November 13, 2017

Looking Back at 2017

Ay, Waferinos!

Is it too soon to look back, to survey the highs and lows of the past year? What I keep noticing is the split between ourselves and the US. This was a disastrous year for the latter, which will be known in history as Trump 1. So much damage he did! What declinist is not excited by this, is not looking forward to yet another year of gaffes and boorishness and misguided foreign and domestic policy? Stupid advisers, ridiculous appointments, China and Russia laughing up their sleeves--the whole 9 yards.

And yet, concomitant with this, we have the world of Waferdom, with its inhabitants having a grand ol' time. The contrast is really fascinating. Here the US is going to hell in a basket, and Wafers everywhere had a pretty good year of it. For me, it started out at the end of 2016, when Trumpi was elected and I was giving lectures in Germany. Watching Botox-Face on German television, heavily sedated, mouthing some scripted message about how the future was female: Jesus, does entertainment get any better than that?

And then spending 3 weeks in Italy, a land of fabulous art, fabulous food, and a landscape to die for. This was followed by the Wafer Summit Meeting in NY, where we all thrust our faces into pie and reveled in the disgusting mess we created: a party like no other, really. Then, for me, an interview with RT, which then proceeded to cut out two small pieces, fold these into other shows, and toss out the rest. Sublime!, as was a visit to the Met with 2 other Wafers. Plus, I ducked into the 2nd Ave Deli and porked out on pastrami, chopped liver, dill pickles, cole slaw with Russian dressing, and a Cel-Ray Tonic. Life doesn't get much better than that, although the publication, at long last, of Are We There Yet?, felt pretty good as well.

For me, the year winds up with a lecture on my Japan book, shortly to be released in Spanish translation, in Guadalajara on Nov. 27. In Spanish, of course, so if any of you hispanohablantes happen to be in the neighborhood, it will take place in the evening, as part of the Feria Internacional de Libros. I hope to see you there, muchachos!

And if I ask myself why, when the US is crumbling, life is so good for us Wafers, there can be only one answer: because we are Wafers! Our lives are glorious, by definition. So all of you, por favor, write in now, and tell us of your triumphs and joys over the past 11 months, and how Waferdom has blessed your life. As Patrick Henry cried at the height of the American Revolution, "Give me liberty, or give me a tuna sandwich on rye with lettuce and mayo!" These are the words of a great man.

-mb

104 Comments:

Blogger Bill Hicks said...

The most joyous part of Waferism for me is to be able to read stories like these and being able too see the connection to the bigger, declinist picture:

Former Subway pitchman Jared Fogel loses appeal on sex crimes conviction after claiming he was a "sovereign citizen." Maybe Trump should pardon Fogel and make him his new press secretary.

Upstate mother charged with neglect after toddler found living in home covered in pig, animal waste. From the mugshot, I'm not sure if the cops managed to arrest the mother or the pig.

'Inappropriate' worksheet asks middle school students about trophy wives. Not every kid is going to grow up to be Donald Trump or Steven Mnuchin after all.

12:38 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Anon-

Sorry, I don't post Anons. You need a real handle to participate in this discussion. E.g., Hogwart J. Mugglestein, or perhaps Harald B. Dachshund III. Thank you.

mb

12:57 AM  
Anonymous Sir-Spam-Oh-Rama-Ding-Dong said...

Pardone once again - but Tom Frank also acknowledged in reference to Bill Black that today's lauded "creative credentialed class of geniuses like Theranos which the club of insiders was easily seduced by" only obfuscates accounting fraud, asset bubbling, derivative bundling of toxic debt, e.g. leveraged buyouts, arbitrage, "financialization", laundering in veils of teirs, techno-orgasmissism with hyper-complexity.

The creative class in other words "winning" as usual in sleazy fake that we're all in this together ways.

1:54 AM  
Blogger Kanye Cyrus said...

Wafers are indeed the most glorious bunch alive. I am hoping a Summit will take place in Paris one day so I can meet you all around Camembert and red wine.

The highlight of my year has been to quit my corporate job of 5 years to become a Bartender instead. I now earn 3 times as less as I used to, but I am not regretting any minute of it. This blog and MB's work had a lot to do with my decision. Also passed my motorbike licence and bought my first motorbike!

The best revenge is living a good life.

Kanye

4:33 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Note to Alan-

A few rules for posting on this blog: 1. I don't post Anons; 2. You can only post once every 24 hrs; 3. Limit yr messages to half a page. Thanks, and pls try again.

Kanye-

We all applaud you, believe me. Life is short, and most Americans live it w/o fun. Poor shmucks, they think douchebaggery is what life is all abt. A Wafer Summit wd be vachement chouette, formidable, et extraordinaire, mon cher.

Spam-

Not sure what yr saying, but I wd like to reply as follows:

Who put the bop in the bop she bop she bop?
Who put the ram in the rama lama ding dong?
Who put the dip in the dip da dip da dip?
Who put the [something else]?
Who was that man? I'd like to shake his hand!
He made my baby fall in love with me.

mb

6:57 AM  
Anonymous Leah said...

'Politicians in the United States, the world’s largest economy, like to preach the doctrine of “American exceptionalism”, which holds that their country is completely unique. When it comes to supporting new families, at least, this claim stands up: the United States is the only OECD country that offers no national-level paid leave at all.'

https://www.economist.com/blogs/graphicdetail/2016/10/daily-chart-10?fsrc=scn/fb/te/bl/ed/whichcountriesaremostgeneroustonewparents

7:10 AM  
Anonymous Mike Kelly said...

Dr. Berman,

Looking back at 2017, I think the best thing that happened to me is that I turned 64 years old, closer to retirement from my corporate job. That is something I have been looking forward to for years. My side job as an elected official has become an exercise in trying to figure out how my sweet little town can survive and maybe even thrive post-collapse. We have renewable municipal power, ample municipal water which is gravity fed, lots of food producers around us, and pretty good education and cultural facilities. We might be ok. My biggest regret is missing this year's NY Wafer Summit due to illness. Maybe you will plan another summit in the near future which I can attend. In the meantime, I am growing peaches 20 miles south of Canada which is a pretty good feat. I just hope I can replicate this year's success in horticulture in the coming years. I have a feeling the food will come in handy. For Wafers considering a move out of the big cities, consider moving to upstate New York. If things get really dangerous here, we can walk to Canada and seek asylum.

8:06 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Leah-

I believe China is now the world's largest economy.

mb

8:07 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

ps: Also check out a film called "Dirty Filthy Love" (Martin Sheen), abt people suffering from OCD. There are countries, as in Europe, where it is understood that people do have various disabilities and require support. The American philosophy is a zero-sum game, sink or swim; and if you are hurting, too bad 4u. The US pretty much amounts to institutionalized cruelty.

Mike-

We missed you at the Summit, and hope yr feeling better. I'd love to say there will be another one in NY next yr, but most of my traveling these days depends on invitations, i.e. institutions that will pay my airfare. For some odd reason, I'm not that popular in the US, so it's anybody's guess when I'll be back. But let's keep our fingers crossed.

mb

8:48 AM  
Blogger Grandma said...

Dr. B and Wafers all,

2017 has been a good year for me, too. My book chapter was published in a peer-reviewed science book in Feb.

I managed to get away from a very serious not-so-gentleman who continually harassed me for months, including getting his buddies and neighbors to join in the fun. Legal fees were minimal, and I'm sleeping much better. Hopefully he hasn't found me again. Definitely off his rockers.

Simultaneously moved to a bug out location. Not sure the landlords will let me put solar on the roof yet, but I'm in a great location surrounded by produce farms. And seafood. Great neighbors!

A good job, good income, and time to pursue other interests, what could be better? Just need to decide if I want to grow things, too, or produce other things. Haven't decided. 2017 definitely better than 2016. Hopefully will be able to read more, and often.

Dr. Berman, did you see Designated Survivor episode at the Wafer Summit?

10:45 AM  
Blogger Gigalax said...

Finding Waferdom this past year helped me gain a new (much better) outlook on life. I actually voted for Trumpo last year because I thought he would at least improve relations with Russia and because Hillary was relatively far more repugnant. Of course, Trumpo has been a failure on all fronts. Thanks to Waferdom, I am still glad I voted for Trumpo but for completely different reasons.

11:45 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Grandma-

Sounds great. You'll probably have a fab 2018. Yes, did see Survivor video w/ref to "The Berman Trilogy." Sad to say, sales of the BT have not been affected.

mb

3:12 PM  
Anonymous Tom Servo said...

2017 just solidified my belief in WAFerism. I don't see how anyone can read the news coming out of the United States and not be a declinist but I guess for some people the belief in progress keeps them going.

Speaking of news, it looks like five people are dead after a shooting at an elementary school in Northern California.

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-norcal-elementary-school-shooting-20171114-story.html

3:15 PM  
Blogger Alogon said...

Life is good for Wafers because we're the intellectual cutting edge, we know it, and more and more other people are beginning to think the same way. Declinist talk and writing are now commonplace, although there is still widespread denial as to both the etiology and the prognosis.

A few cultural institutions are the main reason I haven't moved out of the U.S.-- both enjoying them and supporting them. I suppose the other is despair at the prospect of becoming conversant in another language-- not for want of trying. After years of both French and German, I'm still hopelessly incommunicado in France and German. I've always been pretty good at insulating myself from the most corrosive influences of American pop culture-- just too inner-directed and eccentric to fall for most of them. My favorite epithet adjectives have long been "plebeian" and "frivolous." (What are other Wafers' favorites?)

A purely historical question for Dr. Berman: In Blaise Pascal's day, usury-- meaning lending money at any interest rate at all-- was still a stricture of the church, although it had become controversial by that time. But the Medici and other banks had been operating for a couple centuries, and one reason for the Medicis' success was that the papacy itself did business with them. How did they get around the prohibition of usury? Thanks if you can suggest a couple sources to answer this question, from your own writing or anywhere else.

4:58 PM  
Anonymous Golf Pro said...

From a European point of view, the USA's main entertainment industry is now the USA itself, rather than Hollywood, NFL etc.

I've not been paying much attention to it, tbh. Here in the UK, the main enjoyment to be gained is from disgusted liberals still reflexively gagging over the sheer impertinence of Brexit.

On the Continent, 2016/17 has been a kind of reverse 1968, with nation after nation deciding that they prefer their traditional cultures to post-modern cultural relativism. This has led to disgusted liberals reflexively gagging over the sheer impertinence of "populism" etc.

So it's all happening over here, with the US fading into the background, somewhat.

5:16 PM  
Blogger jjarden said...

Being a Wafer for me means the highest levels of intellectual stimulation and enlightenment...through the postings on this blog, and my efforts as an NMI...I’m up to 3,000 volumes in my personal library, as well as several quality art pieces hanging on my walls...Like most of you, I’m reading constantly, and quietly collecting and preserving the best of this world for the time when (if) we emerge from this current Dark Age in America.

5:48 PM  
Blogger Joanna Hobo said...

You may find this program Waiferish.

https://youtu.be/o2-cu0V0OEY

Ugo Bardi: The Next Wave of Democide and Global Mass Extermination

Geopolitics and Empire

Published on Nov 1, 2017

Italian scientist Dr. Ugo Bardi discusses the statistical and historical evidence that a new wave of global democide is very possible and could wipe out up to 1 billion people worldwide. He also discusses his newest book The Seneca Effect: Why Growth Is Slow But Collapse is Rapid.

Show Notes
Are You Ready For Another Round of Mass Exterminations? https://medium.com/insurge-intelligen...
This fascinating academic debate has huge implications for the future of world peace https://www.vox.com/2015/5/21/8635369...
Fractalisty and Self-Organized Criticality of Wars http://cnls.lanl.gov/~dcr/wars_power.pdf
War Size Distribution: Empirical Regularities Behind Conflicts https://mpra.ub.uni-muenchen.de/59554...

Websitehttp://cassandralegacy.blogspot.com
http://twitter.com/gelderon52

6:53 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Joanna-

r.u. riding the rails, u hobo u? Thanks for the refs. In future, be sure to hold to our half-page limit, thanks.

al-

I personally favor 'degraded' and 'debased', along with 'turkified'. Re: usury: I think the Church was depositing w/the Medicis, rather than borrowing, but I'm really not sure. This might help: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medici_Bank

mb

7:51 PM  
Anonymous Student of Waferism said...

Contrary to many people here, this year was pretty bad for me. I finally accepted a depression that I've had but have been repressing, so I dropped out of school for a semester to try to fix it. But as a result I had time to read Dr Berman's writing on consciousness, which I found to be very illuminating and still his best work, I'm barely on Dark Ages right now though. Economically I've known the US is done for a couple of years, but I hadn't thought of it culturally, I hadn't realized just how devastating and serious the cultural collapse was, which was where Dr Berman's work came in. I think there isn't many historians who look at the collapse in the same way as Dr Berman. Everyone just looks at it economically, they worry about the debt, worry about the stock market, housing price, etc but I've never seen anyone give a cultural critique, to look at the depression rate, suicide rate, mass shooting rate, stupidity rate, car culture effects, etc.


So again Dr Berman, thank you so much for your work, specially your consciousness work and btw, Wandering God is still my favorite. Although I would like to add that I never believed the occult was real, so I'm not sure if to study it more or forget about it, can anyone give advice on this?

8:07 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Student-

Well, it looks like you emerged from yr depression well enuf, and if I had anything to do w/it, I'm happier than I can say. People mistakenly think I'm a pessimist. Well, OK, they're rt insofar as the US goes; I don't think this country has a hope in hell. But I'm optimistic abt the human spirit, which I think always prevails in the end, and will this time as well. This blog, after all, is evidence of that: out of 327 or so million people, there are 172 Wafers who love life, love truth, and who get a rush from both.

As for WG, it's probably still my favorite as well, tho the Japan bk comes in a close 2nd.

The occult is partly real--I think I made a gd case for that in the Reenchantment bk--but I don't think it can help you much rt now. SSIG is probably more relevant to yr immediate needs. Concentrate on living an authentic life, and keep in mind that famous dictum from Woody Allen: 80 percent of life is showing up. You can't imagine how accurate those 7 little words are.

And remember: as far as virtual communities go, this one is sans pareil. It may be a tiny community, but we take care of each other in our own way. The rest of America is sad and lost (I grew up in the 50s, and you can't imagine what a different country it was during that time), but you don't hafta be.

mb

ps: you cd probably use a gd laugh rt abt now. Check out Season 1 of the TV series from a few yrs back called "Lilyhammer."

9:07 PM  
Anonymous Bruce Bennett said...

Welcome back, Dr. Berman -
As for me this last year of the Mango Mussolini has been deeply frustrating when I let his idiocy, recklessness and incompetence get to me. However, I began to form an alternative plan to staying in this dying empire. I am currently waiting for a new passport and I will be relocating to a place in central Mexico.
The author Joe Bageant said of his life when he moved to Mexico that the Mexican people put family and neighbors very high in importance. I think it was he who called it "social capital". Of course, in the Disunited States we are a bankrupt country that way. Oh sure, you can still get services like healthcare but you will pay through the nose for them and many of us end up bankrupted by the process. Similar things are happening in other aspects of American "life" as one of the prime directives of the various governments and their enablers is to privatize everything they can get their greedy hands on.
Anyway, the only thing left to decide is whether to drive down from the West Coast or to sell my car and fly in and rely on buses and a bike. At 69 this will be a fine adventure and I'm looking forward to it. As always I want to thank you and the Wafers for the insightful comments about the tragedy of a country that still hasn't figured out that it is it's own worst enemy.

12:24 AM  
Anonymous Lobotomized Imperial Subject said...

Been travelling a bit and this seems a good time to reflect for me too.

1. Biennale art festival in Venice. (http://www.labiennale.org/en). Well, the artists are clearly onto Waferism. Art from the Northern, Western Hemisphere was despondent, dispersed, dark and evoked end-times.... some even depicted necromancy. Interestingly, the art got more coherent and “lighter” as one moved east and south on the globe.

2. Gorgeous Roman Byzantine mosaics in Ravenna. (https://www.aswesawit.com/ravenna-mosaics/). A kind of time travel back about 1000 years.... astonishing, beautiful and spellbinding: reflecting a very different spiritual culture I think. A very stark contrast to today’s Waferish times.

3. South Africa, Johannesburg. People warm and friendly as usual. Also, lots of frank discussion about the realities of corruption and broken communities. Interesting to see the society confront en masse these issues (rather than sweep them under the carpet as many other cultures tend to do). Sadly not many have ideas about how to fix the issues or realize they can’t be spectators or passive participants.

Aside from that, I am thinking of my own Wafer project.... after years in the empty, meaningless corporate world and 4 years off to re-orient, I am thinking of returning to my younger self dream and becoming a ballet teacher and running a ballet studio.

Cheers
Lobo

2:29 AM  
Anonymous Transatlantic said...

Finding Waferdom this past year helped me gain a new (much better) outlook on life. I actually voted for Trumpo last year because I thought he would at least improve relations with Russia and because Hillary was relatively far more repugnant. Of course, Trumpo has been a failure on all fronts.
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Gig, I think it is too early to call. I could not have voted for Trump, but I understand why you did. To me, the greatest issue we face is globalism and the centralization of power at an unprecedented level. Trump, for all his personal faults, still appears to be against this. Populism has taken hold here in Europe as well and is leading some to fight the EU and key proponents of globalism such as Juncker and co.; see Poland and Hungary. Dunno where this is all going to end up, but the bizarre approach to immigration here in DE/Europe and the media blitz on destroying anything of cultural signifigance is, to me, not a coincidence.

6:18 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Alogon-

Cdn't run it, mon cher: 1. You need to wait 24 hrs between posts; 2. You need to keep length down to half a page. Pls compress, and re-send later on. Thanks.

Bruce-

Gd luck on relocating; you won't regret it. Mexicans aren't jokes dressed up as human beings. As for social capital, phrase is from Robt Putnam, I think.

Lobo-

Thanks for filling us in on yr Wafairing. Ballet sounds divine. Wd you believe I studied it for 2 wks, long long ago? Class of myself and 20 women, all of whom had been doing it since age 4. As I was not made of rubber, I finally had to switch to modern and jazz.

mb

6:29 AM  
Blogger Sarasvati said...

Well, considering the state of my health, which keeps me from leaving the USA or going NMI, the best thing I can say about this year is that I’m still alive and kickin’. Really, not too bad.

Alogon, like you I avoid, as much as possible, our so-called culture and its corrosive technology, but part of that is the fact that I’m 72 and remember a much better time. I guess my favorite epithet for the American people is the “great unwashed.”

Student, occult means knowledge that is hidden. Being that the whole world is defined and described for us from the moment of birth, we actually have no clue as to what is real. In a sense all of this is an illusion, and the American people especially are delusional. To me, the most important thing in life is to break out of the illusion, and Waferism is a big part of that. If you’re at all interested in mental gymnastics you might want to read Wei Wu Wei’s “Ask the Awakened.” Not an easy read (I could only handle a few pages at a time), but it will rock your world and things will never be the same.

6:38 AM  
Anonymous Micah said...

HOW LIBERTARIAN DEMOCRACY SKEPTICISM INFECTED THE AMERICAN RIGHT
https://niskanencenter.org/blog/libertarian-democracy-skepticism-infected-american-right/

6:48 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Does anyone else find this a tad demented?:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/11/15/come-meet-a-black-person-says-the-invitation-to-a-georgia-networking-event/?hpid=hp_hp-morning-mix_mm-georgiameetup%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.0d74b2c56990

It sounds like "come meet a Martian"...

6:54 AM  
Anonymous Esca Dreg said...

"Better Living Through Chemistry"
https://www.alternet.org/environment/we-know-terrifyingly-little-about-how-our-bodies-respond-pollutants-thats-changing
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/nov/15/plastics-found-in-stomachs-of-deepest-sea-creatures

"Making Stupid Through Chemistry"
http://www.motherjones.com/food/2014/12/ubiquitous-chemical-thats-making-us-stupid/

8:46 AM  
Anonymous Francois said...

2017 was the best year ever and this is the best blog ever. Micah, How could anyone be skeptical about America? More importantly how could anyone be skeptical about her people? Now excuse me while I go get my body armor, an uzi and go to a McDonald’s drive thru to get some breakfast.

8:58 AM  
Anonymous James Allen said...

You can’t tell the mass murders without a program: After returning from his Asian trip, the chief twit tweets his condolences to the people of Sutherland Springs. Hey man, ya gotta keep up.
http://www.newser.com/story/251625/trump-tweets-condolences-for-wrong-mass-shooting.html

And at the intersection of merchandising and mayhem, this item from God’s Waiting Room:
Florida Christian School in Miami will be offering bulletproof panels in its school store for insertion into students’ backpacks. These panels are supposedly proof against .44 Magnum and .357 SIG-Sauer bullets. (A friend familiar with weapons and ammo says that the force of a .44 Magnum striking such a panel would likely still kill the child being protected, though any child in front of that child would probably be OK.). The panels are being manufactured by a Hialeah, FL company.
https://education.good.is/articles/bulletproof-backpacks-florida

For those keeping track, Sacramento was the 390th episode of mass murder in 2017. Hardly worth mentioning that there are only 365 days in a typical year.

9:47 AM  
Anonymous Jordan said...

re: Demented, MB:

https://www.mrctv.org/blog/watch-woman-lives-her-life-feline

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/78q9za/the-people-choosing-to-be-sterilised-in-their-twenties

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/11/13/transracial-man-born-white-says-he-feels-filipino/858043001/


Demented seems understated, Damaged hits the mark

10:28 AM  
Anonymous Mike R. said...

WAFER Student of Waferism--you have a real community within this site; WAFERS are astute, worldly, and "get it."

Dr. Berman was instrumental in giving me the vocabulary and visceral understanding as to what was really going on both ontologically and intellectually--his works are filled with references/sources for additional critical thinking and rumination.

More importantly, we got a place outside the open air prison (america), and we're escaping this shit hole in 3 years.

10:39 AM  
Anonymous Lee Yong said...

Hey Professor MB,

I've been combing thru your old published essays on this blog to find a particular book recommendation you made on the topic of climate science/global warming skepticism, or hesitation on the business end of it all [read: Green Politics.] I don't think it was "Merchants of Doubt" , which is authored by Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway, of "The Collapse of Western Civilization: A View from the Future", which I know you have recommended. Any idea what it would have been?

Or WAFers have any recommendations

10:57 AM  
Blogger flanagle said...

I`m now in the seventh year of my fairly well-planned escape from the United Security States of Anxiety (USSA) living in a small unimportant country on the shores of the Med. Not a bad place at all. I never bother locking my door at night unlike some of my Stateside relatives who have security cameras on their buildings and carry some fearful heat packed in their pockets. There are zero representatives of McWorld around here (so far) for which I am thankful. Strangers sometimes on the street or from their balcony actually engage me in conversation in a friendly, curious, non-hustling manner.
My only real regret is that I did not leave nearly fifty years ago when the local police invaded my home sans warrant while about the same time I was being pressured into an all-expenses-paid `tour`of Vietnam, which I declined. Is it possible, I wonder, should I ever go back for a brief visit, that I will be detained and interrogated for being `away` too long?

12:41 PM  
Blogger Gigalax said...

I have to wonder how long America can keep up the illusion of economic prosperity outside of its big metropolitan areas. Most of the country seems like one giant Potemkin village.

1:32 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Gig-

Large swaths of big metro areas actually look like shit as well.

flan-

Congrats on yr escape. As for being detained, I have no idea; you might wanna check w/a lawyer b4 flying into DFW or wherever.

Lee-

Doesn't ring a bell, unfortunately. Cd u.b. more specific?

Jordan-

I dunno; I was so excited abt the chance to go to a party and meet an actual black person. It seems so exotic. What next? An Hispanic? A Chinese person? Gee willikers, Maw...

Jas-

There are so many mass shootings now, what's a poor pres to do?

If the US were a person, s/he wd have been declared clinically insane 20 yrs ago or more.

mb

3:30 PM  
Blogger Gunnar Burton said...

Observed a group of high school students on the bus, two were obese both had matted hair one in nylon sweats the other in shorts t-shirt and flip flops, obvious they rolled out of bed and into school where they will ignore teachers for the next 8 hrs, of course out come the comic books. I'm thinking good to see there is a dress code, and damn kid don't you know what kind of buzzsaw you're going to graduate into?
Best part of declinist/Wafer is not buying into 'the resistance' thinking if we all pucker our assholes tight enough together things will improve. Another is I can laugh at myself and the goings on around me, not to b Nero with the fiddle or anything but...The customer freak out videos on YouTube are Gr8, didn't know they existed here I thought COPS was funny they should add a laugh track and put them on America's Funniest Videos - sneak 'em in as a public service. This is a higher level of consciousness just watching commercials on TV is like a sociological experiment, I say 'oh my god' allot to myself these days. Once I get over the sadness of impending suffering I'll be on Wafer solid ground.

3:33 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Gun-

Here's a vision that might cheer you up. There *is* a way for the US to save itself, and it's not via puckered anuses (ana?). Imagine that on a pre-agreed-upon hour and day, all 325 million or so Americans stood up and screamed, "We are total buffoons, and we are getting exactly what we deserve!" Surely, we wd finally be redeemed.

mb

4:22 PM  
Anonymous Boar's Head said...

Man beats fussy baby to death:

http://www.northjersey.com/story/news/nation/2017/11/15/police-pennsylvania-man-beat-baby-tbaby-being-fussy-so-her-dad-beat-her-death-police-pennsylvania-sa/865506001/

Hustler charges rich guys 50k fee for matchmaking:

http://www.northjersey.com/story/news/columnists/christopher-maag/2017/11/15/high-end-matchmaker-follows-unlikely-path-love/804138001/

We're living in an insane asylum. What I love about being a Wafer is that lurking here with the occasional odd post reminds me not to take the good ole' US of A too seriously. It helps preserve my mental health and keeps me from wasting my time and energy on trying to reason with the crazy people I am surrounded by.

Quick question for the Wafers/Dr. B: I've read the WAF trilogy and want to read more Dr. B books. Which one should I, as an aspiring Wafer, read next?

5:51 PM  
Blogger Bill Hicks said...

Once again, the headlines tell the story:

Tigger mailbox must go, Pa. court rules. White, suburban HOA residents' quality of life matters.

Florida man booby-trapped SpongeBob lunchbox with explosives, police say. Note that this guy was able to stockpile a shitoad of explosive-making chemicals despite being hospitalized four times for psychiatric evaluation--AND was apparently still living in his parents' house.

People are losing their minds over this Iowan's Pop-Tart and cheese sandwich. Massive war crimes, wealth inequality, crumbling infrastructure, gun violence, police shootings, etc., not so much.

Drunk Michigan man found covered in blood, screaming, waving deer meat in parking lot. Note that he was white, so the police didn't shoot him even though he attacked them (headline somehow fails to mention that fact as well).

6:38 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Boar-

Yr not 'aspiring', amigo; yr already there. E.g., you and Bill, among others, are gd at documenting the daily lunacy that now constitutes the US. This can be seen on both micro and macro levels, quite clearly. I've said it b4: the US, when I was growing up, was a very different sorta place. As a teenager in the late 50s I never imagined that a few decades hence we'd be plunged into mass psychosis. Altho I suppose that if a baby is being annoying, you might as well beat it to death, what the heck. These toddlers can be such a downer. They're just asking for it, really.

As for my other bks: they are all listed on Amazon, but it depends on what subject you wish to tackle. Of course, run out and buy AWTY immediately; plus 100 more, to distribute to yr friends. :-) It's the sequel to QOV, my earlier essay collection, which I think is quite relevant to the American Empire trilogy.

TMWQ is a novel, a satire on American politics you might enjoy. It has a nice portrait of Hillary totally losing it.

That's abt it for US-related stuff. As you can see online, I did an earlier novel, a vol. of poetry, a bk on Japan, and a trilogy on the evolution of human consciousness. You might wanna buy 1 copy of each of my bks, rent a cottage in the Maine woods for 6 mos., and hunker down for some exotic (yet realistic) rdg. Yr life will never be the same.

mb

7:23 PM  
Anonymous Matt S. said...

Dear Dr. B.

Trump merely exposed the fact that America is not and has never been a country in a serious sense. Looking back several years (9 years), omg, I have seen absolutely zero change in this country. Is this supposed to be what democracy is all about? While we have a strong freedom of speech, no serious problem is being tackled - none - all America does is talk about them, and nothing happens. I can sit down and list all the problems all day: gun violence, drug addiction/opioid overdose, police brutality, shamble public schools, huge student debts (expensive private school), dysfunctional healthcare, world's greatest income inequality, decades of overspending on military, wars in the middle east, poor public transportation, crumbling infrastructures, environmental issues (climate change), etc.

Same failures, years after years. Nothing is being done on anything - zero. What amazes me most people don't realize they are living in a frozen capsule called America. They keep watching the same show being rerun, again and again, while their lives are getting worse and worse. The federal government is not a government in any serious sense. Why kind of government is designed to be so powerless it cannot do anything. American politics is just a show, an inexhaustible material for late-night shows and SNL. American politics is about keeping the Federal government powerless on all domestic issues while having all the power to wage wars or go bomb other people at will. This is very odd. It's just odd.

7:43 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Matt-

This blog is abt being awake and alive. The # of Wafers = 172; # of Americans = ca. 325 million. This shd tell u something abt how powerful American brainwashing is.

I recently gave a lecture to undergrads at a fairly gd schl. When I told them things like what's on yr list, and that the US was some kind of horrible joke, many responded as tho they were hit on the head by a 2 x 4. I said: "Hey, the system has had you 24/7 since you were 2 yrs old, whereas I get you for 1 hr. Who do you think is gonna win?"

Brainwashing attacks the ontological part of the brain. Doesn't matter what people might finally realize intellectually (and most don't realize anything); the American Dream has the populace ontologically in thrall. Remember that ontos, in Greek, means Being. And the Being of Americans is war and Wal-Mart.

mb

8:35 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

ps: But Thanksgiving is coming! We shall soon celebrate the destruction of an entire indigenous population, while kids in school learn about how the Pilgrims and the Indians sat down together over dinner. My man, we are drowning in horseshit.

8:39 PM  
Blogger jjarden said...

GREAT!! Trump claims that “AMERICA is BACK”!! Back in track to growth and success!!

Thank Goodness...I was getting worried there for a while.


http://www.cnn.com/2017/11/15/politics/trump-asia-trip-statement/index.html

9:27 PM  
Anonymous BH said...

I was reading over some reviews at Amazon.com of Dr. Berman's books. The one star reviews basically went like "Amerika ain't fallin' down". The one person who gave a serious review said that Dr. Berman offered no evidence at all to prove his thesis America is falling apart. I thought to myself "If this person thinks evidence of American decline was not given I have absolutely no idea what they would accept as proof or evidence".

9:53 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

BH-

For a lot of Amazon reviewers, it's just open season on the authors, and not just on me. It's amazing how much energy (and free time) some of these people have. And many of the reviews are not really of the books; they are merely the product of personal animosity. In these cases, one has the feeling that the reviewer never even read the bk. In a way, the whole phenomenon is part of our cultural decline, it seems to me. Bitter, dishonest, incompetent, and ad hominem attacks have become a kind of art form, part and parcel of our end of days.

mb

10:19 PM  
Anonymous Bruce Bennett said...

Dr. Berman -
Thank you for the correction about "social capital". It WAS Robert Putnam who described this deterioration of connections between people in the U.S. and one of his books has the illustrative title of "Bowling Alone".

10:48 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Bruce-

I discuss that bk at some length in DAA, actually (see pp. 44-46).

mb

1:41 AM  
Blogger Zarathustra said...

And on the other side of the planet:
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/nov/16/chinese-officials-believe-in-sorcery-not-socialism-says-senior-minister
"[...] converting belief in religion into belief into the party."

I am neither atheist nor agnostic but I don't belong to any organized religion, occidental or oriental. After that disclosure, it's clear to me that even if China is reaching its economic apogee, culturally the rot is spreading uncontrollably. Dr Berman has commented on how China is repeating the mistakes of the US. Maybe they are making some of their own too.

P.S. Do you have to be an atheist to qualify as a Wafer?

3:43 AM  
Anonymous Lobotomized Imperial Subject said...

Well Dr Berman, unbendy you may be, but you are most welcome to attend ballet classes in my future studio, even if just to hang on the barre and dream of dancing.

I have been making my way through a review of some of Alexander Dugin’s work. He is a Russian philosopher and political, cultural critic. His work is interesting. Here are some Waferish quotations:

“The West and the logic of its becoming (history) is a road to the abyss” (from The Rise of the Fourth Political Theory)

“We should especially underscore that the American delegation to the Versailles conference, under the leadership of President Woodrow Wilson, first voiced this new international strategy of the USA, in which it was asserted that the whole world was the zone of American influence..... The Wilson doctrine called for an end to isolationism and non-interference in the affairs of European states, and for the switch to an active population licy on a planetary scale...” (from Last War for the World Island).

I read this second one as “hustling goes global”.

Cheers
Lobo

4:24 AM  
Anonymous troutbum said...

Dr. MB,
It's been a year of vindication, my friends who sometime would challenge my Wafer Wisdom have now slowly embraced our outlook. Trump, of course has been immensely helpful in exposing the real soul of Americans. That realization leads to discussion of the institutions underpinning the American elite at home and the America Empire abroad. Personally, I've gotten involved with several non-profits that are supporting local agriculture and local food systems. I tell my friends to buckle up, the ride going to get more volatile.

Book Alert : Check out Alfred McCoy's newest : "In the Shadows of the American Century" - the rise and decline of US power.

7:30 AM  
Anonymous Mike Kelly said...

Lee Yong said...

"Hey Professor MB,

I've been combing thru your old published essays on this blog to find a particular book recommendation you made on the topic of climate science/global warming skepticism, or hesitation on the business end of it all..."

Hi Lee, one of my favorite books on climate change is Windfall: The Booming Business of Global Warming by McKenzie Funk. Since this is about the only blog I ever read, I'm 99% sure I saw it here first, recommended by another Wafer. Anyhow, this is a fantastic book about how, ironically, the same millionaires and billionaires who are decrying global warming as a hoax are also making huge profits on a changing climate. The book is written with a lot of humor also which doesn't hurt.

7:51 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Trout-

You may also enjoy recent bks by Kurt Andersen and Suzy Hansen.

Lobo-

Pique, plié!

Z-

Not really, tho it does help to be a tad skeptical about it.

mb

8:06 AM  
Anonymous Sandy said...

Monbiot argues that Noam Chomsky, John Pilger and Seymour Hersh have all helped spread baseless claims about a chemical weapons attack in Syria. It's a shameful episode.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/nov/15/lesson-from-syria-chemical-weapons-conspiracy-theories-alt-right

8:46 AM  
Anonymous Student of Waferism said...

Sarasvati - thanks for the suggestion. Hopefully Wei Wu Wei is not like Alan Watts though, don't really like that guy.

Lately I've been listening to George Carlin and observing his language skills and also I've been reading Trivium and I've been thinking of smth, the English language is going to shit. It used to be a beautiful language but America took it and destroyed it. I do blame it on America because Americans dominate the media and the English say American English is 12 year old's. I also blame this on America being a country of immigrants, they come in and only learn basic English, not their fault ofc, but in the long term they pass on a very basic language to the future generations, everyone is forced to speak basic because otherwise they won't be understood. Hadn't thought of how much of a big deal this is but now I understand fellow Wafers who don't want to go to a country that speaks another language.

10:11 AM  
Anonymous Tom Servo said...

Screen time might boost depression, suicide behaviors in teens.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/11/171114091313.htm

Just 3% of American adults own a collective 133 million firearms – half of America’s total gun stock.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/nov/15/the-gun-numbers-just-3-of-american-adults-own-a-collective-133m-firearms

10:51 AM  
Blogger Gigalax said...

Good article on the myth of American military might.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/48185.htm

1:45 PM  
Anonymous J. Herzog said...

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/yale-school-art-launches-new-art-social-justice-initiative-1141928/amp-page

Yale becomes the latest art school to abandon virtuousity, creativity, & aesthetics in favor of far-left activism.

3:32 PM  
Anonymous Kelley said...

Buried in the Republican Tax Plan Is the Creation of an Old World-Style Aristocracy

And boy those were the days, eh?

https://www.dcreport.org/2017/11/08/why-americas-future-could-look-like-this/

4:45 PM  
Blogger polecat said...

I don't take delight in watching America crumble under the weight of its own hubris. Millions of people are and will continue to suffer gravely for the monster posing as a nation, devouring its old and young alike. Eating its own citizens. I am one of those citizens, as are my children and grandchildren. No one is coming to rescue us, no, not even Jesus, you idiotic evangelists. Most of us don't have the financial resources to leave. We are stuck with no power to change the rules of the game or overturn the tables set by our handlers, the super rich. The realization of this powerlessness may be the reason for so many depressives in the nation. Like the proverbial deer in the headlights, we are caught with no where else to go - neither free to flee nor having the power to fight. It's called the state of freeze. Maybe that explains the glassy-eyed, vacant stare in the faces of so many Americans.

Ways for Americans to make money on the side is - apart from their jobs - is now known officially as "side hustles" - you can't make this stuff up.

The news media are beside themselves congratulating Trump on his trip to Asia. They seem to think it had something to do with diplomacy, North Korea, and human rights. BULLSHIT. Trump, like Presidents before him, takes foreign trips to close business deals for American-based corporations and military contractors. Advance men do the preliminary negotiating and the Pres comes in to sign the contracts. "The business of America and business" Amen. Pass the amunition and shut the f***a up.

5:33 PM  
Blogger Miles Deli said...

What's shakin' Wafers?

Nice to read that all of you guys are doing well.

It does seem that as each day passes, Waferism is vindicated. The signs are all around us: the scrambling; the decay; the decadence; Trumpo's Petronian dog-eat-dog ostentatiousness and flamboyance; his reckless behavior and ideological unpredictability. And what about the complete bankruptcy of the entire Obama project and progressivism in general? Who could've imagined that it could all be so easily undone by a couple of bruisers like Trumpo and Bannon. Even Weinstein's dick had a staring role in all of this... My only disappointment of 2017, of course, is that Trumpo didn't select MB to head the Ministry of Complete Obliteration (MCO); but I guess that's okay because MB made it to NY and got to chow down on pastrami and chopped liver. For me, attending the Wafer Summit was clearly a highlight of 2017. It was great to see everyone again, and hang out w/MB at greatest rendezvous known to humankind.

In any event, there's lots more I could say, but let me just say I wish everyone a happy 2018. Until next time, kids:

Fresh horses for the Wafers, for tonight we ride!

Miles

5:45 PM  
Blogger Bill Hicks said...

Well, I hope the Dumbocrats are happy now that it looks like taking down the utterly odious Roy Moore is going to come at the cost of losing progressive hero Al Franken. Who is the Big Fat Idiot now, Al? Not to belittle the experiences of any of the legitimate victims, but it looks like we are rapidly galloping into witch hunt territory. Just being named by an accuser is now being equated with being truly guilty, which was sadly predictable. It is nevertheless gratifying to see that so far, many more sanctimonious asshole liberals are getting smeared by such charges. Liberal virtual snot rag Vox even dared to assert that Bill Clinton should have resigned over the Monica Lewinsky fiasco.

Also, this just in, America FINALLY loses its title a the country having the best global image--dropping to 6th thanks largely to Orange Julius. That we still had that title as recently as last year shows how many repressed American hustlers there are around the globe. The new No. 1 is Germany, and that rumbling sound you hear is millions of WW2 veterans rolling over in their graves.

6:54 PM  
Anonymous Sorrowful said...

MB and Wafers:

2017 has been a good year for me. I discovered this blog and simultaneously managed to get myself out of the U.S. and back to Australia, which feels more like home to me. However, my sojourn here for the next year is very temporary unless I can find a way to inveigle myself into a better visa without spending myself into penury to do it.

The far southeast coast of AU is just one beautiful beach after another with so many interesting animals and plants to explore. Hustling is also a big part of the culture here with Australians and their governments doing their best to give away everything that is uniquely Australian to foreign countries. Resource extraction for the benefit of others (not Australians) seems to be the only economy. This includes housing. Most of the dwellings in this beach town are empty for the majority of the year. I heard someone say in a shop the other day that she didn't have neighbors, just holiday people. Not a good sign for community.

And racism -- in AU it is endemic with white people still murdering aboriginal people with impunity in the most horrible ways. Nevertheless, I persist because this land has amazing energy and a history of 60,000 years of continuous aboriginal culture. There's something magical here and I'm keeping myself open for the encounter. Read Bruce Chatwin's The Songlines (an intriguing exploration of the tension between nomads and those who stay put) and, for a lot of good laughs, Bill Bryson's Down Under. Still looking for a copy of Wandering God that I can afford.

Hope this isn't too long. I could say heaps more and will later.

8:13 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Student-

Don't blame immigrants. My parents spoke no English until age 10 or so, and by the time I was born, their English was flawless. Nor were they the only ones. Real problem is the commodification of everything. Debased language makes quick commercial transactions a lot easier, and that's what American life is abt. We also have a long tradition of anti-intellectualism in this country. Just eavesdrop on (nonimmigrant) teenagers on any street corner: they can do little more than grunt and drool, punctuated by "Awesome!"

From the Oct. 23 New Yorker, by Anthony Lane, commenting on the American Dream and pursuit of happiness: "a mission as farcical as it is ingrained."

From the Nov. 9 NYRB, a review of Mark Lilla's latest bk, exposing identity politics as a farce. The bk wd seem to repeat the basic theme of Thos Frank's latest (and see my discussion in essay #15 of AWTY). He says that identity politics is not really politics, and that the New Left turned the university into "a pseudo-political theater." Academic progs, he says, are neurotic and out of touch. Millions of Americans believe (correctly?) that liberalism is hostile to their values and perhaps to their liberty. Identity politics, in particular, has not managed to come up with "an image of what our shared way of life might be." And as Occupy Wall St. showed, liberals have little interest in winning elections, whereas the Tea Party did, and was very successful. Whereas the right knows how to organize, the left is a dysfunctional collection of morons. Identity politics is just another form of evangelism, he concludes.

mb

8:49 PM  
Blogger Grandma said...

Dr. B, sorry about sales from the Survivor episode, but you did note the "please keep writing" comment from the President? Just sayin'

Alogon, one favorite epithet of mine is "cock knocker". I don't know why. Very effective, stops people in their tracks given my girl-next-door looks. Best way to deal with turkeys is to keep them off balance so one can glide gracefully (and peacefully) away. Always leave them laughing.

Book recommendation from me is QOV, after the WAF Trilogy (damn Survivor screenwriters should have noted that distinction!). Looking forward to AWTY.

troutbum, I'm noticing the same phenomenon, of people talking about the coming crises (note the plural) in everyday conversations. I believe our little community may grow. Dr. B and all Wafers, I've said it before, but my gratitude is heartfelt: thanks for sharing here, and helping us all grow in knowledge, wisdom, and community. Hear, hear! And not one cock knocker amongst you.

8:52 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Gran-

Actually, I thought the term was "cock blocker," but what's a poor dick to do. As for sales: I wasn't really expecting anything, and for the time being am holding off on putting a down payment on that villa in Tuscany. I've been thinking abt doing a bk on Italy, tho, and calling it "That's Amore!" (with apologies to Dean Martin) Anyway, I'm glad yr enjoying the blog, and I expect we've all grown over the past 11 years. The trollfoons have been expunged, and the cock blockers have probably sought out other web sites; which is wise.

mb

9:11 PM  
Blogger Neil 0421875644 said...

If there ever was a beautiful America, perhaps it was this album https://youtu.be/1dy2O9Khq1A

10:34 PM  
Anonymous DeadThoreau said...

You know as a Humanist I'm still aghast at the sheer cruelty of the average American, I had tears in my eyes just reading this shit. Nurses laugh at a WW2 vet while he cries out that he can't breath. This society deserves to collapse, I shutter at the prospect of spending my last days in one of these institutions.

https://globalnews.ca/news/3862649/video-shows-second-world-war-vet-calling-for-help-before-dying-while-nurses-laugh/

In other news it looks like parts of the Media are finally catching up to MB's sublime analysis of the American character, of course this comes from a Canadian news outlet.

10:55 PM  
Blogger George Zadorozny, Attorney-at-Law said...

I value Waferism because it makes it possible for me to understand otherwise incomprehensible actions like this one:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/11/12/army-lifts-ban-recruits-history-self-mutilation-other-mental-health-issues/853131001/

Excerpt:

"WASHINGTON – People with a history of 'self-mutilation,”'bipolar disorder, depression and drug and alcohol abuse can now seek waivers to join the Army under an unannounced policy enacted in August, according to documents obtained by USA TODAY.

"The decision to open Army recruiting to those with mental health conditions comes as the service faces the challenging goal of recruiting 80,000 new soldiers through September 2018. To meet last year's goal of 69,000, the Army accepted more recruits who fared poorly on aptitude tests, increased the number of waivers granted for marijuana use and offered hundreds of millions of dollars in bonuses . . . ."

11:08 PM  
Blogger jjarden said...

Chris Hedges still out there trying to drum up support for his REVOLUTION!


https://www.truthdig.com/articles/fight-disease-not-symptoms/

1:05 AM  
Blogger Marc L Bernstein said...

Just a quickie for now. WAFers by and large should appreciate it. I haven't finished watching the whole interview yet, but it's a gem. Derrick Jensen is quite profound and also actually is quite funny, in a way similar to George Carlin. Humor is mixed in with melancholy but throughout is clarity, gentleness and honesty.

My buddy Hambone Littletail (real name Sam Mitchell) interviews Derrick Jensen:

Derrick Jensen: "It's Dreadful Everywhere, And We're Really Fucked" :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xSQyjpmFClY

A few choice quotes:

"If I was made dictator of the USA one of the first things I would do is to divert money away from the military toward rehabilitating prairies, toward cleaning up messes"

"If you want grass, move to a prairie" --- ha ha!, good one

[to solve the problem of human overpopulation] "all you have to do is to give women absolute reproductive freedom"

"Capitalism also requires increasing human population"

1:58 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

jj-

Hedges has actually written 1 or 2 declinist essays, but the wake-up moment never sticks. Ontologically speaking, he's too scared, so he immediately reverts back to REVOLT! This 'moral' Manichaeanism provides a lot of psychological reassurance. I don't think we are ever going to see him have an Aha! moment that lasts. As I've said b4, intellectual knowing and ontological knowing are 2 very different things.

Dead-

I do believe that Americans are carrying enormous amounts of repressed violence in their bodies--in the tissues, and maybe even at the cellular level.

mb

3:05 AM  
Anonymous Francois said...

Dr. Berman I would love to see you interviewed On Contact, Chris Hedges’ RT show. Hedges’ is my favorite buffoon. It is an outrage that he has a show and you do not have an appointment yet in the Trump administration.

4:58 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Fran-

I just have this odd feeling that the interview might not go very well. I mean, he may not like to hear that some Wafers regard him as a buffoon, or that I think he's in massive denial regarding the character and inclination of the American people, the latter being just a tad short of revolution. But I certainly don't begrudge him a show on RT, tho I do remain annoyed at Trumpi. I keep fantasizing the newspaper headlines we could have had: e.g.: "Berman closes down American Empire; rest of world applauds." Or: "Berman says 'enough with the empire shit, already!'" That sorta thing.

mb

8:55 AM  
Anonymous Boar's Head said...

DeadThoreau: That video you posted of the older gentleman in the nursing home is the most sickening thing I've seen all week. I think I will continue on with my regimen of ingesting lots of artery clogging foods along with copious amounts of beer because dying of a massive heart attack seems like a much better way to leave this earth than suffering like this man did.

Yikes!

9:22 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Dead, Boar-

It was only a matter of time that what we were doing to people on the other side of the planet, we wd start doing to people at home.

mb

9:45 AM  
Anonymous Mike R. said...

WAFER Dead & Boar re: WW2 begging for help in an american nursing home.

What a disgusting pathetic excuse for a "country."

Poor gentleman, WW2 vet-- forget veteran, he's a human being. That's what americans did to each other.

So sad, yet very predictable. Everything was reduced to a joke, hence, nothing was taken really seriously.

As americans--they simply 'ate' each other.

10:07 AM  
Anonymous Birney Zouave said...

Dr. B-

Storm-troopers terrorize old couple for growing flowering hibiscus plants in their back yard:

http://www.wpxi.com/news/top-stories/couple-sues-police-after-attempted-drug-bust-goes-wrong/648778503

10:32 AM  
Blogger Mohamed ali said...

Subprime recurits. Get it

10:35 AM  
Anonymous Student of Waferism said...

Dr Berman - You are right about immigrants not being the case for the decay of the English language. I was projecting because I personally didn't learn English until I was 12 and I've never "felt" the language, I can speak it perfectly but it's not the same as my native language. But now that I think of it, in Berkeley there is plenty of foreigners that speak better English than Americans. Which also reminds me, immigrants are the only reason America still has an edge technologically. In Berkeley, STEM programs are filled with immigrants or sons of immigrants. Americans go into banking or some type of management, they don't like learning very much.

Transatlantic - I don't think there is anything particularly sinister about the refugee crisis, as in white genocide. I think Germany genuinely needs more people, their fertility rate is on par with Japan and Syrians are caucasian, i.e. Steve Jobs, they will integrate IMO. But if you follow right wing sites like breitbart keep in mind Netanyahu funded it, maybe the muslim hate and Bannon's obsession with islam being the enemy of the west makes more sense then. Don't let their propaganda influence you.

Sorrowful - I'm sure the extraction of resources does benefit Australians, as in Australian billionaires...

10:46 AM  
Blogger Gunnar Burton said...

"If you're in trouble, or hurt or need - go to the poor people. They're the only ones that'll help - the only ones." John Steinbeck
An elderly lady stopped me from her car and asked for directions to the local agency for the homeless. She had a (rundown) car full of donations. (Our fair city is without any shelter this winter and the neighborhoods are arguing with each other where to put an emergency warming shelter on 'really cold nights' whatever that means. The city saw big uptick in homeless when MJ got legal, now its time to move them along I guess.) I got out my phone and gave directions. She had a kiddo in the back seat 7 or 8 yrs old, anyway when we were done she says to me 'God bless you mister.' Damn, its in heart breaking moments like these that I have to remind myself the Iraqi kids and all the others were innocent too. I think us wierdos and crazy people are the ones the brainwashing either didn't take or drove us mad. I'd rather be with *some* of these than self contented in a shitty suburban home. The Resistance, in the end might just be small groups of people helping each other survive.

11:16 AM  
Anonymous Dan said...

Absolutely right, doctor. When Occupy was at its zenith, Oshitforbrains had a conference call with 18 mayors during which time it was decided to break up the demonstrations. Oshit was in Australia at the time which gave him some deniability. Occupy was a natural ally of the progressive Democratic wing and could have easily been absorbed into party ranks as the Republicans did with the Tea Party. But Oshit didn't want to offend his Wall Street backers so wither Occupy.
On another note, a video taken by one of the riders shows the Argentines moments before the truck hit them. Of course, I'm not suggesting not taking the video could have helped prevent the disaster, but at least the riders could have been more aware of their surroundings at the time rather than waving to the I-phone. Just a thought.
Yes, a woman who endures a powerful man masterbating in front of her could be described as a victim, but I think it's a more accurate appellation for the millions of people the US has killed since the end of WW II.

1:53 PM  
Anonymous Pastrami and Coleslaw said...

One of the better responses to Franken's problem:

http://readersupportednews.org/opinion2/277-75/46897-focus-al-franken-french-kissed-leeann-tweeden-in-2006-who-benefits-now

especially:

"Tweeden is the daughter of a military man, married to a military man, and has gone on a reported 16 USO shows. As we all well know, the US military has spent decades going around the world constantly doing things more offensive than sticking their tongues down people’s throats. It’s hard to find anything on record showing that Leeann Tweeden objects to napalm, depleted uranium, killing civilians, or torturing anyone (not that Franken’s all that good on military predation either)."

2:07 PM  
Blogger Jack Lattemann said...

Here’s your news update from Cascadia:

Seattle sets a record for income inequality in the city:
https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/data/seattle-hits-record-high-for-income-inequality-now-rivals-san-francisco/

And from the “Mericans never learn” department, a Seattle cybersecurity firm reveals how the “security features” of Amazon’s into-the-home delivery service Amazon Key can easily be circumvented:
https://www.seattletimes.com/business/amazon/amazon-key-delivery-driver-could-knock-out-in-home-services-security-camera-researchers-show/

The Evergreen State College update: enrollment is down 5 percent and the college faces a budget shortfall for the 2017-2018 school year:
https://mynorthwest.com/735822/evergreen-college-layoffs-after-protests/

And finally, perhaps an unwanted look at the state of Merican military prowess, scrambled military fighter jets couldn’t find a mystery jet flying over Oregon in October:
http://www.portlandmercury.com/blogtown/2017/11/16/19477894/report-radar-air-traffic-control-fighter-jets-couldnt-track-mystery-aircraft-flying-over-oregon-last-month

2:18 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Jack-

Thank you for the roundup of turkey behavior; always enjoyable. I'm only disappted that Evergreen isn't suffering a whole lot more. Like most Americans, and certainly progs, they just don't learn anything.

Pastrami-

More evidence that Americans focus on the essentials.

Birn-

Do you sometimes wake up in the morning and it hits you: Americans are morons. Not morons as a metaphor, either; just plain idiots. And the way the cops handled these people--white, elderly, classically law-abiding--shd tell us how they handle everybody else.

Mike-

Chances of remorse among those nurses is roughly negative infinity.

mb

2:49 PM  
Anonymous James Allen said...

“The Rich Are Not Like You and Me” Department:
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and wife Louise Linton visited the Bureau of Engraving and Printing recently to see the new dollars coming off the line that bear his name. They were photographed holding a sheet of one-dollar bills, Linton’s long leather gloves and maxi leather skirt difficult to miss. Those who remember her Instagram faux pas where she (hash)tagged her outfit (Hermès, Tom Ford, Valentino) as she was deplaning following a business trip with Steve—Goldman Sachs alum, net worth estimated at $500 million—took the chance to tweet their snarks, some collected in the articles below.

My favorites, authors in parens: (1) "Louise Linton holds the great love of her life. Also pictured, her husband #StevenMnuchin." (peter felix bez); and (2). Steve Mnuchin and his wife show off their new line of luxury toilet paper.” (The Smoking Gun)

https://money.good.is/articles/mnuchin-photo-shoot-twitter
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/nov/16/steve-mnuchin-louise-linton-mocked-posing-dollars?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

All these Goldman Sachs financial geniuses, one after the other, and we’re still fucked.

3:41 PM  
Anonymous Esca Dreg said...

"the US military has spent decades going around the world constantly doing things more offensive than sticking their tongues down people’s throats."

Pastrami-Coleslaw, ... there're more details on that above record from the "meat markets" of Vietnam.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qk4rPnfOdHA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMDyD9AaIi8

The Alt-Feminist are suddenly feeling so indignant when their own from upper white class got fondled inappropriately mostly during voluntary and mutually-hustling business/career transactions. They are all fired up to seek justice against the perverted men. But when these same men -their brothers, fathers, husbands and countrymen- where doing worse of the same to yellow women in distant lands, there was not a whisper from the elite/prog/liberal feminists. And it ain't past history; the western men are still prowling the eastern markets for fresh meat.
https://youtu.be/zdJcOWVLmmU?t=2704
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qxQm6xyDGdo

If these faces of victims had been those of poor or colored or from non-western countries, no one would have given a rat's ass worth of attention to their sufferings.
https://www.theguardian.com/film/ng-interactive/2017/oct/13/the-weinstein-allegations

Good luck seeking (convenient) justice!!











5:54 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Birn: ps: It's rather amazing that anyone still gives a shit abt marijuana. Jesus, are we dumb.

6:09 PM  
Blogger Himanshu said...

Dear Dr. Berman,

Slouching towards Idiocracy department:
A Porn Star And Rapper Coolio: Presidential Hopefuls For 2020

http://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/a-porn-star-and-rapper-coolio-presidential-hopefuls-for-2020_11162017

I wonder if Lorenzo Riggins et.al. might be part of their cabinet?

Best wishes,
Himanshu

6:12 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Himan-

And even a clown like Zuckershmuck is thinking of running. We can only hope Lorenzo will be his choice for VP. Meanwhile, contemplate the sheer # of morons, buffoons, horses' asses, and turkeys that populate the land:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/17/opinion/were-with-stupid.html?action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=opinion-c-col-left-region&region=opinion-c-col-left-region&WT.nav=opinion-c-col-left-region

mb

6:34 PM  
Blogger Miles Deli said...

MB-

"We're With Stupid"! I think Timothy Egan has stumbled upon Trumpo's reelection campaign slogan.

Miles

8:28 PM  
Anonymous Sir-Spaz-a-Lot said...

The anger is definitely there ready to ignite so I avoid public spaces. I have found people to comisserate with but still feel this wrenching tired fear of it all regardless. I feel sleazy going along to get along - can't stand TV.

Humanities prof friend says the kids are being worked to death in service sector jobs so she is wary about giving too much reality.

Cold foreboding atmospheres everywhere. So much stress.

Carlin claimed he wouldn't live anywhere else. I want out though. Matt S. wealth redistribution schemes everywhere - so true.

9:27 PM  
Blogger Gigalax said...

I have been contemplating the difference between a Wafer and a plain old declinist. I think it comes down to this. A declinist understands the what (America is in decline) but does not understand the why. A Wafer understands both the what and the why.

9:54 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Gig-

Well, I suppose some (ordinary) declinists understand the why; quien sabe? Here are some characteristics of Wafers (Wafers: pls feel free to add to this list) that are probably more certain:

1. It's possible to be a declinist and yet not regard the American public as a large collection of douche bags. Wafers are not confused abt this.

2. All Wafers have a wicked sense of humor, even a deep, frivolous streak. Only some declinists do.

3. Wafers become NMI's or leave the country. Most declinists stick around, for some odd reason.

4. Wafers are committed to deli meats. They know abt Canter's in LA, Katz's in NY, and so on. These are shrines for them.

5. They also track on the activities of Lorenzo Riggins, Latreasa Goodman, Shaneka Torres, et al. Declinists are generally clueless abt these fine upstanding individuals, and know nothing abt the activities of Freddie Wadsworth.

6. Wafers are hip to the fact that Hillary has Botox in her face, and would love to take her head and bang it against Obama's for 10 mins. on national television. They also make frequent references to urine, and shoes.

7. To be continued...

mb

11:21 PM  
Anonymous Transatlantic said...

Pastrami,

In terms of politicizing sexual assault, the whole article reads like a case of psychological projection. The Dems are bought and paid for by corpratists and globalist warmongers. They sell the same product as the establishment Repubs, but in a different package, and they engage in the same tactics. Perhaps we can get Bill Clinton to weigh in?

The comments are also golden -- full of Dems shouting about Roy Moore and Russians. The party is done.


6:40 AM  
Blogger Kanye Cyrus said...

Can this be considered a Wafer act?

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/nov/18/penis-in-the-sky-us-navy-pilots-grounded-over-obscene-drawing

Kanye

7:11 AM  
Blogger Zarathustra said...

About the why America is in decline, as Nietzsche said, “Man does not strive for happiness; only the Englishman does that.” Those Englishmen went on to write the American constitution with "the pursuit of happiness" as the main goal. It all went downhill from there.

8:44 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Zar-

In the 18C, 'happiness' was a code word for 'property'. Check out Louis Hartz (The Liberal Tradition in America) on the subject of 'fragment societies' (the colonial focus on only one aspect of the mother country; in our case, hustling).

mb

9:32 AM  
Blogger jjarden said...

Why was this Goblin even allowed to procreate in the first place?

PARENT LICENSING NOW!!!


http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/11/16/us-army-combat-medic-held-in-rape-murder-infant-daughter-police-say.html

11:14 AM  
Anonymous Rom-Dos-Copy-Cat said...

Happiness is not something that can be pursued - most things people pursue end up in a bitter grind.

Happiness happens as an after affect to cultivating meaningful relationships which is hard when the government is so hellbent on commodifying people to death.

11:59 AM  
Anonymous James Allen said...

Might these fit MB’s “Wafer characteristics” list?

1. A Wafer is capable of holding two competing ideas in his head at the same time and continuing to function. (Sentiment attributed to F. Scott Fitzgerald, but one that we might agree should be self-evident).

2. A Wafer has a keenly developed sense of irony.

3. A Wafer has a good command of English, and recognizes bullshit, obfuscation, and appeals to sentiment in language used by those who would mislead. Carlin and Mencken were acutely attuned to abuse of language by the unscrupulous and the deceitful.

Looking forward to further enlargement of the list.

12:15 PM  
Anonymous Student of Waferism said...

Have you guys heard of George Friedman? He is a geopolitical analysts that claims that America's dominance has just began. He claims China and Russia will split up and that Mexico will become a great power. I just want to make sure, is this guy living on the same universe as us? How the hell is America gonna remain a superpower when it can't even create it's own scientists, it has to import them.

And have you guys seen the show shark tank?Let's all pray Mark Cuban really does run in 2020, if the empire's going down, it might as well entertain us. Anyways check this kids out.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zTNOAOxsXQI

3:41 PM  
Anonymous Tom Servo said...

Americans do seem to be unusually prone to moral panics and witch hunts. Perhaps it is due to our Puritan heritage. Even laudable causes like opposing child abuse and sexual harassment can produce mass hysteria. If anything the Internet and social media have made the problem worse.

In the 1980s there was a panic over Satanic sexual abuse that was supposedly occurring at American daycare centers and schools. Many innocent lives were ruined after they were falsely accused of sexually abusing children. The McMartin Preschool abuse trial is probably the most famous example.

https://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/10/us/the-trial-that-unleashed-hysteria-over-child-abuse.html

4:28 PM  

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