March 09, 2018



Now that we have survived the vaccine debates, and have moved on to the dangers of bagged greens, I think we can all breathe a sigh of relief. Although I'm still on the edge of my seat, waiting for Sarah Palin and Ging Newtrich to emerge from the wings. I tell ya, I really miss those two. At least Rom Mittney is running for Senate, and I can return to my 5-volume study of his basic philosophy. A few of the pages are actually going to have text on them. But then, to my horror, I discovered that Julius La Rosa died 2 years ago. Life is just one big series of deep disappointments.

In any case, I trust this new thread will continue our central project, of documenting The Great Collapse. Watch Trumpi flub an opportunity to establish detente with Kim Jong Haircut. Watch Americans blow each other out of the water. Watch...well, you guys can certainly fill in the blanks.

O&D, amigos-



Anonymous Esca Dreg said...
"I'd rather have the extreme right wingers than the hypocrites [Obama]. I think that with the right wingers, at least you know where you stand. I mean, what you see is what you get. Donald Trump put an end to the masquerade. And by this I am very grateful to Donald Trump. He at least called the bluff." -Gideon Levy, Haaretz.
"Who are liberal Israelis? There are some liberal Israelis, but the real liberals are much less than those who claim that they are liberals because those who claim that they are central left, by the end of the day, they are the biggest supporters of the occupation."

The I-mafia will one day blacklist this blog? Maybe they have already done.

5:44 PM  
Blogger Miles Deli said...

Greetings MB and Wafers,


Sad news about Julius La Rosa. Didn't he appear on "The Honeymooners" a couple of times? I can't remember. Anyway, I hope Kim Jong Un gives Trumpo a grand reception w/a military parade, tells him he's a genius, and gives him the greenlight to construct a Pyongyang Trump Tower. Should be a real circus, but much better than thermonuclear war.


7:00 PM  
Blogger Zarathustra said...

Sorry but I can't take it. Unlike Hedges, who I may criticize as deluded but I can't help liking somehow, I do find Pinker completely revolting.

He's not a turkey. He's a turd with a wig. He's a snake oil salesman from a long line of American snake oil salesman. Several links posted by Wafers here do a very good job at exposing his academic fraudulence. But neither he nor his readers could care less. He's selling Enlightenment-Cola for the liberal, progressive self-righteous imbeciles. At the end of the day, even "cultured" and "educated" people in America that have gone to college know about enlightenment and rationalism as much as the average person in the rest of the world knows of ancient Egyptian religion or philosophy. It sounds exotic and related to the founding fathers of America, so it must be good.

And he loves graphs. What a cheap PowerPoint harlot. There is much more wisdom in brothels than in American universities these days.

7:48 PM  
Blogger Kanye Cyrus said...


You nailed it with your comment in the last post.


8:24 PM  
Blogger Bill Hicks said...

@Student--it takes a pretty big person to admit they are wrong, so a big thumbs up for your last reply. I have noticed a bit of "men's rights" sounding rhetoric in some of your posts. Always remember, the biggest problem with American feminists and their male opposition is that they are all AMERICANS. They will never recognize that they have much more in common with each other than any of them do with the assholes who set them at each other's throats and then sit back and laugh as they are then free to rob the nation blind.

Relatedly, one of our nation's leading war criminals complained to CONgress that less than 30% of young adults are now qualified to catch bullets for the cause. Surely we can work hard to get the remainder hooked on opiods and eating Big Macs at every meal so that eventually there won't be anyone left to fight our useless fucking wars.

Also, Americans have become so pathetic that they need a "life coach" to tell them that precious snowflakes who spend their entire childhoods smothered by the helicopter parents and twaddling their stupidfones are less self-reliant upon entering college. “It’s not their fault. They have phones, they use their phones all day long, and so what we’re finding is that instead of solving problems on their own, they quickly reach back out to their parents.” Mommy--the big bad professor TRIGGERED meeeeee!!! I has a sad. :{

10:30 PM  
Blogger Michael Burgess said...

Hi Dr. Berman and Wafers:

Apparently Japan's multiple generational family life style has apparently fallen apart and elderly men, living alone, are dying alone and clean up businesses have sprung up to deal with mortal remains and clean-up of their dwellings. I wouldn't be surprised if the United States has a similar situation considering that multi-generational family living has been in decline much longer.

10:32 PM  
Anonymous WuduFugel said...

I can't help but share this even though its so dorky:

Its a comic about playing dungeons and dragons with a bunch of famous philosophers. The schopenhauer lines really got me.

11:03 PM  
Blogger Grandma said...

Excellent article posted on the previous thread about Pharma Bro Skrelli. I hope no one mistakes this as a win. It's made clear in the article (and my understanding of justice in this country that he was convicted of crimes against the investor class, NOT crimes against humanity wherein he deliberately inflated prices of a rare drug.

More evidence of decline, imho. It's perfectly okay to mislead the public, but mislead the investor class? A big no-no. You lose your coveted collectible album! The judge's statement makes this very clear.

Jaywalkers, of course, will be beaten up.

8:13 AM  
Anonymous Aaron Thomas said...

Somehow the media and government can't figure out the real causes of gun violence. They blamed music decades ago, they've blamed depression, and now it's back to video games.

8:19 AM  
Anonymous Tom Servo said...

Another day in America another shooting. The shooting took place at a home for veterans in California. Four people are dead including the gunman.

An article on the decline of reading among American adults.

Paul Craig Roberts argues that unemployment in America is much worse than the official numbers would suggest.

9:05 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Sorry, I don't post Anons. You need a real handle.


Pls only 1 post every 24 hrs, thanks.


Once again: in America, even the smart people are dumb.

Meanwhile: can you imagine this happening in the US?:


10:56 AM  
Blogger Sarasvati said...

Cel-Ray, Morris: What I should’ve focused on in my comment to Zar was that he, perhaps unwittingly, was supporting the implementation of a police state by advocating for mandatory vaccinations. Ergo, I used the vaccine safety issue as an example of what could be wrong with that approach. My bad…apologies.

The government obviously thinks of us as cannon fodder. It absolutely amazes me that anyone can still believe, in spite of the evidence right before their eyes, that our government, and its propaganda arm, the MSM, are to be trusted or have our best interests at heart. When it comes to a choice between the safety and well being of Americans or corporate profits, profit will win every time and they’ll all lie to cover up their malfeasance….anyone with two brain cells to rub together realizes this. Of course, most Americans won’t qualify under these guidelines.

Never believe that the current paradigm is correct. Do your research folks, and make your own decisions.

“Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance.” Confucius

12:33 PM  
Anonymous Hooper said...

Progs will never get it

1:11 PM  
Blogger jjarden said...

A new piece in SALON on just what a poorly educated Moron Pinker is...

2:32 PM  
Anonymous Dill Pickle said...

MB, Miles, polecat,

Many thanks, guys, for your responses. I've already read some of John Dominic Crossan and Marcus Borg.

MB, you are right - hardly any evidence Jesus even existed. Earliest historical mention of Jesus related to James, his brother, in Josephus' Antiquities of the Jews (Book 20, Chapter 9, 1) and he could have been referring to a certain Jacob that just happened the brother of the Yesuah (= Jesus) whose ossuary was found in the Talipot tomb I mentioned in the last post.

Well I'll have to keep a lookout for David Strauss...

3:48 PM  
Anonymous Esca Dreg said...

The West : The Sacred and the Profane are essentially separate entities. -Mircea Eliade

The East : Forced separation of the Buddha from the Zorba creates psychosis. -OSHO

Either way, the game is rigged and at its basic is your survival instincts at play while you're being played by life.

5:40 PM  
Blogger Student of Waferism said...

Bill Hicks - I'm not sure what you mean by "right men's activist rhetoric"? You're saying that I support men's right's movement? Because I don't, it's actually the complete opposite. But the men in America are clearly fucked up, I'm just trying to do my best at figuring out what exactly is the source of their neuroticism, but like you said though, it's just America.

Zarathustra - I agree with you, Pinker is a big man, he should be able to take criticism and he has tons of people supporting him, doesn't need our sympathy. But I think Jordan Peterson is even worst. "Be a hero(AKA hustler), America is the greatest country on earth, capitalism is the greatest thing ever, smth about Christianity and civilization, anyone who disagrees with me is a cultural marxist." At least Pinker claims to be a centrist, Peterson is just an ideologue. And the worst part is that the American people can't see this, I wrote a negative removed on his book "Maps of Meaning" and it was removed because it was reported so much. This country is just soooo right wing, hating on leftists is almost a waste of time, they will never have a voice anyway.

Esca - I disagree with the quote about Trump being better than Obama. I think some people think this to be the case because they think it will make rightwing Americans see that they were wrong and elect someone better next time. But that's not gonna be Trump's effect, all he did is move the country more to the right. The American people knew exactly who Trump was when he was elected and there is a good chance he will be reelected again. Like George Carlin said, this is a full of shit country. Don't expect Americans to suddenly realize how wrong and change.

8:28 PM  
Blogger Bill Hicks said...

@Esca--the "liberal Israelis" are actually quite similar to the "liberal Americans" who only care about injustice when it happens to people like them. Hence their outrage at the recent Florida school shooting and their (by and large) collective yawn at the shooting down of unarmed black teenagers when Obarfa was president. Same dynamic--different douchebags.

@Michael Burgess--that's been happening in America for a long time, the difference here is that whatever ghouls take over the property have to clean up the mess. Would have happened here recently in my own neighborhood except that the older woman in question was mentally ill and had been harassing the neighbors for years. When she finally became so paranoid that he locked herself inside and stopped paying her bills, they did a welfare check and found her near death in her home surrounded by mountains of fly encrusted garbage. Took the cleaners two weeks to clean up what must have been a godawful mess before the homeowners association fixed the place up and sold it.

@Grandma--Skrelli is this decade's Bernie Madoff in that both not only ripped off the investor class, but gave TPTB a hated fall guy they could take out to make it look like they are serious about policing the financial system. Skrelli was such a colossal douchebag that he was too stupid to see how he was setting himself up.

11:23 PM  
Anonymous Schmucko said...

I thought you might be interested in this interactive explicator of Jewish food, including, of course, a special page on pastrami. As my handle may indicate I am also a M.o.T. (and either a Schmuck or self-deprecating.)

Having run afoul of the 24 hour rule my last post, let me again apologize for my lack of capitalization of Wafer; I'd earlier thought to spell it WAFer given it is an abbreviation for Why America Failed, but that didn't look right.

One could say I'm a "recovering" progressive, who sees sees every day in Trumpi that something's not right, maybe never has been, in America. I think there's got to be something more to feminism and other identity movements in the academic left than is usually credited. NY Times piles on editorials whining about college kids these days, but it's hysterical (even decrying a fake "antifa" tweet) and out of proportion. These "marginalized" identities are the prey in a predatory system.

The real danger I think is that these movements get co-opted. Some multinational hires a few highly placed under-represented minorities and women to burnish their image and hopes that everyone forgets what costs they pass on to the commons and lobby the government to overlook.

4:18 AM  
Anonymous P Sloan said...

Black Panther is the best superhero movie I've seen since Dark Knight, and very beautiful. But, avoiding spoilers, I left the theater feeling like Chekhov's gun remained somewhat loaded. I think the film asked questions in the second act the third wasn't prepared to answer.

"Killmonger wants to use Wakanda’s weapons to stop the suffering of Black people globally, and we, the audience, are manipulated into rooting against this because we live in an ideology in which nonviolence is always expected of Black people no matter what."

9:14 AM  
Anonymous Ptolemy said...

Reading an interesting study on extended emotions, found it interesting that in the West we have the diagnosis of depression. Where in most other countries the closest equivalent diagnosisis something like love sickness.

Immediately thought of MB's diagnosis of the entire country, really, a Land of the Love Sick

There is no love here. Only depression

10:52 AM  
Anonymous DioGenes said...

NPR is beyond self-parody at this point.

A little contrast-

If theres one good thing about the internet, at least it will expose self-righteous American cultural products.

4:35 PM  
Blogger Politically Incorrect Russian Spy said...

Trumpi/Kim Jong Haircut summit transcript:

Trump: Nice to see you. You need to totally end your nuclear program right now, dismantle it completely, and let us verify that you have.
KJH: You need to hold no more military exercises and remove your troops from the South.
Trump: You first.
KJH: No, you first.
Trump: No, you first!
Trump: I can't work with this guy!
KJH: I will drown America in a sea of fire and ash!
Trump: Our weapons are bigger and better!
KJH: I brought my suitcase!
Trump: I brought mine too! Let's see whose works!


5:08 PM  
Blogger Rosegarden said...

Thanks to Zen Citizen for recommending “The Hacking of the American Mind.” Zen, you were correct that Mr. Lustig has a few suggestions to protect yourself. (I understand that some of these are hard to do considering some of the crazy Americans are your relatives.) The first is Connect with religion, social support, and conversation. By religion he means charitable works, not incense. The second is Contribute by volunteering. The third is to Cope by getting sleep and exercising. The last is my favorite – Cook - for yourself, family and friends. He means from scratch. If you can only microwave and get take out, then you have no control over your body. He recommends more fish, vegetables, and legumes. Cut way back on the sugar and salt. I want to cook up a batch of keema mutter with ground meat from the farm down the road. Then a big bowl of Basmati rice with bay leaves and cumin seeds. Any dal with garam masala. I love the smell in the kitchen when the spices hit the hot oil! A side of creamy yogurt with shredded cucumber and hot red pepper. And for dessert a mixed fruit cup with mango and a hint of mint from my herb garden.

7:32 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Too long, cdn't run it. Pls, get with the program already.


9:49 PM  
Blogger jjarden said...

Now they’re riding farm animals into establishments!

Miami Beach club's stunt involving horse, bikini-clad woman sparks outcry, probe...

10:04 PM  
Blogger Student of Waferism said...

P Sloan - I stopped watching super hero movies a long time ago. Check out this article by Zizek on Black Panther. The argument is that super heroes are really the villains preventing any change to the establishment and the villains are the real heroes who actually are willing to put their life on the line for a change. On the dark night rises, he says,

"Bane is the official villain, there are indications that he, much more than Batman himself, is the film’s authentic hero distorted as its villain: he is ready to sacrifice his life for his love, ready to risk everything for what he perceives as injustice, and this basic fact is occluded by superficial and rather ridiculous signs of destructive evil."

I just abhor super hero movies, not only are they lazy writing, but also propaganda, whether on purpose or accidental. Americans now literally believe in super heroes. For instance, Elon Musk, Steve Jobs, Jeff Bezos, etc. They're not just capitalists to Americans, oh no, they are super genius visionaries, "making the world a better place."

10:27 PM  
Blogger Bill Hicks said...

@Schmucko--"liberal" institutions like the NYT will always bash the real left even before they condemn conservatives for same reason that it was mostly Democratic mayors who sicced their thug cops on the Occupy protesters while they barely raised a peep of protest. The real left--that being those few leftists who understand that class warfare is the real issue and not identity politics--is viewed by liberals to be a much bigger threat to their perquisites. They'd rather sail in the first class section of the Titanic than side with the steerage passengers to try overthrow the captain and try to prevent it from hitting the iceberg. The NYT whining about the college kids is pure crocodile tears. As long as the idiot Antifa douchebags are running around looking for Nazis to punch, their energies are being safely channeled away from taking on Wall Street and corporate America and their six and seven figure salaries are safe.

Meanwhile, another douchebauguette NYT columnist actually admitted to carrying around her version of Linus Van Pelt's security blanket: "It’s easy to look at what’s happening in Washington DC and despair. That’s why I carry a little plastic Obama doll in my purse. I pull him out every now and then to remind myself that the United States had a progressive, African American president until very recently. Some people find this strange, but you have to take comfort where you can find it in Donald Trump’s America." Strange is not the right word--fucking batshit insane is more like it.

11:48 PM  
Anonymous SETI said...

War is based on deception, control all competition e.g. de-industrialization. America has ceased in being a nation particularly when all you get is gov/media/educational noise. A bloodline database could plot who works for who. I can't find out what happened to the best political connection bloodline mapping machine.

NPR, Ted Talks, fluff, you can't swing a dead Pinker without hitting a progressive douchebag. It's all yoga for Ebola - mind tormenting BS. Pinker is Kenny G.

Russia-Korea-gate seems like more subversion from IsReally controlling the state dept, press, entertainment, W. Street even all domestic security cams. The criminal Balfour genetic expansion may lose to Muslims and Chinese outbreeding everyone. Extortionary mass migrations coupled with fake lawless multi-culturalism is state sponsored subversion. Isreally, Russia, China, are not multi-cultural. US global Shock Doctrines may have been part of a larger longer term plan.

3:43 AM  
Anonymous Dan said...

Greetings to all.
Just back from a lovely month to the Philippines and my favorite country, Thailand. So great to be in such life affirming countries rather than back in this death spiral or what I like to characterize as "the biggest joke that ever hit the big time." Doctor, I had a similar experience as you in Thailand. I fell off a bicycle trying to dodge a motorcycle. I felt nearly the entire city of Bangkok assisted me in getting up and gathering some fruit and vegetables I had just purchased.
In the Philippines I attended my friend's mother's 90th birthday party. She comes from a family of 10 siblings. During the party all ten sang "Side be Side" to their mother (I'll send you the video to your E-mail if you like, doctor). I was so moved almost to the point of tears. I could only think of the near impossibility of say a Jewish family in the US with 10 siblings singing since there would be more than likely 2 or 3 siblings not speaking to each other or to their parents, there would be strong undercurrents of greed, resentments, jealousy,simering hatreds, and strong political differences. One or two might be fabulously wealthy but refuse to help a brother or sister who is struggling. And, of course, everyone would be bragging about something whereas this Philippine family displayed not a hint of one upmanship. In addition, one brother had suffered a terrible fall leaving him paralyzed but through religious faith had made a miraculous recovery. He told his story at the party and not one of the grandchildren did tech-crap throughout his speech. The chances of this happening in the US would be, as you say, negative infinity. When I showed my 93 year old mother the video of the siblings singing all she could say is why anyone from the Philippines would want to come here. Is there an age limit to being a Wafer?

7:06 AM  
Anonymous Liv said...

Only little more than 2 weeks left in this pathetic country before our move to Nicaragua. I cannot wait any longer. Always when we tell anyone we are moving to Nicaragua, they look terrified and call us irresponsible and selfish parents to take our daughter to the third world country where is or was war( they do not even know when the revolution was), claiming that only the US is still the best for our daughter's future meaning the best university etc. How they can be so limited and absolutely stupid? People do not see what is going on in this country? But then I realized, in the States are 2 groups of people. The first one is the above described group still believing US is the "Numero Uno". In the second group are those who believe that if Trump will be gone, everything is going to be "peachy and perfect" again. They don't understand that Trump is not at fault here. He is just the result or another symptom of this crooked society. The opioids epidemics, gun shootings, depression, and consumerism was here far more than a year. Someone mentioned here in earlier post that kids should socialize with other kids. It is true but not realistic in US. Why? Because parents overschedule kids with futile activities...Our neighbor's kid comes to us to play for one hour, only. That is the limit and her watch will alarm to let her know when the time is up. Pathetic.

8:54 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Hard yellow rain gonna fall (on Bethesda).


Welcome home, or maybe I shd say 'home'. No age limit for Wafers. Pls send video. BTW, Jews don't have a monopoly on being nasty (Americans do, however).


In future, maybe stick to one topic and provide evidence for it. That's what Wafers do (ideally). Anyone can have an opinion, after all.


New acronym: FBI, Fucking Batshit Insane. What a turkette.


9:37 AM  
Anonymous Nigel said...

This generation is looking to the stars.

Kind of silly, I know, but back in your Reenchantment and CTOS research days, in a time when maybe it was more thrilling than now to get into readings in the alchemical literature etc, did you ever find any interesting writing on the history or workings of astrology? Kind of like Spinoza had a keenness for alchemy.


1:21 PM  
Anonymous Esca Dreg said...

Mutually satisfying blojob. Drooling with adulations. Man with 9 doctorates, mi amigos!!
Any wonder why spineless liberals are loathed more than retard conservatives?

Wanna see a 'hair on fire' interview? Finally, finally the US apologized for invading Iraq!! 'Americans will always do the right thing'.
Don Berman, Isn't Mark Kimmitt in the above Aljazeera flub a quintessential rep of American psyche? Is saying sorry disgraceful?

1:52 PM  
Anonymous Francois said...

The New York Time’s Jill Abramson needs to shove that plastic doll right up her ass.

3:56 PM  
Anonymous Erroneous Bosch said...

I've been a devoted Newt-watcher since 2012, so I'll bite. It boggles the mind that Newt isn't sipping espresso on Roman piazzas as a day job, seeing as his wife was appointed ambassador to the Holy See. That would make too much sense, of course, so he's still out there contributing to Fox News.

However, he also hosts an alternate history show on the facebook, called 'What If? History That Could Have Been?', which is both unwatchable and impossible to stop watching at the same time. It's a smorgasbord of puerile alt-history speculation; Gingrich is a true nerd, albeit a college freshman. The latest episode? What if the Soviet Union had beaten the US to the moon?

Now I am not above a little alt-history speculation myself, and I would like to ask the Sage and Wafers: what if America had failed first? And, on a more serious note: have you written on the subject of the Soviet Union? If so, where?

4:04 PM  
Blogger Michael Burgess said...

Hi Dr. Berman and Wafers:

Sorry about submitting a second comment within 24 hours - I work on weekends and posted a second comment without thinking about the 24 hour pause. Anyway Richard Heinberg goes into some detail dealing with the economics and limited viability of fracked oil and shale oil. He also discusses the US political and economic decline.

James Howard Kunstler comments on a "60 Minutes" interview with Betsy DeVos and basically concludes the present educational system cannot be saved and much has seriously gone wrong with it.'

4:07 PM  
Anonymous chunkyD said...

Dr. Berman,

I came across one of your talks from 2006 on Youtube, and found it interesting how pissed off a few members of your audience got because you refused to provide a prescriptive to your critique. Do you get this sort of hostility a lot?

5:50 PM  
Anonymous JUS said...

Hi MB and Wafers,

This is a really good article on the opioid addiction growing in our country. It's utterly tragic what is going on. I think it is more proof of not only our rapid decline which is speeding up, but more proof that our deepest crisis is a spiritual one. Not necessarily religious but the crisis of the individual that needs rescuing and reintegrated into the community, family and the planet. But also reintegration with the self. And I'm not just talking about the addicts. We are so lost on so many levels.


6:07 PM  
Blogger Kanye Cyrus said...

Check this out Wafers. The first bit at least. Not sure how the two other parts fit in the article!

"Which is to say that both Pinker and Deneen are right, but Deneen is deeper. Deneen sees paradox in human life, tragedy even; he respects the wisdom of the aeons that Pinker is simply relieved we have left behind; and he has a perspective that Pinker — despite his vast erudition and intelligence — doesn’t seem to grasp."


6:53 PM  
Anonymous Mike R. said...

Student of WAFERISM--there are only 2 options.

1. Internal immigration
2. Emigration

The rest is mental masturbation.

7:22 PM  
Blogger Zarathustra said...

Student, I agree. Superhero movies are just wrong. It may sound a bit cliched, but they are fascist propaganda. There are no superheroes in real life. However, making people admire them makes them ready to believe that somebody can make America great again, for example. Watch the Marx Brothers instead (or as detox), it'll also have you in stitches.

7:32 PM  
Blogger Student of Waferism said...

SETI - Check out this article on how the families in Europe 700 years ago continue to be rich today. Are all of the families mentioned in the article in on the conspiracy or could it be that there simply is no social mobility? Also, Russia IS a multicultural country, look up how many muslims they have. Second, China is not outbreeding the west, their population will go from 1.4B to 1B by 2100. Third, muslims are not outbreeding Europeans. The fertility rate of Turkey is 2.05 and of Iran it's 1.68 even lower than Russia's. Syria and Iraq do have a high fertility rate but that's probably because of all the wars, which brings me to my next point. If anyone is a victim between Europeans and Arabs, it is Arabs, the destruction western countries have brought upon the ME is self-explanatory. Finally, western countries take immigrants because they want to keep the economy growing, so they do have a long term plan, continued world hegemony, whether or not it will work out is another question.

Zara - Thanks for the suggestion but I'm passing. The fact that a movie, like Black Panther, that talks about nationalism, racism and other issues that should be discussed openly during elections, is considered creative, should tell you smth about what identity politics has done to the country. Lately I've been following Jorge Castaneda's youtube channel. He's a Mexican politician but goes on talk shows sometimes. And man, the quality of the talk shows is soooo much higher than America's. They talk about everything openly, for instance, race. The south of Mexico is composed of Mayans and they have no problem criticizing them openly. For instance, they'll mention the poor quality of Mayan teachers. Can you imagine Stephen Colbert talking about the low quality of black students and teachers? It would be career suicide. Just to be clear though, they're not being racists, they just want accountability from the shitty teachers.

Also, a must read analysis by Michael Hudson on the Trump tariffs

11:09 PM  
Blogger Bill Hicks said...

Nice to see that Americans will never grow tired of finding new and creative ways of slaughtering one another: 2 killed, 1 injured in Texas mail bombings, police warn public not to open suspicious packages.

@Michael Burgess--here is where Heinberg is all wet about fracking: "But companies specializing in producing these fuels were — and are — doing so at an overall financial loss..." The tax write-offs energy companies can take make these "losses" irrelevant, in the same way that Hollywood often makes movies KNOWING they will lose money. With near-zero interest rates (and even federal energy subsidies in some cases), it costs these firms practically nothing to borrow the money to drill the wells to start with, meaning all the oil & gas they drill is pure profit before the get to write off the "losses" on their taxes and start the process all over again. If they had to pay to clean up the massive amounts of pollution left behind by the fracking it might be different, but they don't even have to do that. Heinberg, Kunstler and other die hard peak oilers have been calling fracking a "bubble" for nearly a decade, and they continue to be proven wrong again and again and again. At some point, their "thinking" on the issue has to be called out for being every bit as dogmatic as resistant to new facts as they have always claimed their opponents to be.

12:16 AM  
Anonymous SETI said...

Understanding occupied territory and subversion.

12:26 AM  
Blogger jjarden said...

Many older Americans are living a desperate, nomadic life...

12:28 AM  
Anonymous Sorrowful said...

@Michael Burgess and others who have posted articles on peak oil:

Thanks so much for this additional information. I, too, had been wondering if Kunstler's predictions in The Long Emergency and Too Much Magic had been proved wrong, especially since the annual prediction essays on his blog are sometimes laughable when read in retrospect. Being a prognosticator isn't easy, but I have to say that our favorite Sage's record is more clear, perhaps because he takes a broader historical view and doesn't focus so closely on one aspect of the situation. Nevertheless, since I read Kunstler's books, I find myself relentlessly noticing how everything that supports my life is based on cheap oil. When it goes, not if, life will be so different. The when, however, is up for grabs. If the Fed raises interest rates 4 times this year, as promised, all bets are off.

I've been living in Australia for the past 5 months with 7 more to go. Americans are blind and ignorant; Aussies are living the fat life, happy, and oblivious. I could say a lot more on the subject but will defer to another time. I come here to catch up on the comments when I can't stand it anymore. Thanks, Dr. B and Wafers for being here.

O&D Downunder.

1:04 AM  
Anonymous Transatlantic said...

The New York Time’s Jill Abramson needs to shove that plastic doll right up her ass.


One great pleasures I've had these past two years is watching these propaganda outlets (particularly the smug, "serious" outlets like NYT) crash and burn.

Cheerleading Bush II in his wars, and now just openly embracing him; avoiding any effort to call out Obama on his record-setting prosecution of whistle blowers and his efforts to spread freedom via drone; openly peddling outlandish conspiracy theories about Russian hacking and collusion; working hand-in-glove with the Clinton political machine to disseminate propaganda (thank you Wikileaks!); and supporting just about any pro-business Haifisch-Kapitalismus narrative you can think of -- but, ofc, still held in high regard by leagues of drooling buffoons.

Has any society been more-effectively propagandized than ours over such a long period?

8:20 AM  
Anonymous Lobotomized Imperial Subject said...

Wafers and Dr B., I came across this quotation about the deleterious effects of technology and “modern economics” from Rosa Mayreder:

“Modern technology, which makes human life so much easier in so many ways, and modern economics, which so infinitely increases man's material wealth, having now become the tools of modern imperialism, turns against the essential being of the individual. Massed together in a soulless multitude, human beings are ground up by the machinery of party interests that drives today's civilization. The individual becomes a spare part, a cog; he can hold his own only to the extent to which he has the strength. But the values of soul quality established by past cultures perish in the process... At present such cultural values survive only in countries which lie outside the realm of imperialistic competitiveness, or in rural areas and small towns where there is still a degree of leisure and repose, where the demands made on the individual do not exceed his capacity to fulfill them.”

(Quoted by Rudolf Steiner in a lecture given in 1916)


8:26 AM  
Anonymous P Sloan said...

Quasi Duo Fantasias: A Straussian Reading of “Black Panther”

lol ooooo Zizek

8:57 AM  
Anonymous Rachel said...

Around the world, tiny towns have made bookstores their speciality.

9:07 AM  
Anonymous Anjin-San said...

Over the last week I have found two interrelated articles on American war and the role of faith in America. Collectively they sent a chill down my spine. As a Canadian I shudder to think what will happen when the USA turns its eyes north as it inevitably will given our abundant supply of water and other resources that they will need as climate change takes center stage in the future.

The first is by James Carroll(whose book The House of War I recommend to any Wafer) on what he calls the American Crusade:

Forbes had a great article on Why White Evangelicalism is So Cruel. They removed it but the author has posted it online:

As well Rolling Stone had a great article on the recently departed (and unlamented by many) Billy Graham... a true American hustler.

9:33 AM  
Anonymous Tom Servo said...

Hillary Clinton: I won the places that are 'dynamic, moving forward,' while Trump's campaign 'was looking backwards.'

Yeah I wonder why people would be nostalgic. Maybe it has something to do with the five million manufacturing jobs lost after your husband Bill helped to pass NAFTA. I guess people might be nostalgic when their families collapse from the stress of unemployment, their communities turn into ghost towns, their kids have no future and people are committing suicide or slowly killing themselves with drugs and alcohol.

11:05 AM  
Anonymous Bologna said...

Ahhh...I feel safe knowing that Trump exchanged a former CEO of Exxon Mobile ( if that sh*t wasn't bad enough) to a CIA director Pompeyo. So how does that help the date with Kim Jong Un? I'm counting my last days here folks till that day.

11:13 AM  
Blogger k_pgh said...

File under Wetikos –
Professor Has a Theory on Why 2017 Was Filled With Jerks:

“Nasty behavior spreads much faster than nice behavior, unfortunately,” Sutton says... “Literally like a common cold,” he adds... “The more assholes you’re around, the more asshole-y you get.” But there are other factors that have led to this explosion of assholes, Sutton points out, everything from heat and crowding to imbalances in power and the wealth gap. “The research says that when we’re in those situations, there’s envy going up, and sort of disdain goes down.” Research also shows that technology has increased the “asshole problem,” as Sutton puts it, because people are much more likely to be mean if they don’t have to make eye contact. And because technology has created the expectation for things to happen faster, and at all hours of the day, hurriedness and sleep deprivation have become major factors.

11:41 AM  
Anonymous Ted said...

This is fascinating fusion fuss

3:49 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Thanks to everyone for yr contributions. I haven't said much because I am deep in the Yucatan, where finding working computers is a bit of a challenge. Will be back in Mex City, however, in a couple of days. Tillerson is a total asshole; Gina encouraged torture and then was involved in trying to cover it up. Trump has weakened his stance on gun control. Kim (haircut) needs not to meet with him, but with Kim (buttocks).

Later, amigos-


4:30 PM  
Blogger Miles Deli said...

Hola MB and Wafers,

Well, Trumpo is in LA, and it looks like we're in the middle of a low-grade Civil War. The pea-brained Trumpites are out en masse, while the anti-Trumpites are struggling to present a decent argument against Trumpo. In other words, it's douche bag versus douche bag until the Chinese take over. When will this nightmare end? In any case, I'm thinking about heading out to the protest, climbing to the top of a tall building, pulling out my pecker and letting my pee come pouring out. It never fails to satisfy, that moment when the gush begins, and watching the bubbling liquid cascade down onto the heads of the douche bags gathered below...


5:40 PM  
Anonymous Birney Zouave said...

Dr. B: Some of my ancestors were Lutheran, the religion of Johann Sebastian Bach, "the 5th Evangelist," as he is sometimes called. One of the stained glass windows in our church is dedicated to him. He was expected to write a church cantata every week by his employers, and about 200 of them survive. I have a 76-CD boxed set of them and listen to them almost nightly, as I drift off to sleep. Every once in a while, a movement comes on that jerks me awake, thinking, how could anyone write music like that?

This is a bit early, as it was written for Jubilate (the 3rd Sunday in Easter) but it caught my ear last week with its unusual soprano recorder obbligato. Bach only used this instrument in three of his cantatas. The text is from the Gospel of John, 16:20-

Ihr werdet weinen und heulen, aber die Welt wird sich freuen. Ihr aber werdet traurig sein. Doch eure Traurigkeit soll in Freude verkehret werden. (You shall weep and wail, but the world will rejoice. But you will be sorrowful. Yet your sorrow shall be changed into joy.) It's about 5-1/2 minutes-

Music like this helps when your only option is to be an NMI!

7:38 PM  
Blogger Student of Waferism said...

Ted - Physicists always announcing shit for government funding. 15 years from now they'll make up an excuse and ask for another 15. Regardless of that though, all our infrastructure is made to work with oil, coal plants and other conventional energy sources. If they did discover a cheaper more efficient way of getting energy, they would have to transform the energy grid and energy companies are not about to let their investments just go to zero so they'll lobby against it. I remember bill gates mentioning that he's investing in a 4th generation energy plant or smth like that and he said that he will know if it will work around 2025 and if so he will have it working by 2035 but he mentioned that regardless of whether or not his investment succeeds, we will continue using oil, coal, etc at least until 2050 because our infrastructure is in a 30 year cycle or smth like that and energy companies need a return on investment. Personally, I do think there will be some type of energy development but I'm not holding my breath for it to replace conventional energy sources. It's a real shame because that means at least 30 more years of fracking and carbon emissions. I'm not sure what would be worst, running out of oil or continuing fracking but at this point there is only 2 choices, either technology saves us or we go extinct.

9:44 PM  
Anonymous BrotherMaynard said...

Many thanks to my fellow Wafers for posting such interesting articles and links. The essays by Umair Haque are indeed powerful. His essays on how the USA lost also lost the cold war and how all media now is essentially trolling really hit home.

Many thanks also for the 2006 youtube clip of the Good Professor. My favorite part was when the audience member said to you that: "I want to hear something else". He wanted happy talk, everything will be OK bullshit. Hilariously, you told him to find another author. Too bad Pinker's book was't out back then; that's exactly the line of bullshit he wanted someone to feed him.

Anjin- you hit the nail on the head. My issue with Canada is that it is too close to the USA. When we go down, we'll probably take the whole neighborhood with us. Canada might want to consider building a wall, or make French the country's one official language. That would scare the Americans off. For some reason, French (and France) repels most Americans esp the Faux news watchers like garlic to vampires.

Sorrowful- when you say Aussies are fat and happy and oblivious, I assume you mean this is a good way (versus uptight Americans)?


9:50 PM  
Anonymous Sorrowful said...

Dr. B and Wafers:

Good article in Politico today by Parag Khanna about waning American international influence:

A sample: "We must guard against the naive view that the American president—whomever he or she may be—will restore America’s global prestige and leadership. That is not how geopolitics works. Connections are being made, relationships advanced and deals locked in that circumvent America, with no reason for their participants to change course."

The destruction wrought by Trump's gang is long-lasting and terminal.

11:20 PM  
Blogger jjarden said...

Martin Shkreli is just a symptom of a very American problem.

By Robert Reich

2:54 AM  
Anonymous James Allen said...

Student’s comments on energy reminded me of a couple of articles I read that others might find interesting:
The Swiss, who get 34 percent of their energy from five nuclear plants, are about to restart the reactor at Beznau in Canton Aargau. It had been taken offline two years earlier “when anomalies were found in its steam generator.” Beznau is the world’s oldest commercial nuclear power plant.

And a little farther north, the Belgian government has started to make iodine pills available free to its 11 million inhabitants as protection against any emergency involving the country’s ageing nuclear plants. The government was quick to state that there is no “specific risk” identified at this time. Over the past few years, neighbors the Netherlands, Luxembourg, and Germany have all raised concerns about Belgium’s reactors.

In sharing these stories with friends, I learned this on American sites: There are 61 commercially operating nuclear power plants with 99 reactors total spread across 30 states. Palos Verde in Arizona is the largest US nuclear plant, with 3 reactors. There are two new plants under construction as of August 2017, Vogtle 3 and Vogtle 4 in Georgia. (US Energy Information Administration, August 2017)

Setting aside the lengthy construction approval and permitting process, it typically takes 1 year for site preparation, between 40 and 60 months for construction and reactor loading, and an additional 6 months after completion of these steps for testing and compliance assurance before energy production can proceed as plans call for. A nuclear power plant capable of 1,100 MW (megawatts) production costs between 6 and 9 billion dollars.]

10:56 AM  
Anonymous L Mah said...

Although the U.S. has the most expensive health care system in the world, the nation ranks lowest in terms of “efficiency, equity and outcomes,” according to the report.

12:15 PM  
Anonymous lenoir said...

bonjour brother maynard and fellows
re Canada.
Is the USA not perfectly poised to simply take over Canada?
Is that not why the old divide and conquer game has been deployed with great success, creating then pitting the two tribes ( the so-called French and English) against each other?
Think of the kzillions in loot under the glaciers they have melted.
Most of all, ultimate possession of most valuable 3rd W.W. worthy piece of real estate guaranteeing eternal power/gold etc, in the NW passage?
A couple of rednecks in red pickups could take over Canada in a day.

12:16 PM  
Anonymous Esca Dreg said...

@Student, Jorge Castañeda is the "Charlie Rose" of Mexico. They are articulate in conversation but feckless in making effect. Mexican ruling class is full of them elites, especially in D.F. Indeed all throughout Latin America the political cadre with wealth, hence power, are 'feel-your-pain' cool talking "Jorges." They don't represent the people they rule; they represent Washington Consensus. These well heeled suite-n-tie white men look like they just arrived on a plane from Zurich last night. Compare the faces of the 43 disappeared students of Ayotzinapa with Castañeda and his guests on TV. You'll never see 'chaparrito-morenito' mestizo or indigenas caras, which is the majority of Mexico, represented in media or their concerns addressed.

The Castañeda/Rose class follow the same US election rhetorics of "draining the swamp" and "cleanup" which is the nothingburger of Clintons/Obama. These elites live in Pinker's gated fantasyland whose ideas are molded and reinforced by mutual gratification. They harp "progress" but consistently oppose Lopez Obrador, María Martínez and Ralph Nader.

Lemme know if you ever hear Castañeda or any Güero there mention the “800-pound gorilla.”
México vota pero Washington elige!!

1:03 PM  
Anonymous Pastrami and Coleslaw said...

Strange but interesting:

5:09 PM  
Anonymous Mike R. said...

WAFER Brother Maynard — that was hilarious re: the 2006 bookstore video with Dr. Berman and some american asshat demanding him talk about something else!

I thk this was the same schmuck that wrote in the dingle berry tymes that « negativity » sells! Just the opposite dipshit.

Good luck chippy; think positively, put on that genitalia hat and « resist. »

6:50 PM  
Blogger Zarathustra said...

Very interesting the article about Black Panther by Zizek. Not because he ever comes to the point (I think that's a personal trait of his) but because it will save me from having to go and watch the movie. So, the message is that Africans should let American multinationals exploit their natural resources, and the CIA just nudges countries in the middle of a revolution into keeping on the straight and narrow path of virtue. Am I far wrong?

7:51 PM  
Anonymous Sorrowful said...

@Brother Maynard

Australians fat, happy and oblivious:

Maybe it's the circles I've been living in, which are solidly upper middle class. I find these Aussies to be so helpful to me personally, but unfailingly prejudiced against immigrants and aboriginals (this from people many of whom immigrated to AU in the 70s for FREE) and blind to the environmental exploitation of their country. I've been hanging out in the country towns, so please take this bias into account. The regional people are conservative just like their rural counterparts in the U.S. There are less than 10 large metro areas in AU, so these attitudes explain to me why AU continues to vote the Liberals (conservatives) into power in spite of their rape and pillage policies. It's all too huge for me to go into in detail, but any impulse I may have had to immigrate here has evaporated. This country is way too much like the U.S. to be a comfortable place for a Wafer to inhabit. Peter Dutton, the minister for immigration, refuses to quit holding immigrants offshore in conditions the UN has called inhumane, yet wants to give fast track visas to the poor suffering South African farmers. Nuff said. The Turkey population is international.

10:13 PM  
Anonymous Transatlantic said...

The opening line of that Politico article should replace "pragmatists" with "globalists." Fat chance of that, ofc. One thing Trump has managed to get right so far is to openly, publicly identify a proper threat to humanity at large, which is globalism; and he appears to be slowly removing a number of its acolytes from his admin now that he's got other options.

Many of our economic problems, and our disastrous foreign policy over the past two decades are a direct result of neocons and neolibs running the show, pushing centralization of power at a global level in the West, expanding the spy state, offshoring jobs, and ticking boxes on the PNAC to-do list (7 countries, anyone?).

And, now that Trumpi is showing signs of doing his own thing, firing globalists and sitting down with Kim Haircut in a breakthrough move, according to CNN's Don Lemonhead and other corporate-backed media hacks, as of a few days ago calling someone a globalist is, apparently, now "racist" and "antisemitic."

Right on schedule.

9:19 AM  
Blogger Michael Burgess said...

Hi Dr. Berman and Wafers:

Umair Haque has written yet another telling essay "Why Don't Americans Care About Each Other?" in which rivalry that tears opponents down seems the easiest strategy for 'getting ahead' rather than mutual support. Witnessing the ubiquity of competition in American society, I am tempted to think that Umair doesn't really think this approach to 'society' will change unless the social order falls apart and those who are left have to start again.

I worked for a professor who almost 4 decades ago analyzed the energy return from energy invested for biofuels and realized at best one could break even. After a Navy ensign studied biodiesel production and came to the same conclusion - the Navy committed to biodiesel - after all, they could get all the money they needed from us or debt and they needed liquid fuel!

10:02 AM  
Anonymous DioGenes said...


I avoid using globalism as a term because it has been so corrupted that it is almost meaningless. Alex Jones and friends have basically used it to describe anyone they don't like.

Do I think NATO is, broadly, a good idea? Definitely. I also think the EU is worthwhile. Both have done very bad things, but to simply support their existence is, in the new dialogue, to be a 'globalist'. I would focus criticism more on the aggressive hawks and centralizers within these institutions rather than the institutions themselves.

This came up a few years ago with the Greek debt drama. The Greeks had a good position- Goldman Sachs saddled us with these ridiculous debts under false pretenses, we want to write them off and stay within the Euro zone. This kind of normal market discipline would marginalize bad actors in an otherwise healthy system.

Instead, the fake media presented the options as 'stay with globalism' vs 'blow it all up', likely in a poorly considered alliance with Russia.

The West is dying because nobody has any faith in transforming instituions. It's either continue banging your head on a brick wall, or take a big plunge off the cliff.

11:57 AM  
Blogger Student of Waferism said...

Sorrowful - All anglo countries are the same. If Italy had colonized the world instead of the UK, the world would be a better place. It's not surprising to see Australians want to help "poor" South African farmers since they're white. White nationalists make a lot of propaganda about white South Africans being killed by blacks.

Esca - You're completely right. I think Jorge Castaneda is a turkey and support the Mayan people, I was just pointing out that the political commentating is better than America's. Their economic analysis are clearly wrong but they do debate, they're just stupid and/or brainwashed, IMO. Still they say what they mean, they're not constrained to speaking in keywords like in America.

Transatlantic - Are you a Marxists? Or what exactly do you think we're gaining from globalization ending? How is Trump doing anything beneficial to the USA? I don't think you understand economics. The TPP passed without the USA, China's passing their own trade deal and 15 years from now their economy will be bigger than America's in real terms, America won't be able to get the same beneficial trade deals it's getting offered today. I mean, do you at least understand that America is not being taken advantage of with the trade deals? Personally, I don't like globalization but I do understand what globalization ending means. End of consumerism, the end of capitalism, a completely different life style and economic life will be required and yes, in a consumerism sense, our standard of living going down. I'm fine with it because otherwise we're gonna turn the earth into Mars but I have the feeling you think that what Trump is doing will somehow "improve" our standard of living.

12:55 PM  
Anonymous SETI said...

Understanding Subversion

8:30 PM  
Anonymous Esca Dreg said...

Americans are basically good people.
Just too good!

10:02 PM  
Anonymous Millennial Realist said...

As many of you know, Amazon is looking to build a second HQ and a bunch of cities are salivating hoping to be the chosen one. As usual, many are willing to give it all away in order to lure Amazon to their city. Truly disgusting considering the fact that Jeff Bezos is the richest man in the world and many of our cities are plagued with a major homeless problem. But there may be a glimmer of hope in terms of backlash:

Let's be honest here -- this backlash won't last long (just like Occupy Wall Street) and Amazon will be offered millions in incentives. It's the American way.

12:36 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Just a report from the front lines. Last nite I launched the Spanish trans of my Japan bk in Mex City. The place was mobbed. Many people in the audience got so excited they began beating their heads against the walls to calm down. Some started barking, or biting the necks of the people next to them. It was quite a scene.

Two people introduced me, emphasizing the fact that I was the GSWH. The applause was deafening.

After, a small crowd went out to an Italian restaurant, dinner paid for by my publisher. We fell on our pasta like wolves. Then, outside the restaurant, we said our goodbyes, congratulating ourselves on how wonderful we were (true enuf).

I cdn't help thinking that if I did a similar launching of the bk (or any bk) in the US, people would throw rotten fruit, and at most the publisher might pay for little bags of airplane peanuts.



11:15 AM  
Blogger Miles Deli said...

Greetings MB and Wafers,

American values in action dept:

After students walked out of a South Carolina high school to protest gun violence on Wednesday, custodian Aisha Evans stayed inside and helped herself to their belongings. Aisha netted about $180.00 in cash.

O&D, kids-


12:28 PM  
Blogger Kanye Cyrus said...

No end in sight for douchebaggery:

"Such hype might seem detached from reality, but it is much in vogue among the technology sector’s new generation of millionaires and billionaires, who seem keen to distance themselves from the selfish excess of their predecessors from 1980s Wall Street. They show less interest in super-yachts or sports cars; instead they speak about spiritual enrichment, connections to nature and purpose. It is against this backdrop that countless Summit-like festivals, retreats and communities have emerged in and around California, promising to help wealthy clients find a better version of themselves"


1:42 PM  
Anonymous DioGenes said...

This American Turkey

So glad that we have exposed our personal, social, professional, and civic loves to unaccountable companies regularly attacked by trolls (and worse).

A society centered around the internet isn't much of a society at all. Anything can be faked, manipulated, socially engineered.

If people can properly limit and contextualize the internet, it can be positive, but Silicon Valley exists precisely not to do that.

1:54 PM  
Anonymous Transatlantic said...


I don't see the term as corrupted, it refers to the shared foreign and econ policy aims of neocons and neolibs. All of them hate Trumpi, because he's not in the club, nor does he seem interested in joining. I don't know what the future holds for the US economically if we go back to protectionism, but I have personally seen and experienced the carnage globalist interventionism and economic "liberalization" have left in their wake thus far, and, ofc, would be quite happy never to have to read another pearl of wisdom from The Mustache of Understanding.

Being about 80% Wafer, I realize the US is done, culturally at least, and I knew this instinctively years ago, which is why I left. ATMO, I'm more concerned about what remains of the globalist cabal and what catastrophe their cronies may or may not end up setting off with the Russkies -- and they are trying. I don't particularly want to see war with a nuclear superpower in my lifetime, and nor do I wish to see Europe consolidated into a superstate in the long term. Frau Merkel can't get the boot soon enough, IMO.

4:28 PM  
Anonymous BrotherMaynard said...

Sorrowful- Thanks. I've crossed Australia off my immigration list. From what I've read it's a mini-version of America complete with a virulent right wing media. I'll pass. Maybe New Zealand? I'm looking for Canada with better weather ;)

Student - I wouldn't say all Anglo countries are the same. The US is really an extreme example. All other Anglo countries have some form of universal health care. The US is the sole exception. Canada is pulled well to the left by Francophone QC, New Zealand by the native Marori. Just as what pulls the US to the right is the former slave states (a toxic combo of white supremacy fused with Christianity).

Lenior - in the early 19th century the US invaded Canada many times and was repulsed. Up until WW2, the US had war plans to invade Canada (see War Plan Red and Canada's Defense Scheme No. 1). Canada will be safe, i think. Like the late Roman Empire, the cause of American decline is internal, not external. Americans are more likely to declare war on each other (think Trump versus California, Coasts versus the South) then yet another country. Although if the US starts devolving (states breaking off voluntarily or involuntarily), things could get pretty mixed up. BC aligning itself with the US west coast, Vermont and Maine with the Canadian Maritimes, etc.


4:51 PM  
Blogger jjarden said...

A great quote from Philosophy Professor William Barrett’s book, “The Illusion of Technique.”

“If we try to flee from our human condition into the computer, we only meet ourselves there.”

6:29 PM  
Blogger Zarathustra said...

Transatlantic, Trump is definitely not sitting down with Kim in a "breakthrough move" or "firing globalists." Why, somebody might think you are a Trump voter. Don't get me wrong, I think Trump's doing a good job. He's been chosen by God to destroy the US and, as Spinoza said, the laws of man can be broken, but the laws of God, by definition, can't be.

About the North Korean thing, I often wonder if the "Suez moment" that we've been waiting for might have already happened. The US is utterly powerless against North Korea. Believe you me, if the US could have blown up North Korea to kingdom come, it would have already happened.

As for the "globalist" thing, Don Lemon may be a complete turkey, but in practice, the InfoWars crowd shouting about it are indeed antisemitic, I think, as it's a bit too obvious they are selective with their outrage. In any case, Trump is not, I repeat, not going to stop mega-corporations from shafting what remains of the middle class in the US. For Pete's sake, let's not be naive.

8:32 PM  
Anonymous Sorrowful said...

Oh, god. If this doesn't make you pop your jeans snap laughing, I don't know what will. And read the comments. Priceless turkeys!

1:01 AM  
Blogger Student of Waferism said...

DioGenes - I agree with you, I think the European Union is one of the few positive to have come around in the last 50 years. I think Europeans already expressed interest in making it more united, like a country which would also be a positive. But the USA will get in the way, no doubt about it. Globalization in of itself, to me, is not a bad thing. The problem is mostly America, the one sided trade deals it forces on the world and the institutions it created like Goldman Sachs, the World Bank and the IMF. I have a feeling that transatlantic believes that America is somehow the victim of globalization and that our standard of living will go up if we go back to an isolationists/protectionists economy. But that is just not how it works, America would not be able to produce all the junk it consumes all on itself. Marx believed that salaries would go down and down until the general population revolted but he turned out to be wrong and, long story short, in the 70s the salaries went up and up to the point that corporations weren't able to find workers, hence, why the USA started outsourcing.

Right now America produces high end products, designs chips, airplanes, cars, etc and they're assembled in the third world, but China and Europe are now moving up the value chain and if America decides to isolate itself, they will be outcompeted, there is just no way America will be able to compete Asia if it doesn't have access to the third world labor. And the immigrants, I suspect this is a big reason why people don't like globalization but silicon valley would die if it could not import immigrants. So again, America's decline is not because of "globalists," it's not like the elites decided to betray America for the third world's sake, it's more like they don't have a choice, Kissinger himself is scared of China. America has an insane amount of advantages, arable land, the reserve currency, the biggest military, the best immigrants, control of oil, near energy independence, access to the Atlantic AND the pacific, etc, but even with all that, it's barely able to stay ahead, if it isolated itself, it would decline even faster.

3:30 AM  
Anonymous Tuba Thief said...

--moral progress, NO?!

10:48 AM  

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