January 29, 2022

For Whom the Bell Tolls

Well, we've had a good time discussing Tulsi, Tulsism, chicken sandwich suppositories, and the staunch refusal of Dems/progs/wokes to stop beating off. As we slowly crawl toward Nov. 8, the inevitability of the 'left' (there's a joke for ya) getting creamed at the polls looms clearly on the horizon. At the conclusion of the last thread I posted an article suggesting how the US could, or 'should', do something intelligent (which is to say, counter-intuitive) during its twilight years. But this is where savvy historians know better, because the historical record, as Arnold Toynbee clearly demonstrated, is that this is not what dying empires do. What they do is keep on with what brought them to the point of self-destruction in the first place, because that's really all they know. And as 'exceptional' as America likes to regard itself, it will not escape its fate. It will even accelerate its self-destructive trajectory. Declinists just shrug.


Anonymous Nadine Bupkis said...


Thanks for the essay on woke feminism. How horrible that countless young women are being taught that all men are conspiring to rape and oppress them. This conspiracy theory is the Qanon of the radical left.


I apologize for using such harsh language. Please rest assured, I don't like wokes any more than you do. However, as Dr. B likes to point out, bubbas are stockpiling weapons while wokes do nothing but beat off. The bubbas will easily win the boogaloo, which is why I spend more time talking about their brand of fascism rather than woke fascism.

11:58 AM  
Blogger Joe McIlnen said...

At least in this new video age we can watch the collapse in real time. We can watch USAins killing one another as this violent pathetic wasteland disintegrates into oblivion. Perhaps this typical ugly bald-headed bearded “macho” scumbag should be shown as a model for it. Maybe his nickname should be “Donner”. Because after all, this is one way that USAins are eating each other metaphorically.
And perhaps the new slogan here should be: “Don’t think. Shoot.”


12:04 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Have you considered the possibility that yr a douche bag? Just a thought...


12:50 PM  
Anonymous Art Baker said...

I wonder if the military ships its weapons on trains. Can you
imagine gang wars with artillery and armored vehicles?


6:18 PM  
Anonymous Anjin-san said...


As the GSWH has said the business of America is hustling no matter the consequences to anyone else.

6:37 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Don't worry abt the blog; I'll do it 4u. In terms of yr own participation, suggest you present arguments abt collapse of American empire, and then provide evidence (links, refs) for yr pt of view. As for term 'Wafer' (wh/must always be capitalized, BTW), it refers to people who have read "Why America Failed" (WAF) and liked it. Join us!


Jus' take a look at those faces! Americans typically look so hollow.


7:53 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

America is so fab:


12:09 AM  
Anonymous Sybok said...

If America is a joke, how about some jokes on America:

Q: Why did the American cross the road?
A: His car was out of gas.

Q: How many Americans does it take to screw in a lightbulb?
A: Only one because Americans can do everything on their own. They don't need your charity! They aren't children.

Q: What does an uninsured American do when he is diagnosed with cancer?
A: He dies.

You know you're an American if...
-- your first home had wheels on it.
-- your hometown now looks like Detroit.
-- you think Copenhagen is a country.
-- you once drank piss from a bottle & thought it was beer until your friend started laughing.

Wafers are encouraged to contribute.

4:12 AM  
Blogger flanagle said...

"It's the year 2022...

People are still the same.
They'll do anything to
get what they need.

And they need

(-From the original movie poster) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soylent_Green
While we're not as yet hankering for some soylent, I think if they built a prototype thanatorium, say in Springfield __,USA, the lines would probably stretch down the block 24/7.
At the very least, after nearly fifty years, it is past time for a re-make. And yes, as a musical. Might "A song, a sandwich, and the best toad-licking DMT trip your sorry-ass ever had!" the new poster read? (And I can easily envision Jack Nicholson, like Edward G., in his final film role throwing a hissy fit at the last minute about the so-called 'chicken' sandwich. He's done it before.)

5:10 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


How many Americans does it take to put the country into the grave?


5:34 AM  
Blogger k_pgh said...

It tolls for thee… some music to accompany the recent blog post.

Laibach: “America” (Volk, 2006/2007) – “Are you heaven on Earth or the gloom of the grave?”

“Have you ever heard a church bell toll?” – Blind Lemon Jefferson (1893 – 1929)
Laibach: “See That My Grave Is Kept Clean”

“Tanz Mit Laibach” – Women with black wings and black feathers... Dancing with Valravens?

The tone makes the music:
What the hell is Laibach all about? – Slavoj Zizek
Zizek on Laibach, fascism, overidentification and ideology
“The ultimate expedient of Laibach is their deft manipulation of transference: their public (especially intellectuals) is obsessed with the ‘desire of the Other’ – what is Laibach’s actual position, are they truly totalitarians or not?- i.e., they address Laibach with a question and expect from them an answer, failing to notice that Laibach itself does not function as an answer but a question.” – Slavoj Zizek

12:43 PM  
Blogger Joe McIlnen said...

Dr. Berman & Wafers,
Take a funny look at yet another example of aggressiveness, anger, competitiveness, win at all costs, and a total lack of regard for another person’s safety that only can be found on USAin roads. Don’t ya just love the outcome? LOL!


1:08 PM  
Anonymous Rollo Dice said...

I don't know how you did it--you got Trump to become a WAFer. How
about paying reparation to the southern states for the damage done
by the Union during the Civil War?


4:41 PM  
Anonymous Tim I said...

Americans have resisted the expansion of nuclear power. Probably wise.

If Americans are as stupid as it's said here, then look for a np plant in your neighborhood soon.

Indeed, people are increasingly jumping on the bandwagon. It's now politically incorrect to oppose that supposedly win-win panacea to both climate change and energy insecurity. But,

"I would suggest that nuclear industry numbers about costs, timelines, and safety have historically been far off the mark"


"switching out our energy system to nuclear would result in about 93 million people dying, as we wait for all the new nuclear plants to be built in the all-nuclear scenario"


10:32 PM  
Blogger Gunnar said...

Road rage par excellence:

11:35 AM  
Anonymous Dr. Shithouse said...

Protestant, Catholic, Jew, and Chicken. Fried Chicken/Sandwiches-The US empire's civil religion.




2:04 PM  
Anonymous Nadine Bupkis said...

MB and Wafers,


I know you don't like David Pakman because he's a hustler, but this is pretty important to see. Trump just gave a speech in which he revealed himself to be demented and incapable of coherent thought. This is very exciting from a declinist point of view. Imagine the damage a demented, half-mad Trump could wreak when reelected in 2024, and how this would affect how other countries view America.

6:02 PM  
Anonymous Conor said...


My partner is pregnant. We're looking @ leaving North Carolina and somehow getting to Lisbon! Wish us luck Wafers

8:16 PM  
Blogger Harvey Funkenstein said...

So thinking maybe Russia has a legitimate concern over their border makes one a right wing nut? Americans are wizzing their pants, even with all our tough guy posturing, over poor people on our borders looking for work but Russia is supposed to be happy with our offensive military pact on their border? NPR is truly is the propaganda arm of the neo libs.


10:28 AM  
Anonymous F35 said...

Have your thoughts on elite/intellectual vs privilege changed at all? NPR (a favorite in cities) seems to focus nearly exclusively on talking about race & privilege.

The media is full of these poorly thought out discussions, and I worry that there will be an overreaction in the coming generations, where any kind of achievement will be compared against people who are struggling, so that everyone is constantly having to think about their privilege. I wonder if this is all a distraction from focusing on the real sources of power: military, corporations, and government.


1:45 PM  
Anonymous Dr. Shithouse said...

Argument over steak results in a 40 person brawl in the US empire:



6:05 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Sorry, I don't post Unknowns.

Harvey, F35-

I'm guessing we can't expect much in the way of radical analysis or critique from NPR.


Congratulations, and gd luck! A better move, I can't imagine.


I think we already knew this abt Trumpi. Perhaps he's just getting a bit worse, I dunno. But I do like the idea of him giving his inaugural address on 20 Jan 24, and drooling during it.

Dr. Shit-

1st link didn't work for me.


Whether by guns or cars, Americans are killing each other off in record #s.


This really isn't a bulletin board; it's a discussion forum. Why don't you repost, while adding a paragraph about your take on the subject.


Check out Gary Snyder's essay "Four Changes" in his 1974 bk "Turtle Island" (won the Pulitzer in 1975). Of course, why pay attn to a poet, rt?


? There's nothing in that link on that subject.


Well, grim outcome. But certainly, what America can look forward to is more guns, road rage, rage in general, nut jobs, incredible douchebaggery, and chicken sandwiches.


Does Valraven have anything to do w/Chrystal Walraven? Or Shaneka Torres? And let's not forget Laquisha Jones.


6:30 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Cdn't run it (no links or refs provided).


This recently appeared (in Spanish) in a leading Mex City newspaper:



8:19 PM  
Anonymous Dee said...


The Supreme Court’s new death penalty order should make your skin crawl

The Court’s new death penalty order is almost too cruel to be believed.

"Hamm v. Reeves, a death penalty order that the Supreme Court handed down Thursday night, is an epilogue to a longstanding tension between drug companies that do not wish their products to be used to kill people, and states that are willing to use unreliable drugs to conduct executions if effective sedatives are not available."

Chilling. This encapsulates this country pretty damn well...

9:15 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


It's an interesting question, whether nations or civs in their dying days become more cruel and violent. (I don't know the answer.)


11:12 PM  
Anonymous Rollo Dice said...

I'm sorry for violating the 24-hour rule, but the link was in the
original comment sent on Sunday, Jan 30 in the evening. I'll just
send it again. I assumed you knew.


11:16 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Pls see my reply to that link. It had 0 to do with Civil War or reparations to the South.


5:21 AM  
Anonymous Ponziworld said...


They must be serving some darn good steaks...

5:55 AM  
Anonymous Anjin-san said...

America's beating off is taking stranger and stranger turns. I can't even imagine the daily indignities of being a person of colour in the USA.


9:14 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


It might be helpful to familiarize yrself w/how this blog works. 1st, your link was already posted (Dr. Shithouse, above). 2nd, we are more a discussion forum than a bulletin board. Hence, it wd be helpful to have your take on any link you post. Thank you for yr understanding.


10:23 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Bill's latest, on woke turkeys:


4:52 PM  
Anonymous Tim I said...

If you listen to liberals, Democrats, etc. you hear that "evangelicals", the Religious Right, etc. are the enemies of freedom and the friends of fascism and are destroying democracy.

Yet, according to the following article from a few years ago it is the New Atheists and diehard rationalists and secularists who are playing into the hands of those with dictatorial ambitions.

The only thing that has any merit is "data"! I thought deGrasse Tyson is better than that. Maybe the most chilling thing I've ever read:


8:17 PM  
Anonymous Art Baker said...

It is odd that no one comments on the obvious flaw in what passes for
an American democracy: all those who voted for the winner in a district
are represented, yet all those who voted for the loser simply do not
count in what passes for a democracy. All this bunk about the better
man winning and the market of ideas certainly suggest how economic
thinking of the founders of the country has rigged the game.


8:17 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


How often have I said it, that in the US, even the smart people are stupid? Tyson proves to be yet another outstanding example of this phenomenon.


10:16 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Here it is, folks:


10:24 PM  
Blogger Miles Deli said...

Greetings MB and Wafers,

Jesus, does it get any dumber than this?:



11:29 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Yeah, I saw it. What a dummy. She needs tremendous amts of therapy, wh/shd include slapping and urine. Most Americans don't know what the Holocaust was.


11:38 AM  
Anonymous Cel-Ray Tonic said...

Thanks for the link on moving to Mexico Dr. B, still not an option for me yet, but one can dream (and plan).

So now they want to send in the military to fight antivaxxers ... in Canada?


it won't end well, not well at all.

12:36 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


I'm wondering if they will gun them down like dogs, in the street.


1:26 PM  
Blogger Christian Schulzke said...

However, as Dr. B likes to point out, bubbas are stockpiling weapons while wokes do nothing but beat off.

I honestly wouldn't worry about "the bubbas." I grew up, and still live in, bubba country, and while they stockpile and cling to their guns, it is little more than their version of 'beating off'. I have listened for 30 years to bubbas saying "one more encroachment by the left or the government, and that's it!" The left and the government joyfully crosses the line and the bubbas do nothing but assure each other, ok, we'll let it go, but next time....

150 crossed lines later....

Wash, rinse, repeat.

1:43 PM  
Anonymous hot dung said...

When did Americans start reading such bad books? Were bestseller lists this bad in 1960? 1970? The popular books are either celebrity, self-help, propaganda, or discredited research (e.g. Sapiens, Dawn of Everything). It seems most best sellers are for ignorant people without a critical mind.

I'm starting to think if a book has been on a bestseller list in the past 15 years, you should avoid it. I realized this when I picked up Graeber's latest steaming pile, which is currently a bestseller.


4:00 PM  
Anonymous Sybok said...

Miles, I'm gonna go out on a limb here & defend Whoopi's comment. She said that the Holocaust was not about race -- which would seem to be an accurate statement. The Holocaust was about Hitler's hatred of the Jewish people & his attempt to kill as many of them as he could. The thing is: Jews are evidently not a race. The Jews whom Hitler killed were largely white because the Holocaust took place in Europe, but in fact Jewish people can be found among those of African, Asian, & Semitic descent. Whoopi herself is a Jewish woman of African descent & I have no doubt that had she lived in Germany during the 3rd Reich & the Nazis were aware that she was Jewish, they would have sent her to the concentration camp right along with the European Jews. Hitler didn't hate Asians, Africans, or any other race (though he regarded Europeans as superior), he specifically hated Jews of all races & nationalities. To put this succinctly & syllogistically I would say:

The Holocaust was about killing Jews
Jews are not a race
Therefore, the Holocaust could not have been about race.

If the first two premises are true, then so is the conclusion. For the Holocaust to be about race, you'd have to assert either 1) that Jews are a subgroup within a certain race (the white race in this case); which would mean that all non-white Jews are impostors; or 2) you would have to deny that the Holocaust (as most people would understand it) ever occurred. Since neither of these alternatives could be true, then I think Whoopi's statement stands: The Holocaust could not have been about race. To me this seems like an obvious, noncontroversial statement. How anyone could interpret Whoopi's remark as racist or antisemitic boggles my mind. I don't think she has anything to apologize for.

5:22 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


The 1960 NYT best-seller lists consisted of 50% challenging, serious bks. It was downhill from then on. BTW, I like it that yr dung is hot. If there's one thing I can't stand, it's cold dung.


The Proud Boys did wimp out at the last minute on 6 Jan 2021. But things might be different in 2024, if Trumpi loses and once again, cries Fraud! And wd an uprising get quashed, w/so many cops and military being white supremacists?


5:27 PM  
Anonymous Glans Butterworth, III said...

USians took sports very seriously...



6:28 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Yr defining race a bit too narrowly, I fear. Of course the Jews are a race, but not in some narrow, academic- anthropological sense. And Hitler certainly saw them as such, no question abt that (think of how much energy the Nazis expended on nose-measuring, cranium-measuring, establishing categories of 'Mischling' and such, etc. etc.; it was a fucking race industry). Whoopi not merely misspoke; she was absurd, altho the very necessary apology did help somewhat. I think you might need to unboggle yr mind a bit. Yr word play only serves to obscure/muddle a very obvious truth.


6:39 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


I'm a bit bothered by this. Real Americans always carry a weapon. Why choke when you can blow the other party to Kingdom Come? This is what America is all abt.


10:34 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Is this whole Ukraine thing a legitimate issue, or are Putin and Biden just beating off? It seems a bit unclear. It also reminds me of the endless discussions of Brexit in the MSM, which has gone on for several yrs now, and amounts to 0. It has been little more than a smokescreen, wh/is why from the beginning I argued that the best way to understand it was via the phrase "Brexit/Schmexit." This proved to be correct. So shd we now start saying, "Ukraine/Schmukraine"? I mean, both sides might benefit domestically by resurrecting the Cold War; in wh/case, this wd be the real agenda behind the rhetoric.

What are yr thoughts on this issue?


1:16 AM  
Anonymous Tim I said...

hot dung,

I guess I am "ignorant" and "without a critical mind". I bought "The Dawn of Everything" as soon as it was released last fall, and I intend to read all of it.

One less place to escape empire:

"The car, suggested Zorn, is becoming “a personal device,” one increasingly loaded up with even more technology than the typical home or office, echoed Andrew Poliak, an executive with Panasonic Automotive.

“We’re coming to this point of convergence,” Poliak said, where many of the things a person could do at home or office can be done in the car."


1:37 AM  
Anonymous Matt Reese said...


Billions of dollars and all clean a half century from now...not so
cheap to have kept the Pentagon supplied with nuclear material for
all the bombs never used...except for those two in 1945, which also
served to let Stalin know who's the world's boss in armaments.

2:29 AM  
Blogger Nesim Watani said...

This is a good source on Ukraine. https://fair.org/home/what-you-should-really-know-about-ukraine/

Complete Beat off.

2:37 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Sorry, cdn't run it (24-hr rule).


Check out discussion of Hiroshima in "Neurotic Beauty."


Impt expose. US foreign policy never changes, does it? Hustling uber alles.


7:41 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Apparently, CNN wants me to focus my attn on stuff like this:

Elon Musk is about to get a lot richer - CNN

Mark Zuckerberg could soon lose his top 10 billionaire ranking - CNN

Inside Gwyneth Paltrow's serene California home - CNN

Where is the vomit pail, I ask you?


8:09 AM  
Anonymous Dr. Shithouse said...

No universal health care, student loans, endless wars, 800+ war monger bases, FATCA, US empire imposing its' tax regime on residents of other countries, employment at will doctrines, etc., who gives a rip US-ers, there's now a chicken sandwich dating site!



11:03 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Dr. Shit-

It had to happen eventually. How incredibly stupid Americans are. I'm wondering how long it will be b4 someone sets up a mutual chicken sandwich suppository dating site. "Ass to ass/We're first-class"--something like that.


11:46 AM  
Anonymous Frankistan said...

Dr B,

Dont miss the fun:




1:54 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


These are yr neighbors!


2:24 PM  
Blogger Jack Lattemann said...

I have found the best commentaries that cut through the BS and rhetoric over Ukraine to be recent posts by Patrick Armstrong and Scott Ritter. Armstrong, a former Russia specialist now retired from the Canadian Department of National Defense, sees Russia as deciding to draw a line on NATO expansion in Ukraine and encirclement by US missiles close to Russian borders, neither the US nor Europeans willing to muster enough military force to counter potential Russian military numbers, and the US only able to threaten economic sanctions like freezing Russian access to the SWIFT banking system of clearing international accounts that would hurt European economies’ trade with Russia much more than the US. Ritter sees Russia holding all the cards and exploiting NATO military inferiority, lack of consensus among US European allies on sanctions, and threatening shutoff of energy supplies to Europe if sanctions happen. Meanwhile, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki blasted Missouri Republican Senator Josh Hawley for his audacity in suggesting the US drop the possibility of Ukraine joining NATO, asserting Hawley was “not aligned with long standing bipartisan American values.” The whole Ukraine spectacle looks like a doubling down on imperial overstretch. As Biden promised, Nothing Will Change. Here are the links:

“Russia Moves Toward Checkmate in Ukraine” by Scott Ritter:


3:31 PM  
Blogger Miles Deli said...

Greetings MB and Wafers,


Your position is completely absurd, as MB succinctly pointed out, and your statement that Hitler "didn't hate Africans" has no leg to stand on whatsoever. For starters, you should know that the Nazis widely condemned the influence of what they called "Negro culture" on German art and music, calling it "degenerate" and "racially alien" and such terms. The Nazis may not have targeted people of African descent for systematic destruction like the Jews, but they considered blacks to be an inferior race. The Notorious Nuremberg racial laws even designated black people as a minority w/alien blood:


Hells Bells, I can't believe that I hafta point this stuff out.


3:37 PM  
Anonymous Toodles said...


This is a great song by the classic hip hop group A Tribe Called Quest, I somehow missed their new album a few yrs ago, but it is a pretty damning indictment of this society..

5:19 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Ritter is one of the few honest reporters around. I remember b4 our destruction of Iraq, his being interviewed and predicting it wd be a disaster. The interviewer told him he had drunk Saddam's koolaid. When his prediction came true, and no WMD's were found, she never bothered to apologize to him. I suspect her toadying to the war criminals in Washington led to great career opportunities for her.


Thanks for stating the obvious, and I'm hoping Sybok can take it in. Meanwhile, let me add a few more comments regarding the whole Whoopi flap. If Whoopi was using 'race' in the vernacular sense, and not in some strict anthropological sense, then she had no business saying that the Jews were not a race, or that the Holocaust was not abt race. What cd be more stupid, or repugnant? Regardless of IQ, Americans are not very bright, and this is a perfect example of it. "White on white" my ass. She's no anti-Semite, and I'm sure she wasn't trying to insult anyone; but she is an ignoramus (as are most Americans), and did a lot of mischief as a result. Instead of taking her off the air, the network shd have required her to wear a sign around her neck (maybe for a month or two):


Technically, the British, and the Jews, are "ethnic groups." Can you imagine Churchill declaring, "We are a hardy ethnic group"? Of course not. And to say, in a vernacular context, that the Jews are not a race, or that the Holocaust was not about race, is not merely stupid; it's also destructive. Again, this was hardly her intention, but it certainly feeds the flames of American anti-Semites, of which there are millions. (They used to show up on this blog in droves, dripping with venom.) I can't help thinking of the guy storming the Capitol on 6 Jan 2021 in a T-shirt that said "Camp Auschwitz," and how many Americans must have found that amusing.

I had family that died in the Holocaust, murdered because they were part of the Jewish race. I expect a personal apology from Whoopi. I'm sitting by my fone, waiting.


5:31 PM  
Anonymous Nadine Bupkis said...


Looks like Ron De Santis or Marjorie Taylor Greene might be the next American president. Trump is pro-vaccine, and De Santis and Marjorie Taylor Greene are anti-vaccine; if Trump loses in 2024 to either of these fascists, this will likely be the reason.


An excellent article by John McWhorter on the similarities between wokes and bubbas: their lust for power, their hatred of free speech, their intolerance, their arrogance, their fanatical zeal. McWhorter is one of the few American social critics who adheres to ethical principles and tells it like it is.

6:12 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


We have a half-pg-max limit rule on this blog. Pls edit yr post down by a third and re-send, thank you.


I'm w/u on McWhorter. As for Marjorie, if she runs for pres, I will come north and work fervently on her campaign. I will also bring my Jewish Space Laser w/me.


On some level, I'm guessing that a lot of Americans are aware that the country is a sham. That the distance between what it says it is, and what it actually is, hasta be measured in light-years.


6:39 PM  
Anonymous Maxwell said...

New in NYC: A cube made from $11.7 million worth of solid gold is sitting in Central Park—and has its own security detail: https://news.artnet.com/art-world/solid-gold-cube-central-park-2067281

"The German artist Niclas Castello is, of course, launching a cryptocurrency alongside the physical work."

Art for all the sickos!

7:01 PM  
Anonymous 100 Octane said...

Re Brexit, the UK left the EU two years ago...

One opinion...

Thank you for your continued efforts, onward and downward.

7:15 PM  
Blogger ccg said...


Whoopi Goldberg is the stage name of Caryn Elaine Johnson. According to Henry Louis Gates, Jr., all her ancestors are African-American. She's not Jewish.


7:22 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


So the rumor that she eats 16 oz. of chopped liver every day is not true? Damn!


When are we gonna have a chopped liver cube?


7:35 PM  
Anonymous Rollo Dice said...

Any WAFers to attend? Even if none do, they can still send cash which
will go into Trump's bank account.


7:42 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Sorry, I don't post Unknowns.


I'm holding out for Marjorie's fundraising dinner, myself. But let me ask u this: How is it that we haven't heard anything from Tulsi, or Rom Mittney? What abt their dinners?


7:48 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Here's a real piece of trash for ya:


10:40 PM  
Anonymous Tim I said...

Good reasons to not want NATO next to your doorstep. Ironically, the last article contains an interview by Russia TV24:



"Gaddafi was certainly not killed for humanitarian reasons. He wanted to empower Africa. He had a plan to create a new African Union, based on a new African economic system. He wanted to introduce the Gold Dinar to back African currencies, so they could become free from the dollar. He wanted to protect Africa’s vast natural resources from Western looting. The imperialists eliminated him."


1:26 AM  
Anonymous Sybok said...

ccg, I know it's a stage name, but apparently she really does consider herself Jewish:

Miles, read my post again. I acknowledge that Hitler was racist & considered Europeans superior (and thus Blacks inferior). Maybe I shouldn't have said he didn't hate them. Maybe he did. I guess we'll never know.

MB, I guess if the Nazi's considered Jews a race then that designation is relevant to discussions of the Holocacaust even if it was a misapplication of the word.

I've spent much of the past 24 hours reading articles by both Jews & those who hate them in an attempt to understand in what sense Jews could be a race. What I've learned is that while Jews, anti-semites, & philo-semites largely agree that they are a race, none of them can provide a coherent explanation of how a race could be composed soley of individuals of other races. I tried to understand where they were coming from -- even tried to venn diagram it -- but I just don't get it & probably never will. In any case, I don't think the subject is worth debating anymore & am ready to move on.

6:32 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


No misapplication involved, as I've already explained, and yr search for a technically coherent explanation is much beside the pt. It's *your* thinking this whole time that has been incoherent, and largely upside-down.


What exactly was Hillary's role in all of that?


10:04 AM  
Blogger Sanguillen39 said...

Dr. Berman,

Here is an ad broadcasting some of the extreme rhetoric/mindset we find in America today :


10:54 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


I do like the T-shirt that says, "Well shit that didn't work." Truer words never spoken. John Adams was in fact wondering abt that in the late 18C, and Benjamin Rush (Philadelphia physician) predicted it wd end in an orgy of selfishness.


11:05 AM  
Anonymous Cherith Cutestory said...

Reading a book titled San Fransicko, about progressives ruining everything they touch. It focuses on SF, with examples of how their idiotic (but good intentioned) policies make the problems they try to solve catastrophically worse, and goes into detail about their trail of devastation on issues like homelessness, drugs, mental illness and others.

I thought Republicans were the key to our decline but it just may now I think progressives should be given carte blanche and stack every influential position in the government. They will run the empire to the ground in record time.

11:46 AM  
Blogger Nesim Watani said...

Hi wafers, been really busy but love coming back :)

Hillary's role in the regime change of Libya.


She is human garbage personified. This shows what a ghoul she is. Titled: UK: Hillary Clinton used destruction of Libya to run in election - Assange on emails


12:59 PM  
Anonymous Nadine Bupkis said...


Bubbas are crazy.


Wokes are also crazy.

As Dr. B says, America has become a bad joke. Its ideologies and public discourse have become psychotic. Whether it's bubbas claiming vaccines implant people with computer chips, or wokes claiming there are three hundred genders and six hundred sexualities, the whole nation is batshit crazy. And it's going to get much worse over the next few decades, though I can scarcely imagine how.

I hope America's descent into madness helps other countries realize how toxic American values are. I hope other countries look at America's plight and cultivate compassion instead of cruelty, cooperation instead of competition, and humility instead of narcissism. Maybe this won't happen in our lifetimes, but there's every reason to hope it will happen eventually. All great art, music and literature speak volumes about the human spirit, and show what humanity is capable of.

6:17 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Remember that declinistically speaking, Bad Is Good. I love the bubbas (and the bubbot), the wokes, and in fact all Americans. Just keep on doing what yr doing, folks; yr making history as we speak. Bill Maher is quite sober abt this re: Democratic beating off, or climate change:


The only things that can turn things around at this pt are:
1. An intervention from Tulsi
2. Nationwide slapping therapy
3. Nationwide urine therapy

But Tulsi is heavily invested in Cranial-Rectal Embedment (CRE), and there just aren't enuf Wafers around to effect #s 2 and 3.

But long term, let's hope yr rt. Let's hope the human spirit triumphs in the end. In the meantime, take heart from that famous line from Gore Vidal: "Stupidity excites me." We need to appreciate the fact that on one level, at least, the surreal absurdity of contemporary American life is fucking hilarious.


7:33 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

ps: In WAF ch. 4, I tried to paint a more realistic, and nuanced, portrait of the antebellum South, and the true causes of the Civil War. Of course, inasmuch as Americans are 100% Manichaean and not terribly bright, I was just vilified as a racist, end of story. Now I haven't read the following bk, but I'm wondering if its author was trying to do something similar (maybe someone read it and report back?):


7:40 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

ps2: I just screened Martin Scorsese's masterpiece, "The Irishman," for the 2nd or 3rd time. If you want a portrait of the American Dream at its most virulent, this is the film to see. Meanwhile, I've been working on constructing what I call "The Declinist's Crossword Puzzle." It's 20 spaces Across, and 17 spaces Down. Here's what I've got so far:

1. Descriptive term for an American
2. Another descriptive term for an American (2 words)
17. Ho Chi ____

1. What Americans spend most of their time doing? (2 words)
8. What American life is all about
10. Whoopi's flub
17. What American life is all about
20. What American life is all about (2 words)

1. Buffoon
2. Horsesass
17. Minh

1. Beatingoff
8. Hustling
10. Race
17. Money
20. Hurtingpeople

8:24 PM  
Anonymous Rollo Dice said...

To answer your question about those fund raisers and the food, I got
some insider info that all three offer (a)bring your own bag lunch,
(b)bring phone numbers for delivered Chinese for pizza, and (c)in
either case, do not forget your checkbook.

I dare not reveal my sources by sending a link that knows all about
Marjorie, Tulsi, and Mittney.

8:30 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Just look at this guy's face, fer chrissakes:



10:39 AM  
Blogger Gunnar said...

Maybe a future paleontologist (or alien) will dig up Americans and find a similar result…skulls invaded by worms sounds strangely prescient.


11:08 AM  
Blogger Thomas Strimpel said...

Well this is a damned travesty. The Mill Canyon Dinosaur Tracksite in Moab, Utah is one of the best preserved and species-diverse dinosaur tracksites in the country (a natural treasure to be sure). In a move of rank incompetence, the BLM made a botched effort to replace the boardwalk surrounding the priceless fossils without sending a paleontologist on site to make sure nobody drove a multi-ton backhoe over the actual tracks. That’s exactly what happened. They’ve been quick to circle the wagons and deny that any harm to the site was even made. Tell me, how do they expect to “increase public access” to the fossils if that involves destroying them?


1:51 PM  
Anonymous Tim I said...


What I really wanted to share about NATO:


Hillary? She urged U.S. intervention more than anybody else, apparently. The leaked emails show she knew the truth. But like Obama said in the 2nd 2012 debate with Romney, he was her boss, so he's ultimately responsible.

Just when you think it can't get any worse for the Enlightenment (sorry, Pinker):


3:24 PM  
Anonymous MH said...

I just wanted to chime in with a good summary of what the US strategy is in Ukraine; namely, US foreign policy has devolved into "encirclement" (sanctions) and containment (military): https://www.moonofalabama.org/2022/02/how-misguided-grant-strategy-led-to-the-us-defeat.html#more

Another item that I wanted to bring up was the emerging awareness on other countries of the reality inside the US. Helena Villar, a Spanish journalist, has wrote a good book about it (United Slaves: the other face of the American dream) and recently gave an interview to RT (it is in Spanish): https://actualidad.rt.com/actualidad/418557-entrevista-helena-villar-esclavos-unidos-libro "The US is the greatest country in the world only if you are rich." "...[this book] is a warning to put value in those structures and foundations that still exist in other societies which are important to defend like community, sindicalism and class sentiment."

8:20 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Very gd clips, thank you. This revival of the Cold War will have the American people, as b4, clueless and blindly cheering US foreign policy. "Americans never learn," said Gore Vidal; "it's part of our charm." As for your 2nd clip, a few studies over the past few yrs established that the poor in America are the most patriotic sector of all. Homeless encampments fly the American flag over themselves. Their belief is that the American Dream is fully alive; that everyone has an equal opportunity to play the game; and that if you fail, you have no one to blame but yrself.


9:37 AM  
Anonymous Glans Butterworth, III said...

As an anecdotal example of Dr. Berman's statement about the poor in America being the most patriotic of all (believing in the "American Dream" propaganda), was working in many rural Southern areas, all you see above numerous dilapidated houses, mobile homes, cars, is the American flag, red/white/blue kitschy items, love it or leave it signage, etc.

11:30 AM  
Anonymous Afrofuturism said...

The Afrofuturism conference is happening now in New York. What are your thoughts on Anthony Braxton? He'll call out the politically correct stuff, but then he says nonsense like this:

"In my opinion, the United States of America is one of the greatest countries that has ever happened to humanity. I think the men and women of America are some of the best people on this planet"

Maybe I'm unenlightened, but experimental music/film/art just seems like pretentious decadence and is just another sign of collapse of America.


2:08 PM  
Blogger Jack Lattemann said...

In news shaking Olympia, WA, Evergreen College has reported that enrollment continues to decline since fall quarter. Total enrollment fell from 2,000 to 1,952. College officials hope to reverse the trend with a new School of Professional Studies, to come before the college board for approval in March and to be focused on working certificate programs in business, environment, computer science, art, media, and design. The college also announced that its new Social Justice Center has opened to offer training in diversity, equity, inclusion and anti-racism:


This spring quarter would seem to be an ideal time to offer the Introduction to Tulsism 101, which would check a number of boxes in the certificate program. And the Social Justice Center could offer a seminar on “The Rights of Jewish Space Laser Users” with video link to the GSWH in Mexico.

2:32 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


We can only hope that all of its efforts, save for the courses in Tulsism and the Jewish Lasers, will collapse like a pile of brittle dogshit, and that enrollment will continue to head south. But I wd suggest the addition of a course on the absurdity of faculty and admin, and how they need to be punished with sticks.


That quote cd indicate advanced brain damage. As for the conference: hard to tell. Cd be Advanced Beating Off (ABO).


3:21 PM  
Anonymous Dr. Shithouse said...

Wafer Jack Lattemann: Or maybe Evergreen College offering a concentration in chicken sandwich studies.




USians-walking jokes.

3:22 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

This I really like:


6:51 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Annals of the Great American Military:


I sometimes wonder if there isn't a single aspect of America, a single institution, that is not heavily involved in beating off. Foreign policy, the Ukraine flap, education, the Supreme Court...


1:37 AM  
Anonymous Mike R. said...

Dr. Berman, regarding the US military beating off, US-ers still have no health care, poor infrastructure, huge student loans, no real elder care, little job security, have to pay to prepare and 'file taxes,' FATCA, mass shootings, etc... yet, the imperialistic clown show is on "operations" in the South China sea?!

What the f$ck is the US empire doing there when they're are so many domestic problems?

$100,000,000 for a single war plane...it's disgusting to think abt that as so many US-ers sit for the AM commute.

8:00 AM  
Anonymous MH said...

Found this article by Michael Hudson which perfectly explains the dilemma the US faces on the international stage right now. The new Cold War against Russia and China has the objective of keeping US allies under its thumb: "The Iron Curtain of the 1940s and ‘50s was ostensibly designed to isolate Russia from Western Europe – to keep out Communist ideology and military penetration. Today’s sanctions regime is aimed inward, to prevent America’s NATO and other Western allies from opening up more trade and investment with Russia and China." https://thesaker.is/americas-real-adversaries-are-its-european-and-other-allies-the-u-s-aim-is-to-keep-them-from-trading-with-china-and-russia/

Highly recommended reading. I would also like to ask you, Professor and other Wafers, to remind me of that book written - I believe - by a Lithuanian immigrant describing his experience living in America and realizing what a mistake it was to come here. "Describing America as it is" I think was the name. Have not been able to find anywhere and I can't remember the name of the author...

9:36 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Sorry, I don't recall the bk.


10:54 AM  
Anonymous alternative history said...

I believe there's a new mythology being created right now in response to covid lockdowns, the rise of the internet, military-corporate control, mass stupidity, and globalized isolation. I believe these videos & blogs to be a kind of code language that gets past the censors, and is a commentary on the present. The more physical/literal minded of the population dismisses all of this as fiction & conspiracy, but I think these alternative histories tap into something deeper in human consciousness. I look at this like how a kabbalist knows scripture is purely mystical code language, that none of it is literally/physically true.


11:03 AM  
Blogger Michael Burgess said...

Hi Dr. Berman and Wafers:

I think this book by Valdas Anelauskas published in 2002 is the book that MH is referring to. Check out the book reviews too. Wafers, I suspect, would find much to agree with in this book.


12:02 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Looks gd, thanks.


2:19 PM  
Blogger Arthur V. said...

Good afternoon Dr. Berman and Wafers:

I wondering if anyone has a take on the Joe Rogan flap-up. I don't have Spotify, but I have on occasion watched a Rogan interview on YouTube. I found that he long form interviews a variety of people from various fields. To be sure, he sometimes interviews crackpots, but more often it's serious writers, scientists, etc. I don't particularly like what he said about Covid, but are we so far gone that we can't listen to a point of view, agree or disagree, challenge if necessary, then move on. I don't agree with everything I read here. But isn't that the point of mature, serious discussion?

Stay safe all.

3:35 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


There is no more mature, serious discussion in America, except here (of course). As for Rogan etc., here is my honest opinion of the whole flap:



4:20 PM  
Blogger Joe McIlnen said...

Dr. Berman & Wafers,
Check out the latest use of USAin tax dollars being put to good use by the Nashville Police. It must go hand in hand with that “southern hospitality” down in Tennessee on their roads. LOL!


And let’s not forget that our “American women ( stay away from meeeee)” also take part in it.


5:24 PM  
Anonymous Quincey said...

‘Inspired by Che Guevara and Fidel Castro,’ a New York restaurant missteps in Miami

Read more at: https://www.miamiherald.com/miami-com/restaurants/article258168363.html

^^^America's understanding of history in a nutshell

10:51 PM  
Anonymous B. Louis said...

WAFers should appreciate the story of 'Jeremy', a casualty of America itself.

He was a sensitive and artistically gifted boy who committed suicide in front of his classmates in 1991. Even today, details about him are hard to come by, but most of the kids agreed that he was isolated.

Nonetheless, he was so artistically inclined that he was able to draw this at the age of SEVEN:


He was immortalized in this video. This is the unedited version that was never broadcasted:


11:37 PM  
Blogger Gunnar said...

“welcome back to school kiddos, did ya miss us?”
Answer - “Fuck No!”


School “reform” (like many others) is no more than trying to revive a corpse, like putting food in a dead man’s mouth, massaging its jaw, and wondering why the fucker won’t swallow.

11:44 AM  
Anonymous Nadine Bupkis said...


Thomas Friedman has become a full-fledged neocon. Like most Americans, he's moved to the right throughout his career. It's only a matter of time before he joins the Republican Party and starts broadcasting right-wing conspiracy theories. Even worse, no amount of urine or slapping can help Friedman come to his senses.

11:51 AM  
Anonymous Meredith said...

“A crime on a world-historical scale” - that nobody seems to care about.


1:09 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Friedman is the lowest of the low, one of the worst specimens produced by this country. Try this:


Millions of Americans think he's fabulous.


1:20 PM  
Anonymous Haute Dung said...

What do you think about the concept that much of chronological history never actually happened, but was created in modern times? I've heard you mention the 'Jesus myth' theory, but there are theories that not only was Jesus a fabrication, but the entire Dark Ages were a fabrication and that the 'church fathers' never really existed.

Some people think we're actually living closer to the year 1000, that ancient Rome & ancient Greece never really existed, that these are all modern fabrications & forgeries. Some think the Catholic Church began around the time of Hildebrand, that they forged a false previous history.


2:03 PM  
Blogger Ajay Singh said...

Dear Dr. Berman & Wafers: The weather forecast for Merka certainly isn't looking good. A friend wrote from allegedly liberal Missoula, Montana, this a.m. to say the city council there unanimously approved an expenditure for training of local police by Killology. Even council members who questioned the expenditure went along. The mayor, who started out strong 4 terms ago, has become an apologist for the police (and real estate developers).

Here's a link to a WAPO article by Radley Balko, who has written extensively about the militarization of U.S. police forces:


From the article: "The term 'killology' was coined by Dave Grossman, a former Army Ranger and U.S. Military Academy psychology professor who has zigzagged the country to bring his police seminars to thousands of officers. His 1995 book, 'On Killing,' explores the psychological reaction to extreme violence. It asserts that people need, in a sense, to be trained to have a healthy emotional reaction to killing. It is on the Marine Corps Commandant’s Professional Reading List and has been part of the curriculum at the FBI and the nation’s service academies."

2:16 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Guns, rage, death. The more of these, the faster our decline.


That strikes me as a load of Hot Dung. But check out a recent bk called "Bright Ages."


3:31 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


In "The Origins of Totalitarianism," Hannah Arendt argued that mass society led to isolation and loneliness, wh/in turn led to the deterioration of political life. This loneliness was "the common ground for terror, the essence of totalitarian government." For the loneliness left people yearning for belonging, and they would as a result be happy to belong to practically anything. This she wrote in 1951, w/o specifically predicting fascism for America. Which I did in 1989 (in CTOS). Decades later for both of us, Trumpi arrives! Por favor, Senor Trumpi: Save Us!


4:15 PM  
Blogger Joe McIlnen said...

Let’s all sing along for that great conservative “all American” bastion of “family values”: the “Second Amendment loving” state of Texas!

“The state of Cruz, and Abbott too, deep in the heart of Texas.
The angry right, they’re not too bright, deep in the heart of Texas.
They kill with guns, and everyone, deep in the heart of Texas.
They won’t think twice, it’s their zeitgeist, deep in the heart of Texas.
At night or day, they’re in road rage, deep in the heart of Texas.
The bullets fly, all ages die, deep in the heart of Texas.”


U.S.A.!, U.S.A.!, U.S.A.!

5:43 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


That the US consists of ignorant buffoons is hardly a recent development. T.S. Eliot won the Nobel Prize in Lit in 1948, and was interviewed by an American reporter (this in Princeton). He asked Eliot for what the Nobel had been awarded. Eliot said that he assumed it was "for the entire corpus." To this the reporter replied, "And when did you publish *that*?"

Is there an entity on the planet dumber than an American?


6:10 PM  
Blogger anderszornpalette said...

Arthur - The Rogan controversy can be summed up like this:

He has honest, long form conversations with almost anyone. He doesn’t claim to be an intellectual, he’s just a genuinely curious person. He’s a comedian with no agenda other than talking to people he finds interesting in one aspect or another. He never planned on blowing up into one of the most downloaded and listened to podcasts in the world, it was organic.

Because of his honesty and good faith, more people place trust in his podcasts than they would listening to CNN, FOX, MS13DNC, eh, I mean MSNBC, etc. especially after his conversation with Dr Sanjay Gupta, where he confronted Gupta with the fact that CNN lied about his use of IVM. And because he has platformed guests that counter mainstream narratives (Glenn Greenwald, Snowden, Dr Malone, etc), the powerful want him neutered. He’s too influential in terms of public persuasion.

Last but not least, dumb Americans being told Rogan is hunting triceratops! https://youtu.be/KFuFqA4CG78

6:18 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Do you have that link where Rogan confronted Gupta, by any chance? (And be sure to identify stuff like IVM, in future.) Also, Malone worked on mRNA. Someone just sent me this:

"It is imperative that worldwide administration of the mRNA vaccinations be stopped immediately until further studies are conducted to determine the extent of the potential pathological consequences outlined in this paper. It is not possible for these vaccinations to be considered part of a public health campaign without a detailed analysis of the human impact of the potential collateral damage. It is also imperative that VAERS and other monitoring system be optimized to detect signals related to the health consequences of mRNA vaccination we have outlined. We believe the upgraded VAERS monitoring system described in the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Inc. study, but unfortunately not supported by the CDC, would be a valuable start in this regard. In the end, we are not exaggerating to say that billions of lives are at stake. We call on the public health institutions to demonstrate, with evidence, why the issues discussed in this paper are not relevant to public health, or to acknowledge that they are and to act accordingly. Until our public health institutions do what is right in this regard, we encourage all individuals to make their own health care decisions with this information as a contributing factor in those decisions."

The above is from:
Innate Immune Suppression by SARS-CoV-2 mRNA Vaccinations: The role of G-quadruplexes, exosomes and microRNAs


7:04 PM  
Anonymous Matt Reese said...

Say, you live where this soup is served. Did she make a mistake?

7:30 PM  
Blogger anderszornpalette said...

Breaking the 24 hr rule to post the Gupta-Rogan link. Please forgive.


Also, Dr. Malone's views are very controversial, so that's one of the many reasons why Rogan came under so much heat. But instead of countering Malone's claims, the mainstream just tries to silence the discussion, hence Rogan's popularity. Streisand effect.


7:36 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


How did Barb get into this??


She's abt as smart as a bag of hammers. But let me be clear on this pt: If she runs for pres in 2024, I will come north and work like a dog on her campaign. Esp. if Tulsi is her running mate. And I will hose down the opposition w/Jewish Space Lasers. As for soup: borscht yes, gazpacho not so much.


7:54 PM  
Blogger Arthur V. said...

Good evening Dr. Berman and Wafers:

If one goes to YouTube and types in Joe Rogan Gupta Interview a number of clips pop-up. I found this one most to the point concerning their conversation.


Also, I can't say for sure but the quote you posted above sounds more like something Dr. Malone would say not Gupta. As you know, the Rogan/Malone interview, in which Rogan never challenged anything the good doc said, is what really started the dust up. If he had argued with Malone to the same extent he argued with Gupta my guess is that would've been the end of it. Except, of course, for the woke crowd which is never satisfied.

Stay safe all.

8:37 PM  
Anonymous Tim I said...


That's a real eye-opening article, especially the part about de-industrialization, and how re-industrialization won't work. Plenty of us US workers know what it's like to do "customer service", but how many now know what it's like to make durable goods?

An almost complete description of Americans today: "That’s why we prefer the term market fundamentalist. It captures the narrow dogmatism of modern neoliberal political economy. It also captures the magical thinking—the nearly religious faith in markets to solve all problems and meet all needs."

Reckoning with that "magical thinking" is the most frustrating thing about participating in US democracy.


9:39 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


No, I wasn't saying that quote was from Gupta. It's from some study of mRNA, wh/source I cite. I didn't think the author was Malone, but then I don't know v. much. Anyway, Anders already posted a Rogan-Gupta link. I think by now we can leave it all behind, except for the fact that on "Big Bang Theory," Rajesh has a disastrous date with a Lalita Gupta, and she leaves with Sheldon, if that can be believed.


9:42 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Someone sent it to me; I have no idea if it was peer-reviewed or not. If you want to get yrself deleted, keep up the Attitude, amigo. Smart move.


10:46 PM  
Blogger Landulf said...

Hello Dr. B, One of the 4-5 contributors to the article about the Covid 19 vaxxes you posted a quote from is an MIT scientist by the name of Stephanie Seneff. In spite of her impressive credentials, she sounds, to say the least, a bit “sketchy” to me. I am basing that claim on this Wiki article about her as it’s the only thing i’ve read about Dr. Seneff so far in its entirety. A google search of her name produced plenty of other articles about her and based on what little I read of them…the general consensus in the scientific community SEEMS to be that she’s been regarded as a quack for at least 10 years now. I know nothing about the other individuals who contributed to this article. Now I myself am not making ANY claims about her one way or another or at least none that I hold with an acceptable degree of confidence. For one thing…my expertise in the relevant fields is quite limited and therefore I don’t know all that I should know in order to call her a quack OR a brave and independent “voice crying out in the wilderness”. Considering what’s at stake here, I just thought this is something you and several others here should know. Basically I don’t even trust my own mother these days, so hopefully others will understand my position on this matter and refrain from “shooting the messenger”. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephanie_Seneff

1:22 AM  
Blogger NeilW said...

''But something darker and deeper seems to be happening as well — a long-term loss of solidarity, a long-term rise in estrangement and hostility. This is what it feels like to live in a society that is dissolving from the bottom up as much as from the top down'' https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/13/opinion/america-falling-apart.html

2:30 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Brooks is a colossal shmuck, and an American cheerleader. His long-term phony/misguided optimism probably contributed to the situation he's describing. But perhaps he got it rt this time.


I'm beginning to wonder if anyone knows *anything* about these vaccines. I certainly don't, and I haven't a clue as to how to distinguish between false and real in this area. Once again, I think we just hafta let the subject go, and stick to dissolution of empire.


9:26 AM  
Anonymous Cherith Cutestory said...

Ajay, I read Grossman's On Killing. Some of what he says is true about how combat is corrosive and toxic, but the parts where he glorifies the US military even when they kill people in other nations is insane. He doesn't tip toe, he uses no euphemisms; he's boastful about being from the biggest terrorist organization in recent history (US military) and heaps outright praise on these genocidal scumbags. I got shivers reading the book of a deranged psychotic murderer. I bought it mistakenly thinking it was going to be like the spectacular Meditations on Violence by Rory Miller, a book everyone should read more than once.


Out of topic but I love Wafers and I want you all to have happy, healthy lives: please add strength training to your exercise routines. A new start after 60: ‘I was sick, tired and had lost myself – until I began lifting weights at 71’

11:49 AM  
Blogger Gunnar said...

This is a conceptual art masterpiece! First b/c everyone is doing the same, and second it’s the art of no-art (think honest kitsch). And who paints while their house is on fire?


3:14 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Malevich did it more than 100 yrs ago. The West is depleted; it can only recycle old shit.


3:31 PM  
Blogger Joe McIlnen said...

“You, who are on the road
Must have a code
That you can live by……” -Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young: Teach Your Children


Like the GSWH, I too am enjoying and getting a good chuckle watching this angry pathetic country dissolving in violence.
Hey Doctor, What do you think of this guy’s mugshot?

p.s. Folks, there may be a good funny “testosterone versus testosterone” spectacle on Sunday. The truckers are thinking of disrupting traffic at the Super Bowl. Ha!Ha!Ha! And then it may be on to Schmiden’s State of the Union.


U.S.A.!, U.S.A.!, U.S.A.!

5:46 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


A classic American turkey, obviously. Ugly as sin. No amount of slapping can cure him.


5:57 PM  
Anonymous Nadine Bupkis said...


This podcaster is a Trumpite fascist, but he still did a great video about wokeness at Columbia University, which recently held a graduation that was racially segregated in order to "protect" minorities from exposure to whites. How ironic that many "anti-racist" wokes are reviving the Jim Crow era.

Many of the leaders of the woke movement are rich WASP women who are growing ever richer off the backs of the minorities they claim to love. The other leaders of the movement, like the founder of BLM, have amassed huge fortunes and purchased mansions in rich white neighborhoods. The movement is a sham; its true goals are far-right, not far-left.

7:30 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Have none of the faculty commented on this absurdity? Not even Eric Foner? As for yr 2nd paragraph: proof? (esp. of the first sentence)


8:41 PM  
Anonymous Dr. Shithouse said...

Who cares about endless wars-imperialism, Shmiden, Schogan, woke joke, Stupid Bowl, we have....the chicken sandwich "wars"...


8:53 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Dr. Shit-

I have this image of a hip American artist painting a very lg canvas, showing a naked rear end with the anus stuffed w/a chicken sandwich. Title of painting: America. This wd be unveiled by Tulsi at the World Tulsi Conference, to be held on the Evergreen campus April 1st. Jack L., in introducing Tulsi, wd refer to this painting as "the greatest breakthru in the arts since Jackson Pollock," and then, after Tulsi's moving address (wh/wd include her showing her workout tape), I wd read from my 5-vol. work, "Cornerstones of Tulsism" (a few of the pages actually do have text printed on them). At the climax, everyone in the audience wd be instructed to go into a frenzy and bite the person nearest to them.

Hey, a man can dream.


9:40 PM  
Blogger Gunnar said...

More kids getting pummeled @ school:

If you have to quantify the disorder then the runaway horse left the barn years ago.

“Lies, damned lies, and statistics” - attributed to Mark Twain

10:14 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Disraeli said it, I think.


11:05 AM  
Anonymous The Flabster said...

So I haven’t posted in some time as I’m trying to stay off my douche phone as much as possible. My sense is that decline has rapidly accelerated even in the past few weeks.

I like this description of how we now experience goods and services:


The number of articles I’ve seen similar to the one posted by Gunnar is rising. We could do some number crunching and call the decline index or something of the nature.

12:37 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Note that I normally don't post other blogs on this one, inasmuch as this is the only one worth reading. But yes, yr rt, the MSM is now publishing articles on the US going to hell in a basket. Of course, they cd have read this in my Twilight bk 22 yrs ago, but then they are clueless morons in denial, and need to be beaten severely. What can ya do?


12:44 PM  
Blogger Sanguillen39 said...

Dr. Berman,

Here is a little video I came across on YouTube about current events and their ramifications. However, I believe the speaker is a tad more pessimistic about what's coming down the line. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lUSh74wWVOQ

3:52 PM  
Blogger anderszornpalette said...

A debate at Oxford about meat consumption being a form of white supremacy. Dr Berman, I doubt even you saw this coming 22 years ago when you wrote Twilight. This is our current reality? This is funnier than almost anything Dave Chappelle could write.


I'm waiting for news of this being a prank. Praying for it to be honest.

7:51 PM  
Anonymous Glans Butterworth, III said...

Just another day in the most amazing, exceptional, streets paved in gold place in the whole wide world...


7:54 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


When u think abt it, everything is white supremacy. Even black supremacy is white supremacy. Meat consumption, veganism, Tulsi, Louis Farrakhan, Betty Crocker--it's all white supremacy.


8:12 PM  
Blogger Brian said...

Jesus Christ Chicken Sandwiches,

Following the news, it looks like we have a demented administration high on the crack-pipe of American exceptionalism pushing the world towards a gruesome apocalypse; Yeah, let's just beat the war drums to be tough and strong against a nuclear armed power-- Let's show the evil demon Putin what a real man is; U.S.A, U.S.A, U.S.A.!

Chomskian analysis:

Has America actually gone crazy enough to want to initiate an actual war with Russia?

8:15 PM  
Anonymous B. Louis said...


I'm VERY familiar with Sam Vakinin. His writing got me through a very difficult period in my life where I had gotten involved with an outright psychopath of a woman. I won't go into the gory details, but she was a model who had a 'revenge abortion' to get back at her ex-husband.

Believe me. If he's starting to notice the widespread mental illness in Western society, you can REST ASSURED, it's real.

8:16 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Check out a few of the essays in QOV in wh/I discuss the American need for an Evil Enemy--a psychology that goes back centuries, and is the core of our foreign policy. This type of Manichaean 'thinking', wh/includes the Cold War in all of its replications (like, today), is all that Americans know how to do. In that earlier Cold War, John Foster Dulles called it 'brinksmanship', and he was one sick dude (check out "The Brothers," by Stephen Kinzer). In this sense, Biden is a marionette on strings, being played by unseen forces, so to speak. As a result, anything could happen at this pt. Let's hope Biden is scared enuf to back off at the last moment.

There is a true bottom line here, which 99.99% of the American public can't see: the US is actually insane.


9:55 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

ps: Fascinating to see how the NYT and other MSM whip up fear/anger at Russia on a daily basis. A clueless public will just go along w/it, because Americans are not very bright, live in an emotional B&W world, and don't really understand the concept of dialogue. So not much interest around in exploring the Russian side of the story (what a surprise). We learn nothing. Decades go by, and we do the same old shit. Sounds rather similar to the hysteria of the Cold War and the McCarthy era.

11:13 PM  
Anonymous FerQ said...

To MB:

You mentioned the American need for an enemy and their Manichaean thinking and it seems that their mentality is reflected not only in their foreign policy but also in the American population itself. It is no wonder why that in American schools, the workplace and even in places of worship, there is always a culture of cliques, exclusive groups, bullying, "the cool crowd", the labeling of others as "wierdos" or "strange", meaningless gossip and of course violence. I used to wonder why it was like that but when you mentioned about American Manichaean thinking, that was when I found the answer.

About the tension with Russia that is going on now, do you think that it could be that the
US is making a big show because it wants to save face after the world watched it get defeated in Afghanistan?

2:12 AM  
Blogger Joe McIlnen said...

Dr. Berman & Wafers,
Check this out. Only in the angry U.S.A.!, U.S.A.!, U.S.A.!, and especially in that great conservative gun toting state of Texas, can one have a gun shot at him after using his car horn to warn a fellow driver of something.


Guns and more guns everywhere
with not a moment’s peace
Guns and shootings everywhere
this country’s self defeat


And just in time for the Stupid Bowl where, of all things, commercials are extolled, here’s one showing our elected politicians blowing each other away! Ya gotta love it! LOL!

What a totally pathetic, dumbed-down society this country is.

12:28 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


I'm thinking we need to set up a Laff-Death Institute (LDI), to teach people how to gun each other down in the street like dogs. The impt thing is, that as you blow them away, you laugh, and shout "Take that, sucka!"

ps: watch length.


12:45 PM  
Blogger Jack Lattemann said...

Could the Ukraine crisis eventually be viewed as a U.S. “suez moment” of imperial overstretch? Economist Michael Hudson posted a comprehensive big-picture analysis, making the case for how DC political elites are trying to use NATO as a tool to keep Europeans in the American economic orbit by denying potential gains in trade with Russia and China:


Meanwhile, consistent with Hudson’s essay, Scott Ritter posts the obituary for NATO, whose impotence has been exposed by the Russians who don’t appreciate the attempted encirclement:


And hordes of lobbyists have been at work on DC pols to point out the excellent business opportunities that would be afforded by proxy war in the Ukraine:


Memo to Dr. Shit: I have sent MB a copy of the painting “America”, reaffirming your reference to “chicken sandwich wars”. Self-insertion to bring the war home, as it were.

3:12 PM  
Anonymous Namaste said...

Hello Mr. Berman,

What a fantastic country ... so the police can just enter your home on the basis of a “no knock” warrant and kill someone without identifying if It’s the correct person lol... and imagine that in a so called exceptional nation/civilisation blah blah, one has to sleep with a handgun by their side. Must be really peaceful out there.


4:24 PM  
Anonymous Nadine Bupkis said...


The Great Orange Douchebag is attention whoring once again. As he continues to mentally unravel, the unconscious programming from his childhood is laid bare. And like all other Americans, Trump has as much self-awareness as your average flea.


If the West is depleted, why hasn't the East become depleted as well? I'm interested to hear your thoughts.

6:59 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


The impt thing is for the US gov't to get Americans focused on an Evil Enemy, and to whip up as much hysteria as possible:


We are moving from Beating Off to Advanced Beating Off (ABO).


7:18 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Those 'other Americans', of course, wd include David Pakman, imo. As for East vs. West: Last yr Bill Maher did a 7-min. clip called something like "Americans Are Dumb." What he did was compare Americans to the Chinese, showing that while the former cdn't build an indoor den, the Chinese were busy constructing skyscrapers. One example among many, in those 7 minutes. In every area of life, Maher showed that the Chinese were efficient and hardworking and savvy, and that Americans were dickheads. I esp. liked this Maher episode because he didn't talk like Chomsky or Hedges abt the evil corporations or the elite, but put the blame squarely where it belonged: on Americans and the American character. Of course, I myself follow in the great tradition of H.L. Mencken, George Carlin, and Gore Vidal, in recognizing this; perhaps Bill can now be added to this very rare list, of individuals who are truly insightful as opposed to pseudo-insightful (all modesty aside).

Some yrs ago I read that 92% of the Vietnamese people wrote poetry. The figure is high for Russians as well, for whom folks such as Anna Akhmatova are heroes (they can recite sections of her work by heart). I wonder if even 33% of Americans know what poetry *is*, let alone read it, let alone write it. If you stop any random American on the street and ask them who Robt Frost was, chances are they will stare at you with a loopy look on their faces. In a nation of 332 million people, I doubt that 100 of them wd be able to name the poem of which this is the first line: "Two roads diverged in a yellow wood..."

The literature on anti-intellectualism in American life, starting with Richd Hofstadter ca. 1959, is quite dense. Americans hate intellectuals and sneer at poetry and the life of the mind. Of course, you might say, "Well, that's just the bubbas." The problem is that most wokes pursue the intellectual life only to show off (another form of virtue signaling). They quote Rilke or Heine only to show that they know these writers, and are therefore superior to their neighbors (whose names they don't even know). But do they get what Rilke is actually saying? Do they undertake to change their lives, as he urges us to do? Not bloody likely. So what we've got is a nation of 50% boors, who are accurately represented by Trumpaloni, and 50% snobs, who think Schmiden is some sort of radical break w/our neoliberal, and very militant/belligerent past. No amount of slapping, or of urine, cd wake such people up.

Anyway, a lot more cd be said (abt India, for example, or perhaps Cambodia), but here's the crucial pt: many non-American societies have depth; they think deeply abt things. Americans are shallow as a dime; frivolous people, buffoons, who beat off and think it's effective action. As the US sinks into 3rd-rate status, and China emerges as the new hegemon, shd we really be surprised?


8:23 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Sorry, I cdn't run it due to the length rule. Cd you edit it down to half a page, and re-send? Mille grazie.


8:40 AM  
Blogger Cj said...

Hi Professor, fascinating essay by Claus Leggewie in the LA Review of Books about the 1937 book 'The Power of the Charlatan' by Grete De Francesco. The book was inspired by Thomas Mann's 'Mario and the Magician'. H/T to nakedcapitalism.com

Start Excerpt: In her study of the charlatan figure, de Francesco carefully avoided drawing conclusions for her own time. And yet her observations on the nature and mechanisms of charlatanry are valuable not just for the era of fascism but for the early 21st century as well.

The charlatan — or fake, as we would perhaps say — is shrewd rather than intelligent, a sciolist. He does not imitate; he distorts, not least reality, by means of his falsehoods. He relies on science as mirror and antagonist, perverting all empirical evidence and theoretical sophistication, and lampooning it through his use of poorly understood terminology. Charlatans form no unified profession: you will find them in all classes and lines of work; what matters is the orientation toward their own gain. Where the pedant seriously considers every detail, the charlatan is well aware of the triviality of what he advertises; the former deceives himself, the latter others. Thus, the charlatan is nothing without a following, a group of believers mainly made up of weak and disappointed individuals whom he despises and looks down upon — they want to be deceived, after all, especially in times of crisis and turmoil.

End Excerpt

Extremely relevant to contemporary USA.

I've tried to find an English translation but so far no luck.


10:24 AM  
Anonymous Skram said...


"We are moving from Beating Off to Advanced Beating Off (ABO)."

Beating off (BO), if done frequently will best case only lead to blindness. ABO can lead to human extinction in worst case.

Thank you MB for keeping me smiling. You and Larry David should write a Sitcom together. WAFERS could vote on the name for the series...

11:56 AM  
Blogger Joe McIlnen said...

Dr. Berman & Wafers,
Check out this all-important headline for this annual unofficial national holiday—one that celebrates consumerism, gambling, eating, and wife beating after the husband’s bets lose. Chicken wings matter to USAins; and they especially matter when it comes to the Stupid Bowl.


“I mean, it doesn’t get any dumber.” -GSWH on You Tube referring to an example of USAin stupidity.

Note that the record demand for chicken wings still is there, despite the inflated prices. Perhaps the first law of USAin capitalist economics should be: “As the price goes up, the demand goes up.” LOL!

p.s. Doctor, with that it mind, I for one get a good laugh at this great accurate, real life USAin consumerist line in Three Days of the Condor. It’s when Cliff Robertson ( at the 2:45 mark) goes off and says, “They’ll just want us to get it for them.” LOL.

12:37 PM  
Blogger Brian said...

Christopher Lasch famously referred to American culture as being one of Narcissism. I got a good chuckle the other day when looking at the DSM5 (albeit an imperfect document) diagnostic criteria for Narcissistic personality disorder:

"A pervasive pattern of grandiosity (in fantasy or behavior), need for admiration, and lack of empathy, beginning by early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts, as indicated by five (or more) of the following:
1. Has a grandiose sense of self-importance (e.g., exaggerates achievements and talents,
expects to be recognized as superior without commensurate achievements).
2. Is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love.
3. Believes that he or she is “special” and unique and can only be understood by, or
should associate with, other special or high-status people (or institutions).
4. Requires excessive admiration.
5. Has a sense of entitlement (i.e., unreasonable expectations of especially favorable
treatment or automatic compliance with his or her expectations).
6. Is interpersonally exploitative (i.e., takes advantage of others to achieve his/her own ends).
7. Lacks empathy: is unwilling to recognize or identify with the feelings and needs of others.
8. Is often envious of others or believes that others are envious of him or her.
9. Shows arrogant, haughty behaviors or attitudes."

3:07 PM  
Anonymous Dr. Shithouse said...

War mongers, chicken sandwich fetishism, no universal healthcare, dumber than stale dogshit populace,...and attacks on 'hibachi grill guy'--usa, usa.



6:50 PM  
Anonymous BH said...

hi. I'm kinda down in the dumps right now because the idiocity and cruelty of America hit close to home. The stepson of a friend of mine killed my friend, his wife and other family members last week. several more were shot but survived. The shooter then killed himself.

6:55 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


My God, how horrible. Not much one can say, when the violence of America shows up on yr doorstep. I hope u.r. doing OK, in any case. Stay with us, if you need to talk.


7:13 PM  
Anonymous Cosmo Como said...

American Dream now REDUCED and PRICED TO SELL?

7:37 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


I have been reading "See You in the Piazza," by Frances Mayes. She and her husband have been traveling around Italy, and it's so striking to read abt the Italian way of life, so different from that of the US. Instead of people immersed in competition, hustling, alienation, hostility, and vulgarity, we find the following (this in the part of Italy called Le Marche, east of Tuscany, near a town called Sant'Angelo in Vado):

"At the recommendation of the B&B owner, we try Ristorante Pizzeria Barbara....When we arrive, the very large, well-lit restaurant is totally packed with local families and groups....Everyone visits from table to table, stopping to greet a dozen people as they enter and exit. The waitstaff knows everyone....Here's a sense of community. Here's where you came after your first communion, for your first date, with your kids, with your grandchildren. One of those important neighborhood classics we all long for: Our place. Where we have our special corner. Where the young girl waiting tables is your dentist's daughter. As flies on the wall, we participate in this weekend routine that everyone here knows so well. And the pizza is terrific."

What do American buffoons know of the real meaning of life?


10:29 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

ps: Speaking of trash:


These 2 pieces of garbage did jail time (not enuf, however).

10:39 PM  
Anonymous Nadine Bupkis said...


That's a great explanation for why America is depleted. When you said the West is depleted, did you mean America, or did you mean the whole West - America, Europe, Australia, Canada and New Zealand? If you meant that all these countries are depleted, is it because they became too Americanized, or is it for some other reason? Maybe Western imperialism hollowed the West out spiritually, eventually leading to the economic and political collapse we're seeing today?

10:55 PM  
Anonymous Noura said...

Why The Middle-Class Is Disappearing

How San Francisco Creates More Homeless While Championing Equality | Michael Shellenberger

The problem with America is not lack of resources, but lack of intelligence which results in destructive policies and mismanaged resources. It’s really incredible to be able to observe this up close, even though I would rather be far away. This country is literally imploding under the weight of its own stupidity. I never imagined this was possible! This was definitely not what I expected. It is far worse because ignorance can be cured through education but stupidity is terminal. The first warning sign for me was when Trump became president, but it was not until later in his presidency that I realized how much I had underestimated the seriousness of the situation. This mistake will not be repeated. I am working on my escape plan, lol, and this bog is a great source of motivation.

12:20 AM  
Anonymous Rockwell N. Role said...

Re Brian and DSM5 on Narcissism, check the book by one of the fascist
radio talk show hosts.


2:53 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


I hope you can escape asap, but also hope we are not a bog.


I think Italy is in the West.


7:49 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Dan Quayle-

I never did get your original post, it seems. As for the follow-up: I cdn't run it because you provided no evidence for your assertions. Evidence is big on this blog: links, reliable references, etc. Pure opinion: not so impressive. However, your argument is interesting. Perhaps you could re-send it, providing backup this time. Thank you.


11:04 AM  
Anonymous Dan Quayle said...

The link to their weekly report of Arab / Muslim media is here:


The reports change constantly, so what I am writing here is true for now, but it is likely to be similar. When you look at it you see quite a lot of reports about disgust of America and Israel, but also quite a few of criticism of their own leaders. For example, as I write, these include no. 9765, 9762, 9761, 9753, etc.

In any case, you can look at the web site and search for, say, "reform," "liberal," and find both articles about reformers being imprisoned, and about them being successful. MEMRI also supports a reform project, found here:


Which (it should be clear) is NOT them giving money or help to reformers in the Arab-Muslim world, but them highlighting them to the west when they appear on the Arab or Iranian media. Again, the point is not that all these reformers are necessarily correct or even fair, but that such criticism is aired at all by the Arabs and Muslims themselves.

12:25 PM  
Anonymous Velikovsky said...

The book "Worlds in Collision" came out in 1950, and was universally panned & hated by the status quo scientists for being "pseudoscience." Think what you want of the book, but the fact remains that millions of supposedly smart Americans were buying pseudoscience in 1950 that was denounced by the entire establishment.


MB - why do you think there was ever a period when Americans were intelligent? You go back to the 19th century, and the dominant view in America was ahistorical & magical from the viewpoint of the status quo. The facts show that Americans have always been idiots, that today isn't worse than in the past. Your view of a previous good era in America in false.

1:08 PM  
Blogger Joe McIlnen said...

One of the major AP headlines late last night:


“What passes for news in the United States is downright laughable.” -The GSWH

Yes, GSWH. This is so very true. What a laughable pathetic joke this country is. I just wonder if this headline would have been even bigger had Kim Kardashian been in a few of these Madison Avenue specialties.

1:58 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Certainly, if it included shots of her buttocks.


In the early 19C, Shakespeare's plays were regularly put on in Southern states. And I mean lots of them. Check out my discussion in WAF ch. 4 of the deep intellectual heritage of the South; wh/was even deeper and more active in the North. You refer to 'the facts', but produce none for us to consider. Today is much worse than the past. You are the one who is false, and a bit of a turkey. Getting an education, and a large amount of therapy, wd not be a bad direction for you to go in.


Gd refs, thanks.


2:15 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Continuing on w/Frances Mayes: she moved on to Lazio, a region of Italy not far from Rome:

"On the lawn below, a first communion party moves into its fourth hour. A long lunch under umbrellas, table laid for maybe sixty, is over. Half have gone but the rest linger in the mellow afternoon. A few men still sit at the table, smoking and talking....Women lounge in the lawn chairs with children playing games all around them....Someone plays a sweet guitar. How many such celebrations have I attended...lulled and carried by the timelessness of what Italians do best, celebrating life.
"I'm sinking into the pillows, dreamy, thinking strangely that if I were to die now, this would not be a bad ending, listening to an Italian party on a spring afternoon."

How many American buffoons wd be able to identify w/these sorts of events, and w/this sort of reaction to them?


3:35 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Still in Lazio, Frances continues on to the town of Sperlonga. I'm trying to guess how many Americans understand that a life of hustling, trying to be special, competing, acquiring money and possessions, is in fact death. A few thousand, at most?

"The extravagant beauty of Sperlonga will never leave me. I first saw the twisted whitewashed village above the sea twenty years ago and at many moments those blue views through arches, white laundry flapping in the wind, waterfalls of magenta bougainvillea have risen unbidden in my mind. Such a place gets at the heart of the Mediterranean fantasy: *Here is my place in the sun.* Stone stairs curving up to a simple room, a table on a balcony, a breeze--breath of gods--a pot of rosemary and basil. A few books, and solitude all the way to the horizon....
"That scent of focaccia always has been wafting out the *forno* door....Maybe we haven't changed, either. No longer the innocents abroad but still bedazzled by the charge and fierce life of the old world....
"In the *centro storico,* there is nothing in particular to accomplish, other than enjoy grilled octopus on a high terrace, wander, sit in the sun, and read a guidebook. It's a place to climb up streets narrow as veins and to look how people have planted their stoops with cacti or geraniums, to notice how someone has glued seashells up the drainpipe, and how many people choose to paint their doors blue."

How, O Lord, cd u create Americans, who are the very antithesis of this way of life?

6:27 PM  
Anonymous Matt Reese said...

A sponsor on fascist conservitude (one advocating that US class society
stay the same so a few can be rich from the efforts of the many wage
slaves) radio talk show just shows how much they are worried about a
civil war ending in some form of commie government.


7:28 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

A piece of American trash is defeated:


8:03 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


After 2 wks of NYT headlines on "Russian Invasion of Ukraine Imminent," it now seems that Russia is de-escalating its forces. All that phony hysteria for nothing, because Cold War is the only foreign policy recipe the US knows. If these recent reports are accurate, the whole thing was an exercise in Advanced Beating Off (ABO); theater, in short. At the same time that the NYT began beating (off) the war drums, in an attempt to get Americans all worked up, I offered the following analysis of the whole pseudo-drama: Ukraine/Schmukraine. Looks like this analysis was correct.


6:07 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

What is Schmiden but an hysterical, Cold War turkey?


Simply put, his shoes are too dry. Meanwhile, here's another piece of trash:


And another: an upper-class British twit (talk abt dry shoes!):


When I think of the amt of slapping, and urine, necessary to effect Moron Correction Therapy (MCT), I get dizzy and hafta lie down.


8:20 PM  
Anonymous Wolff said...

John Podhoretz's tribute in the @nypost: "P.J. O’Rourke was maybe the nicest person I’ve ever known, which is an interesting thing to say about a man who made his name and his reputation as a take-no-prisoners cynical wit and observer of political foibles."


8:39 PM  
Anonymous Pete Christen said...

Dr. B and Wafers:
A thoughtful essay on the marketing of warmongering:

"At the end of two decades of globally disastrous war-making, that funding increase should tell us just how right Eisenhower was about the perils of the military-industrial complex. By failing to heed him all these years, democracy may indeed be in the process of meeting its demise."

11:12 PM  
Anonymous Rockwell N. Role said...

Always topical in a time of decline.

For those who remember the early 1950s.

3:18 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Pete, Rock-

The real question is How long can an entire nation beat off, b4 it goes down the drain? I give it 8 more yrs. Meanwhile, check this out:



4:10 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

ps: How does America manage to turn out complete bozos? Just look at this guy's face, fer chrissakes:


A turkey, worshipped by millions!

4:20 AM  
Anonymous Aram said...

Migrants sew their mouths shut in quest for Mexico passage to U.S. border


Bc fleeing the Zeta cartel from cutting their hearts out in cannibal rituals isn't a good enough excuse...what a disgusting country we are.


12:13 PM  
Blogger Joe McIlnen said...

Dr. Berman & Wafers,
Let’s not forget that our USAin women/Karens also take part in the daily road rage incidents in this angry country.

With the daily mass shootings, here’s something new. The cops bring in a helicopter if one occurs next to a school. So every time a student in class hears a helicopter overhead, well…...

But there’s no better way for a deranged USAin to take out as many as he can without using a gun than by trying to take down an airplane.

All in a normal day’s life here in the great U.S.A.!, U.S.A.!, U.S.A,!

12:15 PM  
Blogger k_pgh said...

“‘Jingle Bells’ isn’t being sung anymore at Brighton’s Council Rock Primary School. ‘Jingle Bells,’ explained Council Rock principal Matt Tappon in an email, has been replaced with other songs that don’t have ‘the potential to be controversial or offensive.’” – Jingle all the way? Maybe not – Rochester Beacon

The ‘Bells’ heard ’round the world – Rochester Beacon
“The tale of how the story went viral, how it was covered by other media, and how readers here and elsewhere reacted is one worth telling, I think. It says much about the state of the news media and public discourse today.”
“But is the song truly tainted by racism? Does it have no place in an elementary school curriculum? Or should it, as professor Kyna Hamill says, ‘be sung and enjoyed, and perhaps discussed.’ There might be no right answers, but to me, the questions are worth asking.”

12:24 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


The US is getting nuttier and nuttier. Good!


12:54 PM  

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