May 05, 2021


Well, Wafers, that last thread was quite a ride. We seem to have worked through Senor Maher pretty thoroughly, both pro and con; I do believe that wittingly or no, he has been documenting the collapse of the nation. This especially in terms of the sheer stupidity of Americans. We seem to have finally caught up to that iconic film, "Idiocracy," portraying nation of morons 500 years hence, but what in reality was only a few years away. But I do have a few disappointments.

1. Like almost all media pundits, Bill fails to state that the country is finished, despite the fact that this is the obvious reality. 2. As a result, he is not able to connect the dots: that a major factor in our collapse is our collective stupidity. 3. He also is confined to a very limited vocabulary: Americans are dumb. But they are also spineless douchebags, pathetic turkeys, and clueless buffoons. We need an upgrade in nomenclature, in short. 4. I keep waiting for him to say, "Morris Berman has recommended that all Americans be vigorously slapped, as a partial solution to our problems. Let me state here and now that I am in full agreement with this sentiment, and if such a movement will be launched, I intend to be on the front lines."

And so, Wafers, we move on into the future: dark, bleak, violent, and without a lick o' sense. When the president can declare that America will not be overtaken by China, you know we're up to our eyeballs in horse dung. Disneyland lives!



Blogger Miles Deli said...

Greetings MB and Wafers,


A number of yrs ago, I wrote Bill Maher to see if he would schedule an interview w/you for his TV show. Like the old Beatles tune, I received "No Reply." I even went as far as hanging out one day at the Farmers Market in LA to see if Bill might swing in and pick up some lunch. If so, I'd hit him up. Unfortunately, he was a no-show. I was also on the lookout for Tina Fey that day, to set you guys up on a date. And, no, I was not stoned (Ha Ha)!:


7:45 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Wow, thanks for trying. But no, in spite of it all, Bill believes in the US. He's not going to interview someone who doesn't, I don't think. As for Tina: grazie mille, for trying to spice up my sex life.


8:09 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Check this out:

Penalties for not wearing a mask on board can run as high as 35K, and yet the # of refuseniks continues to rise. Wafers are encouraged to suggest penalties that might actually be effective. My own suggestion is that flight attendants carry guns, and that if a Karen or a bubba refuses to wear a mask, the attendant would take out the gun and shoot them. Then the body would be tossed out of a bombay door. I suspect this wd give us the desired result. What do you guys and gals think?


9:49 PM  
Anonymous Pastrami and Coleslaw said...

Some interesting news, and I apologize to the Guardian haters, I understand but it is hard to find international news here in Amerikkka:

Bibi can't quite do it:

I'm predicting a swift and painful backlash to any mayors/governors/etc. that supported shutdowns and the like. Only the first to come:

Also on that, see this (and I've met some of these types worthy of a shoe urination):

Oh, and like Miles I tried to set up our esteemed Dr. B with Michelle Bachmann, but no deal, alas. There are too many gays to convert.

10:15 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Sorry, I tend not to care for antisemitic horseshit. But there are so many blogs that do. Go there, maybe?


I never really had a thing for Michelle, and my days of lusting for Sarah Palin are over. (Who wants to fuck on an ice floe anyway?) Tina Fey, different story...


11:16 PM  
Anonymous Nadine Bupkis said...


I think it's safe to say this sort of behavior is where negative identities eventually wind up. When you have a negative identity for a very long time, you'll end up breaking even the most beneficial rules and regulations unless the penalties for doing so are extremely severe.

Speaking of penalties for violating the mask mandate, I suggest feeding violators to lions, tigers and other endangered species. Either that, or dropping them off naked in the middle of a remote jungle where they are sure to die. In the latter case, they would be given Bibles and Christian crosses to take with them; this would serve to mock their religious fundamentalist arrogance as they perish. What do you think of these ideas?

12:00 AM  
Anonymous Orca said...

Every time I hear someone invoking freedom as an excuse to not change anything after something horrible goes down in america it reminds me of a quote by Cornelius Castoriadis (the translation is mine)

A truly free society, an autonomous society, must know how to limit itself, know that there are things that one cannot do or that one should not even try to do or that one should not desire.

5:05 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Actually, the format here is less on airing personal opinion and more on making specific arguments regarding the collapse of the American empire, including evidence to back these arguments up. Best if we cd stick to that, thanks.


7:12 AM  
Blogger Xair said...


Why not just throw people to the lions and get it over with? I guess a barbaric culture produces barbaric people.

7:23 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Firing squad is gd, but I'm thinking it might be better to bake people in casserole dishes. This wd give executions a certain Continental flair (sorely lacking in America).


8:03 AM  
Anonymous James Allen said...

It’s Best If You Train Black Youth (to Fear Authorities) While They’re Young Department:

Last Monday, 11-year-old Ja’Mari Oliver was walking to school in the Castro district in San Francisco in the company of his mother. The pair had a custom of stopping at a local Safeway store to buy him his school lunch. On this occasion, Ja’Mari asked to go into the store and buy his lunch himself; his mother agreed. As he was leaving the store, he was stopped by two security guards—third-party hires—who asked Ja’Mari whether he had stolen the sandwich, an accusation he easily disproved using the receipt his mother had trained him to keep after making purchases. Not until the store manager got involved was the boy permitted to leave. The two guards were later dismissed—though whether the temp company they work for has fired them was not clear. Well, at least they didn’t break his arm or otherwise hurt him.

Chris Rock, in one of his standup specials, told his audience—which included, as ever, many whites—that not one single white person in the audience would trade places with him and “I’m a motherfuckin’ millionaire.”

1:57 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


I love Chris Rock, but he's rt. Check this out:

Meanwhile, as far as the kid was concerned: a receipt is nice, but why not tote an AK-47? The truth is, he's lucky he didn't get killed; and I'm not kidding!


2:27 PM  
Blogger alex carter said...

MB - Only problem is, airliners don't have bomb bay doors. Now sure how chucking 'em out the emergency exit door would work, maybe pilot takes the plane down to non-pressurized altitude then that would work.

Nadine - I like your style! With a Bible and cross in hand, no doubt Jesus Himself will come riding up on a dinosaur and rescue 'em.

Orca - See "We, the Tikopia"

James Allen - It took me a while, here on the mainland, and we're talking decades, to rid myself of making sure my receipt was showing like a flag when I left a grocery store. And in all fairness, back in Hawaii, "Haoles" are big shoplifters so ... I chalk it up to teaching me humility.

6:12 PM  
Blogger flanagle said...

Fellow Wafers- "CIA mocked from all sides over new 'woke' recruitment video". May 4,2021. (And as the great Schnozzola Jimmy Durante used to say: 'Everybody wants to get into the act!')

6:23 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Goodnight, Mrs. Calabash, wherever you are.


It may hafta come down to casserole dishes, then.


7:14 PM  
Blogger Joe McIlnen said...

Greetings Dr. Berman & Wafers,
Another daily shooting here in the dysfunctional States of America. This latest one occurred in our great family values state of Idaho, otherwise known as “The Gem State”. And this latest shooting certainly is a gem. That’s because it was committed by a sixth-grader.

I guess the below song is apropos for our gun culture.

7:47 PM  
Blogger David said...

We often have a hankering for the "good old days". For a unique perspective from someone who had lived overseas (Paris) in the 1930's and then returned to the US, read Henry Miller's "The air conditioned nightmare" written in 1940 about his impressions of his mother country. While not Miller's best work and a little tedious, his observations on the rundown cities, bad food stand out but particularly his overhearing a pair of salesmen hustling inside a rickety DC-3. Sound familiar?

7:56 PM  
Anonymous Peters said...

The miracle of the commons
Far from being profoundly destructive, we humans have deep capacities for sharing resources with generosity and foresight

This is a thing I yell about a lot, and loved this piece: The tragedy of the commons is false.

8:02 PM  
Anonymous Cel-Ray Tonic said...

More fun in Amerikkka:

Didn't know there were 4:

Now it isn't just the crazy white guys shootin' stuff up:

only 2 for now...

8:37 PM  
Anonymous Cosmo Como said...

Do your pages have room for this guy?

8:47 PM  
Anonymous Namaste said...

I nominate this mother/daughter duo for 2024 President/VP ... true americans !!

These stories never disappoint to produce such gems
“ "These are good people. They're not crazy as some people are trying to depict them. They're basically decent people," said Etheridge

12:07 AM  
Anonymous Nadine Bupkis said...

This is nice: a ring of sadistic animal abusers who like torturing, raping and murdering helpless animals. Most members of this ring are, of course, American, and several were recently arrested. Levi Simmons, the ringleader, enjoyed drilling holes in puppies and raping them to death before decapitating them and using the severed heads to pleasure himself. Kero the Wolf, a Youtuber who was once extremely popular, was also discovered to be a part of this crime ring.

12:37 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Or perhaps Lori Loughlin (may her name be blotted out, and may she be consigned to utter darkness).


Really, ya gotta love 'im.

Cel-Ray, Joe-

I've said it b4, many times: everybody needs to shoot everybody. Time to get it over with already.


12:43 AM  
Anonymous Alvin said...

EXCLUSIVE: Melinda Gates warned Bill Gates about Jeffrey Epstein.

After a secret meeting between the couple and the wealthy sex offender, she said wanted nothing to do with Epstein. Bill had a ... different attitude.

5:24 AM  
Anonymous Ov said...

More people died in the past year from health consequences of anthropogenic aerosol emissions than from the novel coronavirus.

7:10 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Impt data, eh? Kinda makes ya stop and think.


8:11 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

How is this news? (I shd give a shit):

5:40 PM  
Anonymous Rockwell N. Role said...

If we were allowed our rights given to us by the sacred Second
Amendment, we could carry guns into both airports and airplanes
to avoid such disturbances.

7:04 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


I'm all for guns everywhere. If these folks had been armed, they cd have all blown each other outta the water, thus solving the problem.


7:50 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

It's the American Way...


11:01 PM  
Anonymous Dr. Shithouse said...

Very sad new Wafers....

11:24 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Dr. Shit-

But what abt us *old* Wafers?


5:10 AM  
Blogger Xair said...


How Americans travel. What lovely people.

8:30 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

In 1920 Bertrand Russell visited the new Soviet Union, after which he wrote: “I began to feel that all politics are inspired by a grinning devil, teaching the energetic and quick-witted to torture submissive populations for the profit of pocket or power or theory.”

10:38 AM  
Anonymous Palmieri said...

Bitcoin derivatives. Party like it’s 2007? Goldman Sachs executes its first bitcoin derivatives trades

11:55 AM  
Anonymous Nadine Bupkis said...

More woke douchebaggery. Watch the advertisement - I fucking dare you. Your head will explode. The CIA is doing its best to attract a cadre of *diverse*, *feminist* sociopaths to do its dirty work. If this isn't proof the woke movement has no interest in justice or equality, what is? I mean, what's next? A woke Guantanamo Bay, with posters celebrating the accomplishments of black people in every torture chamber? A woke nuclear war, with Gloria Steinem's face painted on every nuclear missile? Woke ideology is a brand that can be applied to literally anything at all, no matter how immoral. In this case, it's a smokescreen for torture, genocide and despotism, mostly directed at people of color. Social justice my ass.

However, none of this surprises me. After all, a number of major American corporations have gone woke, which tells us everything we need to know about the woke movement. For example, look at what Disney's been up to recently:

3:35 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


I'm not sure this is the fault of 'woke', whoever or whatever that is. Marcuse once commented that capitalism could turn anything into itself, including anti-capitalism, and something like that is going on here. If the CIA smells that woke is trendy, they'll just co-opt it for their own purposes, whether woke folks agree or not. If the Pentagon decides to paint Gloria's face on their missiles, it's hardly Gloria's fault, and I doubt a strong letter on her part to the NYT wd change things very much. As for your disney link: it wd be nice to sit down w/those 4 girls w/their trendy T-shirts, and explain (for example) abt Reagan and the SDI (taken from Star Wars), and that they might wanna consider that they are dupes and turkeys; but I doubt we will be able to make much headway with them.

The bottom line is that America is full of shit, and that it will stay that way.

Note to senders of hate mail: Normally, you guys come in waves, but as of late it's just been a random trickle. And I understand that you won't pay any attn to the following, but let me repeat it just for fun: I'm not reading your posts. 3 words into them, I know it's hate mail, and I just hit Delete. So yr really wasting yr time. However, I suspect that the purpose of these posts is just catharsis for yrselves; you don't really care whether or not I read them. So, knock yrselves out, what the heck. Frankly, if I had nothing better to do than send hate mail to anyone, I'd be kinda depressed that there wasn't much going on in my life. The truth is, yr just beating off. You think yr better than me? Here's some news for you: yr not. And what, after all, r.u. guys contributing to society? You contain nothing but dreck, so that's all you have to offer. Jesus Christ, *think* abt this, shmuck-heads. You don't *have* to remain impotent little pissants for the rest of yr lives.


6:48 PM  
Anonymous Cosmo Como said...

Man murders Nature. Nature retaliates and murders Man.

8:20 PM  
Blogger alex carter said...

I haven't had much to add lately but I found this interesting:

Yeah it's Hedges but I was unclear on what "cancel culture" was, did it mean boycotting things? I was not sure. This interview clarified things for me.

5:34 AM  
Blogger Joe McIlnen said...

Dr. Berman,
There still is time. You can change the Wafer summit venue to Times Square. We could witness in broad daylight the action of one of the daily mass shootings here in our Dysfunctional States of America.

But on the funny side, let’s enjoy this typical Karen. After the Karen leaves the video may seem boring for a minute or two. But what the gentleman and the store manager at about the 6:20 mark say so accurately describes your typical American Karen.

11:52 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


If these people wd only let me know abt the forthcoming massacre in advance, I cd notify all Wafers to attend. We cd set up chairs or bleachers, so we'd have front row seats. As for Karens: I'm getting a bit tired of all their yelling and complaining. Why can't *they* get guns, fer chrissakes? On a more depressing note, can you imagine having sex w/a Karen? Vey iz mir...

Reminder abt this month's events:
1. Wafer Summit in DC on May 22, 1 pm, at Secret Location.
2. Blog will shut down May 20-26.


1:17 PM  
Anonymous PERRY said...

"For every dollar of aid the South receives, they lose $14 in drain through unequal exchange, not counting illicit financial outflows. Poor countries are developing rich countries, not the other way around."

3:31 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Impt essay. This is what the Northern rage for cell fones does to the global South. Robin Wright has led the fight against the purchase and use of these devices. Kids in the Congo are ruthlessly exploited to mine rare minerals needed for them--and the kids wind up dying in their 20s (vapors from exotic metals are toxic). All so we can yammer on them, and annoy the people around us.


4:06 PM  
Anonymous Corson said...

"The Anti Consumption Weirdos of Nomadland"

I liked this positive review of the movie more than I did the movie.

5:11 PM  
Anonymous Namaste said...

Hello Mr. Berman,

Wow, what do you think of this apart from the fact that “Elite are trash”.. Didnt expect this from Bill Gates. Also why does such news about the rich and powerful mostly come out after the end of their careers/old age.

“According to the documents reviewed by the Journal, Ms. Gates and her advisers held a number of calls in October 2019 when the New York Times reported that Mr. Gates had met with Mr. Epstein on numerous occasions. Mr. Gates once stayed late into the night at Mr. Epstein’s Manhattan townhouse, the Times reported.“

5:39 PM  
Anonymous Schroeder said...


More and more I get the sense that Kubrick's "Eyes Wide Shut" is based on Epstein.

Great Waferian film, btw.

5:59 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Personally, I think the computer has made our lives worse, and we have Bill to thank for that. The pc came in around 1986, was it? Think of how much worse our lives are now, 35 yrs later. One bio of him is called "Hard Drive"--perfect expression of the American Way of Life. Yuck. "Nomadland" (see below) is one answer to this shell game; another is the Zapatistas (see below). These groups are not making some half-assed Hedgean revolution. Rather, they are checking out.


A great review, thanks. More rejection of the American Way. And meanwhile, the following just floated across my screen:

"Indigenous people in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas have been constructing a remarkable community under the banner of 20th century revolutionary hero Emiliano Zapata. The Zapatists have exited from the state to constitute autonomous self-governing communities. To a large extent they have also left the capitalist market economy of the larger society. This is what anthropologist Andrej Grubacic and sociologist Denis O’Hearn call exilic communities, that is, communities in exile. They have voluntarily left the bad government of the state (mal gobierno)to build a democratic good government. And they have left the competitive, individualistic economy to build a cooperative community based on solidarity and mutual aid. This has required a turning inward like the shell of a snail. That’s why their liberated spaces are called caracoles.

"The Zapatistas’ defiance of both state and capitalism has won the admiration of progressives worldwide. Anarchists and Marxists alike have seen this withdrawal from the “modern” world as a realization of their highest aspirations. Similarly the political elite and ruling classes of Mexico have seen it as a threat to their dominance."

Living at the Edges of Capitalism: Adventures in Exile and Mutual Aid: Grubacic, Andrej, and O'Hearn, Denis: 9780520287303: Books


6:17 PM  
Anonymous Glans Butterworth, III said...

(Non) Happy Birthday in the most amazing, greatest place on God's green Earth.

6:26 PM  
Blogger Jamie said...

Namaste, I agree with you that these people aren’t held up to the scrutiny they deserve until much later in life. For more on Gates, plus Sandberg, CEO of Whole Food and Oprah, I can’t recommend The New Prophets of Capital enough. Dr B has recommended it on this blog several times. Brief book that is also incredibly insightful. The fact it only has 19 reviews says a lot about why we Americans are so uninformed.

I continue to be fascinated/horrified by higher education in the US. I’m not sure I agree with Markovits’s conclusions but this is often he case for us Wafers. Someone makes an excellent argument for why things are messed up and then they give us whiplash by reversing course in the last chapter. There is something so horrible about making education a status symbol for bragging rights. Alexis de Tocqueville worried Americans would only see education for its utilitarianism instead of a ends in itself. Cicero said education should free the mind from the tyranny of the present. Now “education” is simply for status, entrance into the upper echelons and parental bragging. We are screwed.

6:50 PM  
Anonymous Moudhy said...

John McWhorter on Race and Anti-Racism | Real Time With Bill Maher

7:29 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Also on Oprah:

Some yrs ago I talked w/a flight attendant who told me Oprah had recently been on the plane, bought up all the seats in 1st class so she wdn't hafta talk to anybody, and treated the staff like shit. Big prima donna. As w/recent revelations abt Ellen, there's a real dark side here, and I'm guessing that's true of most of our cultural elites: at bottom, trashy people.


The US: another day, another slaughter. Bitter, angry buffoons w/guns.

Regarding the info abt Chiapas above, I forgot to mention a graffito I saw down there, some years ago: "Nuestros suenos no caben en tus urnas"--Our dreams don't fit into your ballot boxes. What a farce our system is. The Zapatistas, at least, know this.


8:58 PM  
Blogger Kelvin said...


Yeah, we celebrate birthdays by blowing out brains instead of candles. It's an Ol' American Tradition. Celebration, Conflagration, it's all the same. We who have everything, want, I mean crave, Nothing!

5:58 AM  
Anonymous down we go said...

Dumb, dumber and dumbest -

7:47 AM  
Anonymous Colly said...

Colorado’s ‘rebel’ farmers – ‘I’d like to see industrial farming go extinct’

Jake Takiff is part of a trend towards ‘regenerative’ farming, a more environmentally and economically sustainable model of managing the land

“Jake uses a perennial system and rotational grazing. “I feel like every livestock farmer has an addiction to grain and we’re weaning ourselves off it. Once you become a soil farmer, you realise that without that soil we can’t do anything.”

Dual Process Ag Dept

9:02 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Link didn't work.


9:13 AM  
Anonymous Nadine Bupkis said...

Turns out Dr Fauci is probably a villain rather than a hero. He's been making money off the virology research going on in Wuhan, China, which is why he's always said the virus didn't come from the Wuhan virology lab, even though that's probably where the virus originated. Also...

Bret Weinstein and his wife Heather Heying have been raking in tens of thousands of dollars per month via Patreon donations. I guarantee that most of these donations come from right-wing assholes, because these two former liberals ceaselessly pander to this demographic on Youtube. They also have a very popular Youtube series called Dark Horse Podcast, which airs every few days and allows them to make something like 1,000 dollars per episode, mostly from donations. Call me crazy, but I think money is a huge reason why these two have sown their own brand of right-wing politics. They're definitely making far more money doing this than they ever did teaching at Evergreen.

12:26 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


If you scroll back a bit, you'll see my message to the antisemitic trollfoons. God, these people are so stupid! They take the bait; they don't even know they're being baited. Of course, as soon as I wrote that, I was inundated with antisemitic hate mail. Good! It was getting too quiet around here, so I figured I'd poke the hedgehog, get some action going. Honestly, I love these turkeys. They are so fucked in the head.

Bring it on, turkeys!


1:07 PM  
Anonymous Clara said...

Work: A Deep History, from the Stone Age to the Age of Robots

"Here is one of those few books that will turn your customary ways of thinking upside down. An incisive and original new history that invites us to rethink our relationship with work—and to reimagine what it means to be human in an ever-more automated future.”  —Susan Cain, New York Times bestselling author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking 

Looks good!

1:20 PM  
Anonymous Mike R. said...

Dr. Berman--They're US-ians, hence, they cannot help themselves.

These are the "people" that will someday, somedaze "rise-up" and fight their they proudly wave their flags, do the jingoistic/imperialistic us empire blather, and obsess over MSM, sports, porno, and wastebook.

The ONLY 'movement' will be the bowel movement.

2:27 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Well, the only movement that succeeds, in any case.

2 problems:
1. The late Marshall Sahlins (one of my heroes) said much the same thing in 1974 (Stone Age Economics).
2. The prediction that tech/automation will be a work saver has been around for probably a century, and has been consistently wrong. Turns out, it creates *more* work.


Depressing. Apparently, given the chance, every American is a hustler.


4:46 PM  
Anonymous Kevin said...

This forthcoming book, Wanting: The Power of Mimetic Desire in Everyday Life, sounds interesting. I've never heard of Rene Girard but the insights sound interesting.

Good interview by Douglas Rushkoff with the author:

4:57 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


I never bought Girard's analysis of prehistory, and his whole sacrifice thesis, but I have a colleague at UNAM who has given lecs in Europe and elsewhere comparing Girard's analysis w/mine. (I guess he likes both of them.) Pretty gd bk title, in any case; altho as far as desire goes, I suspect the Buddha was more on top of it than Burgis. :-)


5:07 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

This is nice:

6:09 PM  
Anonymous Ches said...

Our high tech lifestyle is unsustainable.

"We need the critical raw materials to make products that sustain our high tech lifestyle. Printed circuit boards in the EU's e-waste could contain as much as 41 tonnes of silver and 10 tonnes of gold in 2025."

7:43 AM  
Anonymous Dark Side said...

Just FYI, Jeff Bezos is building a $500 million BOAT

Gotta be nice not paying corporate taxes

8:03 AM  
Anonymous Jules said...

"The wellness industrial complex" is well put!

9:12 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Gd ref, thanks. I discuss things like "corporate Zen" in "Neurotic Beauty." Woody Allen also satirizes "experimenting" w/personalities and religions in "Zelig," definitely a movie for our times. Capitalist consumer hustling can turn anything into shit (i.e., itself).


9:28 AM  
Anonymous Seneca's Cliff said...

I have been listening to Van Morrison's latest album, "the latest record project". It has been panned by the music media as the work of a cranky old guy filled with Qanon conspiracies and anti-semitism ( because of a song titled "they own the media"). I think it is just a work of social commentary from an old guy ( like Roger Waters) who is rich and has nothing left to lose in criticizing sacred cows. I like the music as well. But before I recommend it to my friends I would like any Wafers who have access and can listen to it to let me know what you think. Maybe I have a tin ear with regards to such things.

11:54 AM  
Anonymous Wolf said...

Hell is other people: Negative social ties are less common than positive ones, but have more serious consequences for health and well-being.

Just think what living in the USA is doing to us!

12:37 PM  
Anonymous Nadine Bupkis said...

A Houston man let a tiger loose in the suburbs. The tiger ended up killing at least one person, prompting the authorities to charge the man with murder. I'm pretty sure only Americans would do something this senseless.

On the bright side, much to my surprise, Glenn Greenwald isn't completely insane. In this recent clip, he condemns what Israel did, and continues to do, to the Palestinians, and condemns the American government for supporting this atrocity. However, when it comes to American domestic policies, he's pretty strongly aligned with the far-right. I have no idea why.

Here's another Karen clip for your enjoyment.

3:45 PM  
Anonymous Butler said...

Of patents and power: "Doses are charity. Knowledge is justice"
A conversation with advocates for global vaccine access about drug patents, activism, Big Pharma, and more

"You may be vaxxed. Much of the world isn’t and isn’t on track to be. One reason is patents. We in the West need to educate ourselves on the history of our governments using clout to force poor nations to choose foreign patents over their own people."

4:36 PM  
Anonymous Lemoine said...


You know what doesn't need pipelines?

Solar. Electricity. Nuclear. Wind.

Also see the link Ov submitted above re: fossil fuel deaths.

5:27 PM  
Anonymous Dr. Shithouse said...

A bartender needs extensive facial surgery after being assaulted by a woman complaining the drink wasn't strong enough.

First it was US-ians going bat shit abt anemic bacon on cheeseburgers, 911 calls due to lack of duck sauce from Chinese food, shortages of chx sandwiches causing car sub-robust drinks causing beat downs.

Immigrants please take note, this *was* emblematic of the US empire.

5:27 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Dr. Shit-

Not clear to me why the woman didn't pull out a .357 Magnum and blow the bartender away. A Real Woman wd have done that.


I dunno abt Van, but I hafta tell u that my 2nd trollfoon baiting worked again! It boggles the mind, how blind and stupid these people are. They just can't figure out that they are being drawn, and it matters not a whit to them that I'm not rdg their messages. We need a data base on the # of antisemitic trollfoons that inhabit the blogosphere. To quote Gore Vidal, "Stupidity excites me."


7:32 PM  
Blogger Krakhed said...

Sounds like the words of a Wafer

7:41 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Who is this 'we' he keeps referring to? Hedgean revolutionaries? 331 million douche bags? I'm just curious.


8:11 PM  
Anonymous Noura said...

‘Stop the vaccines!’ Marjorie Taylor Greene launches anti-vaxx rant on Steve Bannon show

Families of Black Americans killed by police push for UN to intervene
The families have been pushing the international community to take action since last summer’s protests

9:54 PM  
Anonymous ErinManhuden said...

Windmills are really hard on birds - nothing replaces oil or particularly diesel engines as far as the variety of uses.

Lemoine - techno-narcissism eg. E. Musk et al is simply that. There are numerous books on "green illusions".

1:36 AM  
Anonymous Matt S said...

Dear dr berman and wafers,

I recently rewatched a film called "Dark City." Dark City oddly resembles America, or perhaps the other way around. There are no happy news (or facts), just fake memories. The people are somehow transported here to play some roles, meaningless and silly roles that have no underpining justifications of any kind. The people are told to believe in those roles and they think the roles give them "individualism." The people are so obsessed and preoccupied in the fake roles they are playing that they don't question anything. There are something that is always missing, like sun light, but no one cares to notice it.


7:24 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Sounds gd. Next time, pls provide a link. Thank you.


Check out ch. 3 of WAF, on technology. Pls provide link for Lemoine. Meanwhile, there's this:


8:34 AM  
Anonymous James Allen said...

An article from, explaining why the Green New Deal—and presumably other climate change mitigation efforts—are so much a masturbatory exercise.

“Goodbye Climate Deniers, Hello Climate Bullshitters.”

9:57 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


I think it unrealistic to believe that anything substantive will be done by the US regarding climate change. The whole country is beating off, so there's no reason to believe that this one area of (non)activity will be any different. We'll have changes--cosmetic ones, of course.


11:30 AM  
Blogger Rook said...

Dear Dr Berman, Wafers,

I got cancelled by the Naked Capitalism blog for repeatedly stating that the US had no future because its populace was basically too stupid. I am glad, as it was just a waste of energy and time. They have some intelligent commentators over there, but they still suffer the delusion that there is still a rabbit that can be pulled out of some magician's hat. I regret that I have no links to my posts (which I think were funny) because they deleted them.

Americans get crazy mad when their (non)identity is threatened. One guy told me he was going to drink a lot of beer and play with his guns to own me. This is the picture I critiqued:

I said they were typical Americans, stupid, fat, greedy, cowardly slugs afraid of having to walk. Bad me.

11:48 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Of course, you touched the 3rd rail, wh/is a no-no, even on Naked Capitalism. So they are just part of the stupidity you are talking about. When I say there is no hope, I mean there is no hope. America much prefers Disneyland to reality. We're in the mess we're in because the population consists of buffoons.


12:02 PM  
Anonymous Glans Butterworth, III said...

Respond to dog complaint, you get killed in a shoot out.

usa, usa!

12:41 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Just look at this guy's face...usa indeed.


12:49 PM  
Anonymous Mike R. said...

Comes to the US empire for a "better life" a 'Goober' food driver, and gets killed in a carjacking.

1:40 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


It's neat that one of the killers was concerned that her cell fone was in the car of the guy she murdered. This young woman knows her priorities; a true American!


2:04 PM  
Blogger Miles Deli said...

Greetings MB and Wafers,

Well, what department should this be filed under? I'm thinking the Andre Agassi look-alike dept.:



"If you were to split open an American's cranium, u would find it completely filled w/fruit compote."
~Morris Berman

Ever thought of producing a mini-coffee table book about American decline, MB? It could have it all: photos, facts, cultural snapshots, and wicked jokes. I'm thinking a gd title might be "Fat, Dumb, and Ugly: The Decline of American Society." I also like "Dumbed-Downed Dolts: New Directions for American History."

4:38 PM  
Anonymous Nadine Bupkis said...


Well, as depressing as my posts have been, a few Americans, some of which are deceased, have proven themselves immune to the hustling virus: Marshall Sahlins, H. L. Mencken, Gore Vidal, Native Americans, Wafers, etc. But you're right: hustling is so deeply ingrained in the American psyche that it can suddenly seize control of almost any American, no matter his political leanings. It depresses me as well, but hey, at least we have this blog and a whole host of excellent authors to read, a few of which I mentioned in this post. We also have Jewish Space Laser merchandise and a nearly endless supply of Karen videos to entertain us.

5:37 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


I own a Jewish Space Laser T-shirt!


In cases w/no compote, small pieces of goat shit were discovered. Word of honor. As for bk title: perhaps "Bozos out of Control."


6:29 PM  
Blogger Krakhed said...

You are right, there is no way there will be any overthrow of our masters with the current makeup of US citizens. I do wish more people wanted to destroy the country though. It's a pity this thing is going to drag out and bring down lots of people and possibly the planet before it's all said and done.

9:11 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Sad and done.


10:30 PM  
Anonymous Ben B said...

A very happy birthday to one of our great modern sages, George Carlin. He pulled no punches in his truth telling, and had no delusions about the USA.
That's why they call it the American Dream. Because you have to be asleep to believe it."

12:36 AM  
Anonymous Rollo Dice said...

Hidden Waferism in US conservatism?

3:55 AM  
Blogger Kelvin said...


Actually, the tiger, a nine-month old male named "India," did not kill anyone, so far. The tiger has yet to be found. A man named Victor Hugo Cuevas, Victor Hugo!, was on parole for a murder he committed in 2017. He intervened by taking hold of the tiger while shouting at the off-duty deputy not to shoot it, and then took it away in his SUV. Cuevas has been arrested for evading arrest. His lawyer says that he is not the owner of the tiger but that he (Cuevas) knows who the owner is but won't identify him. This is a disturbing story for the potential of tragic consequences to humans and the animal, an endangered species, itself. Tiger, Tiger burning bright, who doth frame thy fearful symmetry? There's also that story by Julio Cortazar about the family who had to negotiate their home space with resident tigers. Jorge Luis Borges was fond of tigers. I'm now convinced that reports of sightings of a bobcat in the rocky park that I sometimes trail run are in fact those of a tiger. It quickens my pace in an exhilarating way. If it comes to it, I'll complete the cycle of life in a tiger's entrails, although I don't court the prospect.

5:44 AM  
Anonymous Megan said...

I thought this was a particularly good and insightful talk on Spengler:

One of the unfortunate results of postmodernism, was the death of the grand sweeping accounts of history, such as Spengler's "Decline of the West", as well as the death of the "generalist". Everything now is about specialization, and I think that's unfortunate. I sometimes regret not doing my PHD, but I'm one of those people who want to know everything about everything, so I figured that five years of just studying one laser-focused topic would have driven me to distraction. At any rate, I wish I had come upon Spengler twenty five years ago. He is such a marvel of erudition, that it never ceases to amaze me how he acquired such learning by the age of 50 (He died at 57). For anyone interested in Dr. Berman, I think Spengler (as well as Toynbee) are almost essential reading. Even if Spengler is out of fashion at the moment, he really is worth your time. "Decline of the West" is one of the profoundest books I've have ever read. John David Ebert has a 65 part Youtube video series to walk you through it, chapter by chapter. I think the excellent lecture I have posted will at least whet the appetites of a few who are unfamiliar with the delights of Spengler. Ebert is himself one of the most erudite people that I know of.

8:27 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Also check out Jos Tainter, "The Collapse of Complex Societies."


8:35 AM  
Anonymous Dr. Shithouse said...

A true american; US-ians love 'COVID cash'...

Mr. Hedges and Dr. Chomsky, these are fine, 'propagandized', wool over their eyes US-ians who would have likely purchased a library, built an animal shelter, supported a symphony orchestra, published poetry, etc. if they were not so duped by their govt/corporate overlords to get a luxury car....

1:44 PM  
Anonymous Noura said...

Joseph Tainter on The Dynamics of the Collapse of Human Civilization
21:26 time mark about tolerating the destruction of the environment “The problem with the future is that there’s no free lunch. We have decisions to make about what kind of future we want and there are pluses and minuses to any path we take.”

“Joseph Tainter is an American anthropologist and historian. His best-known work, The Collapse of Complex Societies. This discussion was conducted in 2005 for The 11th Hour by Leila Conners. The discussion covers Tainter's understanding of how societies work and don't work. We also discuss energy issues and how, if we can, avoid collapse today.”

4:17 PM  
Anonymous Sybok said...

2-year-old shoots parents inside Maine home. It's a real life Stewie Griffin! It's too bad the tot didn't clip his pop in balls so he wouldn't be able to endanger more children by leaving his loaded firearm just lying around.

Omar Ameen, Sacramento refugee fighting to stay in US, appears at immigration hearing. Ameen has been held in prison for 2 years, away from his family, on no more evidence than that of a single eyewitness & now that his lawyer has proven that he wasn't even in the same country when the alleged murder took place, the US wants to extradite him to Iraq to be tried for the same crime he has just been exonerated for here. Are these brilliant legal minds familiar with the term 'Double Jeopardy'? No, and I'm not talking about the bonus round of the famous game show.

4:28 PM  
Anonymous Mike R. said...

Americans beating the shit outta each other over sports cards.

Forget FATCA, citizen-based double taxation, no universal health care, student loans, no real retirement, employment at will/whim doctrines, etc..etc..sports cards is what works USA-ers up in addition to chicken sandwiches, chinese food, hot wings, bacon cheeseburgers, and goat/van fucking.

5:37 PM  
Anonymous Nadine Bupkis said...

Some progs think Andrew Yang is the solution to America's woes. Turns out he thinks Israel's treatment of the Palestinians is totally justified. He's showing his true colors: those of an imperialist. Fortunately, many progs are lashing out at Yang for his support of Israel's ongoing genocide. However, they still think they can save America by voting for the right person, as if he could change the hearts and minds of hundreds of millions of stupid, vicious Americans.

6:31 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Link didn't work. We have yet to see a scholarly study of the impact of goat/van fucking on the decline of the American empire. I'm positive the connection is real. (Chicken sandwiches are a close 2nd.)


7:38 PM  
Anonymous Ziggy Zag said...

American formula for instant political success?

7:45 PM  
Anonymous Mike R. said...

Dear Dr. Berman and Wafers,
Apologies for the link not working and breaking the 24h rule.

Please find operable links to fights over sports cards:

7:47 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


I cdn't find anything in that 1st link about sports cards.


8:53 PM  
Anonymous Peg Leg said...

Suez moment, guys? A beam in the *only* 47-year old Hernando de Soto bridge b/t TN and AR has cracked and now the Mississippi (carrying 1/2 the grain shipment of the entire country) is closed. A bottlenecking of frail modernity.

9:47 PM  
Anonymous Interceptional said...

If European Americans were sent to reservations we'd make them fabulous.

12:59 AM  
Blogger Charles said...

Joseph Tainter is a friend and colleague, and I had the pleasure of introducing him at a talk at Brigham Young University (see Of interest to this group is something that Joe and I have discussed at great length, but which does not appear in his book, The Collapse of Complex Societies. What, I asked him, would be an example of a complex society that managed its own decline, with deliberation and forethought. He said, "Byzantium." An interesting example. The Eastern Roman Empire was in decline for more than 500 years, but as it contracted, it voluntarily simplified its administrative structure and economy, surviving -- in considerably reduced form -- all the way to the mid-fifteenth century. Not a bad run. Could the United States manage itself similarly, I asked? Tainter said simply: "I doubt it."
Charles "The Wafer Anthropologist" Nuckolls.

3:20 AM  
Blogger alex carter said...

Sybok - One can only hope that when Mr. Ameen is returned to Iraq, after the Iraqis making all kinds of noises about "punishing him good" to the barbaric Americans, they instead give him a nice pension, encourage him to write a book about the real nature of the US, etc.

Nadine - And now Yang's taking it back... I think Israel is really pissing their own bed here.

I can't believe I've waited around for so long to watch this. Maybe it wasn't on YouTube until now:

6:25 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Thanks for the info; a great example. The problem is that a move like that requires grace and intelligence, wh/might be why Joe was skeptical abt American possibilities. Some time ago I wrote that the US might be the 1st 'civilization' in history to collapse because of jokes, and for being a kind of joke. We've got people running around talking abt "Jewish Space Lasers" causing fires in California, fer chrissakes. This is the stuff of bad novels.


Maybe; the problem is that simply broadcasting opinions is not how this blog works, for the most part. In future, pls state an argument abt the decline of the American empire, and then provide evidence for it--links, refs to reliable bks and articles, etc. Thank you.


6:26 AM  
Anonymous Mille said...

“Bigness is pervasive in America as nowhere else in the world.”
— Human Scale Revisited, by Kirkpatrick Sale

6:40 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

ps: Charles: senility strikes again: Did you say you were planning to come to the Wafer Summit in DC on May 22? If so, did I send you the venue? For this info, pls write me at, and I'll fill you in. Sorry for my decaying brain. :-(


6:41 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


I think I posted a short essay some time ago called "Of Size and Scale," but I can't be sure. You might wanna search for it. Sale, BTW, did a review of WAF.


7:27 AM  
Anonymous Ash said...

Giving Up on Economic Growth Could Make Us Cooler and Happier

"Limitless GDP growth, even in rich countries, is baked into climate modeling. It shouldn’t be."

8:51 AM  
Blogger Miles Deli said...

Greetings MB and Wafers,

Say, here's a guy w/a working noodle:

I've no sympathy for Liz...


12:16 PM  
Blogger Xair said...


To say that Americans are children is not enough. Has there ever been a more degraded group of people in history?

3:49 PM  
Anonymous Meat Log said...

A Cleveland woman is facing an assault charge after police say she hit another woman in the face with a 10-pound log of prepackaged meat during a fight at a Walmart.

3:54 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Check this out:

“It is unknown as to what initially led to the beef between the two women,” police said in a post on Facebook.

Was this a deliberate pun? In any case, I think it's neat that American women are clobbering each other with meat.


No. But also note that they are (in addition) debased, wh/is worse.


Karma, I guess.


6:37 PM  
Anonymous Nadine Bupkis said...


Heads up: your site is being listed as dangerous by my app due to "phishing" allegedly being detected. It's utter horseshit; I think Google is censoring you.

8:16 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Joe wrote me something similar abt his Firefox access to the blog, but then I guess it cleared up. Of course, I love the idea of being dangerous--at last, I get the attn I deserve--but do wonder WTF is going on. However, the blog does seem to be working...


9:35 PM  
Anonymous Pastrami and Coleslaw said...

MB, though it's like asking the fox to check the hen-house, google sez you're OK:

There's been something going on the past week, had trouble with Chrome and Firefox. Though searches of proper WAFer subjects seem to work fine:

10:39 PM  
Anonymous Glans Butterworth, III said...

Wafer Nadine et al.,re: potential censoring, cancelling, etc... got a similar warning message from another "search engine" MSN, stating that Dr. Berman's blog site is 'dangerous and beware of content'...

Maybe we should just stick w/ chicken sandwich fiascos given that reality was the 3rd rail in the US empire.

12:24 AM  
Blogger Kelvin said...

Well, in the interest of accuracy, I misquoted William Blake's poem about the tiger. The framing of the Tyger's symmetry is stated in the last two lines of the first stanza, and the last two lines of the last stanza, thus:

1st stanza: What immortal hand or eye,
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

Final stanza: What immortal hand or eye,
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?

And there we have it. The framing of the Tyger's symmetry frames the poem (a Tyger?). Is Victor Hugo Cuevas' lawyer claiming that his client, a disturbed individual, is being framed? Who would ask a Tyger to pose so as to be framed? I mean, who could or would even dare? Mr. Cuevas straddles the animal, thus framing it between his legs.

So much for literary Tygers. May the real one, a tiger, be sent to sanctuary without incident to humans or itself. I haven't been following the story. I apologize for this irrelevant post.

12:25 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Well, I confess I'm flattered, but I'm also puzzled as to who is instigating all this. Of course, it cd work in our favor: put a bk on the Vatican Index of Prohibited Works, and it'll be a best-seller. So maybe all of this warning stuff will be to our advantage. It's also interesting how, in America, real = dangerous; wh/is true enuf, I suppose. (Reality is indeed the 3rd rail.) Of course, I have a lot of enemies, and they tend to be not very bright. Hence, they wdn't realize that negative publicity is publicity. Still, why wd MSN or Firefox or whatever be afraid of a blog w/177 registered participants, run by a relative nonentity, fer chrissakes? I'm not even on the radar screen, in America. Not really much of a threat, in short. Maybe it's just another manifestation of a dying empire, like Americans being worried abt Jewish Space Lasers and such.


1:49 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

ps: of course, it cd be my frequent references to chopped liver that's got these folks scared.

9:18 AM  
Anonymous Melinda said...

Capitalism and the Death Drive

"Its destructive forces cause not only ecological & social catastrophes but also mental collapse... We optimize ourselves to death."

9:45 AM  
Anonymous Taggart said...

“For our pleasures are not material pleasures but symbols of pleasure—attractively packaged but inferior in content[...]The speed and efficiency of transportation by super-highway and air in many ways restricts freedom of travel. It is increasingly difficult to take a walk, except in such ‘reservations for wanderers’ as state parks.”
— Alan Watts, On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are, 1973

10:54 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Actually, optimization is gd; it's maximization that's the problem. See my essay in QOV called "The Parable of the Frogs."


11:07 AM  
Blogger Joe McIlnen said...

“Aloha” all.
Let’s not forget that our Dysfunctional States of America also includes the Pacific islands of Hawaii. If my history memory is correct, we conquered this and other Pacific areas around 1900 or so during the time of that wonderful Republican Manifest Destiny president, one William McKinley. So it goes without saying that shootings by our “shoot first, lie later” paramilitarized police force also occur there.

2:26 PM  
Anonymous Noura said...

This video is hilarious. The collapse of the US seems like a national comedy, it’s almost unbelievable at times.
The Rules of the Demagogue:

I found the video in this article:
Donald Trump's Fascism On Full Display In Chilling New Ad

A crucial missing element here is that the rise of Trump is a symptom, the American people are the problem. It amazes me that Bill Maher can make videos like the one below and still believe that America has a future. It’s almost as if America is a religion.

New Rule: America's Mass Delusion | Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO)

Disturbing video about the elites:
Saagar Enjeti: EPSTEIN At Center Of Bill, Melinda Gates Divorce

4:42 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


There are a couple of essays in QOV that deal w/America as a religion in and of itself.


6:16 PM  
Blogger alex carter said...

MB - Seems Firefox had a problem with all Blogger sites. I could not even get into my own blog, which no one reads. I filed a complaint, saying I ought to be able to get into my own blog, which no one reads, and I was allowed to. After some hours, this one was open to be again. Pretty soon we'll be back to pamphlets printed out on antique printing presses in some basement somewhere...

Bill - I side with HPD on this one. The rules are simple: Don't barge into others' houses esp. those inhabited by lone women, don't attack cops. I would expect to be held to the same rules in S. Africa.

I'm on a Gore Vidal kick lately, this is good:

6:49 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Still not clear why MSN et al. are calling me dangerous. Not, as I already explained, that I mind, but I'm a bit curious as to how this came abt.

Who is Bill? What is the HPD?

Gore did a review of DAA in 2006, but I was not able to locate it online. (I think the review was part of a larger article on American decline.) I did find this, however:


7:39 PM  
Anonymous Ziggy Zag said...

As long as the body count and income can be maintained by allowing
anyone who wants to give money to be allowed in, why not? The
quality of undergraduate mock education is a farce, to be sure.
The American Dream is based on the guarantee that exposure to a
university parking lot for four years will gain one entrance to

8:19 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Thanks for the ref. American university 'education' is pretty much a joke these days.


9:20 PM  
Blogger alex carter said...

MB - I got mixed up and called Joe McIlnen "bill" - I should copy and paste usernames I am replying to.

HPD == the Honolulu Police Department. The acronym "hpd" shows up in one of the links Joe posted. I need to spell out all acronyms in the future.

Lastly, there's a saying that goes something like, "never ascribe to malice that which can be explained by sheer stupidity". I theorize one of the Indian "prgrammers" smuggled in and stuffed in dorms, making the same salary as in India and only let out a 1/2-day on weekends, who do the bulk of the programming here in Silicon Valley, merely fucked up. (One in a while someone forgets to pay a bribe and these operations are busted. Once in a while.) Think Safari/Google/Apple/Etc. are too classy to hire illegal amateurs? Think again!

10:27 PM  
Anonymous Gregaro said...

^^Interesting arguments for considering a one-state solution.

7:46 AM  
Anonymous Ulrich said...

Smartphones are now ‘the place where we live’, anthropologists say

Well that's not good!

9:52 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


It's essentially a device for turning people into buffoons. The success of this in the US has been astounding.


10:46 AM  
Anonymous Lorenzo said...

“I am told that 50% of the reductions we have to make to get to net zero are going to come from technologies that we don’t yet have. That’s just a reality." This is denialism.

11:02 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Has Kerry managed to calculate the depth to which we have plunged our heads up our asses? This wd seem to be more relevant data.


11:34 AM  
Blogger Joe McIlnen said...

And let’s finish off the week, as we usually do, with some funny Karens. It’s obvious from the first video that many Karens can’t drive and will stop their car to pee literally anywhere. LOL!

The second video shows mainly our pugnacious loud-mouthed male Karens, the Darrens. They only are to be found here in our nasty, pugnacious Dysfunctional States of America, the world’s biggest comedy show. Enjoy.

3:41 PM  
Blogger Charles said...

I noticed earlier praise being offered in memory of late anthropologist Marshall Sahlins. May I join the paean? Marshall was my major advisor and mentor when I was an undergraduate at the University of Chicago. Indeed, I would not be an anthropologist today without his direct influence. What does that mean? Sahlins was the greatest member in a group of anthropologists which emphasized (above all else) "culture" as a system of symbols that could not be reduced to anything else, such as political economy or psychology. The group included Victor Turner, David Schneider, and Clifford Geertz. What can this perspective offer to the understanding of decline? Mainly this: That the declinist script has already been written by American society itself, and appears, in its earliest form, in the statements of the founders themselves They knew -- as early as 1810 -- that things were not going well, and that democracy could not be sustained, except in cartoon form, with the advent of capitalist hucksterism. I think Sahlins would agree with me in recommending a recent book by Dennis Rasmussen, "Fears of a Setting Sun: The Disillusionment of America's Founders" (Princeton, 2021.) You will find in this book a cultural model of decline that is nearly coincident with the founding of the country. Happy Reading! Charles "The Wafer Anthropologist" Nuckolls (P.S. If you're interested in knowing about Sahlins' connection with The Second City comedy team in Chicago, and with Saturday Night Live, let me know.)

5:23 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Lucky you! Great influences. Meanwhile, the Founders' disapptment w/the American expt has been documented extensively; I think I wrote abt it in DAA, altho I can't remember. John Adams et al. even began to contemplate a return to monarchy. Benjamin Rush, the Philadelphia physician, predicted the nation wd collapse in an "orgy of selfishness," wh/is what we've been witnessing for a # of decades now. (He left out stupidity as an additional factor, but maybe we were a tad smarter then. That discussion had to wait for H.L. Mencken, 100 yrs later.)


6:06 PM  
Anonymous James Allen said...

After reading the contribution from Charles Nuckolls regarding Dennis Rasmussen’s Fears of a Setting Sun, I googled that title. I discovered that Rasmussen conducted an interview on 3/321 with someone from the Commonwealth Club of California. It was recorded by C-SPAN. Here:

6:25 PM  
Anonymous Noura said...

Alex – Thanks for sharing the video on Gore Vidal. I haven’t read any of his books but based on this video, he was definitely someone who understood what America is truly about. He reminds me of George Carlin because he didn’t mince words and he had wicked sense of humor. So many American great minds are being replaced by childish and immature figures like Trump and Elon Musk. That too is part of the decline.

Tesla's Ongoing China Crisis Is A Threat To Its Aggressive Growth Plans

7:49 PM  
Blogger Dan Daniel said...

Interesting interview with the author of a study of who exactly was involved in the January 6 attack in Washington. Main motivation of the dominantly educated, employed, white, male technocratic and managerial participants: The Great Replacement idea from the extreme right. That Blacks and Hispanics are gaining rights at the expense of whites.

8:04 PM  
Anonymous Cosmo Como said...

When you return to the US do you think border guards will ask you
if you were responsible for this misdeed?

8:23 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


At this pt, 0 will surprise me. Altho truth be told, I didn't know the poor shmuck even *had* a blog.

Dan D-

Thanks for ref. This upends a lot of stereotypes.


10:45 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Wafers (and others) pls note: reminder: as I will be in DC next wk, celebrating the 7th Annual Wafer Summit Mtg w/local Wafers and Waferettes, this blog will be closed during May 20-26. Pls don't post during that time. Thank you.


10:59 PM  
Anonymous Hardy said...

"Hanging out with Jeffrey Epstein for the ideas is the new reading Playboy for the articles."

Bill Gates becomes a bigger douche bag w each passing week!

3:14 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


A hero to millions, to me he's been a naive, childish douchebag from the get-go, wh/has 0 to do with his sexual escapades. Frankly, I don't give a damn who(m) he pokes.


4:16 PM  
Anonymous Art Baker said...

Can you see the potential FREE advertising for MB and Waferism?

8:19 PM  
Anonymous Nadine Bupkis said...

Something really funny from Bill Maher; he makes fun of woke idiocy.

9:26 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Not a bad idea. If you cd contact them for me, and/or send them a photoshopped pic of me in a MAGA hat, that wd be swell. (Tell them I'm a Trump fan, but don't tell them why.)


9:29 PM  
Blogger Mohamed said...

You are right the elites in this country are trash.
Black, white, conservative or liberal. They all disgust me.

11:37 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Clearly, they need to be beaten severely and then thrown on a dung heap.


Ditto, what I said to Mo.


11:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

MB said, Gore did a review of DAA in 2006, but I was not able to locate it online. (I think the review was part of a larger article on American decline.)

7:37 AM  
Anonymous Glower said...

"Nearly 12,000 years ago, an unknown people built stone buildings and towering pillars at a site in Turkey called Göbekli Tepe.

In my new article for @palladiummag, I argue why Göbekli Tepe shows us that civilization is much older than we thought"

Absolutely fascinating article on Gobekli Tepe....

7:57 AM  
Anonymous Radler said...

The Greens go from "EVs are good for the planet" to ethnic cleansing in just a few easy steps!

8:39 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Many thanks, but in the future check in w/a real handle, not 'Anon'.


9:09 AM  
Blogger Politically Incorrect Russian Spy said...

Galway, Ireland-based British exile and author Paul Kingsnorth has begun a series of essays—'The Abbey of Misrule'—exploring the breakdown of Western civilization and what might come next. Well worth the read for Wafers:

9:37 AM  
Anonymous Dagar said...

NEW: New fossil fuel projects must be stopped immediately to meet climate goals, IEA says.

You read that right. And this will not happen.

11:33 AM  
Blogger Gunnar said...

More proof our way of being in ‘merica is unfit (unworthy) for human habitation.

JEFFERSON COUNTY 12-year-old bicyclist killed in collision with vehicle

“He left home to get a treat and never came back.”

2:05 PM  
Anonymous Alessandro said...

Narrative Napalm
Malcolm Gladwell’s apologia for American butchery
Noah Kulwin, May 17
The Baffler

Solid review of what may be Malcom Gladwell's most glib and morally poisonous book yet.

2:32 PM  
Blogger Joe McIlnen said...

Dr. Berman,
Well, since the blog shall be shut down this weekend and we’ll be missing them, I figured I’d throw in a Karen encore.
You really have to laugh at these pathetic losers. The Karens are ugly, disheveled, and vulgar. The male Karens are filled with testosterone and just itching for a fight. And, Doctor, as you once said at a televised book signing, “These are your neighbors. They borrow sugar from you.”
Let’s enjoy! LOL!

2:41 PM  
Blogger alex carter said...

Good discussion on current happenings in Israel: BTW this is where I definitively get off. To think I was, at one time, planning to convert and move there as a way to get out of the USA. I eventually realized I'd have to profess to believe in far too many absurd things. And be A-OK with the current happenings.

Radler - good article. In my area, "Silicon Valley", there's no shortage of huge SUVs with a slight electric assist, with little badges all over them about how "green" they are. If you wanna see green, suggest to the well-to-do captains of such land yachts that they ride a bike - they'll turn green around the gills.

5:54 PM  
Anonymous Noura said...

Hackers behind Colonial Pipeline attack received $90 million in bitcoin before shutting down

What Is Ransomware? - If You Don’t Know, Now You Know | The Daily Show
“After a ransomware hack devastated the East Coast’s gasoline supply, Trevor takes a look at what ransomware is, how it works and why the only solution is to go on airplane mode.”

Why societies collapse | Jared Diamond
16:50 Resolution of an unsustainable course of action will take either of two forms:
1. Either we resolve these non-sustainable time fuses in pleasant ways of our own choice by taking remedial action
2. Or else these conflicts are going to get settled in unpleasant ways not of our choice – namely by war, disease, or starvation.

7:16 PM  
Anonymous Cosmo Como said...

This is truly strange. Many die daily from drug overdoses, yet the
authorities are still debating about humane methods for killing
prisoners. If they were simply released into American slums, they
would be dead in a few hours.

8:00 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


This looks interesting:


Consider how lame Schmiden's response is to Israeli war crimes.


Gladwell is one of the great charlatans of our time.


Gross. Only in America.


9:15 PM  
Blogger Dan Daniel said...

A voice from the trenches of a collapsing behemoth-

If only this could be done with the rotting carcass. I never tire of this video, so many layers of meaning in 2 minutes-

9:28 PM  
Blogger Brian said...

Yeah, the curious uptick in SUVs is something I started to notice after 2008— especially amongst the professional classes.
To me, there is few a more potent symbol of professional liberal class hypocrisy and self indulgence, than the purchasing of a SUVs, expecially foreign made hybrid ones; In that, you got your NAFTA, your "tech will solve everything" religion and the good old american value of consumption to excess.

9:59 PM  
Anonymous Pastrami and Coleslaw said...

I'll be on copious doses of pastrami, possibly with coleslaw in order to survive the pause in the blog. I hope all WAFers in DC will have fun at Loeb's or where ever they wish to go. For some fun, see:

Having Janet Flanner there is even better.

Someone please show me a show like that on the TV these days...

10:10 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


These breaks can be hazardous. Last time, several people went completely bonkers. It does make a case for needle drugs.


10:54 PM  
Anonymous Nadine Bupkis said...


The term "sport utility vehicles" is an oxymoron. If you're driving a vehicle for sport, it has no utility. And in any case, people drive SUVs to show off; they're engaging in a huge dick measuring contest, but with cars instead of dicks. It's more narcissism, more beating off, and wholly American.


This Karen has to be seen to be believed. Then again, I suspect half of Americans think exactly like she does.

12:10 AM  
Blogger Ajay Singh said...

Dr. Berman—and "Meat Log"—regarding the Cleveland woman facing an assault charge, I think we should not rule out one possibility behind what "initially led to the beef between the two women”: The beef itself.

I say this because I once saw two Armenian ladies almost come to blows with each other over the last remaining rotisserie chicken at a Los Angeles Costco on Christmas eve.

Wonder if there's a holiday coming up!

1:23 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Joe, Nadine-

Call me crazy, but I love those Karens!


3:10 AM  

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