispensable Nation: As we have all heard by now, according to Hillary, ardent of becoming National Basilisk, half of Trump’s supporters are evil and the other half losers, deplorables all. That is, she holds half of Americans in contempt. Unsurprisingly she said this in New York, which is barely America, and to a convention of sexual curiosities.

I frankly think her admirable. As she coughs, staggers, convulses, lies, pilfers, sells favors and lapses into intermittent confusion, she still has the courage to tell America that she loathes half of it. That´s candor.

Give her credit for consistency. She is always mendacious, firmly in the pockets of Wall Street, Israel, the Neocon hawks, and the arms industry, never having accomplished anything on her own, always riding Bill’s coattails, having a disastrous record as SecState, always for sale. With her, we know what we will get. With Trump, it’s a roll of very weird dice.

Ah, the Donald. While he unmistakably displays various presidential qualities–he can walk up stairs by himself, and his eyes usually point in the same direction–there is indeed a certain aleatory quality to the man. God knows what he might do. He shoots from the hip, saying all sorts of loopy but interesting things. Interesting if you live somewhere else. He talks unflatteringly about the other sex near open mikes, instead of away from them like everybody else.

The Donald merely makes me nervous, while Hillary makes me want to take poison. It is the difference between an acid trip and death by sinus drainage. His truly great strength is that he is not Hillary. The election is really a contest between placeholders for conflicting interests, for different views of the world. Few would want either if there were another choice.

Hillary’s attitude toward America has for years been implicit in our ruling class in New York. Having little in common with the rest of the country, they speak of most of it as Flyover Land, a realm of intellectual darkness and barbarism separating Manhattan and Hollywood. So far as I know, this is the first time the elites have had the confidence, if not necessarily the judgement, to say it plainly.

Let’s not delude ourselves. America is ruled by the Five Cities, Boston, New York, Washington, Tel Aviv, and Hollywood. The rest of us just pay taxes. The heart of the beast is New York, the Ivies being its nursery and Washington its storefront.

To a practicing curmudgeon, the presidential contest is amusing but unimportant. Hillary will win, whether she wins or not. She is just the wave front of deep and fast-flowing currents of decay that cannot be stopped. Trump may try, but he cannot succeed. We live in a dying culture and, soon, a diminished country. It cannot be saved.

Not true? Add up the bits and pieces. We laugh in horror, some of us, primarily the older, at the decline of schooling, the courses like Batman and the Struggle for Gender Equity. Comic, yes. Yet in aggregate these constitute an academic and civilizational collapse both profound and irreversible. Enstupidation does not happen in a healthy country. Who even wants to reverse this onrushing night? Not the universities, nor the teachers unions, nor a professoriat gone as daft as the “students,” nor the banks battening on student loans.

It is over. Hillary may start wars in her six months before going into a sanatorium. Trump may build walls. But the rot will go on. Tell me why it won’t.

American culture now drinks deeply from the ghetto, and there is no turning this around either. The country has achieved the dictatorship of the sub-proletariat. Someone said that when the lower orders found that they could vote themselves the treasury, they would. They can also vote themselves the culture, and have.

There is no solution. Complaining about degraded music, semi-literacy, and barnyard taste accomplishes nothing. Soon there will be none left who remember what has been lost. Once broken, the chain cannot be repaired.

It is over. Putrefaction is irreversible, either by Ronald or Lucretia.

The shift to the economic pattern of the Third World, the concentration of wealth in the hands of a few, proceeds apace and there is nothing to do about it. Impunity, normal in Guatemala, allows corruption to go unpunished. Think sub-prime. Hillary is as crooked as any president in Latin America, everyone knows it, and nothing happens to her. The extremely rich, the famous one percent, control Wall Street, the media, Congress, banking, the social media. The well-being of all but the rich declines. It will go on. There is no way to change it. Who will do it? How?

It is over. Ronald can’t stop it. Lucretia doesn’t want to.

It goes rapidly now. Perhaps worst, because it paralyzes resolution, in a few short decades the country has lost all cohesion, whether cultural, racial, linguistic, or religious. In 1955, America was overwhelmingly white, Anglophone, Christian, and European, which provided enough unity to hold it together, and poor communications provided enough separation to maintain peace among groups that detested each other: Massachusetts and Alabama, West Virginia and California.

The US, once a nation, is now a group of angry minorities in the same place. Things that seem insane to half the country, such as making girls of twelve years share public bathrooms with any man interested in girls of twelve, are promoted by the other half as requisite for equality. Blacks are in open insurrection. The borders barely exist. The government cannot or will not enforce the laws. How can this change, other than to worsen?

Further, America is rapidly becoming a hive of narcissistic milquetoasts in extended adolescence, of delicates and Fauntleroys unable to care for themselves. Those who read speak with reason of Eloi and Morlocks, but few read. We elders read agape of the microaggressions and safe spaces, of cry-baby co-eds who sob in fear at seeing a mouse. Snowflakes they are called, and snowflakes they are.

The potential consequences of this are not easily grasped by those under fifty. The United States has been remarkably protected for decades. America’s wars are fought in other people’s countries. Except for 9/11 the public has never been subjected to the horrors routinely inflicted by America in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and so on. Ever fewer Americans have been in a schoolyard fight, baited a hook, fired a gun, or lived a week in the woods. We are a coddled nation.

My saying this will bring forth much squeaking and gibbering to the effect that I am insecure and fantasizing about Marlboro Man, remembering a macho world that never was, a latent transgender, and that I hate everybody. Only the last comes close.

But America is more fragile than it looks. Its people cannot feed themselves. The economy really can collapse. If civil unrest broke the link from farm to cities, in two weeks New Yorkers would be eating each other. Soft white urbanites eeeeking and squealing about guns cannot defend themselves.

It is over. Watch. Trump if elected will be more interesting, Hillary a boring but more certain civilizational mortician, but both are chips floating on a fetid tide.

9 comments :

candrich said...

I expected, what is around the corner, 30 years ago. My two children were young and I was a single mother. I was frightened. My response was to study survivalism. To learn to grow a garden, bait a hook, set a snare, build a shelter. I even learned how to grow gardens in the wilderness without fencing in such a way that wild critters would still share with me. Personally I feel ready but I look at those I know and love and I tremble for them. I am over 60 now. I have kept myself strong, healthy, and adaptable. I do not live in this world alone. A great ending and a great beginning is just around the corner. What will that new world look like? Who will have the fortitude and adaptability to live to see it? Who will I be in this new tomorrow. I am excited at the thought of living in a real world. I feel great trepidation at the thought of what we will have to endure to get there. Only time will illuminate the mystery of tomorrow. I desire for all of us the blessing of waking up happy and going to sleep peaceful. This election has been just a lot of noise. No one will save us. Ultimately I feel optimistic. I know however that the cost will be great. Bring it on already. Let's get to it and do it.

Rob Rhodes said...

" ...the public has never been subjected to the horrors routinely inflicted by America in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and so on."

While I agree that this generally true, with a heavily militarized police force using SWAT teams to issue petty warrants and tanks to face unarmed activists it is becoming less and less the case. Empires seem to visit violence on their own as they fall.

Mister Roboto said...

It makes me laugh dryly to recall that twelve years ago, I had myself half-believing that voting for Democrats would save us from what is described herein. Oh well, at least the time spent in the comment sections of liberal-Democratic echo-chamber blogs was a better time-sink than reading poorly-written Star Wars novels!

ralph k said...

Trump ...fill in the blank, shoots from the hip, says crass things, he makes people nervous. He is from the urban northeast part of the US. That is how they talk and act. But if you give him a 'New York minute', you might realize he actually possesses a few more neurons than a dead chicken. Most folks can't get past the bluster, because they just don't get it. This man is anything but a neanderthal with money. Do a search for him speaking to Congress, or the Scottish Parliament, you might not believe what he is actually capable of. Suddenly he is not an entertainer, a baffoon, whatever, he is very articulate and extremely knowledgeable.
He doesn't couch everything in syrupy west coast crap that the whole country is drowning in. And most importantly, does not want war.

Robert Goad said...

Fred Reed lives in Mexico and has for some time. A recent Doug Casey summation reminds us that almost all americans came to the USA to avoid being a slave (of some sort) in their original country and to seek a better life in a land of seeming promise. And the irony of those same adventuristic, brave types now leaving the USA as it declines for promise abroad. We bailed south three years ago and really like it down here for a multitude of reasons and have NO intention of ever going back to the USSA. The Fred Reed archives on his site are a treasure by the way.

psyclonus said...

Great piece as usual, thanks. I for one also don't want to hold back that onrushing night, though personally I see it more as onrushing day, a chance to escape the dark ages. Lol at that "lack of borders" bit though. Have you traveled recently? You need nazi papers, and lots of them. You will wait in lines with thousands who are torn from their families, unable to work, unable to do business, because border trolls demand their highway robbery payoff. Customs and many so-called free trade agreements mean you won't be able to import anything unless you've made deals with the proper border orcs in charge. Hardly a "lack of borders" these above-the-law institutions are responsible for draining tens of thousands of bitcoin worth of value from the economy every day. They help noone, even the ones imagining they are given a job from this nonsense are actually being held back from a fruitful life.

Mister Roboto said...

The Fred Reed archives on his site are a treasure by the way.

I did read a few of those archives, and here's my impression (and I realize that somebody more familiar with his writings might possibly challenge this evaluation): Reed seems to agree with the rising alt-right movement about a lot of things but doesn't have very much use for their cultish dogmatism and intolerance and even rejects a few of their core assumptions. That pretty much makes him the polar opposite of myself, who agrees with social justice warriors about a lot of things but has no use for their cultish dogmatism and intolerance and also rejects quite a few of their core assumptions (and don't even get me started on that whole Tumblr millennial "special snowflake" culture). Even with that in mind, he manages to say things that really need to be said but never would be in mainstream non-Internet media.

Sean Keating said...

Hey Dmitry, I disagree with you often, agree with you frequently, and always enjoy your perspective. Are we approaching a cultural collapse? Like, where everyone has to confront the complete bankruptcy of all their everyday, cherished assumptions? Is that what cultural collapse is?

Jim Dandy said...

"The bad manners of all parliaments, the general tendency to connive at a rather shady business transaction if it promises to bring in money without work, jazz and Negro dances as the spiritual outlet in all circles of society, women painted like prostitutes, the efforts of writers to win popularity by ridiculing...the correctness of well-bred people, and the bad taste shown even by the nobility and old princely families in throwing off every kind of social restraint and time-honoured custom: all of these go to prove that it is now the vulgar mob that gives the tone."

Oswald Spengler, 1933