April 13, 2021

A Path with a Heart


Many of you have probably read the Carlos Castaneda series about his apprenticeship to a Yaqui Indian shaman, "Don Juan." Although Carlos' critics attacked the books for being fictional, I personally know from an inside source that the first two in the series were real, although Don Juan was actually living on the outskirts of LA, and that Carlos would visit him on weekends while he was a student at UCLA. That notwithstanding, many of us were taken by the epistemological challenge posed by the first book (late sixties), The Teachings of Don Juan. Carlos began with a quote from DJ:

"Before you embark on any path ask the question: Does this path have a heart? If the answer is no, you will know it, and then you must choose another path. The trouble is nobody asks the question; and when a man finally realizes that he has taken a path without a heart, the path is ready to kill him. At that point very few men can stop to deliberate, and leave the path."

As I demonstrate in Why America Failed,settlers on the American continent, several centuries ago, came to Robert Frost's "Road Not Taken," and sad to say, they, and what became the United States, took the path without a heart. And so we are witnessing the results today; the chickens are coming home to roost. Not only are we killing each other off with a vengeance that is breathtaking, and imposing this violent way of life on other nations (or trying to); it is also the case that every day seems to turn up another murder that is gruesome. We stuff babies into garbage cans, or snuff out innocent animals, or the cops gun down unarmed civilians and then lie about it. The list goes on and on. Meanwhile, as Ronald Dworkin and Paul Fussell pointed out years ago, we are wallowing in corruption: literally every institution is riddled with fraud, and the sabotaging of those institutions for personal gain.

Our path without a heart is hustling, competition, and personal advantage. You can even see this in popular sitcoms, or in the way high school students relate to one another. There was no interest in the Yaqui path, or any Native American path; instead, we just butchered all of those people and stuck them in reservations, out of sight, so we could get on with 'progress'. That, as a few dissident voices tried to tell us, was a path with a heart; we weren't interested. And thus, as Don Juan told Carlos, the path is ready to kill us; is killing us, to be more precise. You don't destroy the sacred and get off scot-free; that's not how the world works. America is just now discovering how the world works, and it is hardly working in its favor. Our time, and our way of life, are fast running out.

Happily, for the few who still care, there are voices out there who talk about the path with a heart. And although, as DJ said, there are very few who can leave the heartless path and switch courses in midstream, at least they exist--as E.M. Forster told us in his essay, "What I Believe." Beat poet Lew Welch put it this way:

"What strange pleasures do they get who’d Wipe whole worlds out, ANYTHING To end our lives, our wild idleness? But we have charms against their rage– must go on saying 'Look, if no one tried to live this way, All the work of the world would be in vain.' And now and then a son, a daughter hears it. Now and then a son, a daughter gets away."

You be that son, that daughter, amigo/a; you get away.



Anonymous Karl said...

I know I tried posting this on the last post a short while back, but seems appropriate here.

I was very depressed this morning to wake up and see an American philosopher whose work I normally respect say this on Facebook:

"I deny that American values are tribal; they are universal and good for everyone even though not everyone is equipped to implement them"

7:15 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Which philosopher wd that be? Can you give us a link? Thank you.


7:44 AM  
Anonymous Henderson said...

Peaceful societies develop and spread the practice of peace. There is power in non-violence. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41599-020-00692-8

Empiricism to Ghandi. The US is a lost cause.

8:52 AM  
Anonymous Mini said...

"Bill Barr’s law firm won’t rehire him. Mike Pompeo can’t find a corporate gig. Headhunters don’t see any interest for Elaine Chao. And no Trump Cabinet officials from the final quarter of his term have been picked to join S&P 500 boards."


Thoughts and prayers hehehe....

9:02 AM  
Anonymous Karl said...

Dr B,

Bill Vallicella. Blog here.


9:15 AM  
Anonymous Kneel Jung said...

Dr. Berman, Wafers,

Thought this would be of interest in regards to to your latest post concerning paths taken:

http://the baffles.com/latest/a-theory-of-thorstein-veblen-robbins

Kneel Jung

9:52 AM  
Anonymous Miguel said...

"In the midst of a crisis of democracy, we have much to learn from Walt Whitman’s journey toward egalitarian selfhood."


I saw a couple Wafers referring to Whitman recently. This new books looks really nice. I always had a soft spot for WW

1:27 PM  
Blogger Miles Deli said...

Greetings MB and Wafers,

Here's the new Global Trends 2040 report:


It forecasts a world beset by pandemics and ravaged by global climate disasters. In addition, governments around the world will struggle to meet the demands of their citizens.

Meanwhile, Kim Kardashian now officially reigns as a billionaire:



1:32 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


I'm sure that Kim, in league w/Tulsi, will see us thru this morass. Or not. In which case, we can only rely on Lorenzo Riggins.


Veblen rocks. I think there was a pretty gd article abt him in a recent NYRB.


2:09 PM  
Anonymous Rosia said...


David Cameron breaks 30-day silence over lobbying for Greensill
Ex-PM says he acted within rules but admits there are ‘important lessons’ to be learned

What a fucking joke.

3:47 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

This is so American:


Uncontrolled greed aside, did this douche baguette actually think she wdn't get caught?

3:51 PM  
Anonymous Nadine Bupkis said...


Nancy Pelosi is literally urging the American government to kill millions so she can get rich off her weapons stocks. What's more, American feminists see her as a shining beacon of morality:


These people couldn't be viler. Pelosi is yet another lying, thieving, warmongering piece of shit they are more than happy to endorse simply because she has a vagina. Another nauseating example of social justice, American style.


That's a great piece of news. I'd like to see everyone in the Trump administration working as janitors, fry cooks and cashiers. I doubt they'd learn to have more compassion for working stiffs, but it sure would be funny.

4:16 PM  
Anonymous Cel-Ray Tonic said...

Kneel's link for Veblen didn't work for me, see:


4:24 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


While there is no doubt that the elite is a collection of trash, I don't see Pelosi "urging the American government to kill millions." Sure, she's investing in stuff that the military will use, wh/is basically a form of insider trading, and therefore corrupt; but unless I'm missing something, your accusation doesn't hold up. To hold up, we need to see evidence of her sponsoring specific military aggression (i.e. war) somewhere. Not that I care much for the douche baguette, but w/o such evidence, yr statement amounts to slander.

As for feminists, I'm sure they are not all the same; but in my experience possession of a vagina tends to excuse any political behavior, no matter how questionable. In general, devotion to an ism blinds followers to the nasty aspects of the 'party'--an old story, historically speaking.


5:14 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Sorry, I don't post Unknowns. You need a real handle to participate in this blog. Thank you.


7:25 PM  
Anonymous Conley said...

NEW: A Texas nonprofit that recently hired a Biden transition official got a contract worth as much as $530 million to help manage the influx of migrant children, Axios has learned.

It's by far the largest contract ever awarded to the group. https://www.axios.com/texas-nonprofit-border-contract-biden-official-23a493f4-6779-44f0-a5d4-db8690f11aec.html

Ah, the good old swamp.

9:32 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Sorting out what's going on in the US these days is not hard if you remember that almost all of the population consists of thugs, or people who aspire to be thugs. You might wanna put this post-it on yr bathrm mirror, so that you don't forget it: THUGS


10:01 PM  
Blogger alex carter said...

MB - Here is the essay to which Karl alludes. You have to go a layer or two in to find it, so I've saved you the trouble: https://williamfvallicella.substack.com/p/on-transcending-tribalism-a-critique?utm_campaign=post&utm_medium=email&utm_source=copy

Speaking as an Antifa fascist (a big LOL!) and all-around commie ratbastard, the essay is about as palatable as aged roadkill, but such is "philosophy" in ameriKKKa these days.

The latest shitshow here is that vaccinations *are* rolling out, for those with some wealth and connections. I can't make an appt. but a rich can set one of their secretaries to work on a computer all day finding one. Vaccinated people can still get and spread the virus, but want to start partyin' like it's 2019. So spread, spread, spread and watch the poors die off.

12:15 AM  
Blogger futuroexpat said...

Dr. Berman, great essay this week. Trying to get away is not so easy when you are in your 70s and have accumulated a house, car, and furniture. But downsizing is possible and you have given me the destination: Oaxaca de Juarez. So my first step is to spend a month in Oaxaca and Chiapas later this year to feel the vibe and explore if it is a real possibility to emigrate at this late age. But Americans are choosing to leave. About nine million Americans have already left the USA. That's a doubling of the 1999 figure, placed at 4.1 million. "The number of expats has more than doubled in the last fifteen years — a number growing faster than the rate of the U.S. population itself." https://aaro.org/about-aaro/8m-americans-abroad

"Asked what he thought of Western civilization, Mahatma Gandhi famously replied, “I think that would be a good idea.” Such a remark may seem cruel, but it accurately reflects the view of America today as seen from the perspective of any modern social democracy."

1:53 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


u commie, u


Go for it. You'll be glad you did.


8:48 AM  
Anonymous MH said...

Perhaps someone has already posted this but with the recent killing in Minnesota of another black man followed by a few days of riots yet again BLM has been in the news recently. And not in a good way:

Inside BLM co-founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors’ million-dollar real estate buying binge


From the article:

Newsome of NYC’s BLM said, “We need black firms and black accountants to go in there and find out where the money is going.” He added that his group does not receive any financial support from the BLM Global Network.

Time to dust off that old quote about everything in America being covered with a thin layer of fraud!

I know you will not agree much with this but this article reflects most of my thoughts on the pandemic and it's always good to listen to the other side of the argument: https://leftlockdownsceptics.com/2021/03/the-virus-lockdown-and-the-left/

9:34 AM  
Anonymous Hans said...

Pharma: Greed, Lies, and the Poisoning of America (9781501152030): Posner, Gerald: Books

Good stuff.

4:23 PM  
Anonymous DiogenesTheElder said...

Hi Wafers,

GSWH, I was moved by your post and am writing after a long absence in contributing - still reading, of course - this blog keeps me sane!

Indeed, a path with heart. When I was in college, I took seriously the idea of the liberal studies and entered into the intellectual and existential questions of life with deep curiosity and interest. My first year, I wrote two pieces, one of which was "What We Believe" wherein I took the Catholic Apostles' Creed and replaced God with the Dollar. My professor thought it was publication-worthy, but it didn't make the cut. I did get a poem published, "Karl Marx Would Have Worked Well in America at Christmas," a scathing indictment of consumer culture. And that was the late 80s. I still remember reading Forster and parts of Randall Jarrell's "A Sad Heart at the Supermarket." I must have caught the tail end of a time when the university was interested in exploring ideas. Not so any longer; my alma mater is little more than a big business with a football team.

I am grateful that there were people who supported me in being that son who was able to hear and get away - if not in physical distance, surely in heart and soul. So shall we carry on my friends, so shall we carry on.


7:12 PM  
Anonymous Dr. Shithouse said...

A US-ian high school basketball coach in Union County was killed in a drug runner-cartel shoot out in his "stash house."


Ho hum another american shoot out....The most impt question is was suboptimal supply of chicken sandwiches the real motive?

7:22 PM  
Anonymous Art Baker said...

Let the talk about no more opportunities left in America end
after you read how just ONE person amassed $64 BILLION.

8:29 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Dr. Shit-

Maybe he was on the take from Popeye's.


Here's the deal: there are very few Americans who aren't full of shit. As for institutions, they all are, whether white or black or brown or yellow or green. Of course BLM is into big-time hustling; this is what America is all about, and there's no reason they shd behave any differently than other people and institutions. Meanwhile, poor blacks are starving; but if they had $--don't kid yrself--they'd be buying luxury real estate as well. Check out WAF p. xvii, regarding Sheila Dixon, former mayor of Baltimore. She stole $ earmarked for poor kids so she cd buy electronic toys for herself. At her court hearing, she was genuinely puzzled that the State held that she had done anything wrong. Fact is, she was much more tuned in to the American value system than was the State of Maryland.

Hans, Dio-

Corruption of Pharma, corruption of universities...I'm old enuf to know this: when I was a kid in the 1950s, or a teen in the sixties, not in my wildest dreams did I imagine the US wd turn out the way it has. I mean, just stand back and look at the headlines, fer chrissakes. The country is little more than one big shitstorm. The transition from 1970 to 2020 is fucking surreal.


8:33 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Check out a movie called "The Wizard of Lies." What a scumbag Madoff was. He even ripped off Elie Wiesel.


8:46 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Tell me this guy's face isn't the face of America:


Meanwhile, as for our long-overdue w/drawal from Afghanistan: the country has been known for eons as "the graveyard of empires." In modern times, this undid the USSR, and in our case, the cost--trillions that cd have been spent taking care of very real needs--has been phenomenal. 20 yrs of beating off.

Now connect Pentland's face with the Afghanistan fiasco, and you have analyzed US foreign and domestic policy in a single stroke.


12:45 AM  
Blogger Quercus said...

Dear MB & Wafers.:

Speaking of heart, the entire mainstream American way of life has no heart, it is dead and mechanical.
See this abandoned “Cincinnati Mills Mall”, a perfect example of Jim Kunstler’s “Geography of Nowhere”


The aerial view shows the entire landscape dominated by cars - look at the mall parking lot and 8-lane freeways. What was once old fields, woods, and pastures supporting a diverse biological community and at the same time producing oxygen and sequestering C02, is now totally paved over and lifeless.

Lonely shoppers drive themselves to the parking lot, wander the multi-level shopping halls, and eat their meals of processed food with plastic forks and knives from Styrofoam containers in the food halls. They meet nobody they know, and even the supermarket checkout clerks are different each time.[But it’s great, there are so many “good deals” and sales, who can resist?]

George Bush Sr. declared at the first Earth Summit in Rio, 1992, “The American way of life is not-negotiable”. But the goddess Gaia has other plans, gradually coming to fruition. Remember, “Whom the gods would destroy they first make mad”.


3:21 AM  
Blogger alex carter said...

That snowflake harassing a much smaller black guy ... and trying to get the guy to turn his back so he can sucker-punch him... I guess he felt he was upholding the honor of White America or some damn thing.

Ohhhhh.... I'm a Communist and I'm ok, I train at the range and read Marx all dayyyyy.... spent some good times in the local Communist bookstore by the University of Hawaii and bought some cool little Novosti Press books. Used to take RCP (Revolutionary Communist Party) newspapers to Army Reserve meetings and we all passed 'em around... we were open to all reading materials back then.

In cast anyone hasn't already seen this ... interesting movie. Guy was a student firebrand back in the day, then went yuppie and had businesses, Capitalism rogered him good and now he's like ... "Wha' happen?" it's really quite touching. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PraOH6ZaKHU&t=5s

3:47 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


I can see it now, you and Hedges on the front lines, guns blazing, leading the masses in revolution. It gives me a frisson of joy; u commie, u.

Re: Japan: check out "Neurotic Beauty," if you haven't already.


6:13 AM  
Anonymous Das Schmeckt said...

Hi Dr. B: Just wanted to commend you on this post - I think you've summed everything up right here re path of the heart/not of the heart! You inspired me to re-read the 1st 2 Casteneda books which, you have from an inside source, are not fictional.
thanks so much for this post - it seems to me to be an "Absolute Truth"!
- Das Schmeckt

7:01 AM  
Anonymous Jones said...


How Hitler Killed the Devil

"Who needs the Devil when there is Adolf Hitler?"

Unheard really has some cracking essays.

7:14 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Schmeckt gut!

The inside source I had just died a few months ago, as it turns out. But he knew Carlos quite well when they were both at UCLA. Carlos never went down to the Sonoran desert; his teacher lived on the outskirts of LA, and Carlos would spend every weekend w/him for at least a year or so. This shaman was not a Yaqui, and his name was not Don Juan. But he was, indeed, a shaman, and the content of the teaching, and what happened to Carlos as a result, are fully real. This is true of the 1st 2 bks. #s 3 and 4 were written in the UCLA library, out of its anthropology collection. Oddly enuf, at least imo, #4 is one of the best in the series.

If you don't follow a path w/a heart, you die from the inside. This is what's happening to the US, at long last. I remember abt a yr ago, David Brooks (may his name be blotted out, and may he be cast into the far regions of Gehenna!) did a column in the NYT admitting that he was internationally famous, had a $4m apt. in Manhattan, and was depressed. No shit, you stupid turkey. Your whole life has been abt following a path w/o a heart, and yr surprised that yr depressed? Unfortunately, he's not alone. Most Americans think that's the gd life, wh/is why they are drowning in opioids, alcohol, and cell fones, and why they are killing themselves off at an impressive rate.


7:20 AM  
Anonymous Northern Johnny said...

Hi Dr. B and WAFERS:

More and more I think we (WAFERS) must continue to carry out honest, non-partisan, assessments of Biden's initiatives, particularly in light of the left liberal media (ex. Guardian) increasingly describing them as everything from brilliantly progressive to 'revolutionary' (on the latter point, see: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/apr/15/biden-corporate-tax-uk-economic-covid).

Do any of us believe America has suddenly taking a revolutionary turn?

I will just mention one factor. Since the advent of Trump and Brexit, the 'progressive' mainstream media (Guardian, CBC, etc.) has shifted from reporting news (however biased) to manufacturing facts and realities as part of a larger, unspoken, elite driven, (Neo-Maoist?) social engineering project. I think this is a key factor. One of the goals of this shift/project lies in manufacturing conditions consistent with the old claim that American culture is inherently self-correcting, which is central to the larger claim that American exceptionalism remains intact.

-Northern Johnny

8:24 AM  
Blogger Brian said...

Are America’s elites so deeply enmeshed in their pseudo-ideology that they can’t see the danger of what they’re doing; or, are they simply sociopathic Lunatics (with a capital "L") who will do anything, anything at all, to secure more wealth for their defense contractor lobbyists— even if it is risking every father, mother, brother and sister to do so?


I guess my question is, how cynical are America’s elites? Like, do they actually believe in the stuff the NYT and Washington post expounds out through their articulate professional anuses, or are they cynically shrewd all the way (which seems to be Chomsky’s perspective and that I find troublesome)? Any good books that'd shed light on the topic?

Regardless, the stupidity and evilness of this is beyond language.

9:47 AM  
Anonymous Romero said...

Morris Berman:

Is the 4th book in the Don Juan series "Tales of Power"?

9:51 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Yes. 1st half kinda boring, 2nd half pretty electric.


10:11 AM  
Blogger Baron Von Strangeknight said...

MB and Wafers - I have been reading Alan Watt's The Wisdom of Insecurity. Surely Watts must have been a proto Wafer of some kind as there are so many insights in this book. A quick quote, on the topic of science and technology: "It is in vain that we can predict and control the course of events in the future, unless we know how to live in the present....It is in vain that we get the power of the atom if we are just to continue in the rut of blowing people up."

12:05 PM  
Blogger Alan2102 said...

Re: "following a path without a heart" -- this is of the nature of psychopathy, a modern psychiatric construct with increasing evidence of biological correlates (i.e. "physical reality", so to say). It is said that ~5% of the population are psychopaths. That figure may be true, but probably only counts those with demonstrable/measurable ("physical reality"; biological) correlates of the clinical picture. There is a much larger population -- not constitutional or biological psychopaths -- that has been seduced into psychopathic behavior by an environment of rewards and inducements for that behavior, and punishments (subtle or overt) for the opposite, for "following a path with a heart". They are functioning *qua* real biological psychopaths, a sort of reserve army of psychopaths, without which the real ones could have harmed, some, but could not possibly have caused such society-wide destruction. In contrast, in a society like the PRC, psychopaths exist, (just as they exist everywhere), but are kept under control, sometimes even with harsh punishment, and the totality of the system does not reward psychopathy and punish the opposite. For just one example: the PRC has executed 13 billionaires. Yes, thirteen. Yes, executed. That was their punishment for stepping too far out of line -- i.e. for expressing psychopathic characters too flagrantly. In the U.S., same behavior is encouraged, rewarded and subsidized.

12:26 PM  
Anonymous Stamberg said...

Kamala Harris Says Wars Will Be Fought Over Water ‘In A Short Matter Of Time

Western US is facing worst drought conditions in 1200 years.

India's going thru same thing w/ the neoliberal policies under Modi

Meanwhile our VP just casually reveals how we're going to handle all of this: wars over geostrategic resource!

1:30 PM  
Anonymous James Allen said...

Microaggression to left of them,
Microaggression to right of them,
Microaggression in front of them,
Into the jaws of cultural appropriation and toxic masculinity
Rode the unsuspecting.

A University of Virginia Medical School student attending a seminar on microaggression and associated outrages engages in an exchange with a presenter that is later judged confrontational and inappropriate for a med school student and is suspended. He is suing the University for his suspension.

One of the questions he asked was whether one has to be a member of a marginalized group in order to be the victim of a microaggression.


2:26 PM  
Anonymous Cibo said...

"I realise that what I call ‘nature’ (an imperfect word, but I can never seem to find a better one) is really just another word for life; an ever-turning wheel of blood and shit and death and rebirth. Nature is fatal as often as it is beautiful, and sometimes it is both at once. But for me, that’s the point: it is the fear and the violence inherent in wild nature, as much as the beauty and the peace, that inspires in me the impulses which religions ask me to direct towards their human-shaped gods: humility, a sense of smallness, sometimes a fear, usually a desire to be part of something bigger than me and my kind. To lose myself; to lose my Self.
[…] in ‘nature’ I see something divine, and when I see it, it moves me to humility, not grandiosity, and that is good for me and good for those I come into contact with. I don’t want to be a god, even if I can. I want to be a servant of god, if by god we mean nature, life, the world. I want to be small in the world, belong to it, help it along, protect myself from its storms and try to cause none myself."

- Paul Kingsnorth


4:37 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Douche bags to the left of us
Douche bags to the rt of us
Douche bags en todas partes...

Do you realize how many people need to be slapped?


She needs to be slapped. I wd do it myself, but I'm tired.


Post only once every 24 hrs. Thanks.


A bk that made a great impression on me, yrs ago.


6:33 PM  
Anonymous Birney Zouave said...

Dr. B-

"Colorado cop is suspended over shocking arrest video of dementia sufferer, 73, whose arm was fractured and shoulder dislocated after she forgot to pay for her $13.38 of Walmart groceries"


6:36 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Recent New Yorker review of new movie, "Moxie," says it shows "the injustice and violence that silently seethe beneath the surfaces of daily life." Honestly, it's everywhere, because these things are at the core of American life. There's a continuous line between the way we treated each other in high schl, and the way this cop treated a demented old lady. This repressed, gratuitous hatred IS America. Throw in current Vietnamese suffering from Agent Orange and you've got the full picture.


7:07 PM  
Anonymous Maula said...

Although U.S. troops are set to withdraw from Afghanistan in September, ongoing security operations and assistance are likely to continue, says SAM Director https://prospect.org/api/amp/world/from-endless-war-to-endless-operations-leaving-afghanistan/

Oh, semantics!

7:19 PM  
Blogger Miles Deli said...

T-shirt ideas:





7:32 PM  
Anonymous Zippy the Pinhead said...

Zippy says - speaking of a path with heart the maverick so called philosopher is quite obviously completely heartless and even a border line psychopath - about as far removed from a Wafer as one can get.
And one of the most obvious aspects of the Unherd website is the complete absence of any heart based intelligence - this includes most/all of the featured essayists and (especially) those who post comments - again not much Wafer sensibility to be found there.

8:38 PM  
Anonymous Art Baker said...

Do you suspect that this will be a way to increasing the audience
of local tv news in Texas? One can imagine a contest for the most
citizens of this God fearing, patriotic state killing one another
with Second Amendment wedding presents.

8:38 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Bring on the guns! is what I say.


Can you give us some examples, as evidence? We're not big, on this blog, on people expressing unsubstantiated opinions.

Meanwhile, do you know what's going to happen as a result of this?:


Do you know what bupkis means?


ps: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/apr/15/derek-chauvin-trial-george-floyd-death-policing-america

9:46 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...



9:48 PM  
Anonymous Pastrami and Coleslaw said...

Oh man, this is some crazy stuff: https://www.propublica.org/article/i-felt-hate-more-than-anything-how-an-active-duty-airman-tried-to-start-a-civil-war

10:24 PM  
Anonymous Dr. Shithouse said...

Dr. Berman-Respectfully disagree with you regarding bupkis (nothing) occurring due to the police shooting death of an unarmed 13 yo boy (Adam Toledo).

This may be the start of an amazing revolution like the very effective Occupy Wall Street and genitalia hats marches--I feel it; those levers of power are trembling as the structure changes occur in the US empire!

The US/Brit/Anglosphere MSM will have lots of calls to action, (bowel) movements, fist clenching, anal clenching, a Kakatuni article or three, and lots of he/she/she/he pronoun obsessions, bathroom signage yammer etc. Then 3 days later, who's Adam Toledo, and what's new at the chicken sandwich place?

Mr. Hedges take note, and please write another article selling hope to dopes.

10:45 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Dr. Shit-

To the barricades!


12:13 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

So what else is new dept.:


Oh, right, another shooting in Nutland. Must be a "lone, crazy" shooter. Cdn't possibly be a totally fucked up culture.


7:07 AM  
Anonymous Orca said...

The realisation that america is a "rotten tree" is going mainstreem


Next step, the commodification of the decline

8:30 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...



Well, it's going to happen. Since the last time I announced this, several wks ago, something like 10 active blog participants indicated an interest in participating in this ground-breaking event. I need those of you who still wish to attend to write me at mauricio@morrisberman.com. In reply, I will send you the venue, with the exact address. The idea will be to meet outside of the restaurant, at the front door, at 1pm. This particular place has outdoor seating; I'll make a reservation for 10 in my name. It will be the Wafer gathering to end all Wafer gatherings. Already, people who want to crash the party are offering me houses, boats, numbered Swiss accounts, gold bars, jewelry, and so on. To no avail.


9:11 AM  
Anonymous Glans Butterworth, III said...


Get ready USA-ers for the daily massacres MSM theatre:

hug pictures, police in riot gear, sad faces, we're better than this, why did this happen, collages of faces, how could this happen, more hugs, and we need to's, we should's, we ought to's, blue ribbon do nothing panels with elitist academics/pollies..... and then pass the salt. Never, ever any introspective as to the US culture and why it went so very wrong.

11:20 AM  
Anonymous Mike R. said...

So what else is new dept.:


Likely the only thing americans will be thinking about is if their packages will arrive on time or if they'll get a refund.

11:55 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Ho Hum. Does anybody care abt this stuff anymore?:


As for Schmiden, he's a turkey. Can there be any doubt?:


I keep wondering how many young black men will be gunned down by white cops between now and Dec. 31. 500? Wafers, what do you guess?


5:32 PM  
Anonymous Anjin-san said...

Great quote... expresses better than I ever could what I felt in my hiking, canoeing, backpacking days

6:01 PM  
Blogger TKR said...

Regarding your comments in response to Birney Zouave story of the cop arresting the 73 year old lady. That is what a was referring to when I wrote that the reason American cops kill and injure so many is because they are Americans. They were raised in the same schools and culture as the rest of us.

6:59 PM  
Blogger Miles Deli said...

Greetings MB and Wafers,

Michael Holden, 37, burglarized a woman's home, and stole her sex toys:


A face only a mother could love.


7:16 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


He does look like a colossal douche bag.


7:58 PM  
Anonymous Boro said...

The future may be bleak, say spooks https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/15/opinion/global-trends-intelligence-report.html

8:42 PM  
Blogger alex carter said...

Noam on Schmiden: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=adLkhHVPPxo the poor old guy's formative years were the 1930s, he's hopelessly out of date. Noam, I mean.

Here's an idea, freedom vs. freedumb. https://thenewpress.com/books/freedom-from-market

Good read on the system be live within: https://rainershea612.medium.com/fascism-genocidal-war-are-the-byproducts-of-our-late-stage-capitalist-dystopia-3ab705bb1de6

MB - Haha fat Christian schmuck Hedges ain't gonna do a thing and neither are the masses until they're up against a real, actual, existential threat and really have nothing to lose. We're getting closer to Maxim Gorky but not nearly there yet. And I'd rather sit it out being an NMI somewhere.

12:02 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Nah, I c.u. and Hedgemon fighting the gd fight, side by side. As for what the masses will do when they are up against etc.: amigo, this is America; they won't do shit. Consider the fact that a large % of those masses are *already* up against etc. What they do is blame themselves for failing to succeed in a system that has ground them into the dirt. They emphatically do not blame the system (American brainwashing works). And many stats exist showing that the poor are the most patriotic of them all. They huddle in tents and shelters and fly the American flag above these. Yr communist dream of a mass uprising (u commie, u) is little more than fantasy.


3:21 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Sorry, cdn't run it. We have a half-pg-max rule on this blog. Pls edit yr comment down to half a pg and re-send. Thank you.


7:50 AM  
Anonymous Luke Hamilton said...

Biden's military budget is even larger than Trump's (more nuclr weapons) and tensions r at a point near "full-scale hostilities" with Russia over Ukraine, and r actions in the South China Sea (moving nuclr weapons to bases there and greater alliance w/ Taiwan) have us walking on the thinnest ice with China since 1979.

The current run-up to nuclear war, and ptntl consequences:

Mumford's "Men, You Are Mad!" (posted last blog post but still relevant) and Koestler's "The Nightmare That Is A Reality"

The heart mourns. Charms against their rage? We need proper sorcery.


3:41 PM  
Anonymous Rubenstein said...

Bill Gates, Vaccine Monster | The New Republic

Gee, he treats his philanthropic work as another knowledge monopoly venture. Go figure!

4:19 PM  
Anonymous Etchason said...


Nice summary of Wilhelm Reich's life

5:17 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Yes, a heroic figure. I'm not even sure 'orgone' was wrong; the Chinese call it chi.


Never, ever forget the the elite are trash.


Thanks for the refs. Schmiden is so full of shit it makes one dizzy.


Very gd article by Louis Menand on the history of the New Left in New Yorker for March 22. Most impt line for me: "the New Left never had its hands on the levers of political power."
No shit. Neither do today's progs, who are little more than impotent buffoons. However, article ends on an optimistic note, wh/shows you how fundamentally stupid even smart Americans are.


6:05 PM  
Anonymous Caitlyn McLoughlin said...

"I have two pieces of fish, an onion, an egg, baked beans and biscuits. Being a farmer means every day is the same"


Experience: I’ve had the same supper for 10 years | Life and style | The Guardian

~ Caitlyn

7:07 PM  
Blogger comrade simba said...

One shining light in this whole hyper-capitalist mess -

A new Jersey deli valued at 100 million. How's that for chopped liver?

7:10 PM  
Blogger Miles Deli said...

Greetings MB and Wafers,


Good article by Menand, but I think he could have went a bit further in his analysis of the New Left. Hayden, Savio, and the student movement did want the power to turn America toward a new path politically and economically as Menand indicates, but I also think that the utopian sentiments of the hippies to create an ideal community-a *psychedelic* (ha, ha) community, to be sure-where everyone is turned on and beautiful and loving and happy and floating free also deserves some ink when discussing the New Left. The hippies, at least it seems to me, didn't really want power entirely for its own sake; they didn't seem solely interested in power. Many of them believed that protesting and trying to reform what they viewed as a corrupt, morally bankrupt political system was, in effect, buying into that system. They wanted a hip new world, so to speak, to run parallel to the old world, but have as little to do w/it as possible. The goals were in many ways Waferian: a communal life, creativity before consumption, a rejection of violence, and drastic restrictions of private property. This vision of an uncluttered, simple, and good life is very commendable to me. W/o a clue as to how this could be put into practice for the larger American society, it was a radical vision nonetheless. Menand seems to have missed this entire phenomenon.


7:46 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Yr rt, but it was so evanescent. Overnight, it seemed, it turned into Jerry Rubin and hippie entrepreneurship. And those who didn't follow that path seemed...naive, and somehow, sadly, children lost in the world. I suppose Menand didn't think it was worth bothering with. It's also the case (I think) that this faction (if that's what it was) was dramatically ignorant of its predecessors: the Amish, the Shakers, the Oneida community, etc. David Shi may have covered this ground in "The Simple Life," but I read it too long ago to remember.


8:06 PM  
Anonymous Cosmo Como said...

How much of the $170 will the people who work in the Asian
factory get?

8:30 PM  
Anonymous Rollo Dice said...

I was fortunate to be in Berkeley and San Francisco during the
60s in the role of an enemy alien with Canadian birth certificate
that served quite well to enter the country in 1966 after 19 years
of not finding America exactly a sane country. I recall what Janis
Joplin had to say when asked in an interview if she were a hippie,
one who had hope, and a Beatnik, one who does NOT. "I'm a Beatnik."
This sums up what became of the decade that did have hope. To
be Beat meant that what America might have been ended with two terms
of Nixon, Reagan, and "W" BUsh.

11:46 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Which oughta teach us something. If you want a Canadian take on the American psyche, try this:



12:01 AM  
Blogger ZeeLawyer said...

Hi Dr. Berman, I respectfully suggest that in the following excerpt from your introductory post, the phrase "path with a heart" should be changed to "path without a heart":

... and stuck them in reservations, out of sight, so we could get on with 'progress'. That, as a few dissident voices tried to tell us, was a path with a heart; we weren't interested.

And thanks as always for your cogent and beneficent writings.

4:28 AM  
Blogger alex carter said...

MB - I wouldn't even go on a fishing trip with Hedgie. Maybe I'm communism'ing wrong because I don't think the US is revolution-able. The best hope is complete destruction and other people move in, or Balkanization with each warring state too poor on its own to harm the world much. And I don't want to be around for any of it.

Call in the contractors! https://thegrayzone.com/2021/04/16/biden-afghanistan-war-privatizing-contractors/

Kids need to be taught early what the US is all about - good discussion here: https://www.reddit.com/r/ABoringDystopia/comments/mr7r76/stopping_people_from_eating/

Lastly, anyone else miss playing outside and coming in when the street lights turned on? https://i.redd.it/2rr5uis1dot61.jpg

4:34 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


The antecedent referred to was the Native American way of life. I understand the potential confusion, but if I were to make the change you propose, then "we weren't interested" wdn't make much sense.


4:35 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


And here I had this romantic vision of the two of you ldg the masses to rise up against their corporate masters, after which you guys wd repair to his luxury apt. in Princeton to sip chic Italian cocktails. Oh well, another dream dashed. As for balkanization/secession, think of this happening w/o a war component. I loved that old Ealing Studios film, "Passport to Pimlico." Meanwhile, ura commie!


5:38 AM  
Anonymous Florese said...

'Small town cops threw a 70 yo and 80lbs gramdma with dimentia to the ground, breaking bones, while she picked wild flowers, lawsuit alleges. What is it with cops, violence and escalation?'


As John McWhorter says, the police casually kill and attack whites as much as they do blacks. What a brutal country.

8:30 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


I guess we wd hafta ask who is really demented here. As for McWhorter: I wonder where he gets his stats. Cd be rt, but I'm skeptical.


10:20 AM  
Anonymous Rog said...


John Mcwhorter has an essay out on this, I found it sober and well researched:


The racialization of police shootings, the disproven thesis that there is an epidemic of shootings of only one skin color of person, has driven policymakers to all kinds of bad policy (like useless diversity and bias trainings.) Disproportionately along one variable doesn't prove bias: around 90 percent of police shootings are of men and young people (under age of 40) are disproportionately shot. But if you account for a range of variables and controls you don't see these things imply widespread bias. That doesn't mean there aren't individual acts of bias or biased officers, it could be an officer shot someone for being AA, a man, or young. But on average, that's not the case.

I don't think this is a defense of cops either, I think they will inflict unmitigated violence @ anyone, grandma or 13yr old.

11:31 AM  
Blogger Joe McIlnen said...

…….And our Karens keep rolling along. LOL!
The Dysfunctional States of America. We are the world’s biggest comedy show.
Happy Karen Sunday, Everyone. :)


11:51 AM  
Blogger Ordinary Indian said...

MB, do you think any human civilization has taken, or can really take the path with a heart? I mean the civilization as a whole. There were, and are individuals who take such roads. Buddha, after all, was a reaction to the Brahminical oppression. Jesus, similarly .... On a broader scale, can homosapiens take the path with a heart?

On a personal note, COVID situation is really bad here. Infections and deaths are going through the roof. The rag tag medical system is overwhelmed. Medical oxygen in short supply. It is a dance of death everywhere.

1:14 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Well, E.M. Forster wd have said no. Check out the section on him in the Twilight bk, for his take on this issue.


A confusing essay, and lacking very much statistical evidence. 1st he says: "Black people are 2.5 times more likely to be killed by cops." 2 paras later, he says: "Whites are regularly killed in the same way and in much greater numbers." Wha?? You can see why I might be skeptical.


3:37 PM  
Anonymous Cel-Ray Tonic said...

Another day, another 2 mass shootings ... or is only 3 dead not considered "mass"?



4:29 PM  
Anonymous K Epps said...

In Reply to Morris Berman and Rog:

" Black people are 2.5 times more likely to be killed by cops." 2 paras later, he says: "Whites are regularly killed in the same way and in much greater numbers." Wha?? "

Statistically, isn't this a comparison of relative and absolute #s?

Number of people shot to death by the police in the United States from 2017 to 2021, by race:

Whites (457)
Blacks (241)

While there are +250 million whites living in the US, there are only 44 million. So while in absolute # there are more white deaths by cop, the relative figures point to more likelyhood of a black person being shot, given their much smaller population density (and many other economic variables.)

Or am I misunderstanding this?

4:45 PM  
Blogger Miles Deli said...

Greetings MB and Wafers,

Re: McWhorter

Jesus, that article was awful. I'm actually embarrassed to have read it! McWhorter is simply bouncing around all over the place, using weak arguments, saying very little to nothing at all. From what I can make of it, it sounds oddly familiar: the old Christian conservative stand-by of blaming the victim, rather than addressing the problem w/anything new or useful.

Does he actually refer to himself as an intellectual? Don' make me laugh... The way he handles evidence is completely outrageous.


5:08 PM  
Anonymous JR Harrison said...

"I checked law enforcement records in cities across the country and found that as many as 95% of charges against last year's Floyd protesters were dropped, raising questions about police motivations for mass arrests"

Quelle surprise!

5:27 PM  
Anonymous Seneca’s Cliff said...

The tag line of this article in the local Portland Oregon newspaper pretty much sums up what is wrong with the USA.


“ Because vaccinations are now open to everyone over the age of 16 ,with no improvement in supply ,they will only go to the quick and well connected.”

Instead of any kind of logical and humane public health system we are left with hustling and corruption to allocate vaccines. I think the people who wrote this are so far gone they don’t realize how twisted and distopian this statement is.

5:46 PM  
Anonymous Art Baker said...

This would make for a jolly plot for a family situation comedy.

7:56 PM  
Anonymous Kevin said...

I think the statistical discussion on race and shootings has been covered before. You can't use raw numbers; you need to factor in 'exposure' also, i.e. what is the racial pool of crime commission.

The Fryer paper, cited before on this blog, seems to be the authoritative resource: https://www.nber.org/system/files/working_papers/w22399/w22399.pdf

(Note: the paper does NOT say that police have no racial bias, just that at the shooting level the conclusion is unfounded.)

8:07 PM  
Anonymous door said...

Dear everyone: I wanted to add my insight into police killings in the US.The Guardion newspaper in England run some articles about police killings in the British Isles which include England,Scotland,Wales and Ireland which together comprise about 50 million people in 2015 I could be wrong about the year and other points but I am clear about the point of the article.The author noted in one week in the US 24 people were killed by police where as in the UK only 24 had been killed by police in 24 years.So an anglo country,same language,social tensions etc. so the only conclusion is its the culture in the US.Even if you took away killings of black people in the US its off the charts compared to the British Isles.Sorry about the lack of footnotes I did this by memory but the author noted that it it took 24 yrs to do in the UK took a week in the US.Thanks

10:05 PM  
Blogger Krakhed said...


The article says that the fall of the Roman empire led to a general improvement in the life of the average citizen. Most of the world probably wishes for the dissolution of the USA. I really hope that happens in as peaceful a way as possible but I am also aware of how many gun toting lunatics there are in this cursed land.

I am sorry that I won't be able to attend the Wafer summit after all as a new commitment came up.

12:30 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Not a problem; maybe next time. Meanwhile, I'd love to hear from Kevin/Paula, Sean, and Michael K., regarding yr Summit plans.


5:16 AM  
Blogger alex carter said...

MB - I came across the movie "Passport to Pimlico" a while back and I agree it's a neat movie.

Florese - Cops will attack anyone they see as "the other" and yes that includes whites who are old, disabled, homeless, etc.

MB - Say blacks are 15% of the US population and whites 60%. There are 4X as many whites. but there are not 4X as many shootings of whites by cops. It's about 2X.

Go to Western Europe, they said... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iq7mmyKWXUs

I don't think humans deal with wealth well. This might be an answer: https://www.amazon.com/Barnes-Noble-Routledge-Classics-set/dp/1138702617

7:56 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Actually, all of those early Ealing Studios films are hysterical: Ladykillers, Lavender Hill Mob, Man in the White Suit (Alec Guinness), etc. The Mouse that Roared was kind of a spinoff of these, a spoof on the Cold War that gave Peter Sellers his 1st big break (I think). Also check out films w/Terry Thomas. There's something abt dry British humour [sic] that has no equal.


8:52 AM  
Anonymous Dr. Shithouse said...

First, it was US-ian's focus on chicken sandwiches, and they're inability to get them the way they wanted, e.g., spicy/crispiness issues, running out, limited hours, etc., now it appears they're shifting their american-ness to burger joints.



8:58 AM  
Anonymous James Allen said...

Hustlers to the left of them,
Hustlers to the right of them
Et cetera.

From the hallowed halls of higher education, this:

The former dean of the Fox Business School of Temple University (1996-2018) faces federal charges for having “conspired and schemed to deceive the school’s applicants, students, and donors into believing that the school offered top-ranked business degree programs, so they would pay tuition and make donations to Temple.”

The charges include one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and one count of wire fraud; if convicted, the former dean faces up to 25 years in prison and a $500,000 fine. Two others, a former professor and a former administrator each face one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, which could cost each five years in prison.


10:07 AM  
Blogger Alan said...

Chris Hedges may be finally getting it. In his latest post on scheerpost, he writes about the collapse of the American Empire without any of the "We can turn it around" nonsense. Also, he fails to brag about himself for a change. Mabey there's hope for him after all. Not sure, but I liked the article.


10:30 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Some small progress, I guess. Now if he wd just enroll in a 5-yr program in ethics, a 5-yr therapy treatment program in Northern Cal, and a graduate program in history, we cd say he might be getting somewhere.


Ah, the Groves of Academe!


12:27 PM  
Anonymous Rod Zimm said...

Chicago Cops Use Social Media to Track Grieving Families of Gunshot Victims


Oh come on!!

2:54 PM  
Anonymous Nadine Bupkis said...


That's right, American radical feminists are insisting women not go to jail for anything - not even for murder, torture, rape or child molestation. One has to wonder why they are insisting on this. Is it really just ideological zealotry? Or are many of them guilty of heinous crimes, and want to cement into place a system that affords them immunity from prosecution?

I know the first link leads to an article from 2014, but feminism has become even more extreme since then, as evidenced by hashtags like this one:


That's right, #killallmen is trending on Twitter and elsewhere! Although I know the American government won't start rounding men up and killing them, the impulse to exterminate an entire gender is infinitely worse than the impulse behind the Puritan witch hunts in and around Salem, MA. The former impulse is entirely unprecedented in all of human history; the fact that it's growing in popularity among American radical feminists is surreal.

I know not all feminists are the same, but I suspect this strain of hateful, vengeful feminism is playing a major role in America's decline. If nothing else, it's giving the far-right plenty of ammunition to use in the political and cultural arenas.

4:04 PM  
Blogger Brian said...

They are ideologues. To that kind of feminist, nothing matters more than the ideology—even in comparison to the purported aims of the ideology. If the way in which they pursue their ideology undermines the purported goal of it (equality of women), then even that doesn’t matter much. Underneath their language, underneath their hypocrisy, underneath their refusals to genuinely entertain arguments that make good critiques of their way of being and understanding— their so-called “bodily intentionality” remains the same; and that bodily intentionality which is deeper than their consciousness is in thrall to the ideology.

7:55 PM  
Anonymous Rollo Dice said...

If Trump should return to the White House in 2024, then Wafer Inc.
should start trading on the NY Stock Exchange. It will hold
lotteries predicting the hour and day of Total US System Collapse.

4:16 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Hmm...Well, Rom Mittney predicted that Trumpi wd run in 2024 and win, but I dunno. A lot may depend on next yr's midterm elections. But as of now, Trumpalumpi has largely fallen off the radar screen; he's simply not in the news anymore. And being in the public view has a lot to do w/the influence a politician can wield. But then, who cares, really? Regardless of who's in the W.H., the nation is dying; it's shriveling up from the inside, because it has no real spiritual content. And this is (mostly) a slow but relentless process, consisting of daily massacres, opioid deaths, police brutality, widespread corruption, and the political extremism of "a house divided against itself." On a global scale, we are drifting toward irrelevance. I doubt many countries today believe that the world's future is in American hands, or that they shd look to the US for any type of guidance. The famous "American Century" is over, as China emerges on the horizon as the next hegemon. We are less than 5% of the world's population, and our influence is steadily waning. Internally speaking, the issue of Trump vs. Biden boils down to fast vs. slow suicide. But whoever is at the helm, the ship of state is just another Titanic. The Zeitgeist has moved on.


4:59 AM  
Anonymous Northern Johnny said...

Hi Dr. B and fellow WAFERS:

Just gave this new Unherd article a quick read. It's easy to get a bit lost in its many details, and its title is probably bombastic, but it still strikes me as an exceptionally concise and wide ranging and comprehensive analysis of where American politics stand on the eve of Biden's 'first one hundred days':

Joel Kotlin, "The Looming Democratic Civil War," Unherd, April: https://unherd.com/2021/04/the-looming-democrat-civil-war/?tl_inbound=1&tl_groups[0]=18743&tl_period_type=3&mc_cid=dc819759e0&mc_eid=d57cccbe13

-Northern Johnny

8:38 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Smart move on the part of Howard U:


9:16 AM  
Blogger Jack Lattemann said...

Greetings Wafers everywhere, here’s your news tidbit from Cascadia:

The city council of Auburn, a suburban city south of Seattle, is about to vote on criminalizing what is now a civil fine for homeless who camp on public property. A proposed ordinance increases the maximum penalty to $1,000 and adds up to 90 days’ jail time for “criminal trespass”. Auburn’s mayor is denying the proposed ordinance criminalizes homelessness, using the euphemism “compassionate accountability” to describe the city’s position. The city green-washes its proposal with the claim that homeless encampments are impacting environmentally sensitive wetlands.


11:26 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Orwell lives!


11:35 AM  
Blogger Joe McIlnen said...

Greetings Dr. Berman & Wafers,
Just another daily mundane shooting here in the Dysfunctional States of America.
Wait. I stand corrected. This latest shooting hit “close to home”, as the saying goes. I literally live about 15 or 20 minutes from where this latest shooting occurred. I also shop at Stop & Shop frequently. It could have been yours truly to be the latest ( hopefully one day “ex”) American to be gunned down. I also know a former employee who worked at this very same store!
What a disgraceful pathetic violent piece of sh*t this country is.


1:32 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Not clear why the Pentagon keeps ignoring my letters. I write them and say, "Just give everyone guns and let's get it over with." This wd certainly solve the problem of the American empire. This random killing in dribs and drabs is very inefficient.


3:10 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Happily, Derek Chauvin was convicted of murder and may well spend the rest of his miserable life behind bars. However, as we all know, this will not make any difference for the violent system of policing that obtains in this country, esp. with respect to white cops and black victims. There will be more Derek Chauvins.

It's interesting that Chauvin kneeled on Floyd's neck for 3 minutes after he had ceased struggling, and had gone unconscious. Why in the world wd he do that? I'm led to believe that the American police and military, far more than the average citizen, have enormous amounts of violence and rage bottled up inside them. As a result, when given the opportunity to unleash that poison, they do it vindictively. And of course this extends to our national proclivity for war, and how we treat our enemies. Were cluster bombs really necessary in Vietnam? Was Agent Orange? The US is spiritually empty; it stands for nothing, both on a national and an individual level. Knowing that on some dull, unconscious part of our minds, we go into a frenzy of hatred against the Other--people of color especially. There is something primal, primitive, and deeply evil about all this (consider what we did to Native Americans, how vicious our war against them was). It's a cruelty that is embedded in the marrow of our bones.


8:45 PM  
Blogger Krakhed said...


because we are drowning in it




9:22 PM  
Anonymous Roland Tarver said...

Thanks for recommending The Wisdom of Insecurity by Alan Watts. Wow, I sure needed it. I’ve been listening to it off & on all day via this free audiobook (well “free” with some strings attached)


Also heads up, The Origin of Consciousness In The Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind by Julian Jaynes is $2.99 (Today only!!) on Kindle until Midnight PCT, 3am EST


I’m going to read it next, since I think MB or another Wafer has recommended it often on the blog here.

9:36 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


I discuss Jaynes in the Reenchantment bk.


10:03 PM  
Anonymous Cosmo Como said...

Mass stupefaction is hereditary? Little brains are impressionable
and make for early possession of a credit card. I can recall some
unfortunate mother of two small children being hectored to buy
nothing but $40 worth of snack food, the basic diet of grease,
salt, sugar, and starch. I mentioned this to the checkout at the
supermarket..."I see it all the time," was the reply I got from the
cashier. What if you are what you eat? Not so good for the future
of US children.

10:43 PM  
Blogger Kelvin said...

John Zerzan, host of Anarchy Radio, at the top of today's, April 20th's, broadcast (@03:20) said that the next morning on CNN after the mass shooting in Indianapolis at the FedEx facility one of the talking heads was opining on the mental health of the shooter when someone interjected, "What about the mental health of the country!?" Zerzan continues, "Now we're getting somewhere!," but wistfully concedes that the real question wasn't pursued.


I tried but couldn't find the CNN broadcast referenced by Zerzan. I'd be interested in the link if some Wafer can find it.

12:52 AM  
Anonymous Nadine Bupkis said...


A typical American citizen. A true American patriot. And, just maybe, the next president of the USA.

1:39 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Great video of a douche baguette in action! Thank you.


1:55 AM  
Blogger alex carter said...

Nadine - I once worked at a WWII submarine memorial. So we studied tons of submarine stuff. And I found that it was 50/50 whether the husband or the wife was the one interested in sub technicalities. Lots of female gearheads out there! So the idea that females are different somehow from males doesn't fly any more with me.

Jack Latteman - never forget the PNW was/is intended to be a Nazi white paradise. Social Darwinism, baby!

Cosmo - kids growing up on junk food is a crime. At least before we were poor, our chew-toys were raw veggies and somehow nibbling on odd things in the yard or you know, around, was a thing. Years ago I saw a mom and two kids in the drug store, each kid holding a cup of instant ramen like it was a treasure, and felt I should have taken them out to a proper dinner. I still feel bad.

MB - I think you are right and I am wrong. Russians went from peasantry to Socialism with some success because they had old communal traditions to draw on. American'ts are simply mad dogs or ...... wait for it ..... Iks who drive cars.

4:16 AM  
Blogger flanagle said...

Well, I see on today's Yahoo News that in the Great American Tradition of milking every last drop out of any national tragedy for political and-or monetary gain Pelosi stated: "Thank you, George Floyd, for sacrificing your life for justice". And I do wonder if somewhere, (maybe in Topanga, Maui, or Vail, etc.) if some clever latter-day Madame Blavatsky isn't cooking up an 'encounter' with poor George's spirit so that some well-heeled-prog-rubes can hear his *comments* on Chauvin's conviction?

5:13 AM  
Blogger Rook said...

@ Northern Johnny

Kotkin conflates "woke" social issues with the left. Woke-ism is found across the economic spectrum. Cheney and Bush are woke on gay issues. Wall St is very woke because Ka-ching! Socialism is about how the economy is run - by whom and for whom - you can be a socialist and a flaming bigot. You can be a Musk or Bezos and out to lunch on woke-ism.

This intellectual laziness is depressing, but as the GSOWH points out, 325 million Americans have goat feces for brains.

By the way, I am that son! (the path of heart)

Take care, all.

6:02 AM  
Blogger Norm said...

Just finished reading "Doughnut Economics", the Kate Raworth book which is the latest version of a humane economic system that will save us from ourselves. Raworth's optimism and intelligence shine in her writing, but the book founders in its rosy depiction of human nature, which historically has shown itself to be largely driven by greed, a lust for power, and an unending desire for material gratification. In an email to DEAL (Doughnut Economics Action Lab), the author's organization for spreading her ideas, I suggested that she read Morris Berman to see where we actually are and where we are headed. Should there be a response, I will share it on this blog.

7:51 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Thanks for the ref. I just read the description on Amazon; 0 is mentioned abt the realities of power, and how to get these wonderful ideas implemented in the face of those people w/real power, and who wd be opposed to having these ideas implemented. She'll sell a lotta bks, tho.


8:59 AM  
Anonymous K Epps said...

More info to add to the Mcwhorter piece. This has more citations of research sources. Zaid Jilani is a smart dude.


9:32 AM  
Blogger Michael Burgess said...

Hi Dr. Berman and Wafers:

Another great American!


12:06 PM  
Blogger Ordinary Indian said...

While celebrations are on for Chauvin’s conviction, Ohio police do their job:
Change is the hardest thing to come.

1:33 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Not to worry; many more will be gunned down like dogs. Serious changes in policing policy are not likely at odds of 1000:1.


1:41 PM  
Anonymous Reis said...

"This starts from education; everybody has access to good education. Income and wealth differences are relatively small"

The article notes trust as a key factor.

"It is common in Helsinki to see children as young as 7 walking by themselves with their backpacks to school."


6:46 PM  
Anonymous Yer-In-Nation USA said...

Dr and Wafers
1st time post
A Non-PC song

I was just listening to KKUP(A Silcon Valley based community radio station) and the DJ announced that he had received a call complaining about his playing

The Ink Spots "Please Take A Letter Miss Brown" Burnett;Cunningham
Java Jive Vol 1 Vantage Music 2012 GBG5X1206640

because (wait for the drum roll or in this case dumb troll roll)

"It was musical 'black face'"
The Ink Spots??????

and this was on a show with the following playlist:

It's beyond words.

And a Waferish song from 1993
Cheryl Wheeler "Don't Forget the Guns"

6:54 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Thank you, but in future pls limit yr posts to a half-pg max.


7:15 PM  
Anonymous WuduFugel said...

Morris, what do you think about this essay - https://www.salon.com/2007/04/12/castaneda/

I end up reading it every few years, its pretty interesting.

I'm not posting it as a some kind of rebuttal to Castaneda's early books. I've read a few of his books and found them worth reading, even if the line between truth and fiction in them is a bit murky.

The essay to me is about the danger of getting wrapped up within one's own view of the world, and failing to see anything outside of it. Like people who maybe have read a bit too much Jung, and see everything as falling into 'archetypes'. Or Americans and the American way of life, I guess.

8:13 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Well, I've written extensively abt the problem of turning ideas into ideology. Castaneda's goal was to break the addictive grip of the scientific world view. Which is not to say that he was averse to becoming the new addiction--an old story. Gurus tend to do that. Check out Eric Hoffer, "The True Believer." BTW, in future pls address me as Mr. Berman, or GSWH. Thank you. (Also feel free to set up a Berman shrine in yr house and worship me.)


Dostoyevsky: "The great goal of the human race is to find someone [or something] to worship."

9:19 PM  
Anonymous Agustin said...

Narrative journalism isn't journalism


The quality of American journalism is testament to imperial decline

11:09 PM  
Blogger Xair said...


So let me get this straight, american universities can teach classes on the importance of Beyonce and Bruce Springstein, but Plato, Homer, Ovid, and Socrates are no good? My goodness these people are as dumb as the day is long. So much for higher education.


12:46 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Higher ed in the US has become a joke, but then so has the US, in general.


There's a paywall there. Cd you tell us what the article says? Thanks.


1:59 AM  
Anonymous Namaste said...

Hello Mr. Berman,

Another ho-hum event. Though this one is close to your letter to Pentagon. Everyone has guns anyways, so just declare that as long as no one reports no action will be taken, all good you can just shoot the hell out of each other without any fear of consequences.


“No arrests have been made and the sheriff, Mike Tregre, said that “not one” witness has given authorities a formal statement about what happened.“

6:55 AM  
Anonymous Galloway said...

Is Joe Biden Clark Kent or Superman? https://thehill.com/opinion/white-house/549388-is-joe-biden-clark-kent-or-superman

More pressing rhetorical question: Is this country a complete joke?

10:09 AM  
Blogger Joe McIlnen said...

Greetings Dr. Berman & Wafers,
Do you ever wonder: What goes through an American’s cop head as he chases someone in a car? Does he ponder to himself, “Should I blow out the tires so he can no longer flee?”
“Nah. I’ll blow his brains out instead.”
Our trigger-happy police force in the Dysfunctional States of America is always in action. And we can add here yet one more statistic to the numbers of persons who get shot and killed by the cops here in this wasteland.


5:29 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


You'd think, after the Chauvin conviction, that cops wd err on the side of less rather than more force. But no: kill 1st, ask questions later. These guys are so smart!


6:06 PM  
Blogger TKR said...

What does GSWH stand for?

6:52 PM  
Anonymous Garst said...

The shadow over Biden's climate summit: America can't be trusted


6:56 PM  
Anonymous Dr. Shithouse said...

Just another day in the most incredible, greatest, amazing place on God's green Earth.


6:59 PM  
Anonymous cosmo como said...

US has 1/4 the population of India, yet has MORE total cases of
CV-19 since it began. Once again, we read that America is tops
in the world at everything!

7:50 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Great Seer of the Western Hemisphere. I know all, I see all. There is none like unto me.


8:19 PM  
Anonymous Morton said...

"The Biden administration and Congress should see nuclear land-based missiles for what they really are: a colossal waste of taxpayer money and a catastrophe waiting to happen."



7:22 AM  
Anonymous The Flabster said...

Dr. Berman,

The flabby midsection, due to pastrami overconsumption, has returned from walk about. I love the quote about a path with heart and remember buying the teachings of Don Juan in Cambridge, Massachusetts used book store circa 2000.

The rage of cops and military personnel is something I have considerable familiarity with due to the social class I was born into: the one over represented in the ranks. I know many. Lives and emotional development thwarted by crazy ideas being pumped into heads is the shortest way to describe it. By the age that they figure this out the level of stasis, repressed guilt and cynicism is too much to process. Due the amount of bunk you absorb as a poorer religious person, you are unable to develop reasonable thinking patterns that help you interact with the larger world in a productive manner (this took years to unlearn).

But what I wanted to post about today is the massive idiocy of our educational leadership, whose major idea for improvement turned out to be total bullshit:


Spoiler :80% of us working in the field knew this already on the day it was promoted.

9:29 AM  
Blogger Sanguillen39 said...

Mr. Berman,

Here's another artice depicting the soulless, empty husks of Nothing known as Americans. What's important to them? Image and nothing else.


9:48 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Sang, Flab, Mort-

What we have here are degraded douche bags, aka clueless buffoons. It's amazing how full of shit America is, and Americans are. Kinda takes yr breath away.


10:13 AM  
Anonymous Glans Butterworth, III said...

Wafer Flabster et al.,
Thank you for the article regarding the Horatio Alger US propaganda of "grit"/"hard work" being the keys to US empire "success." We all knew it was utter bs, yet to most Americans this is *new* revelation....

Most US-ians really believe the hard work mythologies until some dimlight/water is wet/winter cold academic comes out to 'shine' light on common sense; she'll appear provocative and/or a crusader type telling us shit most with a working brainstem already know.

This is what passes as American "thinking"-and of course, gets her a spot on those "thought-leader" talk shows as a "rebel" or provocateur.

The 'smart' -elitist Americans may read articles like the one you posted and may kinda sorta get a clue; however, they shall remain with their heads firmly up their recti.

11:41 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Can't remember my high schl Latin, but I think it's recta, in the plural.


11:50 AM  
Anonymous Ena said...

Pharmaceutical Industry Dispatches Army of Lobbyists to Block Generic Covid-19 Vaccines - Over 100 Drug Lobbyists Working to Block Generic Covid-19 Vaccines

Oh America, The Benevolent!

1:05 PM  
Blogger Kelvin said...

Bull market in American suburban social capital! Don't wait! Invest now!

As an example, this happened to me:

Neighbor and his son robbed while watching foot ball on TV and drinking beer (fell into stupor). Arsenal made lighter by a few choice pieces. Police summoned, report filed, neighbors gossip, fear spreads. I sympathize about being robbed so boldly; veteran on pension, disabled. What a bummer!

Weeks later, I meet him returning from my run, say hello, and, without saying hi, he launches into his plan to get a guard dog. Said he was stationed in the Philippines, "They hate us," then adds, "You'd fit right in." (I'm not Philippino BTW, not that it matters). My face frozen in speechless smile. Gets his guard dog which escapes. I fetch it (bark worse than bite; must've disappointed owner). Car breaks down and I help his son push it while neighbor steers. Needs a ladder, let him borrow mine. Given up waving at him since he doesn't notice. Is only cordial when he needs something.

What a return on my investment! Have stepped up banishing rituals. May try Zapateco's dance on him.

1:46 PM  
Anonymous Banana said...

Late Roman Empire character traits amongst sectors of American elite classes, this on the striking decline in national pride:

"The number of Democrats who say they are 'extremely proud' to be American dropped from 65 percent in 2003 to 24 percent last year."


3:58 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Urine (on shoes) may be the only answer.


See reply to Ena.


4:25 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

American cops = trashy buffoons:


There's really no end to it.

4:30 PM  
Blogger Rosegarden said...

I just completed rereading Moby Dick by Herman Melville. Chapter 89 may be of interest to Wafers. Whales are called fish in the book. Melville references the only formal whaling code by the Holland States-General in 1695.

“But he states that American fishermen have been their own legislators and lawyers in this measure.
I. A Fast-Fish belongs to the party fast to it.
II. A Loose-Fish is fair game for anybody who can soonest catch it.”

“A fish is technically fast, when it is connected with an occupied ship or boat, by any medium at all controllable by the occupant – a mast, an oar, a nine-inch cable, a telegraph wire, or a strand of cobweb.” Paragraph 14 says, “What was America in 1492 but a Loose-Fish?”

How many Americans have “fastened” themselves to social media, no harpoon required? Is the appeal of the moon, Mars, and asteroids because they are Loose-Fish?

5:33 PM  
Anonymous Gus Avenel said...

Very interesting piece today in Antigone Journal on the value of dialogue and conversation in examining oneself

Socrates and the Ethics of Conversation https://antigonejournal.com/2021/04/socrates-ethics-conversation/

5:57 PM  
Anonymous Smiley said...

Is social justice politics a 'religion'? https://unherd.com/2021/04/how-george-floyd-became-a-martyr/

6:05 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

This looks like progress, rt?:


7:36 PM  
Blogger Dan Daniel said...

My focus has been elsewhere for the last couple of months but I have enjoyed reading over this blog for so many good articles and comments. Burlington, Vermont had a fun grift run by two Ivy Leaguers, the Mayor and the man he appointed the "Director of Police Transformation." With a title like that, need I say more? $75,000 for 6 months and the city gets 8 pages of plagiarized gobbledygook. Collapse is everywhere, often mundane in its brazenness.

The initial Nation of Islam look:
The paid update with the 'Vermont Dude' look where he has the brilliant insight that Public Safety is a complex issue ($18,000 for this)-
Then for $75,000 Burlington gets a plagiarized punt- https://www.sevendaysvt.com/OffMessage/archives/2021/03/26/dodson-plagiarized-portions-of-report-on-burlington-police-transformation
And the grifter heads back to the Y because 'fall from grace,' not 'grifted $75,000-

As a palette cleanser, a beautiful performance I ran across recently. I am not much for sopranos, falsetto, or melodramatic gesturing but I find this overcomes these-

8:42 PM  
Blogger futuroexpat said...

If the USA consists of uneducated imbeciles, how is it that a jury of five men and seven women could deliberate for ten hours, evaluating an extensive raft of evidence, to decide the extent of Chauvin's role in the death of George Floyd... and not end up in a hung jury?

"Of the 12 jurors, six were White, four were Black and two were multiracial, according to information released by the court."

Everyday Americans carrying out their civic duty, and intelligent enough to think critically about evidence presented in court and come to rational conclusions about different levels of legal charges.


10:04 PM  
Anonymous Rollo Dice said...

Before were Reagan and Arnie Schwarzenegger, so why not further
showbizz experience in government?

10:26 PM  
Anonymous Pastrami and Coleslaw said...


Huh? What a disjointed, incoherent essay. Flagellants (spelled wrong in the article)? WTF does that have to do with anything?

While unheard has some good stuff, c'mon, I live in MN and the cops around here are a bunch of militarized bastards. George deserves to be an example, broken, trying to survive in the Amerikkkan cesspool ... and dies by some redneck knee. Frankly what better example of the ol' Orwell boot on the face.

10:46 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


I don't have the refs at hand, but there are numerous studies showing that for the most part, juries do not think critically abt the evidence presented. What they are swayed by is emotion, and lawyers are certainly aware of this. The Floyd jury did not evaluate an extensive raft of evidence, and the prosecuting attorney was aware that they wdn't. So what he did was repeatedly show the jury the video of Chauvin snuffing the life outta Floyd, which is horrific and emotionally very powerful; and in his opening and closing statements urged them to ignore the defense evidence and instead "believe yr eyes." This video was his key tactic (by his own admission), and it worked. Not that I am saying that Chauvin didn't get what he deserved; he did. But trial by jury in the US is not strictly an intellectual or rational process, and Americans are hardly known for their intellectual or rational abilities (to say the least). Which complicates the legal system no end, inasmuch as in theory, it's supposed to operate in a rational-empirical manner.



12:05 AM  
Anonymous Nadine Bupkis said...


Glenn Greenwald has lost his mind. He called Tucker Carlson a socialist, and is now saying the January 6th insurrection wasn't an insurrection at all, seemingly concluding that Trump didn't incite the riot. He's been appearing on Fox News frequently as well...


Many prominent American liberal voices have moved to the right, often to the far right.

12:11 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Wow! And another one of my heroes bites the dust.


1:09 AM  
Blogger alex carter said...

Glans - Ages ago I read an article on Alger and it was pointed out that the actual success stories were things like going from selling neckties on the street and sleeping in an alley to a dept. store manager seeing you've got potential and you get a regular job selling shoes or something. Gutter-class to working-class altho' in those days you stayed with a company for life so you might make manager etc. Not fantastic wealth just getting out of the gutter.

Kelvin - American friendships are transactional. What can you be used for? Constantly on the move, constantly on the make...

Pastrami - Agree. Hang him. It will save lives in the long run.

Nadine - Imagine my horror to find that the son of the great Herman Wouk is a far-right Trumper. He's putting his pop's movies on YouTube and that's great but ... it's horrifying. A disgrace to his father and I told him so.

2:19 AM  
Anonymous Art Baker said...

Can we expect that these Republicans will be very generous in
giving public money to these disabled persons allowed to be
born? More likely they will insist that somehow the parents
find the ample funds needed for the great amount of services
required or a private insurance company that will deny them
any money based on a pre-existing condition.

3:30 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


I don't get the ref to Wouk's son. You spoke to him? Link?


5:38 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

What a load of b.s. that wall was:


5:59 AM  
Anonymous James Allen said...

Since one of GSWH’s many honors include the Neil Postman Award for Career Achievement in Public Intellectual Activity, I am guessing the following article would be of interest to him and to the Wafer community at large. It comes from the Imaginative Conservative website and presents some of Neil Postman’s ideas for a humane education.


8:23 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...




9:14 AM  
Anonymous Flanagan said...

When the pandemic hit this researcher turned to a 2,000 year old story — the Mahabharata


For all you cultural Wafers, this was an interesting read.

I always liked Peter Brook's British film on the story



10:47 AM  
Blogger Brian said...

Gotta love who Bill Maher has become,


He’s one of those types that confuses an arrogant sense of humor with intelligent analysis. Kinda like Ronald Regan, Ick.

Aggressive common-sense and abstract image-driven-other-fantasies complete with cum jokes and the oldie “young vs old” finger-wagging exercise.

It’s not a matter of age in the US in regards to whose earnest and whose not.

11:57 AM  
Blogger Ordinary Indian said...

@Alex, my experience of learning American. I was a postdoctoral researcher at the Univ IL at Chicago then. Once the International Off called us 'aliens' to make us familiar with the Amircan culture and how it differs from other cultures. They handed us a few sheets of paper with various info. One page had a table w/ 3 columns. Col1: some word, Col2: what its means in other cultures, Col3: what it means in America. One of the words was friends. Col2: Bonding, commitment (or something like that). Col3: We do things together. For me, it was a rude shock, but it summed things up well enough. I could never come to terms with that definition though.

12:39 PM  
Blogger futuroexpat said...

Thank you for your reply. Though I may be biased, as I am a product of public school education in a midwestern USA state, you are right, Dr. Berman, that the snuff video, used by both sides in the trial, probably had an outsized influence in the Chauvin case. However, studies in the 21st century indicate that jurors do deliberate with competence, which militates against the hypothesis that the American public consists largely of a pool of idiots (though one may derive emotional satisfaction from believing that). Jury selection comes from that pool. From the 2007 article "Do Juries Deliberate?" :
"Examination of 267 jurors' accounts of their experiences deliberating on municipal criminal juries suggests that juries do, indeed, deliberate at a remarkably high level of competence."

In the Chauvin case the 9:29 video was shown repeatedly, thereby further traumatizing a Black community that had already been traumatized by successive waves of mistreatment: slavery, lynchings, institutionalized Jim Crow racism, massive rates of incarceration, mobs of white terrorists, racist belief that Blacks are inherently criminal, etc. In spite of this historic beat-down, Blacks are graduating at historic rates.

12:57 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


It's hardly a question of emotional satisfaction. All we know abt the American 'intellect'--wh/I documented 21 yrs ago, and wh/is much worse today--is that it is virtually nonexistent. I saw this myself in my last years of university teaching; even the grad students I taught at Johns Hopkins were not quite sure of what evidence was, and the undergrads didn't know what a theme, or thesis, was. Note that a data base of 267 people doesn't really tell us very much. Try 10,000, and I suspect you'll get a very different result. In short, I think yr quite off base, despite the emotional satisfaction you get from believing Americans are critical thinkers. As for blacks in college, the dropout rate is quite high, last time I checked. (For an older study see John McWhorter, "Losing the Race.") Let me add that %s of blacks who graduate has nothing to do with how the jury reacted to that video; that's a total nonsequitur. (Trauma is trauma, amigo)


I quite like him, actually. Check out the 5-min video Xair posted a while back, abt how dumb Americans are. Talk abt spot-on.


7:03 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Fine people, Americans:


7:24 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Oh, the Chauvin verdict is surely going to turn things around:


7:37 PM  
Blogger Miles Deli said...

Greetings MB and Wafers,

I think it's safe to say that there is an historical argument to be made for how black people have been criminalized over 400 yrs in the US, and that brutal force has been used, quite successfully, to control black Americans. A cursory and look at the criminal justice system in the US reveals that the police have been a de facto killing machine used against black people. I don't have the time or space needed to really dive into this, but be assured that this begins long before the United States of America was established as an independent nation. In the mid-1600s, there was the Boston Watch and many informal militias that formed to enforce order in counties and cities throughout the colonies. Some of the first police forces in America were created to essentially control enslaved blacks. They would come to be known as slave patrols. In places like Virginia and South Carolina, these patrols enforced what were called slave codes--laws which controlled virtually every aspect of the life of enslaved people. These slave patrols functioned to empower the entire white population to police the behavior of blacks (see the memoir of Soloman Northrup). Save patrols would continue in southern states right up until the Confederacy surrendered in 1865. And w/in months of the end of the Civil War, southern states began passing laws that would later be called black codes. These laws continued to allow white people to control many aspects of black people's lives. Slave patrols morphed into general police forces in the 1870s, 1880s, and 1890s. By the early 20th century the local police forces and the Klan would emerge to enforce control over black citizens of the south, pushing millions of blacks to flee to northern cities during the Great Migration. And much data shows that the terror black people would experience at the hands of police in northern and western progressive cities would rival the terror they experienced in the south. Blacks were segregated into certain neighborhoods and subjected to various forms of violence to keep them out of certain communities. Blacks had no access to police protection whatsoever. WEB Du Bois systematically details all of the examples of police brutality directed against blacks everywhere in the country in his writings of the period. Essentially, blacks become public enemy number 1 in the north. In any case, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to know how we would up here.


8:56 PM  
Anonymous Jhankri said...

Big Pharma Quietly Planning Price Hike for Covid Vaccines in 'Near Future': Report

"As this shifts from pandemic to endemic, we think there's an opportunity here for us," said Pfizer's Chief Financial Officer Frank D'Amelio.


Cool. Cool.

8:56 PM  
Anonymous Dr. Shithouse said...

This being the US empire whereby hu$tling and huckstering are religions, likely we shall see the market seize upon George Floyd for business "opportunities":

Newports: George Floyd's cigarette.
When George Floyd wanted chicken, he chose Popeyes!
Alladin: The bail bonds George Floyd Used!
Make your own counterfit bills with Photoshop's George Floyd Program 2.0.
Be safe, be sure like adult actor George Floyd-- Use Trojan condoms.


9:15 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Dr. Shit-

Mugs, hand towels, etc.


I'm sure yr rt, and I certainly wdn't wanna be a black person living in the US rt now, or at any time, really. But a few links/refs wd be helpful, by way of substantiating yr argument.


10:01 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...






10:21 PM  
Anonymous Rollo Dice said...

I wonder if it is the makers of bullets who are actually Chinese
agents plotting to have America shoot it out with itself.

4:00 AM  

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