November 01, 2021

The Tale of a Whale

Well, Wafers, maybe it's a question of dual consciousness. Some of you have suggested that it's possible that more and more Americans are becoming Waferish, at least in part. That is, they realize that the country is finished; that capitalism is a con; and that progress is an illusion. Hard to say. I'm guessing that these Waferian themes have penetrated some American minds on a subliminal level, but that the dominant consciousness is still the ideology of the dominant culture. This would mean that some percentage of the public is undergoing a kind of mental strain, in that these people are of two very conflicting minds. So they mostly remain committed to the American value system, but in Mr. Hyde fashion, there is a dark undertow pulling them in another direction. It may even account for the typical hysteria that Americans display when confronted with serious critiques of the country: the critiques touch a hidden nerve. As to how all this figures into our ongoing national collapse, or whether it makes any difference at all, I don't really know. But imagine this as a collective dream, anticipated by Herman Melville: as the ship of state moves along, the giant tail of an enormous whale rises up out of the sea, and smashes the ship to pieces. You don't have to be Freud to decode that one, I'm guessing.


Anonymous B. Louis said...

To your point, Dr. Berman, I haven't met ONE person in the past 24 months who has been able to say:

"Yes, this country's on the ball and headed in the right direction."

The difference between WAFers and the general public, though, is that the average American's brain short-circuits when he's confronted with the fact that none of this rot is remediable by political means.

Democrats, in particular, are desperate to hold on to this illusion that there's a self-correcting mechanism on the way. In fact, the worse things get, the more magical the American left becomes!

This is all to be expected from a population that's read every self-help book by Tony Robbins, but hasn't even skimmed a summary of Schopenhauer.

Meanwhile, the anti-democratic propaganda has been turned up a notch. I'm sure Oprah will be along to tell us how we can 'manifest spiritual wealth by re-ordering our chakras' any day now:

10:56 PM  
Anonymous Ziggy Zag said...

For those on the WAFer circuit, take your choice from these.

11:47 PM  
Anonymous Cherith Cutestory said...

Texas woman points gun at 7-year-old for trick-or-treating outside her home

hahahaha, not even parodies can match American reality


Ziggy Zag: great video, only question is: would other nations want Americans if they knew the truth of their character and values? Imagine taking the toxic cultural legacy with you and spreading it across the world and creating dozens of Americas! We'd need a dedicate Wafer depression clinic.

5:31 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Take a look at Monica's face. This is the face of America. But I do have some complaints:

1. Monica was arrested, when she shd have been given the Presidential Medal of Honor.
2. Pointing a gun? That's it? How is it that Monica was not equipped with semi-automatic weapons? Which is what a true American wd have in her house.
3. The kid was an obvious danger to Monica, and in fact, symbolically, to all of America. This requires swift action. What are guns for, anyway?
4. I recommend that Monica get an AK-47 and bring it w/her to all McDonald's restaurants. Then, if they forget to put bacon on her cheeseburger...boom boom! Shaneka, you remain a hero to us all.


6:22 AM  
Anonymous down we go said...

Further evidence of political and economic decline from an American professor of history who writes a daily commentary and often puts currents events into historical context.

7:37 AM  
Anonymous Daniel O. said...

“Get even with people. If they screw you, screw them back 10 times as hard. I really believe it.”

Donald Trump’s top rule for living his best life.

8:08 AM  
Anonymous Morrison said...

Why Data Isn’t Divine


9:56 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Cdn't get link to work.


9:57 AM  
Anonymous Pete Christen said...

Dr. B and Wafers:
This writer asserts that collapsing societies tend to lean into their collapses. (Are suicidal empires like suicidal individuals, difficult to dissuade?)

10:04 AM  
Anonymous Dr. Shithouse said...

USians focused on very impt things:

WTF are the endless US empire obsessions with chicken sandwiches? Is it a psy op, a distraction technique from what's really impt? Or maybe this "is" really impt for USians? Maybe stuff the sandwich up the American ass while they sing Yankee Doodle Dandy?

10:29 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Dr. Shit-

"...stuck a sandwich up his ass, and called it macaroni!"--great song.


Toynbee said it 100 yrs ago: when a civ collapses, it does precisely those things wh/accelerate its collapse. We are seeing that now in the US. And chicken sandwich suppositories are playing a crucial role in all this.


11:32 AM  
Blogger Joe McIlnen said...

Deadly Halloween mass shootings over the weekend:

I have a silly question for Dr. Berman; that’s because we all know the obvious answer. LOL. Should every day of the year here in this violent shithole be a holiday? It definitely would expedite things for us declinists.

12:04 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


What I have proposed to the Pentagon is a weekly holiday called Free-for-All-Friday. Every Friday the American citizenry, all equipped w/guns, can blow their neighbors outta the water w/no legal consequences. It is suggested that as they do this, they cry "Take that, sucka!", and laugh. If they fail to do this, they aren't true Americans.


1:44 PM  
Anonymous Namaste said...

Hello Mr. Berman,

Looks like a new form of attack ,lol... maybe everyone should have a Molotov cocktail and a automatic machine gun handy...

Cherith - True, I wouldn’t want Americans here. It’s hard enough to tolerate the NRI’s (non resident Indians) only for a short while here when they are on vacation. Can’t imagine to have them around forever, lol...

P.S. - Mr. Berman, I get a good laugh whenever you say “Take a look at that face”.. seriously there is so much anger, anxiety, sadness, etc in these American faces.

2:19 PM  
Anonymous cormorant said...

More USians are wising up to the fetid state of their country? Counteracting that narrative would be carry-on like this:
"Hundreds of QAnon Fans Are Going to Texas to See JFK (Jr) Return"

Remember, this isn't some miniscule fringe group. These people have elected numerous representatives. They had a sympathetic hearing from the previous president and are openly courted by broadcasters with massive viewing/listening figures such as Tucker Carlson, Joe Rogan, Ben Shapiro et al.

We must face facts: Usians are the dumbest people on Earth. They are also the fattest and these two factors are causing them to die of COVID in large numbers. Maybe COVID will actually rise the national IQ to near-normal.

2:57 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


A bit too long. Pls compress by abt 20% and re-send. Thanks.


No aspersion on other groups, pls; only on Americans.


6:15 PM  
Blogger Himanshu said...

Dear Dr. Berman,

An interesting quote:
"Disbelief in the power of human reason, in man's power to discern the truth, is almost invariably linked with distrust of man. Thus epistemological pessimism is linked, historically, with a doctrine of human depravity, and it tends to lead to the demand
for the establishment of powerful traditions and the entrenchment of a powerful authority which would save man from his folly and his wickedness." - Karl Popper, 'Conjectures and Refutations'
I sometimes wonder what Popper might think of American culture?

6:57 PM  
Anonymous Cosmo Como said...

Go back even earlier to find that the Bible insists on the right of
carrying a handgun. Is this in preparation for Civil War II?

8:17 PM  
Blogger Dan Daniel said...

A QAnon convention in Dallas as reported by someone who attended all three days. I think this is related to cormorant's post above about the Kennedy return.

30 million people find these whacko ideas plausible. Ha ha ha. Oh wait, that's not funny at all. This country needs to disappear, fast.

"...Over the course of... three days, a veritable circus of speakers took the stage to promote a range of depraved and deranged theories. They often invoked God and Christianity in the process. Frayed and disparate narratives were woven together to form a nearly incomprehensible Quilt of beliefs, often deeply religious in tone... Luciferian pedophile cabals, antisemitic blood libel, government conspiracies, a global Communist government, and a dozen other deeply warped notions were accompanied by thinly veiled calls for God-Loving Patriots to support a military coup in the service of instating some sort of theocratic fascist regime. Few things would please them more than to hail the return of God Emperor Trump..."

8:24 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


I believe the bible is older than 700 yrs...

Dan D-

I'm sure it's the Jews. They're behind everything Satanic, horrible, and destructive. Did you know that they kill little Christian kids and drain their blood and use it to bake matzoh?


8:58 PM  
Anonymous Noura said...

Gunshots rang out as St. Louis mayor was discussing gun violence prevention. She didn't flinch

This situation is getting out of hand, lol! The time for discussions is over. It’s time to flee before it gets any worse.

10:08 PM  
Anonymous Glans Butterworth, III said...

Oh no, numerous rats are in a chicken sandwich "restaurant" in the most exceptional, greatest, "first world" 'country' on God's green Earth.

Kind of a metaphor for the failed congerie of dollar catchers with no future, no past (Spengler).

10:37 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Bad news if someone gets a chicken sandwich suppository. Yikes!


Gunshots are by now just normal American background noise.


11:23 PM  
Anonymous al-Qa'bong said...

Hello Wafers:

As a foreigner, I have a question for gringo Wafers. The other day we were having a class discussion about stereotypes and working alongside immigrants (Ukrainians are hotheads and Filipinos are beauties, by the way) that included quite a few comments about political correctness. At one point, one of the guys yelled out "Nancy Pelosi!" That was it. Nothing else, no context...nuttin'.

Is using "Nancy Pelosi" as some sort of cuss word a common practice? I ask because I've encountered this before, on internet comments sections, usually where wokeness is something of a topic.

By the way, I always thought that "Condoleeza Rice" would be a good swear word, but it never caught on.

12:16 AM  
Anonymous B. Louis said...

Stabbings. Bone fractures. Punctured lungs.

You guessed it! We're less than a month away from the most festive day of the year in America: Black Friday! The most Christian way to respond to these acts of violence is to record them with smartphones and upload them to YouTube! I'll make sure the links end up here.

Popeyes 21:31
The chicken sandwich is prepared for the day of battle,
But the 5 dollar toaster belongs to the Lord.

1:03 AM  
Anonymous Ziggy Zag said...

If somehow schools excelled to produce a generation of college
graduates expecting a high salary, what would this mean for the
profits of the corporations? Hence, reserve the best education
for those who already are in the upper middle class and let the
others just find low paying jobs.

1:56 AM  
Anonymous Nadine Bupkis said...

In this clip, Thomas Friedman argues greed is just as powerful as nature, and can therefore solve the problem of climate change. I've never heard anything so delusional in my life. It's even more delusional than what Qanon fanatics believe. Friedman has a long, shameful history of sugarcoating right-wing ideology so it appeals to liberals, and this is yet another example.

Clearly, Friedman doesn't care if climate change destroys all complex life on the planet. Because he's worth 25 million and charges 40,000 for speaking engagements, we can safely say he only wants to make as much money as he can before he dies. What a pathetic, amoral, empty shell of a man! Because America is filled with people like Friedman, the Boogaloo can't come soon enough.

8:53 AM  
Anonymous Boss said...

Aaron Beck, creator of cognitive behavioural therapy, has left the building

His work helped me a lot w depression treatment in the 1980s

9:05 AM  
Blogger Harvey Funkenstein said...

Having a front row seat, like Carlin said, to the American freak show has been quite a trip. The Karens are something else but the circle jerking of self proclaim university “leadership” is on another level. Business school grads weaseled their way into the administration to suck money out of the humanities so they can spin doctor analytics and metrics like a cult. Oddly there are no metrics measuring their own productivity. We just move from one failure after another of their making. This article for data scientist admits the huge failure rate of this BS yet they are making more than top professors and pump State and tuition dollars to trendy tech corporations!

10:23 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Friedman is one of the great assholes of the Western world. He's just replaying the movie "Wall Street," and is willfully ignorant of a large literature showing that cooperation, rather than competition, has been the major factor in human evolutionary history. Capitalism typically plasters its ideology onto 'human nature'; Americans, certainly, believe this drivel.

As for COP26: I told you they were beating off, and they were beating off. China and Russia didn't even bother to show up:

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Manchin has managed to rout or stall Biden's grand FDR-style plans, and the GOP won in Virginia, foreshadowing the clobbering the Dems are gonna get a yr from now. Which will turn Biden into a lame duck president, and pave the way for The Return of Trumpaloni.


11:23 AM  
Anonymous Reese said...

John Gray reviews The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity by David Graeber and David Wengrow in The NewStatesman

VERY excited about this new text!

12:51 PM  
Anonymous Namaste said...

Hello Mr. Berman,

Sorry for the confusion. By, non resident Indians, I meant immigrants who have stayed long enough in USA and became citizens. Believe me Mr. Berman, they are as authentic American as you can get. These people visit back home once in a while but will sing praises of the great hustling culture of USA. There is hardly anything Indian, good or bad, left in them. America is great in converting anyone to a greedy narcissistic asshole.

How benevolent are Americans:
“Lindley said the council’s ordinance would leave some days where people living in the south coast town would not have access to a meal.”

2:03 PM  
Anonymous Mike R. said...

Wafer Namaste,

"they are as authentic American as you can get. These people visit back home once in a while but will sing praises of the great hustling culture of USA. There is hardly anything Indian, good or bad, left in them."

Personal observations: see this with US immigrants quite often--Filipinos, Mexicans, Italians, French, Japanese, etc... There is very little to anything left of their homeland within them. They may have "cute" accents, different food, etc.. however, that's abt it. They're USians.

They transitioned to full American with all its' hustling, huckstering, and narcissism. They want what the US is offering and appear to present full buy-in; they're lost causes.

3:45 PM  
Blogger David said...

American society has always been about individualism. In popular culture this translated into the Lone Ranger, the sheriff in High Noon who takes on the bad guys alone, etc. This individualism has made Americans some of the most lonely people on Earth, a self inflicted wound brought about by their Quixotic pursuit of "Freedom". In the book listed below, The Lonely Century, author Noreena Hertz also points to the Neoliberal regime and its dog-eat-dog mantra for creating an environment of loneliness. Next time you call your friend for advice and they can't be bothered because they are focused on their own issues, you'll get the drift.,204,203,200_.jpg

4:00 PM  
Anonymous Birney Zouave said...

Dr. B-

Greta agrees with you that nothing will come of the COP26 meeting-

Quote from the above linked article- "No more ‘blah blah blah,' no more whatever the f*** they’re doing inside there," the activist says in Glasgow

She also has a sense of humor-

5:11 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Well, it hardly took rocket science to conclude that the whole thing was a pile of poop. The bottom line is that we won't save ourselves. You'll see it again at COP27. There's not enuf slapping, not enuf urine, to deal with America AND Russia and China.


Check out my essay on "Shane" in AWTY.


5:57 PM  
Anonymous Riki said...

Obama’s Failures Birthed Trumpism

6:01 PM  
Anonymous down we go said...

On QAnon - if Q were a person, he could be involuntarily committed as a danger to himself and others. There is certifiable madness in these ramblings. These people need to be locked up. "Lock 'em up! Lock 'em up!"

I am honored to live in the NC district of a state legislature who proudly admits his association with the Qs. And for that he will probably be reelected. Life can't get much better than that.

6:11 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Time 4u 2 refresh yr post-it w/the declinist motto:



r.u. aware that millions of Americans think that Obama was/is the hottest thing since canned tuna? Yes, we are *that* stupid!


8:39 PM  
Anonymous Art Baker said...

One thinks of the ID in idiocy: all power to the irrational! Will
the decline of it all mean more food for lunatic fundamentalism?

8:43 PM  
Blogger Dan Daniel said...

I didn't pay much attention to the recent elections around the country. So until this morning I didn't realize that the Democrat running against the Republican candidate in Virginia was Terry McAuliffe. Yep, Terry McAuliffe. In 2021, the Democrats put up a Clintonite. Who, it sounds like, spent most of his campaigning pointing at Donald Trump.

And McAuliffe lost. I wonder who all the loyal Dem/Clintonites will blame for this. Russia? China? Tucker Carlson? Funny that while people laugh at QAnon, they don't laugh at all the lame conspiracies that the Dems use.

Oh wait, that didn't take long. It's Washington Democrats who cost him the election, says Hilary Clinton's vice-presidential candidate-

Terry McAuliffe Wiki page, worth a lookover to see what a true establishment status quo power broker looks like-

And his campaign web site. A study in how to put people to sleep. For example, his policy page-

The aftermath of the 2022 election is the beginning of

8:54 PM  
Anonymous B. Louis said...

I'm going to print a t-shirt "BAD IS GOOD" and let the general public figure it out.

In the meantime, here is the DUMBEST take on the Virginia election, courtesy of MSNBC:

Hayes: This Election Proves Trump’s Fading Relevance To GOP Wins

There's stupid. Then there's 'Chris Hayes' pants on head/chicken sandwich up ass' stupid.

11:15 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


We're not big on pure opinion, or 'declarations'. We *are* big on evidence, however. Want to participate? Try this:
1. Advance a specific argument regarding the collapse of the American empire
2. Provide proof: links, references to reliable sources, etc.
Good luck!


11:46 PM  
Anonymous Karl said...

Historic hopium explosion. AOC meets Chomsky.

7:22 AM  
Anonymous Dr. Shithouse said...

Karl, there will certainly be lotsa rising ups, posters, slogans, chanting, and drum banging. That will definitely cause that US empire change and movement. ..think genitalia (pussy hats) narches! That really rattled the levers of US power...

Thank goodness the "founder" (flounder) of the pussy hat has a "shop" to sell US feminism--from greeting cards, apparel, accessories, you name it!

Oh, and she is also a hyphenated American of "color"; that way the Anglo-Saxons can feel good abt themselves bc hustling has no color and/or genitalia boundaries. You go American girl!

10:18 AM  
Blogger Jack Lattemann said...

Greetings Wafers everywhere, here’s your news update from Cascadia.

Voters of Harney County in eastern Oregon approved a ballot measure with a 63 percent “yes” vote to secede and join oxymoronic “Greater Idaho.” A total of eight counties in Oregon’s lightly populated far east have now voted to join Idaho. A change in state boundaries would need U.S. Congressional approval, but who knows in the event of Cascadian secession as the U.S. breaks up:

Here in Olympia, Evergreen College has announced an enrollment of 2,116 for fall 2021, a 7 percent drop from a year ago. While the acting president is optimistic about enrollment stabilizing, perhaps in these precarious times Evergreen could take a cue from Long Beach City College in California, which now allows its homeless students to sleep in their vehicles in the college’s parking facility:

11:33 AM  
Anonymous Roger said...

"US mandates COVID vaccines or weekly tests for big companies by Jan. 4"

"Facebook's metaverse plans labelled as 'dystopian' and 'a bad idea'"

"Ethereum booms on NFT interest, crypto investors hunting 'metaverse money'"

This sure seems to be more like 1984 than Brave New World.

1:00 PM  
Blogger Gunnar said...

“I don’t have a reason why, I don’t think I could ever come up with a reason somebody would do this,” says the prosecutor. Being witness to evil isn’t easy and one must ponder some really sick shit in order to understand USA! I recommend Waferism, there really isn’t much debate about it.

1:01 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


America has sunk to a level of heinousness that is hard to fathom. But one possible explanation for this horrific attack is that the kid is an American. Of course, most Americans don't go around doing this sort of thing. But they do other nasty things--lots of them, and on a daily basis (massacres, for example). The truth is that the American population is completely strung out, on edge all the time. It doesn't take much to push them over that edge. Our much-vaunted way of life has made us sick.


It might be both. Several yrs ago I read an article that pointed out that while the US had 4.2% of the world's population, it consumed 67% of the world's anti-depressants (in dollar value). In the face of those stats, its citizens run around yelling "We're the greatest!" How, then, wd you characterize those citizens?

-Complete morons
-Clueless turkeys
-Horses' asses
-Degraded buffoons
-Debased douchebags

Wafers need to weigh in on this impt question.


2:32 PM  
Anonymous cormorant said...

A beautiful quote from Anais Nin from 1940:

“America is in even greater danger because of its cult of toughness, its hatred of sensitivity, and someday it may have to pay a price for this because atrophy of feeling creates criminals.”,atrophy%20of%20feeling%20creates%20criminals.%E2%80%9D

2:49 PM  
Blogger CB said...

A quote from the introduction of the book COVID 19: The Great Reset.

" On an individual basis , for many , life as they've always known it is unravelling at alarming speed. But deep, existential crises also favour introspection and can harbour the potential for transformation. The fault lines of the world- most notably social divides , lack of fairness , absence of cooperation , failure of global governance and leadership- now lie exposed as never before, and people feel the time for reinvention has come. A new world will emerge , the contours of which are for us to both imagine and draw."

Are the likes Klaus Schwab, Bill Gates and various world leaders the "whale tail" in this current global scenario? Hard to say. I'm sure the contours of the new world (order?) mentioned will be imagined and drawn without my input. Just like the old contours. Do the likes of Klaus Schwab of the WEF bear no responsibility for the exposed "fault lines " mentioned. So many questions.

3:00 PM  
Anonymous Nadine Bupkis said...

MB and Wafers,

A Trump-endorsed Republican has been accused of beating his wife and kids. The Republican Party hasn't even reprimanded him, much less revoked his party membership. Even worse, his popularity hasn't waned since these allegations were made. I guess Republicans think domestic violence is a traditional value worth cherishing.

This is exactly how most Americans think. Although they admit they know very little, they think they're right about everything and refuse to educate themselves or listen to opposing views. And people wonder why America's circling the drain!

4:23 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Actually, I approve of this, except I think it shd be extended such that everyone is beating and strangling everyone else. (I was hoping for guns, but the Pentagon has refused to reply.)


A link? (This is the courtesy Wafers normally extend to one another.)


A link to the Nin quote? (This is the courtesy Wafers normally extend to one another.)


5:19 PM  
Blogger Shawn McDowell said...

@Down We Go, I'm also a NC resident, district 99. I follow state politics and I feel your pain :(. The democrats are no opposition to this craziness.

5:27 PM  
Anonymous down we go said...

Nadine and friends, Republicans know an American hero when they see one. Child and wife beatings are as American as mall shootings. I hope the guy wins his election. He will make a great representative for the Republican Party.

I tried to count how many times the guy said "I mean..." but lost count at 94. Personally, I would have written a large check to any one of the other two who had the guts to say, "No asshole. I don't know what you mean until you tell me. Never mind, you keep saying "I mean" because you have no idea what you are trying to say. So for God's sake, just keep your f***ing mouth shut."

6:08 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


This just posted on the Net:

"For the Wampanoags and many other American Indians, the fourth Thursday in November is considered a day of mourning, not a day of celebration. Because while the Wampanoags did help the Pilgrims survive, their support was followed by years of a slow, unfolding genocide of their people and the taking of their land."

Jesus, WTF were those people thinking??!!


7:50 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Could she *be* more stupid?:

I can't help it: I love Americans!:

Oh, this will change everything!:

8:05 PM  
Anonymous Cosmo Como said...

Putting the surplus population into prisons certainly creates jobs
for the prison industry and the unemployed by thinning out the
competition for these remaining jobs,which leads to fewer people
counted as being unemployed. Let us not forget that the richest
and freest country in the world has found away to hide some of its mentally ill, drug addicted, and homeless population who would
otherwise be an embarrassment and reduce tourism.

11:39 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Thank you. An impt video; I hope all Wafers will check it out. This is just one "side effect" of capitalism, and it's quite violent.

In other news, this Va. Rep. probably has it rt: Biden was not elected to become the next FDR. Dems lost a lot in last election because, as Sen. Manchin recently pointed out, the country is centrist-right. Jimmy made the same mistake in 1979, thinking that Americans were ready to reject uncontrolled consumerism and go for a green, sustainable, de-growth society. Ha! When pigs fly. Ronnie knew better: Americans are hustlers, and just want More; this is their true value system. I doubt Biden can get his spending agenda passed; even in the case of infrastructure, do Americans *really* care if their roads, bridges, etc. are in disrepair? I dunno. But all of this does not bode well for the election of Nov. 2022. The Dems will go down in flames, and Biden's agenda will be a cooked goose, while he will be a lame duck (just keeping the seat in the Oval Office warm until Trumpaloni can replant his large rump in it).

O&D, my friends; O&D. Degraded and debased, the country careens toward the shitter, while Chomsky and AOC work on progressive causes, and the clowns in the MSM say that the trajectory can be reversed.


6:11 AM  
Blogger Jamie said...

This article from Bloomberg left a pit in my stomach. Instead of addressing climate change by consuming less and embracing the values of indigenous cultures or the Amish, it advocates war. Really left a pit in my stomach, especially since I’m currently reading Popper’s The Open Society. Is the just an excuse for western powers (US as lead instigator) to bully and control? An excuse for war with China? A way to make life utterly miserable for all but the 1%? Climate change is real and must be addressed. But surely there are better ways than war.

6:14 AM  
Blogger CB said...

I don't have a link. A link to the book? The quote? The book, Covid 19: The Great Reset is available for all to read and perhaps they should. It is a world salad which is surprising considering this man's position in the world. The USA isn't the only nation falling apart. Seems like Covid was a great excuse to bring it all down. They even wrote a book about it. Cheers.

7:01 AM  
Anonymous King Todd said...

"All this to put a 60-year-old man to death. Oklahoma, sans one more soul, likely sleeps no sounder, and we are all a little less human." | Oklahoma Tortured John Grant to Death Because He Wouldn’t Commit Suicide

"Zivot scoffed when I lamented that we kill people like worn-out working dogs in this country.

'Putting down animals is done better,' he said. 'Much better.'"

7:31 AM  
Anonymous Anjin-san said...

Excellent summary of the coming civil war and what hellish things it will unleash.

I'm amazed writers rarely advise that the best thing to do is just flee America. I would if I was in America.

I even find myself thinking it might be time to move on from Canada. Given that I don't think the craziness will remain south of our border.

7:58 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


It's not rocket science:

Next time, maybe you'll be kind enuf to provide a link for your reference; which is what Wafers typically do.


10:26 AM  
Blogger Dan Daniel said...

The problem with prison labor is that they are human beings and prone to do silly things. Such as...
"Vermont prison inmates were being used as labor to make decals for cop cars. They edited the design to hide a pig in the image. 30 cop cars drove around Vermont with the hidden pig for four years before it was discovered."

I don't mean to minimize or dismiss the importance of Cosmo's linked video above about imprisonment. This is one reason prosecutors and DAs are considered police, just another cog in the carceral state machine. We should never forgot Kamala Harris:
"Ordered to reduce the population of California’s overcrowded prisons, lawyers from then-California Attorney General Kamala Harris’ office made the case that some non-violent offenders needed to stay incarcerated or else the prison system would lose a source of cheap labor."
[be careful what you wish for, or you'll have pigs flying down the highway? ]

11:15 AM  
Anonymous Glans Butterworth, III said...

usa, usa!

12:08 PM  
Anonymous Nadine Bupkis said...


I remember you said that in the hypothetical Sitting Bull Federation that might rise from the ashes of the American Empire, there would be an annual pee-in where people would pee on the pictures of every American president sans Carter. Do you think Biden's photo deserves as much pee as the others? He's doing his best to combat COVID and revive FDR's socioeconomic model, and ended the war in Afghanistan. These are all admirable things. And although he voted for tons of bad things earlier in his career, he seems to have learned from many of his mistakes.

I know there's tons of things wrong with Biden's agenda, especially his lack of concern for environmental issues. I just don't think we can lump him in with the likes of Reagan, Clinton, Bush and Obama. What are your thoughts on this?

4:37 PM  
Blogger Gunnar said...

This one is even more debased MB,

6:30 PM  
Anonymous B. Louis said...

Evening, fellow WAFers.

Here's an interesting documentary from the early 90s about gang warfare in Little Rock, Arkansas:

When this came out, I was still in the public education system, where I got bussed into a school that was like something out of a dystopian science fiction story (Gifford, FL). It was a very dangerous place. When the Rodney King riots happened in L.A., the school erupted into a frightening amount of racial violence. The amount of hate in the air was so thick, you could cut it with a knife. I still have a scar above my eye from having a chair thrown at my head.

30 years later, that same town's only claim to fame is producing a rapper who worked with Kanye West on a song. The guy's in prison for double-murder and will probably never see the light of day again.

My wife once said to me: "That first world 'coat of paint' on America has finally rubbed off."

7:12 PM  
Anonymous Mike R. said...

More american exceptionalism: Woman and dog dragged during robbery-

8:52 PM  
Blogger Joe McIlnen said...

As high school cheerleaders like to Chant at basketball games:

Well, Doctor. There now is plenty of action with these daily road rage incidents. Forget about the Rittenhouse trial. Our boy Frye here has him beaten, 12 shots to 8. You and my fellow Wafers definitely have to check this out! LOL! “ACTION, ACTION, WE HAVE ACTION! EVERY DAY IN OUR U.S.A.!”

9:14 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Joe, Mike, Glans, Dan D-

Road rage, dog draggings, food fights, Kamala's cruelty: my kinda country! (ps: Glans: Just look at that girl's face!=America)

Louis, Gunnar-

Kanye West: the US has produced many douchebags, but I think he might top them all. That face of his is vomit-provoking; it just radiates stupidity. Anyway: gangs, riots, rage, douchebags, murdering your Spanish teacher--what cd be more American?


Yr rt. He's trying to be FDR, wh/won't work, but at least it's something.

Meanwhile, let's talk abt the US going down the drain. I provided the roadmap in the course of 3 bks, but no one was listening. Both DAA and WAF were vilified and ignored; and how many times, on this blog, have I predicted violence and secession? Latest stats: 30% of Republicans say violence will be necessary to rout the enemy, and something like 50-66% favor secession. And 41% of Dems favor secession. Here's some data:

Given the Republican interest in violence, you'd think the Dems/wokes/progs wd be arming themselves, but instead their concern is abt the skin color of the latest gov't appointee. A few mos. ago, most of the 200 processed of those who assaulted the Capitol on Jan. 6 proved to be fairly well off--folks w/solid middle-class jobs. This was hardly an uprising of the poor; their basic concern was that they (whites) were being replaced by nonwhites and non-Christians. So, a house divided against itself will not stand. I pegged 2030 as the crucial year, but all-out civil war might happen sooner--certainly if Trumpi is not reelected in 2024. The bubbas will not stand for another "stolen" election, and the wokes and progs will continue to beat off, because that all they really know how to do. A # of factors--ones I've previously identified--are converging to cause the country to implode, and as Chalmers Johnson wrote yrs ago, we will not escape our fate. What other outcome cd be expected w/a population that is stupid, violent, and focused on hustling and competition above everything else? The # of Americans interested in a society w/radically different values is probably less than 0.1%, and they can hardly be expected to effect any change at all. The experiment is over. It was a mistake from the beginning--a gigantic one, as Freud correctly pointed out.


9:51 PM  
Blogger Brian said...

This may sound too good to be true, but I Sh*t you not folks I’m not making this up:

I was riding the subway in Boston a few days ago, when one person got on and started stomping around the train car. The person (a young adult) sat down and started laughing loudly and talking to himself in an aggressive shouting manner so that everyone could hear. What was he going on about?
Chicken Sandwiches!

Basically, he was having an argument with himself/a friend about which one was better: the McDonalds chicken sandwich, or the BK chicken sandwich. He was like “Shit! The dark meat sometimes in the BK, Nasty” but then he was like “McDonald sandwich is just a nasty chicken McNugget!”; It was an very active, solipsistic dialectic on the topic of chicken sandwiches.

It was a relief when he finally stepped off the car, since I had the intuition that he was ready to angrily "latch onto" anyone that accidentally made eye contact with him.

Obviously, the above is someone with a psychotic level of psychological disturbance; but as Wafers understand, it isn’t only that.

11:36 PM  
Anonymous Ziggy Zag said...

From the number of videos on current topics available from YouTube one
gets sense about the latest blight striking America. Just sample from
this selection.

12:13 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Inasmuch as everything in the US has turned into theater, I have this vision that cd easily be made into a play. What happens is that Biden and Trumpi square off again in 2024, and Biden wins. The bubbim and bubbot go abs. nuts, and storm the W.H., not w/guns, but w/chicken sandwiches. They find the whole Biden admin, and ram the sandwiches up their asses. Then they move on to the Capitol and do the same thing. They take over the gov't, and re-do the American flag. It now shows an ass w/a chicken sandwich hanging out of it. In the final scene, all money has been replaced, and commercial transactions are performed in terms of chicken sandwiches.


1:47 AM  
Anonymous Sabine said...

An analysis that's never been done before. Not even by the EPA:

ProPublica mapped the spread of toxic air pollution from industrial facilities across every neighborhood in the country—and identified 1000+ hotspots of cancer-causing air.

9:27 AM  
Anonymous The Flabster said...

As we now know, the right was beating off while fantasizing hard about Trumpi, and the only people are who could put up some kind of resistance are too busy fantasizing about being cool rather than organizing. What was once a left of organized workers is now just a popularity contests of stupidity. I agree with the author that many will end up joining the antisocial douche bag club better known as libertarians.

9:44 AM  
Anonymous Oak said...

Native tribes have lost 99% of their land in the United States
New data set quantifies Indigenous land dispossession and forced migration

11:43 AM  
Anonymous Dr. Shithouse said...

Thoughts and prayers, hearts going out, we're better than this, other US drivel,

One the most deadly (rap) concert in USian history. Pack em in, 50K deep; then the USians break through barricades, climb onto golf carts, help fill all their spiritual and ontologic emptiness...

Maybe this will start happening at US empire classical concerts? They'll literally 'die' to hear Mahler or Bartok.

12:28 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Dr. Shit-

No great demand for Schoenberg either, I suspect. But take this concert, add guns, and you've got the start of a Boogaloo!


White Americans are wonderful people.


3:26 PM  
Blogger Xair said...


So much for the younger generation saving the world

3:53 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Bill scores again. Terrific monologue, really, and rt on target. Same thing happened in the 70s as they turned into the 80s, rejected Jimmy, and embraced Ronnie. Read all abt it in WAF. Bottom line: Americans of any age want the consumer society. Sustainability is just talk, eco-chic.


6:07 PM  
Blogger dermot said...

Regarding immigrants who become as american as the 'real' americans, the depressing documentary 'Daughter from Danang' is exhibit A. A young girl taken to Texas as a toddler after the fall of Saigon to 'save' her from communisms, finds her birth mother and returns to Vietnam.

SPOILER: it ends VERY badly. Daughter doesn't want to help her Vietnamese family, thinks they're just 'using' her for her money. No conception that she has collectivist / familial obligations, she's a 'free individual' blah freedums blah. Sick bucket stuff.

6:55 PM  
Anonymous Northern Johnny said...

Hi Dr B and WAFERS:

Was reminded this evening of a song an unrepentant hippie teacher played for my Grade Eleven Art class back in 1990: Barry McGuire's "Eve of Destruction": The video may be corny, but Barry was telling America what it was, without any sugarcoating. The year was 1965.

-Northern Johnny

7:22 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


A great song; I remember it well. Cd have been written yesterday.


7:30 PM  
Anonymous Rollo Dice said...

He generously give the US five years before the fall.

7:31 PM  
Blogger comrade simba said...

It doesn't take a Long March missile if you're not shooting for the moon, heh heh.

Just highlight the portion prior to /ref for a link copy/paste

7:55 PM  
Blogger Dan Daniel said...

So it's 2021, a pandemic is still working its way around the country. There's a vaccine that some say helps (seriously, not trying to open that debate here, please). The governor and others in Vermont have decided that the only thing they need to do is keep asking that people get vaccinated. The vaccine is now approved for children 5-12 years old. So the state's health department opens up its online vaccine registration system to this age group, as dependents. It's 2021, computers have been around for a long time now. The internet will get you the most obscure product in 24 hours. Tech is neutral, will lead us to a promised land where one's race, ethnicity, etc. will not matter.

Oopsie! "BIPOC Vermonters left out of first 2 days of child Covid-19 vaccine registration: A technical error in the state’s Covid-19 vaccine registration for children earlier this week made it impossible to schedule appointments for children who are Black, Indigenous or people of color, who are already disproportionately affected by the virus..."

Can you imagine the sh**show if the Apollo program was to be attempted today?

8:04 PM  
Anonymous Nadine Bupkis said...

Biden fell asleep during COP26's opening speeches. I have to wonder whether it's because he knows the whole thing is a crock of shit.

9:38 PM  
Blogger Joe McIlnen said...

And our Karens keep doing their thing. Check out our latest “all American”….um…..”ladies”. LOL!

p.s. to Wafer Glans Butterworth: The two Karens fighting in McDonald’s is a repeat. Some months back I posted this as a special Karen edition during the week because it was so funny. However, it is so funny it certainly is worth seeing again.

1:35 AM  
Anonymous Art Baker said...

Some nasty solid numbers about fat bodies leading to fat heads to be
found in this 10-min item. Can you imagine the money spent trying to repair and keep alive all this flab, while the other half has to get by with the money not spent? Decreasing physical health in the population is certainly a sign of decline.

1:53 AM  
Anonymous Mairzy Doats and Dozy Doats and Liddle Lamzy Divey said...

An American coup, a recurring nightmare, by historian Alfred McCoy.

Only in America can school administers think it’s a good idea to prepare their kids for future shooting incidents at their schools by terrorizing them. These people are nuts!

O great, the integrity of the test results of Pfizer’s vaccine trials are being brought into question. Why I am not surprised.

3:15 AM  
Anonymous Megan said...

This is really all you need to say:

Four years of separating infants from their mothers at the border, insurrection, mind-numbing corruption, incompetence and vulgarity, was not enough. We want four more years! Trump! Trump! Trump! Exactly was the stupidest, cruelest, and most ignorant country in the history of world deserves. It's going to get so bad over the next decade that it's almost hard to imagine.

5:07 AM  
Anonymous Relevant? said...

Apparently HQ thinks a $9.25 wage is recompense
for putting up with serving Karen

8:04 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Megan- terms of approval rating, major drop for Biden was among the black population. Which means that all that diversity stuff, black gov't appointments and so on, was just what we've been saying here: window dressing. In terms of substantive chg, it amounted to 0. So while the bubbas have been beating (the Dems), the wokes and the progs have been beating off.

Once again, the US is going down the toilet no matter who gets elected in 2024. But with Trumpi it'll be a lot faster. And it does say, as you pt out, who and what America consists of. Really, what's to save? A fucked-in-the-head population? The clowns at the NYT? A debased Supreme Court? A dysfunctional educational system? A military endlessly engaged in genocide? Chicken sandwiches?


8:54 AM  
Anonymous Nikki said...

Xair, MB:

Revealed: COP26’s VERY unsustainable menu
Campaigners say it is like serving cigarettes at a cancer conference

....More climate masturbation

8:55 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

ps: Here's a nice esoteric T-shirt for Wafers to print up:


8:56 AM  
Anonymous Rosado said...

“It should be obvious that what voters object to is not progressive policies, which always poll well, but the fact that Congressional Democrats haven’t actually passed any progressive policies. It is inaction, not ambition, that makes people upset about “Build Back Better.”

Why Democrats Fold On Everything

Spoiler: because they are completely empty beings.

9:40 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


True, but they are also douchebags. Never forget that.


When beating off goes into high gear, it is called Advanced Beating Off (ABO). This is where COP is rt now.


10:01 AM  
Blogger Gunnar said...

MB, here’s an equation confirming the 2030 prediction:
Margret Atwood + Lionel Shriver = USA! 2030

Here’s perfect evidence the system will absorb anything. I’m waiting for the U.S.S Frederick Douglas or an MLK aircraft carrier. Is it irony the ship is an “oiler” wtf is that?

Both are/were “openly gay” politicians, whoopy who gives a shit!

11:58 AM  
Anonymous Norman said...

Communard Darwin? Radical Politics and the Descent of Man

Does evolutionary theory inspire radical politics? Henry-James Meiring traces how the nineteenth-century reception of Darwin’s 'Descent of Man' was shaped by political uprisings and the establishment of the Paris Commune in France.

12:53 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


While the Dems beat off, concerned abt naming things, the GOP talks of violence and arms itself to the teeth. The outcome shd prove to be interesting.


1:44 PM  
Anonymous B. Louis said...

Bill Maher's commentary was interesting. He's definitely starting to dip his toes into WAFerdom.

Industrialized Western societies (and DEFINITELY the United States) aren't equipped to deal with a planet-wide catastrophe like global warming. Because the problem can't be expressed in terms of 'what's good for the bottom line', the solution will never present itself.

Americans do indeed live vicariously through the hyper-pampered 'celebrity class'. The more vulgar the celebrity is with conspicuous consumption, the more 'liked' the celebrity is. It doesn't matter that Eastern philosophy has been telling us for thousands of years that there's never enough 'stuff' to fill a spiritual void.

Americans are committed to the idea that they're all one gizmo, 'like', or Chanel bag away from enlightenment.

5:37 PM  
Anonymous down we go said...

For fellow NC resident Shawn - I live in the 79th House District, near the coast. Proudly represented by neoconservative, QAnoner Keith Kidwell who supports open carry of unregistered guns and the killing of mothers who had abortions. Women should be marched off to a special camp where they learn to mind their own business and stay in their places and blacks are forced to work in tech firms in the Triangle. Ah - America as it once was and with God's help will be again. What's not to celebrate.

5:55 PM  
Blogger Arthur V. said...

Good evening Dr. Berman and Wafers<

I think we all agree that Mike Huckabee is a rightwing crackpot of the first order, but it's hard to argue with his statement that democrats never learn as stated in this video.

Interesting that he's basically saying the same thing James Carvell said. We can argue with these men, of course, but when they're right. . .well, they're right.

Stay safe, all.

6:58 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


A good video, thanks. Huckashmuck was rt on, altho I wish he had said that the Dems were beating off. He's also rt that they will have learned nothing from recent elections. (This wd have been a gd oppty to use the word 'douchebags'.) One yr from now, they'll get their asses handed to them on a platter, and then: Ta-Da: Trumpi in 2024! (Wh/is the *only* way the Boogaloo will be avoided.)

Imagine Schmiden showing up at COP26 w/his entourage flying in on private jets, occupying 85 SUVs, and eating hamburgers at the conference. Not a drop of self-awareness.

Sometimes, I sit on my couch, and I ruminate over what has happened to Americans. How they have become degraded, and debased. And I weep silent tears, for a nation that somehow, turned into a large collection of shitheads.


7:45 PM  
Anonymous Cosmo Como said...

If only they would abandon all the patriotic slogans that made up
their education and faith in America, then they may be able to make
significant political and economic changes. Any idea what the odds
are for them to do so?

8:04 PM  
Anonymous Nadine Bupkis said...


You're right - wokes are exclusively focused on window dressing and browbeating people into thinking and behaving in a politically correct manner. They think this will solve all America's problems no matter how much people hate their obnoxious behavior, which shows they don't understand how people function.

As for Biden, although his FDR-style aspirations are far more substantive than anything since Carter's agenda, they also show that Biden has no idea who Americans are - brutal, thuggish hustlers who have no interest in another New Deal. He is just as disconnected from reality as your average American, however well-meaning he might be.

Antisemitism is spreading like wildfire among young Americans. Even more evidence that America is circling the drain.

8:32 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Well, the Jews are clearly the cause of America's problems--as they were in Germany in the 1930s.


9:09 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Cdn't run it (length).


7:50 AM  
Blogger Joe McIlnen said...

Greetings all. Let’s take a quick look at the past week’s ongoing deadly anger occurrences on our shitty roads in our shitty country.
Good Samaritans and even innocent children get blown away.

p.s. To Wafer Gunnar: I’m in disagreement with your naming of the naval ships. I think the naming of them should not be after persons; like the sports stadiums there should be corporate names attached to ships. After all, our armed forces aren’t there to defend “freedom”; they really are there to help and defend our corporations—especially the capitalism and consumerism that they represent. And with Madison Avenue’s advertising tentacles ubiquitous in every walk of life, it would be apropos to see: the U.S.S. Exxon Mobil, the U.S.S. Geico, the U.S.S. Facebook, the U.S.S. Budweiser, the U.S.S. Walmart, the U.S.S. Uber, the U.S.S. McDonald’s, and the biggest battleship of our fleet that symbolizes our humongous ( bigger is better axiomatic) greatness: our giant proud U.S.S. Amazon.
What do you think, Doctor? Should perhaps the U.S.S. Popeyes Chicken also be included? After all, Popeye was a sailor. And that particular retail establishment has had its share of battles. LOL.

9:13 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


All of this is too random. The populace needs to be armed in an organized way, and then told to go blow each other outta the water (like dogs, in the street). Why the Pentagon is ignoring me, I just can't figure.


10:05 AM  
Anonymous Mini said...

How Everything Can Collapse: A Manual for our Times

Great, sobering reading

10:19 AM  
Blogger Jack Lattemann said...

With a tip of the Cascadian cap to Northern Johnny, I have turned the tune “Eve of Destruction” into a few lyrics of:

“Eve of Secession”

The southern world is exploding
Violence flarin’, bullets loadin’
You’re bold enough to march but not for leavin’
You no boogaloo but what’s that gun you’re totin’?
And even the Rio Grande has bodies floatin’

But you tell me
Over and over and over again my friend
Ah, you don’t believe
We’re on the eve of secession

Yeah my piss is so hot, feels like sprayin’
I’m sitting here just contemplatin’
I can’t twist the truth it looks like secession
Congress critters don’t pass legislation
And IDPOL alone can’t bring restoration
When oligarchs are rampagin’
This whole crazy country just too frustratin’

10:55 AM  
Blogger Harvey Funkenstein said...

Hear, hear to Joe's comment! These planes could have been covered with decals for alcohol, chicken sandwiches, etc just like race cars. Isn't that what football fans love most - fearsome military power and a good chicken sandwich and getting plastered? Long live a good college education! LOL

11:31 AM  
Anonymous Dr. Shithouse said...

Wafer Joe, what abt the: USS Chicken Sandwich? Gotta "love" US capitalism, they're so creative...Now chicken sandwiches are 'diverse'--some are Asian 'inspired.'

12:03 PM  
Anonymous deadline said...

"Strict mandate takes effect in LA. Business patrons must show proof of vaccination"

"Fired for refusing the vaccine? Don't count on unemployment benefits"

There are going to be thousands or millions of people without jobs & who don't qualify for unemployment, and the vaccinated part of society won't sympathize.

Many social media sites are banning those who advocate any kind of violence or who criticize the vaccines. There is an ever growing hidden discontent.

2:12 PM  
Anonymous Jonathan Barker said...

Over forty years ago there was an in-your-face example of the true death-saturated nature of American "culture" via the naming of a nuclear submarine - it was given the name Corpus Christie

5:20 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Links? Evidence? There's no way to know if what you are saying is true. We're big on references here, not particularly big on 'declarations'. Thank you.


5:55 PM  
Anonymous D-Pressed said...

War on Terror got a bad look from locking away so many moslems in CMUs?

Solution: Stick a dozen white whistleblowers in too as "balancers"!

Hooray for Diversity & Inclusion!

6:07 PM  
Anonymous Northern Johnny said...

Hi Dr. and WAFERS:

Jack Latteman: Thanks for your succession style update of "Eve of Destruction."

Dr. B: You were so profoundly right when you noted above that "Eve of Destruction" could have been written yesterday. Funny thing is, I discovered that Barry McGuire updated the song in 2011 to speak to present U.S. issues, but the truth is that every lyric in the original still describes reality in the U.S.A., and, sadly, in Canada and around the world.

Though the Vietnam War is over, the undeclared war with China rages on. Though young adults have no awareness of the fact, nuclear weapons are still poised and at the ready.

And then there are those classic lines near the end that Bezos, Musk, et al. have rendered prophetic: "you may leave here for four days in space / But when you return, it's the same old place."

-Northern Johnny

6:34 PM  
Anonymous Rollo Dice said...

Reich always has the dreary numbers about the ugly truth of US slide
into a country with a third world distribution of wealth.

8:03 PM  
Anonymous Glans Butterworth, III said...

Video ~4.21m mark showcases US empire "fun."

usa, usa

8:16 PM  
Anonymous B. Louis said...

If what I've seen on social networks is any indication, Kyle Rittenhouse is going to go down in Bubba folklore as a hero for the Trumpaloon Movement.

I have a sneaking suspicion that if Rittenhouse is made to serve time, the MAGA cult is going to react violently.

Personally, I think he should be made to suffer with Dr. B's idea of capital punishment for Americans: 23 hours a day isolated from chicken sandwiches.

8:35 PM  
Anonymous Nadine Bupkis said...

Climate activist Greta Thunberg called COP26 a failure, and excoriated the world for exploiting people and doing nothing about the ecological crises. In addition, the hosts of this channel tear Obama a new asshole for giving the most blithe, insincere, self-referential speech imaginable during COP26 and outing himself as someone who could care less about the environment. They might not be Wafers, but at least they're clear-headed, ethical and well-informed.

8:54 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Well, when people who don't give a shit abt the environment host a conference on the environment, the outcome is pretty predictable. As for Obama: we had 8 years of flatulent speeches; no way he was going to become a real person all of a sudden. In general, I recall rdg something recently abt a poll that showed that most people have no serious interest in living a different way; I think I recently referred to it as eco-chic. I am reminded of that great line from W.H. Auden, "We wd rather be ruined than changed." And he wrote that ages ago.


Don't forget the suppository angle.


I don' care what anyone says: Americans have a lotta class.

Johnny and all of you-

Honestly, you step back and look at what's going on in the US, on both macro and micro levels, and even "beating off" doesn't quite cover it. There's something actually surreal abt it all. As the incidents and data pour in from the media and from all of you guys, one has the sense of, "This can't really be happening!" But it is, and what it adds up to is where we're heading: massive collapse. This has already occurred on the social and cultural levels; we're just waiting for politics and economics to catch up.


9:22 PM  
Anonymous Art Baker said...

A suggestion for a booming business for WAFer Inc. would be on-line
sales of bullet proof vests.

1:51 AM  
Anonymous Birney Zouave said...

Dr. B-

Cold War 2.0 in the news-

7:04 AM  
Blogger vsoguy said...

Hello Wafers,

Came across an interesting examination of stupidity in a 15 minute video based on an article written by Carlo Cipolla in the 1970's titled "The Basic Laws of Human Stupidity".

It takes a few minutes to get rolling, but highlights the effects of stupidity from a social standpoint:

One thing in particular that stood out is that stupidity isn't limited to a certain social class, race, age, sex, or education level, which is something that is discussed pretty often in this here blog.

Good day, and blog bless.

8:24 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Yes, blog bless! Very gd historian, Cipolla is.


A lot of people are starting to wonder if the American military cd manage to fight its way out of a wet paper bag.


8:46 AM  
Anonymous Anjin-san said...

GSWH - another article to add to your list of of them finally catching up with your advice. Only a few decades later.

9:57 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Link didn't work.


12:29 PM  
Anonymous Anjin-san said...

This one should work.

12:40 PM  
Anonymous Mike R. said...

Dear Dr. Berman,

Respectfully, please find the link that Wafer Anjin-san is referring to:

1:04 PM  
Anonymous Namaste said...

Mr. Berman,

Here’s a typical American CEO.. douchebags all of them... United States of McGarbage ...

“With both, the parents failed those kids which I know is something you can’t say. Even harder to fix,” wrote Kempczinski in a text to Lightfoot.”
“Children were also present, with boxes looking similar to a McDonald’s Happy Meal reading “McGarbage” and “Evil” as well as a banner asking Kempczinski to “take care of your workers so they can take care of us”.

1:15 PM  
Blogger Joe McIlnen said...

To Wafer Anjin: I found a complete link. There actually are 6 very interesting stories that pertain to fascism and societal collapse.

And for the other Wafers and our good Doctor, here are a few more of the many daily violent road rages that are omnipresent everywhere here in our U.S.A.!, U.S.A.!, U.S.A.!. It doesn’t matter you are—the Heartland, the Bible Belt, the Pacific Coast, or wherever. Perhaps a new motto here in this pathetic sewer of a country should be “Drive at your own risk”.

1:39 PM  
Anonymous Henri said...

Bari Weiss, Steven Pinker Start NEW Anti-Censorship, Anti-Woke University

Lol “cancel culture, censorship, and the fall of rome” ?!?

That is p much exactly what someone joking about it would call the first course offered by the caliper crew.

1:54 PM  
Anonymous dawn said...

Graeber's final book is out today.

A hurdle that most Americans still can't get over comes across in questions I continue to hear: "Well what do you propose instead? We can't just go back to the stone age!" or the criticism, "Well if you really want something different, you are a hypocrite for using the internet & driving a car!" There's both a fear in people & this need to have a universal, standardized, and comprehensive plan of what to do. Most people feel if you can't 100% abandon this way of life, you have no right to make fundamental criticisms.

2:46 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


As you might have gathered by now, most Americans are not up to critical thinking. Dialogue is not really possible.


3:02 PM  
Anonymous Dr. Shithouse said...

Dr. Berman and Wafers, some very exciting "news," it's National Fried Chicken Sandwich Day!

800+ overseas war monger bases, FATCA, citizen-based double taxation, no universal health care, student loans, few if any real employee rights, employee at will doctrines, no mandated vacation time, no affordable elder care, etc.etc., yet the US empire has "National Fried Chicken Sandwich Day," and America lite (Canada) also gets in on the 'beak to beak' action...

4:39 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Dr. Shit-

Is there anything online abt Karens having sex with chicken sandwiches?


5:26 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Willya look at that face?:

I doubt I've seen anything so stupid in my entire life. But then, it's the face of America.


7:55 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

ps: Dems ram heads up asses:

Way to go, shmuckheads!

7:58 PM  
Blogger Dan Daniel said...

Bubba, not Karen, but close enough. Remember, be careful what you wish for, you just might get it...

And it's sometimes easy to forget just how long the stupid has been with us. Here is an LGBTQ chicken sandwich from peak Obama, 2012...

And just because it is America, here's a short video that explains why Donald Duck's kids had no mother. A duck is just a chicken gone to the dark side, yes? NSFW. If Quentin Tarantino worked at Looney Tunes?

I'd be remiss if I mentioned Donald Duck and not refer to the classic from 1971, out of Chile, "How to Read Donald Duck: Imperialist Ideology in the Disney Comic" by Ariel Dorfman and Armand Mattelart. A classic and seminal work-

8:52 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Dan D-

Wasn't there an "American Pie" movie (w/Edward Levy) in wh/the central character fucks a pie? I can't remember. As for gay chicken sandwiches...what can one say, really? Also re: Dorfman: don' miss "The Empire's Old Clothes", a great bk.


9:40 PM  
Anonymous Rockwell N. Role said...

No socialism in the US? Certainly anti-labor fascism and the basic
combative nature of true Americanism underlie this. In America any
person can get ahead of his neighbor with the hope of winning a lottery
and call this true economic freedom. Why organize to deprive yourself of winning?

11:08 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


It was John Steinbeck who wrote that socialism was impossible here because in the US, the poor see themselves as "temporarily embarrassed millionaires."


1:35 AM  
Anonymous Teddy said...

In the latest episode of public funding leading to private profits

Moderna and U.S. at Odds Over Vaccine Patent Rights
Moderna’s patent application names several employees as the sole inventors of a crucial component of its coronavirus vaccine, excluding three government scientists.

5:35 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


There was also something recently abt corruption at Pfizer; that they had some company track on their vaccine's effectiveness, and the co. falsified the data. I suppose none of this is surprising. However, we agreed a while back to end vaccine discussions, so hopefully this is the last of them.


6:44 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Now maybe they'll figure out that cell phones are also destructive.

6:59 AM  
Anonymous Cel-Ray Tonic said...

Teddy, it's well known the US is a socialist state for rich people and corporations and dog-eat-dog capitalism for the rest:

Interesting story here about guitarist Pat Martino who recently passed:

9:12 AM  
Anonymous The Flabster said...

Fortunately for the people who live there, the US did not intervene.

Also, I think, that the situation of domestic mess has made (I hope) foreign intervention near impossible.

I was also intrigued by this, which seems to be the very selfish rulers projecting their ways onto everyone:

12:45 PM  
Anonymous taiwan said...

"China Rejects Historic U.S. Law Protecting Taiwan As 'Illegal and Invalid'"

"A Recent War Game Revealed America's Vulnerability to a First Strike"

"In our games, when we fight Russia and China, blue gets its ass handed to it," David Ochmanek, an analyst for the California think tank RAND"

Will the next major war be over Taiwan? Will this be the end of US control?

1:08 PM  
Blogger Joe McIlnen said...

Sorry, Doctor. I hate repeating myself. But here yet are some more road rage occurrences involving the use of firearms for all here to enjoy. These now daily incidents definitely are in competition to the daily mass shootings. Both contribute to the statistics of USAins shooting each other to death.

And what’s that maxim? “The pen is mightier than the sword”? Perhaps it instead should be, “The gun is mightier than the sword”, especially when it comes to our daily angry, violent confrontations between drivers.

1:58 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Let's not post anymore abt masks or vaccines. Thank you.


4:01 PM  
Blogger Arthur V. said...

Good evening Dr. Berman and Wafers,

And the progs really think they can talk to these people.

If one can leave the country, I suppose that's probably a good idea. However, realistically that is not a choice for most people. That said progs, the left, or just sane people in general had better be prepared to really fight if they truly want to salvage something. I realize that this may be a pipe dream considering that dems couldn't even come out to vote for the voting rights measure in New York, as you mentioned Dr. Berman in an earlier post.

Stay safe all.

8:10 PM  
Anonymous B. Louis said...

Police Union bracing for the Rittenhouse verdict in Chicago.

It sure seems like the kid's got a chance of walking.

The Great Chicken Sandwich Wars of 2021 could possibly pale in comparison to what we see here.

8:13 PM  
Anonymous Nadine Bupkis said...

MB and Wafers,

Another day, another dollar, another Republican politician calling for the death of Democrats:

Republicans calling for violence against Democrats has become the norm over the last few years. It seems nothing can appease the bubbas or quash their desire to kill. I can't see much difference between these people and ISIS...can you?

Meanwhile, this is what Democrats think progress is:

Nancy Pelosi helping a billionaire heiress marry her boy toy? It's the very definition of beating off.

9:01 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


I can't remember who the German writer was who said, "First they burn books, then they burn people." This is a great contribution to the Collapse. Meanwhile, the bubbas amass guns, and the progs sit around massaging their organs.


9:07 PM  
Anonymous James Allen said...

“That was but a prelude; where they burn books, they will ultimately burn men as well.”

This quote is from Heinrich Heine’s tragedy Almansor, written in 1821.

Here’s a link to the source of this quotation; the focus is the Nazi book burnings in Central Berlin on 10 May 1933.

9:19 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Thank you. I shd have remembered it was Heine, one of my favorite authors. His poetry is fabulous in the original German; it literally sings.


We are heading ineluctably toward ecpyrosis. As for Nancy, I'm wondering if Congress cd pass a law requiring her to submit to a chicken sandwich suppository.


11:07 PM  
Anonymous The Flabster said...

Sorry about that, and I will not again. However point of the article was not about those. Rather, it pointed out that any idea that may benefit society that might harm the status and money making ability of the wealthy in the USA will be snuffed out with a stupid reflexive comment, which be quickly spread.

9:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"U.S. Govt Official Messaging:

We were wrong about witches, Manifest Destiny, slavery, Japanese internment, sugar, trans fats, miscegenation & sodomy laws, segregation, Vietnam, Defense of Marriage, AIDS, WMD and the Taliban.

But we're right about (censored)! Why don't you trust us?"

10:28 AM  
Anonymous al-Qa'bong said...

Hello Wafers:

The one great similarity between the Proud Boy types and Daesh, Ms. Bupkis, is that the USA produced both. As with how the Jimmy Carter regime was instrumental in creating the mujahedeen in Afghanistan as a means to usurp the pro-Soviet government there, and the Israelis created Hamas as a counter to the PLO in Palestine, the US destruction of Iraq broke the ground in which Daesh was to sprout.

10:46 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


What is Daesh? Also, need some reliable links of substantiation for Hamas (I already have the stuff on Carter, wh/was really Brzezinski, may his name be blotted out).


Don' ferget Chile and Guatemala. When I think of the # of beatings that are necessary (not to mention chicken sandwich suppositories), I get dizzy. Has any country been this full of shit?


11:17 AM  
Anonymous Namaste said...

Hello Mr. Berman,

This is Tulsi on twitter... she can try for an anchor spot on Fox News and maybe run for president... she has now taken a full right turn.. lol..

“With no evidence, MSM & antifa-loving politicians immediately labeled Rittenhouse a white supremacist terrorist. It’s obvious now that he was just a foolish kid who felt he needed to protect people & the community from rioters & arsonists because the government failed to do so.”

11:59 AM  
Blogger Christian Schulzke said...

What is Daesh

Daesh is an Arabic acronym for what is called Isis in the West.

12:09 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


My 5-vol. study, "Cornerstones of Tulsaic Wisdom," is just abt ready for publication.


12:14 PM  
Blogger Dan Daniel said...

An interesting, although not surprising and not really new revelations, interview with Alexander Cockburn about his recent book on the US military, “The Spoils of War: Power, Profit, and the American War Machine.”

Basically, as many have known, the goal is not to win wars but to win ever increasing budgets. Afghanistan was a roaring success, a WIN WIN WIN. Mission Accomplished.

Or as this review of the book puts it, It’s the Weapons Sales, Stupid

12:36 PM  
Anonymous al-Qa'bong said...

Hello Wafers:

[Post on 22-hour delay setting....]

Daesh is Arabic for what in the West is called ISIS.

As for the Israeli contribution to the creation of Hamas: [Hey, The Wall Street Journal no less]

12:56 PM  
Anonymous standardization said...

Can you recommend a book on statistical theory & philosophy? It seems like the media pumps out constant new statistics, which is training everyone to simply see the world as an engineering problem to solve. So for example, if self-driving cars are 5% safer than gas cars, then we should have all electric cars & ban gas cars. Or if vaccines reduce death by 10%, they should be forced onto the entire planet. If eating soy produces 50% less pollution than beef, we should make beef eating illegal. It seems once they get everyone to think like an engineer, philosophy or discussions without numbers seem pointless, and it becomes a bunch of engineers setting standards that must be followed by everyone. This seems part of a larger movement that thinks everything should be standardized and uniform across the planet (language, weights & measures, calendar, etc.)

1:20 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Try these:

Kanigel, Robert (1997) The one best way: Frederick Winslow Taylor and the enigma of efficiency (London : Little, Brown)
[Note that Kanigel also did a terrific bio of Milman Parry]

Nelson, Daniel (1970). Frederick W. Taylor and the Rise of Scientific Management. Madison: MIT Press.


Good show. I thought Daesh was some variety of babaganoush.


1:53 PM  
Anonymous Jonatan Barker said...

Check out this doozie of a book by the man with a heartless newt sized brain

And the new book by Victor Davis Hanson America and the Dying Citizen who also wrote the book The Case For Trump

4:57 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Cdn't run it. Here are a couple of blog guidelines:

1. OK to disagree w/another Wafer, but you can't do it in a scolding, put-down sorta way. Respect, as Aretha said.
2. If you have an argument or counter-argument, pls provide links or refs to reliable sources. Just blasting your opinion is something we try to avoid here.

Thank you!


4:58 PM  
Anonymous down we go said...

Attended local Veteran's Day celebration this morning. Difficult to tell if it was a secular or religious event. Shining example of the conflation in America of Christianity and patriotism. Opening Prayer to Jesus - even in the possible presence of Muslim and Jewish veterans. Main address was delivered by a local pastor who reminded us the troupe that "Freedom is not free" and thanked God for the sacrifices that preserve American liberty.
He concluded by thanking the "ultimate soldier", Jesus, who sacrificed his life so "we" could be free. By "we" I assume he meant USA citizens although Jesus is best known in America for so loving the WORLD that he died for it. How ironic that the "Ultimate Soldier" was crucified by imperial soldiers who later may have become members of the Roman Veterans of Foreign Wars. But then irony is mostly lost on Americans. Why bother to point it out or correct horrific theology. A double dose of wasted breath.

5:20 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Think abt the pressing need for widespread Slapping Therapy.


The actual title is "The Dying Citizen." Always helpful to provide a link:


6:31 PM  
Anonymous B. Louis said...

Few things fill my heart with more contempt than encountering the garden variety American hustler who's read every soulless management book under the sun, but has never cracked open Machiavelli. Forget trying to get these cretins to understand the nuance of the man.

Americans aren't even good at their chosen profession. They're so addicted to themselves that they can't suppress their egos enough to see reality clearly and navigate life accordingly. Pissants who see themselves as pioneers!

One of my favorites below! Can also be heard on YouTube, but it's best read:

10:59 PM  
Anonymous Rollo Dice said...

Yes, no abortion means more children to mature into surplus labor.
This is an ideal way to lower wages without needing millions of
immigrants to take the bottom level of jobs.

11:09 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Even more unbelievable is that these morons haven't read the Machiavelli chapter of my book "Genio". Can you imagine it? Honestly, I'm appalled.


11:43 PM  
Blogger taylor1956 said...

You might be interested to know that Rod Dreher quoted you extensively on Sorokin

12:14 AM  
Anonymous yeah, no said...

RE the progs:

12:19 AM  
Anonymous Cosmo Como said...

What will become of our children if they start reading WAFerism!!!

3:30 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Not to worry; my work is virtually invisible in the US.


Gd video, thanks. Progs are full of hot prunes. Their difference from the rt is mostly in language, not in action.


He actually cited me yrs ago on this topic. I think I wrote him, but can't remember for sure. I, or someone, may have told him that describing me as 'left-wing' was inaccurate.


5:03 AM  
Anonymous El Jeffo said...

Dr Berman, John Steinbeck wasn't referring to poor Americans with his "embarrassed capitalists" quote. He was saying that socialism can never happen in the US because Americans lack an understanding of true socialism/communism and are blind to
the lifestyle changes necessary for socialism to work, even if they did see socialism in a positive light.

6:02 AM  
Anonymous Birney Zouave said...

Dr. B-

Here's an op-ed guaranteed to cheer the heart of any declinist-

7:49 AM  
Anonymous Nadine Bupkis said...

MB and Wafers,

Are *all* Americans susceptible to the bubba virus? It certainly seems that way...

Tulsi Gabbard has outed herself as a bubba by supporting Kyle Rittenhouse, the white supremacist who murdered two BLM protesters. I'd bet money that she'll support Trump in his 2024 bid for the presidency.

9:51 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Seems to be a lot of controversy regarding exactly what he said. Numerous citations on the Net, etc.


See my reply to Namaste, above.


Of course, descending into fascism is not the only model of how a nation can collapse. There are a variety of ways. However, the US does seem to be following a fascist trajectory, more and more every day.


10:20 AM  
Anonymous standards said...

MB - I'm looking more for the philosophy behind technocracy & standardization as concepts, and hopefully something written in the last 30 years. For example, something more comprehensive that criticizes the need to have any kind of standards that should be applied widely, such as clocks, weights, language, mythology, philosophy, etc. There's no reason for everyone on earth to need to know Greek philosophy, the myths of Moses/Abraham, or 12 tone music. I'm wondering if having something like a "canonized Bible" is one of the leading factors in modern problems (with Platonic dogmas then forced by emperors). Standards seem to originate with emperors & personalities who want to have power over other people. Tools now exist for them to have control far beyond any emperor ever had.

"AI and Automation Will Replace Most Human Workers Because They Don't Have to Be Perfect—Just Better Than You"

11:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Save the otters!!!

12:07 PM  
Anonymous rights said...

Have you weighed in on your thoughts on recent "rights" and "mature minor doctrine" debates in regards to parents, children, corporations, and schools? It seems there's this ongoing fight to make children be seen as totally autonomous people at an early age. Somebody is going to have influence over kids, so the fight is now, who will that be? Should children have a "right" to do whatever they want at whatever age they want? It seems like the culture is saying that families don't really matter, and that we should hand phones and cash to kids at an early age & let advertising and social media raise & influence them. Recently, there have been people trying to get kids vaccines, birth control pills, and abortions even when their parents disapprove, since these things are "rights."

1:27 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Let me be clear abt this: I am in favor of supplying children w/nuclear weapons.


I'm also thinking it might be a gd move to supply otters w/nuclear weapons.


Sorry, can't help ya.


1:52 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

ps: I also think it might be a gd idea to supply Tulsi Gabbard w/a nuclear device, tell her to blow up anybody (or part of the country) she wants. Go, Tulsi!

1:54 PM  

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