August 10, 2017

Advance Notice: Future Schedule

OK, Waferinos-

Let me lay out what's going on in Bermworld for the next 3 mos., for those of you who are interested.

1. I shall be in Italy during Sept. 11-Oct. 3. The blog will therefore be closed during Sept. 10-Oct. 4. I know that this will generate a lot of suffering for all of us, but at least it's only for three wks.

2. I shall be giving a lecture at Thos More College nr. Cincinnati at 7:30 pm on Oct. 27, then flying to NY for a few days. The 4th or 5th (I forget) NY Wafer Summit Meeting and lunch will take place at 1 p.m. on Oct. 29. During the next couple of wks, I wd appreciate it if those of you who plan to attend wd send me yr email address. That way, I can let you know the venue for the mtg. Wafers will be flying in from London, Paris, LA, and Bangkok for the event. But pls note: this is for those of you who are active participants on the blog. If you manage to post 3 or 4 times a year, pls do not write in, asking to attend. Thank you.

3. For hispanohablantes: my Japan book is about to appear in Spanish translation. I will be giving a series of lectures on it at UNAM in Mexico City during the week of Nov. 6, and then one lecture at FIL in Guadalajara on Nov. 27, at 7 p.m.

Thank you all for your patience. These are trying times. Trumpi may knock that ridiculous haircut off of Kim Jong Un's head with a nuclear missile, but this leaves the problem of Trumpi's ridiculous haircut. Tough call.



Anonymous James Allen said...

The little ankle-biters and their older siblings are getting ready to return to their daily babysitters in a couple of weeks. And American merchants are standing by.

An eagle-eyed Twit(terer) spotted a sign in a Walmart store--location not given--that read "Own the School Year LIKE A HERO". A store manager or one of hisher minions with no sense of irony had placed the thing above a rack of rifles.

Naturally corporate headquarters is falling all over itself apologizing. As they say, you can't make this shit up.

11:37 AM  
Anonymous Turkey-Buster said...

Hi, MB!

Sorry I won't be able to make it to the get-together; I'm in the same boat as Gunnar, except with even less income! :^(

Well I found a couple things...

Woman's civil rights violated by cops, 2-year-old son burned while in police care

An Alabama woman arrested for traffic violations last year has sued two Tennessee law enforcement agencies, claiming her civil rights were violated and that her young son was horribly burned while in police custody. Because she's black, right?

Two suspects arrested for three armed carjackings in Metairie There were three armed carjackings in suburban Metairie, La., and the Jefferson Parish deputy's office have nabbed two persons who are suspected to have committed the crimes.

Such wonderful people from the One Exceptional Nation under God!

4:23 PM  
Anonymous Tom Servo said...

Dr. Berman,

I notice that I failed to wish you a happy birthday in the last post’s comments, so I want to wish you a belated happy birthday. In other news, the pummeling never stops…

More than 1 in 8 Americans are now alcoholics.

Widening health disparities between Appalachia and the rest of America.

The chronic lead poisoning of poor children in the United States.

5:35 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

Speaking of opiates, my relief never showed up at work this morning. She apparently died a few hours ago from a heroin overdose. The fact that I just posted about the overdose epidemic a few days ago gave me the chills. Of course, she was a mean nasty bitch, but it still made me sad. Only 30 years old!

I don't think anyone mentioned it, but I just read about a group of girls who boiled water and dumped it all over their sleeping "friend" at a pajama party. Now she's disfigured for life with a bad case of PTSD. It made me think that the essence of WAFer philosophy is perhaps the deep, intuitive conviction that these things are NOT isolated incidents. On the contrary.

5:35 PM  
Anonymous Mike R. said...

Another proud american moment: In the Bronx, 11-12yo girls were having a sleepover.

When they were sleeping, the host of the sleepover poured boiling water on one of the girls causing 2nd degree burns all over her body.

That greatness is amazing--maybe the host was performing a General Chem experiment with boiling points?

usa! usa!

7:15 PM  
Blogger jjarden said...

The growing youth Anarchist movement...

7:22 PM  
Blogger Miles Deli said...

Greetings MB and Wafers,

New Yorkers try to locate North Korea on a map:

Professor Mark Selden on North Korea:


8:18 PM  
Blogger Gigalax said...

Considering all this ruckus over North Korea, I have been thinking about how similar Americans and North Koreans are. Both peoples worship a kleptocracy that steals from them at every opportunity. Both peoples are also mostly ignorant of the outside world and think that their country is the "greatest on Earth."

However, there are some differences. The average American is better off materially than the average North Korean (for now anyway). North Koreans probably have much stronger familial and community bonds than Americans do.

To end on a lighter note, have fun in Italy Dr. Berman!

9:54 PM  
Anonymous Gordon said...

“I have a foreboding of an America in my children's or grandchildren's time -- when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers are in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what's true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness...

The dumbing down of American is most evident in the slow decay of substantive content in the enormously influential media, the 30 second sound bites (now down to 10 seconds or less), lowest common denominator programming, credulous presentations on pseudoscience and superstition, but especially a kind of celebration of ignorance”
― Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

2:33 AM  
Blogger Kanye Cyrus said...

I already prepare myself for night terrors and hefty doses of antidepressants during those three weeks in September. It will be a trying time for many Wafers I am sure.

I am flying to NYC on Sunday for a month. A shame it won't be during the Wafer summit but I do not despair in meeting you all one day.

Meanwhile, this is interesting:

Happy holidays!


3:40 AM  
Anonymous Jason Awuku said...

An interesting analysis of the visceral reaction to the Google memo.

5:41 AM  
Anonymous Mike Kelly said...

Hi Wafers and Dr. Berman,

Well, I just returned from my big journey down south, and I am happy to report to my fellow Wafers that the demise of America is well underway in South Carolina, North Carolina and Tennessee. The beautiful old city of Charleston is just one big traffic jam after another. They're selling off the old shoe and clothing stores downtown so they can add olive oil and vinegar merchants. Every possible structure is being condo-ized, with prices starting at $1 million plus. So much for Porgy and Bess; they had to move out a long time ago. Charleston will soon be known as Disney-Charleston. Meanwhile, it's all being slowly consumed by the ever-rising Atlantic Ocean.

I read the Charleston Post and Courier each day I was there, and the best story was about a Wisconsin company that wants to implant chips into its employees. This being the Bible Belt and all, the Post and Courier couldn't help but wonder if the chip was actually the Mark of the Beast. Having made that assertion, the Post and Courier reassured the Disney-Charlestonians that such a thing probably couldn't happen in the genteel Old South. I tried to search the archives from the Post and Courier to paste the link here, but I could not find the article. So, here's the NYT version for your reading pleasure.

Here's the money quote: “I know down the road, it’s going to be the next big thing, and we’re on the cutting edge of it.” Yeah, good luck with that, and God only knows that the outcome of such a thing will be.

9:12 AM  
Anonymous shenjingbing said...

Dr B -

Any chance you'll do a lecture in NYC on this trip? Yankee Stadium may be available in late October.

Gig -

Another similarity of Americans and North Koreans - the ones with half a brain are trying to get the heck out!

10:48 AM  
Blogger Derek said...

Exciting news Prof. Berman! If I may ask, are you planning on doing any lectures or other events in Italy? I am currently in the Piedmont region and would love to hear you speak.


10:55 AM  
Blogger Bill Hicks said...

In eclipse-related news that could either be about the relative positions of the Earth, Moon and Sun or of the average American's brainpower, a Texas woman seriously asks on Facebook why the pending eclipse can't be moved to a school holiday so everyone can enjoy it:

Relatedly, there's now an app that tells you the best Waffle Houses to patronize during the eclipse:

And lastly--cowardly cop shoots and kills aggressive goat:

3:00 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Shen, Derek-

Sorry, no lectures in NY or Italy, I fear. But I do have an apptment with the Pope, to discuss possible crucifixion of progs.

Meanwhile, for those of you who plan on attending the NY Wafer Summit on Oct. 29, pls send yr messages to, and I'll send you the secret venue.

De Blasio writes that he can't guarantee protection of me upon my arrival at LGA. He is predicting major riots.


3:18 PM  
Anonymous Pastrami and Coleslaw said...

Have a good weekend WAFers, I will be sans computer for a few days and I'm packing my SPF 10,000 sunscreen just in case NK nukes the airbase in Minot, North Dakota. Planning on re-reading "Alas, Babylon" for a few safety tips... If memory serves I should stockpile salt.

4:52 PM  
Blogger Gunnar Burton said...

Walking around downtown I feel like an archaeologist sifting through the pre-rubble, my eyes are truly opened.

Turkey-Buster check out this video, torture has definitely arrived on American shores (probably has been with us all along, just more cameras now:

"It's the tide. It's the dismal tide. It's not the one thing.” -El Paso Sheriff in No Country for Old Men
I've heard Cormac McCarthy compared to Melville wd b interest in what y'all think. Watching The Road recently felt like watching a documentary.
Echo Miles gdbye thoughts we all know we gonna die but can't believe it 'til it gets here.

5:23 PM  
Anonymous WuduFugel said...

All, I had two conversations recently that made me think about the waf trilogy. The first was when I had lunch a short time ago with a few of our secretaries at work, and one, I'll call her Sue, complained about how she could not lose weight, even when she tried giving up soda. I looked across the table at Sue's plate and it was a bunch of saucy, fried chicken wings.

I thought to myself - how you can be so alienated from your body, from the idea of healthy food, that you can't see the problem here? But that seems to be the crux of the issue - we Americans are alienated from everything: Our bodies, the natural world, an understanding of history, even each other (re: television, cell phones, etc.). Has there ever existed a greater culture of alienation than modern America?

The other conversation I had was with my father, who is in the hotel management business. He recently left a job where the owner of the hotel, an Indian, expected him to work from 7:30 am to 7:00 pm, 7 days a week, with 1 day off a month. American culture is bizarre in that it not only brings out the worst in Americans, but in the people who come to live here from other countries as well. I mean, I guess it makes sense that a culture of hustling would attract other hustlers.

5:37 PM  
Blogger k_pgh said...

Dr. Berman,

Happy belated birthday. Hope you had a great day!

This just in on the progs and The Resistance.

The Jimmy Dore Show: McResistance Fully Supporting Trump's Bloated Military Budget

The trouble with Jimmy’s take is – of course – that it’s not just the two major parties. In my experience, regular people go absolutely ballistic if you criticize military spending.

Jerome J & Dr. Berman, thank you for your recommendations of Byung-Chul Han’s “The Transparency Society” and “The Burnout Society.”

5:58 PM  
Anonymous Mike R. said...

americans are very competent in the bestest & most amazingest country!

An elderly Colorado man found dead in a parking garage elevator had pushed the emergency button twice but got no response.

The decomposing body of 82yo Mr. Isaak Komisarchik was found last week after multiple residents of a Denver apartment complex reported a foul odor. Elevator repair workers found the body.

An investigation into the death by Denver Police revealed that the elder gentleman pushed the emergency button twice during an 8-minute span on July 6th but got no response.

Metaphor for america--no response, or unresponsive.

usa! usa!

6:25 PM  
Blogger Miles Deli said...

Just in from CNN:

President Donald J. Trump laid down an ultimatum today that if Mayor Bill De Blasio cannot guarantee the protection of Morris Berman, upon his arrival in NYC in late October, he will personally insert a nano-nuke inside De Blasio's anus and detonate it. The president went a step further still:

"Frankly, I will blow the fucking shit outta Manhattan, if need be, to protect my #1 fan and supporter, Dr. Morris Berman, okay."

And now back to our regularly scheduled program.

6:40 PM  
Blogger Alogon said...

Vincent in Auvers said:

>The reason you don't see more women in these fields largely boils down to stereotype threat.
A lot of them do have the aptitude to do well, but hostility from insecure men and pressure to conform from other vacuous women and an anti-intellectual culture at large dissuade most of them from doing so.

Anyone so other-directed as to abandon a serious ambition due to such vague influences as those is pathetic and gets little sympathy from me. More charitably, I doubt that this is the primary explanation.

>That said, it's probably a good thing that women aren't going into these fields.

Jordan Peterson and I prefer to credit more women than men with the common sense to find more fulfilling things in life than a career of 60-80 hour weeks for the sake of far more money than one needs.

11:32 PM  
Blogger jjarden said...

The torches have finally come out...are the pitchforks next?

1:03 PM  
Blogger Gigalax said...

Stereotype threat is one of those go-to "explanations" that Americans (especially progs and the "academic" class) like to use when you bring up inconvenient facts about reality, in this case that people of different races and each sex have different aptitudes.

The whole thing is similar to how Americans response with "they hate us for our freedoms, ""Islam is evil" or (my favorite) "terrorists are just bad people" when you point out America's role in creating and supporting global Salafi-Wahhabi terrorism.

2:42 PM  
Blogger ab645471 said...

Japanese salary men:

2:55 PM  
Anonymous John said...

I currently find myself in Portales Norte in Ciudad de Mexico and I dread going back to Amerikkka. Would a sane person return to live there given the societal breakdown? As a person of color, I know the Charlottesville race terror is only going to increase. It's frightening.

6:18 PM  
Anonymous Vincent in Auvers said...

Alogon- You come at things from a highly mechanistic perspective. Human beings are not unfeeling machines. Ambition and other-directedness are not mutually exclusive. Without other-directedness, ambition leads to pursuits which have no conception of the human good as their aim but rather mere ego gratification and self-enrichment. A young woman who hasn't had her humanity programmed out of her from 20+ years of formal education isn't going to last in an environment where she is called "pathetic" for not being willing to tear down others to advance her own career. This does not mean she does not have aptitude; it means that the way things are set up are not conducive to anything but the narrowest definition of "success." This Spartan notion of cultivating greatness through ruthless competition and the unabashed pursuit of self-interest not only makes for a miserable workplace but also squanders untold amounts of human potential by telling people who would have otherwise contributed something of greater longevity and import to humanity than mind-numbing apps and gadgets that they're rubbish for not kowtowing to the zeitgeist.

The man in that video you linked could be a prototype for this type of deluded personality. You can hear the hatred in his voice as he seethes about women who rationalize about not wanting children in their 30s, calling them "dismal" and having poor educations. This field is dominated by men who think too much and feel too little. They fail with women as a result and then attempt to enact revenge by excluding and denigrating them. Deep down, they are still angry about being rejected by the attractive ones (viz. Elon Musk), but rather than engage in some introspection and become decent human beings, they huddle among themselves and devise these fanciful notions of biological inferiority to make themselves feel better.

8:13 PM  
Anonymous Logan Shirah said...

Peter Adamson’s PHILOSOPHY IN THE ISLAMIC WORLD redraws the map of the history of philosophy in fundamental ways

10:33 PM  
Blogger ccg said...

This piece is unintentionally quite funny, again demonstrating the delusional thinking of progressives:

Not that we need more evidence, I suppose. But as far as I can tell, neither the March of Women in January nor the March for Science in April has had the slightest effect on anything, but you wouldn't know that reading articles like this.

10:36 PM  
Anonymous Ira said...

rereading session, re: Putin's rise, reading the chapters about Russia in the 90s in The Shock Doctrine by Naomia Klein -*shockingly* relevant now

such an important book.

10:52 AM  
Anonymous ideologies-imposed said...

Google like all corps discriminate at will and are heavily dependent on deep state subsidization and collusion - why does the mass media focus on just one type of self-dealing - identity politics noise distraction? Walmart flies out the managerial goons to fire any employee openly talking about labor issues. Women may be treated less fairly but everyone is used and abused because capitalism turns everything into a stupid competition for oligarchich table scraps unless you're part of a plutocratic or oligarchic protected family which the two tier fake justice system reflects. Women are "succeeding" in fake ideologically obedient academia because they tend to be more deferential to authority and therefor ideology instead of quality.

Alogon thanks for the Jordan Peterson thoughts. Everything must be harvested collectivized controlled everyone gets sucked into the sharecropping pyramid - sociopathy is about control. From Grenada to university anti-capitalist ideology - dissent is not allowed. Identity politics and hiring practices are about control or tolerating the intolerance capitalism imposes - manifests. The owned mass media won't cover the systemic injustice that's why plutocrats control the NY Times, W. Post, etc.

1:17 PM  
Blogger Esca Dreg said...

Amerika has a twerking problem. Their brains being there, all that gyrating has made it into a protein compote.
Where fiction ends and reality begins, or other way 'round. Just the same.

No elegance, no decency, no beauty, no delicacy. Mechanized twerking sex-machine.

Arriving at the Pearly Gates wearing a Pussyhat.
Ticket price starting $14.99. Limited time offer.

Amerika, are you having fun?

1:19 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Pls observe 24-hr rule, thanks.


I mentioned this film b4: "Today's Special." Indian film based in NY. Abt learning to love, and be alive, with food as the medium. Great sound track, but not available as a CD. However, there are Bollywood CD's that have some of the songs, like "Ina Mina Dika." Which cd be Hindi for "Wafers are the best." Also a study in how what is unplanned and accidental is often much better than what you intended to happen. A very Waferian film.


2:18 PM  
Anonymous Zen Citizen said...

Dr. Berman and esteemed Wafers,

Long-time lurker here, troubled by the conflict in Charlottesville, my home town throughout the 70s, and seeking some consolation in increasing the population of registered Wafers by one.

The very subtle, nuanced and -- unfortunately but perhaps inevitably -- infamous Chapter 4 of WAF seems especially relevant now, what with the disrespecting of Southern "heritage" being cited as one key issue underlying the Alt-White marches. I plan to read the chapter again, perhaps in parallel with one of your sources for it, Eugene Genovese's "The Southern Tradition," which I've been reserving for the right occasion.

At the present moment, however, a persistent component of my monkey mind's soundtrack is that great song by The Band, "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down." How sadly odd that a song released in 1968 -- recently the benchmark year of extreme polarization -- could speak of Robert E. Lee without violent demonstrations, or anyone dying because of it.

I guess this is what O&D phenomenon feels like.

2:50 PM  
Blogger Bill Hicks said...

I was at an MLB game last night, and right before the national anthem they actually held a moment silence for "the victims of the attack in Charlottesville." They did the same thing last year after the Orlando night club shooting. Dumb as it is to do that after every tragedy, you would think that perhaps it might be a good moment for people to reflect on how sick and fucked up our society is that shit like this keeps happening, but no, Orlando already seems like ancient history to most idiot Americans. Do your duty at be silent when they ask you to, and then let's play ball! We got overpriced beer and hot dogs to sell.

I was also waiting in vain for the media to do some soul searching on the fact that it was likely their insane, wall-to-wall, 24-7 coverage of every terrorist attack that probably put the idea into this sick fucker's mind to use his car as a weapon. That type of attack had pretty much limited to Europe before yesterday. But no, instead they're going insane again with their coverage of this attacks, and in the process turning him into a hero for probably millions of other sorry young fucks so they can start fantasizing about ways they might increase the body count when they get the opportunity.


3:00 PM  
Anonymous Vincent in Auvers said...

Gigalax- This is nonsense. Intelligence and aptitude are found in people of all races and both genders. I've interacted with people from all different social classes and races and found very smart people who come from all walks of life. Stereotype threat is very much a real thing. I saw it happening in the university, and I'm sure any professor or teacher in American public schools who is honest with him/herself will tell you the same. This tendency to want to stereotype people without taking any sort of historical or sociological perspective as to why certain patterns exist as they do in contemporary society is very much its own form of warped PC: Anyone who delves a little deeper into why things are as they are and doesn't fall prey to simplistic biological explanations is automatically labeled as "PC" or "progressive" in an attempt to shut down debate.

ideologies- I think the reason the tech industry and Google in particular are singled out so heavily in this regard is because they have done all they can to try and make themselves appear as progressive, to sanitize themselves by putting up a facade of being responsible/hip/enlightened capitalists, not those dirty capitalists who blow up mountains in Appalachia or farm Chinese labor to placate America's swelling underclass. With guys like T. Boone Pickens, you know what you're getting. But a Zuckerberg is supposed to be better than that--one of the good guys. "Do no evil" and all that. It's all a mask, of course, and now that it's dangling from the chin, you see them starting to get more of a backlash.

MB- I hope this post doesn't violate the 24-hour rule. I sent my last one around this time yesterday and it didn't show up until this morning.

3:25 PM  
Blogger dg said...

"Fleas are testing positive for the plague in parts of Arizona"

Hope you're not too close MB. Don't worry; I'm sure there will be an app tracking the spread and death count soon. I'm thinking North to escape.

6:00 PM  
Anonymous trout bum said...

Dr. MB and All Fellow Wafers:

When this blog shuts down for Dr. MB's holiday, one item to review is the documentary : Propaganda by Martinov.


"Presented by an anonymous North Korean professor, this anti-Western propaganda film attacks the moral attenuation, political manipulation and hyper-consumerism that characterize the Western world. ... Toward the end of this propaganda piece, the role of North Korea in all of this becomes clear: the country would like to offer itself as headquarters for the mounting fight against consumer slavery and greed worldwide. Propaganda is the world's first propumentary. It was made by Slavko Martinov in Christchurch, New Zealand, with the help of friends who worked in secret for 9 years"--From

6:48 PM  
Blogger Gigalax said...

" Women are "succeeding" in fake ideologically obedient academia because they tend to be more deferential to authority and therefor ideology instead of quality."

To be fair, most American men are not much better in this regard. But yes, American women do generally "do better" in academia and the corporate world because of the political correctness and authoritarian atmosphere in these institutions. Personally, I find the whole thing funny because the end result is that these institutions end up having psychotic fits (e.g. the recent Evergreen and Google fiascos).

10:23 PM  
Blogger Jacob James said...

11:54 PM  
Anonymous Wile E Coyote said...

This is a bit old but I saw it and thought of you and the World's Greatest Blog.

Heaven on earth?

9:50 AM  
Anonymous Choe said...

New John Gray piece in New Statesman

11:12 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


In case you hadn't noticed, America doesn't do nuance. This in all areas of life and history, not just the Civil War. There is another word for this: stupidity. And stupidity exacts a price, as we are now seeing in every aspect of American life. This in turn provokes more Manichaean reactions, etc. When I say we're utterly fucked, it's not hyperbole.


My impression is that women do worse in those contexts, overall (esp. in corporations).


3:02 PM  
Blogger jjarden said...

The not-so-friendly American workplace...

4:17 PM  
Blogger Bill Hicks said...

Today I was reminded of the lyric from old Don Henley song: "I saw a Dead Head sticker on a Cadillac," only in this instance it was a Clinton/Kaine sticker on the back of a $50,000 luxury SUV. No doubt the driver is a very proper liberal who was HORRIFIED when that evil Trump withdrew America from the Paris Accords.

There was a great quote yesterday on the Naked Capitalism website in response to the liberal Democratic CONgresscritter who stated that if Trump attacks North Korea it would constitute an impeachable offense. NC pointed out that if Trump actually does do so, we'll have far greater things to worry about than impeachment.

Meanwhile, this goat blood drinking former Libertarian Party senate candidate from Florida who was a "feature marcher" at the Charlottesville racist dipshit rally sounds like a swell guy:

4:44 PM  
Anonymous Mike R. said...

A doctor who refused to prescribe a patient with opioid-based painkillers was murdered in
Ishwaka, Indiana.

Dr. Todd Graham was not through his workday at South Bend Orthopaedics when a new patient came into his office complaining of chronic pain.

He told her opioids were not the appropriate treatment. But she was accompanied by her husband, who cogently insisted on a prescription. The doctor held his ground. The husband grew irate. The argument escalated to the point that Graham pulled out his phone and started recording audio until the couple left. Two hours later, the husband would return, armed and killed the doctor.

usa! usa! All that exceptionalism and greatness makes those healthy and well-adjusted americans use opioids. However to be more "serious"--all those panels, gavel clanking-minutes, vulva hats, committees, meetings, and hearings will certainly help turn america around!

6:19 PM  
Anonymous Tom Servo said...

The American workplace is stressful and demanding, according to RAND Survey.

@Vincent in Auvers,

I agree with you completely about tech firms and their progressive facade. Many liberals fall for the act, thinking that because Silicon Valley companies promote socially liberal causes they are "good companies" unlike the "bad companies" in the dirty extraction industries that are associated with red state economies and conservative values.

But if you read about workplace practices in Silicon Valley they are often as nasty as anything you will find anywhere in corporate America. It is too bad that this issue has been dominated by the gender wars narrative because it seems like more of a workers' rights issue to me. That is why I dislike identity politics. It has made traditional labor politics almost impossible. How do you promote solidarity when everyone is more interested in their own identity/tribe?

6:25 PM  
Blogger ccg said...

When I was job hunting (for an academic position) about 20 years ago, job ads would routinely contain the phrase "Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply." Everyone understood that to be code for "white men need not apply." It was hardly even subtle. Probably the current position notices have that language, too. I haven't looked. But I always thought it interesting that many white male (and white female) professors who vociferously championed preferences were immune to the consequences of these policies. They had tenure. They were safe. I never saw any of them resign their position and re-apply under in the face of the stated preferences. How easy it is for "smart" people to promote policies that never affect them. Hypocrisy is never in short supply in academia. The problems they want address are real enough, but they seek to fix things at the wrong end. They don't much address failing schools in k-12, and almost all of those schools are failing.

My own feeling about these matters is that there should no barriers to prevent anyone from pursuing any field they wish. It should be based on individuals interest and aptitude, not group rights or any such thing. That seems so obvious that it shouldn't need to be said. But the academy as a whole (though hardly everyone in it) has embraced preferences, and now they wonder why there's a backlash.

There's a worthwhile book on this subject from 20 years ago: Backfire:A Reporter Looks at Affirmative Action, by Robert Zelnick.

10:29 PM  
Blogger Gigalax said...

"My impression is that women do worse in those contexts, overall (esp. in corporations)."

Well, the very tops of the power structures in these institutions (i.e. the education system and corporate America) are mostly composed of men. These men create an "institutional culture" based on fairy tales that deny basic aspects of reality. The general atmosphere is one of authoritarianism mixed with fake optimism and political correctness. Political correctness also serves as a fig leaf to cover up the exploitative practices of the (mostly male) top-level leaderships and the institutions themselves in general. Of course, denial of reality (likely ontological in origin) has always been embedded in American culture but reaches its peak in these institutions. The whole thing is like an organized religion, albeit one extremely soaked in psychosis. These institutions are mentally and spiritually fragile, and inchoate fits of rage eventually break out, followed by inquisition-style hunts for "heretics" (e.g. Evergreen and Google).

Below the very top, women tend to do better than men (in terms of money/status acquisition) because they tend to buy into and reinforce the "institutional culture" more wholeheartedly. As I said before though, American men are not much better in this regard. There are also plenty of men in the middle tiers who willingly act as enforcer drones for those at the very top.

Of course, everyone is ultimately screwed when it comes to mental and spiritual health. After all, denying reality for a long time is bad for the soul.

11:10 PM  
Anonymous Bingo said...

For a guy that grew up in a communist country in Eastern Europe, the events in Charlottesville look all too familiar. Right down to the dress code.

Google is the ultimate Fake Search engine. It’s completely useless at this point. Fortunately, while fake companies like Facebook, Google, Twitter, Apple, Microsoft, etc., have been busy preaching to us about progressive “values”, they neglected improving their products, so they’re in serious decline as a result. “Pride cometh before fall.”

The opiate problem is Yuge. The main culprits are BigPharma with their pain killers and their, get this, addictive opiate-based anti-opiate treatments. Best thing that happened recently is that yesterday Merck’s crooked CEO resigned from Trump’s technology council, supposedly in protest over Trump’s handling of Charlottesville. Another billionaire "progressive" for sure. An antitrust action against these scumbags would be nice at this point.


1:32 AM  
Anonymous ideologies-imposed said...

Corp-state capitalism or any corrupt unjust system isn't going to work for creative gifted conscientious hyper-sensitive people. Anyone who is "succeeding" is likely colluding in a mediocre at the expense or reality and people real value ways - even if they're "talented" and "hard working". As a longtime software engineer I found most specialized colleagues cold non fully formed perspectives usually ridiculous like engineers that try to write science fiction that has a snowballs chance at a future realized - dumb competition rewards dumb specialization without self-reflection.

Maybe hierarchies always enable sociopaths to corrupt any system - there should always be a balance such as livable living and wage arrangements let alone caps on wealth accumulation, monopolies, and other pathologies. Why not try to feed the hungry (where sustainable), heal the sick, house the poor, bury the dead - not privatize and hyper-individualize everything.

Alice Friedemann shows great ability at systemic analysis and common sense for the truth - that the problems are over-whelming, that civilization depends on diesel engines and long complex supply chains which are running out of oil, instead the pork-barrel lunacy of solar panels and electric cars - Musk tastelessness - hard to like that guy.

Women tend not to like chess or know good music or art due to extroversion. They're in general hard-wired for security for babies and mitigating relationships. They usually categorize value in binary emotionally rationalized overly in the present ways. They rarely complain if their husbands make money criminally or tastelessly or divorce laws.

People aren't designed to handle cognitive dissonance. The corp state exploits natural weaknesses in men and women to maximize its-self. Thanks for your wafer thoughts.

1:58 AM  
Anonymous JRS said...

Hi Dr Berman,

I've worked in both academia and corporate environments and honestly I find them both soul sucking places for anyone who works there. But then again, why wouldn't they be? They are there to support a vampiric nation full of soul suckers. Now the soulless corpses are marching in the streets whether in Charlottesville or wearing pink pussy hats or with Antifa or out voting for the two soulless candidates from either soulless political party. We are a nation of zombies all falling in line with exactly what these corporations want. It's right there under our noses and no one notices it. We are so easily manipulated.


2:30 AM  
Anonymous Abigail said...
“The death of reading is threatening the soul”

7:50 AM  
Anonymous D Hutto Jr said...

let's see how fast Tom Price is to announce existential emptiness as a US health emergency

7:59 AM  
Blogger Gunnar Burton said...

Put up a TV antenna yesterday, always got NFL for free through Verizon but changed carriers. (won't get into why I wanna watch Nat'l Fascist League, fuck it I'm conditioned I'm thinkin' but I ain't payin') It's been a looong time since I last waded into the cesspool of commercial tv. Oh my fuckin god who watches this shit? Couldnt believe the banality and just creepiness of it all. I submit Entertainment Tonight as best all around evidence of imminent panic and demise. They must have shown the video of Tom Cruise smashing his head into a building after a failed stunt attempt 30 times in 10 minutes super slo-mo, reverse angle, overhead, everything.
Be afraid America, be very, very, afraid.

10:27 AM  
Anonymous Suburban Warfare said...

How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything: Tales from the Pentagon

ISBN-13: 978-1476777863, I

11:00 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Appreciated yr message but cdn't post it; we have a half-page-max rule on this blog. Pls compress down to that, and re-send. Thank you.


Always, always, capitalize Wafer. 2nd, women certainly do know gd music and art; yr gender stereotyping is a caricature, quite beneath you. Also check out a film called "Queen to Play."


I think yr wrong abt middle levels as well.

Wafers: True story:

Last Sat I was walking down the st. in Mexico City and this guy (Mexican), early 30s, is coming toward me. Very well built, wearing a T-shirt that says, in English (block capitals),


I stop him, point to the T-shirt, tell him I agree completely. He smiles, nods.

Is an anti-techno-buffoon movement in the making?


11:11 AM  
Blogger Miles Deli said...

Greetings MB and Wafers,

It appears that Trumpo's ultra-right supporters are gearing up for armed conflict, as the media wonders aloud if Trumpo is an actual fascist or not. Hair splitting IMO, but the little shits in the streets on Saturday are *definitely* fascists. Make no mistake about it! As such, my # 1 recommendation to Wafers worldwide is to trust the most effective antidote to fascism: the Kalashnikov AK-47. There's no other way to resist the hateful hordes spilling outta the pit.


11:25 AM  
Blogger took_the_red_pill said...

August 14 New Yorker article:

Is America Headed For a New Kind of Civil War?

"A day after the brawling and racist brutality and deaths in Virginia, Governor Terry McAuliffe asked, “How did we get to this place?”...the Southern Poverty Law Center...documents more than nine hundred active (and growing) hate groups in the United States...

"Earlier this year, I began a conversation with Keith Mines about America’s turmoil. Mines has spent his career—in the U.S. Army Special Forces, the United Nations, and now the State Department—navigating civil wars in other countries...He returned to Washington after sixteen years to find conditions that he had seen nurture conflict abroad now visible at home. It haunts him."

I know that Chris Hedges is easy to mock due to his frequent jeremiads in Truthdig and TomDispatch. However, it should be noted that Hedges had a similar experience as Mr. Mines: he returned from a decade abroad as a Middle East correspondent to find a United States radically changed for the worse.

3:07 PM  
Anonymous Nomi News said...

this announceneby from Nomi Prins:

'Just handed in final revisions for my next book Collusion.
Manuscript clocked in at 496 pages,1300 footnotes! @nationbooks'

4:05 PM  
Anonymous Vaughn said...

Off the shelf drones with street legal guns, probably the best idea

5:08 PM  
Blogger polecat said...

For further proof of the astounding ignorance and incompetence of many Americans, one only need tune in to the local news programs aired across this great land. I wonder if the anchors have even graduated from middle school. They seem to be reading whatever is on the teleprompter for the first time, mispronouncing place names, tripping over unfamiliar words (anything with more than 2 syllables). Children reading what other children have written for them. And if I had a dollar for every use of the term "if you will" by local "meteorologists" I could move to anyplace in the world with a small fortune in foreign bonds.

Help, I'm siiiiiinking.

5:25 PM  
Blogger jjarden said...

Trump reversed his opinion AGAIN...for the second time...

He's emboldened the Alt Right, White Supremacists, and Neo Nazis, and I predict all hell is going to break loose by the end of the year...

7:08 PM  
Blogger comrade simba said...


While I agree with the gist of the statement I'm not that impressed with having that sort of language emblazoned on a shirt worn amongst the general public. If you're gonna claim the high ground be classy about it, right? However, perhaps the subtext is vitriol directed at asshat americans fucking up traditional Mexican culture. In that case he gets a pass... I just hope no niño's were harmed in the making of the statement.

8:09 PM  
Anonymous Schlomo said...

The more I hear from Dr Cornel West, the more I realize he is probably one of the most prominent WAFer voices who's granted access to Mainstream platforms. Many common themes from MB's DAA, but he's probably different in that he has some optimism still. He may not be aware of MB's works but his emphasis on a moral and spiritual and public life decline in America sounds familiar.

It's going to be an extremely dark and lonely Sep-Oct not having this blog around.

8:55 PM  
Anonymous Birney Zouave said...

Dr. B:

News from Texas- a "sneak peek" at a new $70 million high school football stadium-

Priorities, priorities....

10:04 PM  
Anonymous Mike R. said...

More american hustling!

For 40yrs, Elvis Presley fans have made a "pilgrimage" to his grave at the Graceland mansion during the annual commemoration his death w/o any cost/admission fee/surcharge/etc...

Now this yr, it's going to cost them $28.75.

The $28.75 wristband also provides access to a new $45 million entertainment complex at the Memphis tourist attraction (of course, to huck more dreck and promote the business) and to help maintain state and Fed "security" during the event says a Elvis Presley Enterprises, LLC spokesman.

Love me tender Wafers!

10:21 PM  
Blogger Michael Burgess said...

Hi Dr. Berman and Wafers:

Paul Craig Roberts, who I believe is a Virginian, is in this tirade of an article bemoaning the American story-line accepted by so many. He makes a number of very true points about the Civil War, slavery and Lincoln's reason for issuing the Emancipation Proclamation - perhaps slave revolts (which didn't happen) in Southern states would have pulled Confederate soldiers off the front lines could very well have been his intent. Usually the coming of mechanized agriculture is usually offered as a reason for eventual ending of slavery if the Civil War hadn't - certainly soil fertility could very well have done it as well; the closing of the frontier at the end of 1800s could have as well. He refers to the US even before the Civil War as an empire - he is right about this - but a business empire, not necessarily an empire like the British had. Well, I think this is well worth reading.

11:02 PM  
Anonymous Bingo said...


I also think universities in America are complete scams. All are milking the student loan system, and the “elite” ones are also milking research funds to do useless studies. I worked at 5 universities, and I still tech at a few – they are all scams.

And the quality of students today is terrible, especially at the schools that go overboard with affirmative action. Some graduate schools and medical schools sometimes have a discrepancy of a whole undergraduate GPA point between white/Asian and African-American students.


3:25 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Mike R-

Hound dogs, all of them.

jj, Miles, pill-

We are watching the country commit suicide. Armageddon, ecpyrosis. How long b4 we completely implode?


10:10 AM  
Anonymous Ignatz_De_Mouse said...

Dear Dr. Berman -

I don't understand why my comment was removed from your blog since there was nothing in the least offensive about it (unless you or your readers happen to idolize Ray Kroc which I highly doubt) unless it was the thoughtless use of the term "Aryan" by which I only meant the ancient Proto-Indo-European language speakers of the Black Sea region. I fear I've gotten into the bad habit of utilizing this charged term from reading far too many texts on language published prior to 1930 and, as something of a Sanskritist, seeing the term "Indo-Aryan" still commonly used to describe the branch of Indo-European languages Sanskrit derives from - so I do apologize if that was what led to its removal. As someone of Jewish/Slavic/Semitic roots, I certainly implied nothing verging on the Nazis' racially-motivated corruption of the term.

10:12 AM  
Blogger Gigalax said...


I like how PCR points out Lincoln's extreme racism in this article. The myth that Lincoln was friendly to blacks really needs to die.

There is also more to the story of slavery as Mark Ames points out in his book "Going Postal." Slavery was really more like today's modern day corporate slavery. The main reason that the South had so few slave rebellions is because, like today's corporate workers, the slaves back then bought into the myths put out by their masters. Thus, the view of slavery put out by pro-North historians, that it was a very physically abusive institution, is a complete myth.

10:40 AM  
Anonymous Alegra said...

A beautiful tribute to the ideals of Gandhi, penned by his grandson.
Reading some of these replies. It is as if any imperfection in Gandhi's character makes his achievements null. No one is perfect. Even great World Historical Figures

10:53 AM  
Anonymous JRS said...

Hi Dr. Berman and Wafers,

Here is an excellent report of the protest in Charlottesville by a very small crew of young journalists. This is how journalism should be, IMO. I don't think you will ever see corporate media do this kind reporting on these protests, let alone much else.

It seems like the protest wasn't that big. I heard there were only 500 people that showed up. Trump did embolden them though, but I don't think their numbers have gone up much. And I think they are going to get more violent, I have no doubt about that. I could be wrong on their numbers if anyone has information on that to the contrary.

Much love to all,


11:27 AM  
Anonymous Mike Kelly said...

Hi Dr. Berman and Wafers:

How long b4 we completely implode? Good question Dr. Berman. I belong to to the school of Waferism that says it's going to take a long time. Granted, Trump and his supporters are pushing things along very nicely, but never underestimate the power of aggravated douchebaggery to self-preserve. The best guess I've read so far is explained in Lionel Shriver's the Mandibles. It's been a while since I read the book, but as I recall she guesses that some really bad financial conditions start happening around 2024. Then the government figures out all sorts of ways to mask the bad news, and the party goes on until about 2029. The years after that are when we see the collapse, and maybe around 2049 is when it all ends. Shriver claims she consulted with all sorts of economists and other professionals to lend credibility to her fiction, and I believe her. If there are any Wafers out there who still haven't read the book, I would recommend that you do so. It is a glimpse of the bad stuff to come and some good hints on how to survive. It's not too early to plan your escape (preferred) or work on your NMI skills.

11:35 AM  
Anonymous Golf Pro said...

Dr. Berman,

What is your wise counsel on the current fad for pulling down Civil War monuments?

It seems a strange point in time to be demolishing memorials to Robert E. Lee and his ilk.

2:08 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Big mistake, all of this. As you might surmise from WAF ch. 4. It will only make things worse.


Dunno what to tell you. I never received a post from you, and I certainly never deleted one.


2:57 PM  

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