July 02, 2022

An Anatomy of the World

Poor America! Not much left of it these days. A phony war, increased poverty, serious inflation, runaway drug use, massacres, suicides, a sick and dishonest Supreme Court, and a bitter, clueless population. One party hankering for violence, and the end of democracy; the other thinking that diversity appointments and 'correct' language constitute an adequate response. Of course, I predicted the end of the US 22 years ago (in the Twilight book), but I never imagined it would look like this--so bleak, so stupid, and so sad. I think of T.S. Eliot's "vast, impersonal forces," History rolling over us like an Abrams tank, with literally nothing that can be done to stop it. Trumpi in the White House will be the final act of this tragedy, but Schmiden in the White House hasn't been able to do much better. And on the microlevel, a deep unkindness Americans have for one another, also unimaginable 22 years ago. Although John Donne had it right in 1611 (An Anatomy of the World): “Tis all in pieces, all coherence gone, All just supply, and all relation; Prince, subject, father, son, are things forgot, For every man alone thinks he hath got To be a phoenix, and that then can be None of that kind, of which he is, but he.”


Anonymous John in Chicagoland said...

Americans may be poorly educated (IQ is genetic) and live in a terrible, failing system, but they are kind. Here is what I just saw in Disneyland. An elderly white man tipped over in his wheelchair, and people were literally tripping over each other to help him. Young black men in gangster t-shirts, Latinos, Asians and middle aged white men like me. I couldn’t even get to him. It really struck me. This kindness and willingness to help is unique and special. There still are millions of wonderful people here. I really don’t blame average Americans for the decline. I feel sorry for the average Americans who suffer and will continue to hurt while this whole thing crashes down. I think we shouldn’t blame the victims. I do believe that those of us still here in the US should be kind and help those who are less fortunate and don’t understand what’s happening. We can live the monastic option but still help those we come across…

11:49 PM  
Anonymous Cherith Cutestory said...

-- Well said Dr. Berman, this country has no hope. And here's one additional piece of stupidity: Oregon Health Officials Delayed a Meeting Because 'Urgency Is a White Supremacy Value'.

-- Any Wafers watched Arrested Development? It's a comedy that debuted about 20 years ago. Far and away the most clever, most original TV comedy I've ever seen, its wit and creativity are off the charts, which explains why it only lasted only a few seasons, wasted on a not-so-smart American TV audience. The show is remarkably entertaining and funny, but also a great commentary on many facets of American culture: hustling, exploitation, cheating, fraying familial relationships, ossified legal system.

It's insanely packed with subtle comedy that you can watch the whole series 10 times and still keep finding little nuggets of brilliance you missed. The buildups are fun and the payoff is astoundingly good (the show is also the inspiration for my username here :). Definitely should be on the Wafer to-watch list.

3:58 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


All well and gd, but as Aristotle wrote, "One swallow doth not a summer make." I've been seeing Americans being cruel to each other since I was in middle school, and I'm not kidding. Don't let one incident in Disneyland fool you, amigo; it's hardly the norm.


5:08 AM  
Blogger Teddy said...

@John in Chicagoland

Disneyland is the keyword here

People felt watched and they did it in the hope they will end up on Tik Tok or youtube.

5:55 AM  
Anonymous cubeangel said...

I think this poem is appropriate. I guess the center really can't hold.

The Second Coming


Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.

Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.
The darkness drops again; but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

9:24 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Post only once every 24 hrs, max. Thank you.


11:23 AM  
Blogger Miles Deli said...

Greetings MB and Wafers,

Well, so long Jayland Walker, we hardly knew ye:


Jayland Walker, 25, was taken out in a hail of police gunfire after he fled a traffic stop. Why did the Akron police stop firing after only 60 shots went into Jayland? This is a rank obscenity!


3:15 PM  
Blogger Joe McIlnen said...

It’s July and summer. So USAins of course are angry as usual. And to paraphrase the song, they’re getting “hot, hot, hot”, especially in back of the wheel.
They also are getting “hot, hot, hot” at their jobs, to the point of wanting to shoot everybody there.

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

4:38 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


And very un-American. If white cops are going to gun down a black man, anything less than 500 rounds is rather shameful. What is happening to our police??!


5:11 PM  
Anonymous Pete Christen said...

Dr. B:
Thanks for your reference to T.S Eliot and his thoughts about the vast impersonal forces of the cosmos. In a recent essay, (Commonweal Magazine, 26 May 2022) Terry Eagleton stated "It is Eliot's conviction that the number of individuals in any generation capable of intellectual effort is very small." That was true in Eliot's time and is even truer now. Eliot thought the task of intellectuals was to disseminate knowledge as best as possible to those who will listen. You have done just that, and we listeners have benefitted from it. Thank you for that. Eliot lived a century ago, when the American empire was less dysfunctional than now. Today the empire consists of infantilized consumer-citizens with short attention spans who seek distraction while the vast impersonal forces carry them to their fate.

9:59 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Many thanks. You might enjoy rdg the chapter on Eliot in EPV. Meanwhile, perhaps provide us w/the Commonweal link (we try to make things easier for our readers).


10:05 PM  
Anonymous Michael King said...

Dr. Berman,
I know this comment won't be posted but I did want to forward these links for your consideration. I don't think Trump will be the 2024 Republican candidate for president. The Jan. 6 hearings have damaged his "brand" among Republicans. He could even be indicted but I doubt it. Florida governor Ron DeSantis is emerging as the frontrunner with favourable press and successful fundraising. Virginia governor Glenn Youngkin is also a possibility. However, the election of either of these toxic clowns will not slow the country's demise.

10:19 PM  
Anonymous Judge said...

"The world has fallen back on a strange disembowelled version of neoliberalism, gutted of all its sacrosanct ideas of individual liberty and free trade. All that is left is a ruling class wedded to technocratic managerialism, devoid of guiding principles."

The G7 summit has confirmed my worst fears about the chronic decline of the West


The writing on the wall is getting clearer and clearer. The mainstream is even beginning to read it.

11:29 AM  
Anonymous B. Louis said...

Mitt Romney is here to save us!


Pathetic. When this clown was dismantling the working class via Bain Capital, he really didn't think he was part of the 'problem', did he?

11:29 AM  
Anonymous Alan MacDonald said...

Dear Professor Berman, I read most of your works in the early 2000's, DAA, WAFed from a political-economic standpoint, which is still my sweet spot, but I would like to know if your reading focus has wandered in that direction, and whether you have read William Robinson's "Global Capitalism and the Crisis of Humanity", or any of his newer works like "Global Civil War: Post Pandemic", and forthcoming "Can Global Capitalism Endure".

It seems to me that sociopolitical and economic factors are integrating all of the social sciences --- particularly in these times when the GINI Coefficient of Wealth Inequality has achieved a true "We're #1", "We're #1", "We're #1" status as the leading Disguised Global Crony Capitalist Racist Propagandist Criminal Ecocidal Child-Killing & War-Starting EMPIRE, controlled by the ‘Ruling-Elite’, UHNWI, <0.003%ers, TCCers, arrogantly self-appointed "Masters of the Universe", and "Evil (not-so) Geniuses" [Kurt Andersen] — which hides Empire behind their totally corrupted dual-party Vichy-facade of faux-democracy.

11:48 AM  
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11:49 AM  
Anonymous Chad said...

Woody Allen Tells Alec Baldwin He’s Planning a Movie in Paris for This Fall but May Retire Soon


Looking forward to a new film of his! It's tragic the way he was treated so badly the last few decades, I'm sure he would've been much more productive!

11:49 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


More productive? He was knocking out 1 film a yr. But I agree, he was the victim of slander, in an unhealthy feminist climate.


Never heard of Robinson.


A buffoon, but he's been eclipsed by Tulsi.

On July 4th, there has been a lot of discussion online as to what America stands for. Can there be any doubt? It can be summarized in a single word: Poop.


2:24 PM  
Anonymous DiogenesTheElder said...


Being the 4th of July and all, I'm sure someone will post this, but here goes:


What could be more 'Murican than a mass casualty event?

One of the comments included this:

"I just watched a news report describing how children were calmly directing other children to safety because they’d learned all about active shooters in school. :("

The link to the news report is here:


Jesus H. Christ on a popsicle stick. Words fail. Again.


4:28 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


1st of all, a mass killing on July 4th is, indeed, appropriate for July 4th.

2nd: how many times have I said that America's problems cd easily be solved if all Americans had weapons and just went out into the street and blew each other outta the water? I mean, WTF are we waiting for? Americans hate themselves and they hate each other. Might as well get it over with, no?


5:14 PM  
Anonymous Noura said...

A few examples of American degradation below. The kind of human beings the American culture produces are scary. It's probably fair to say that a dysfunctional culture produces dysfunctional people.

At least six dead and 24 injured in shooting at Fourth of July parade in Highland Park, Illinois, police say - Read more here in addition to what was already posted:

This Police Department Used Images of Black Men Holding Guns as Target Practice
Boy Scouts discovered the targets, some of them pierced with bullet holes, while touring a police department headquarters just outside Detroit.

In the meantime, in other places like Spain, people are experimenting with constructive ideas.

How a Worker-Owned Business Model in Spain Is Keeping Inequality in Check
"As a rule, managers part of the Mondragon network can only earn six times more than the lowest paid worker. "

5:26 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Blacks as target practice: What cd be sicker?

I think I discuss the Mondragon exp't in the Twilight bk.


5:40 PM  
Blogger ccg said...

In the print version of the New York Times today I found this editorial , under the title America is Worth Saving:


It's by one Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation. The title has been changed for the online version, but not the substance. I won't even try to dissect what passes for reasoning in this piece because it appears to me that the author is delusional in the extreme. He probably could use some vigorous slapping AND have his shoes peed on as well. He really thinks this can all be turned around. He gets some things right about what's gone wrong, but seems to believe that these things just happened somehow.

Well, I know many (especially academic colleagues) think as this guy does. I've given up trying to talk to these people about what's going on. Most of them think all our problems are due to Trump and Putin.

8:31 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


The # of Americans who have their heads rammed in their buttocks is indeed astonishing. After the Highland Park massacre today, the gov. of Illinois vowed to "stop this plague of gun violence." Yeah, that's gonna happen. He's gonna do so much, I'm sure. I suggest as an alternate goal that he try to kiss his own rump, then roll around like a doughnut.

Is there no upper limit to the % of buffoons who inhabit the US? The current US population is around 335 million. Less than a half million of those understand that the country is finished. It's possible that less than 100,000 understand this.


8:53 PM  
Blogger Joe McIlnen said...

Well, our wonderful long weekend country birthday celebration is over. Some highlights: 1) The typical face of your well-groomed alpha male road rager chilling out in a jail cell. 2) A drive by shooting of a 5 and 8 year old. 3) A mass shooting. 4) A 2nd mass shooting. 5) And of course as previously said here, a 3rd mass shooting—one at an Independence Day parade! What better way to celebrate being an “exceptional” USAin! LOL! Wait. Hot off the ticker, something almost as good on July 4th: A road rage involving shots fired close to Independence Hall in Philly!
U.S.A.!, U.S.A.!, U.S.A.!
“Things will only get worse in the United States. And frankly they could get very ugly.” -GSWH, 2012

8:55 PM  
Anonymous Rollo Dice said...

The latest on Highland Park? MB has been away too long from the USA
to understand the truly patriotic gesture of this man--what better
day to celebrate the holy 2nd Amendment?


10:04 PM  
Anonymous Pastrami and Coleslaw said...

good god jeezus, it's 9:30pm in central amerikkkan time on july 4th and frankly I want to die. A$$holes that spent $100 on fireworks decide now, yeah lets celebrate Amerikkka by blowing up a small part of it (if any Wafers can place that quote you get bonus points). Jimmy K has it again (2015): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EctkLeyz8Ks

10:43 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Jus' look at the guy's face, fer chrissakes. This Is America!


Thanks for quoting me. That was 10 yrs ago. When will Americans start taking me seriously? (Hint: never). Really, it's long overdue that we had an armed, cut-loose, free-for-all.


11:38 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


It's doubtful that America ever had a spiritual purpose, i.e., one larger than economic and technological expansion, projected into infinity. This was known as the American Dream; and since infinity is not attainable in a finite world, the Dream was eventually destined to break down, hit a brick wall. Since the Dream was also very thin, very superficial, it meant that this was true of the American people as well. A more shallow collection of individuals I have never met. Their lives have been defined by hustling, by material accumulation; and once that ran out of steam, and material conditions began to get worse, it generated an enormous rage among the populace. There are perhaps a # of reasons for the epidemic of massacres spreading across the nation like a severe infection, but frustrated ambition is surely one of them. Most massacres these days are not racially motivated, or the result of Islamic terrorism. No: they wd seem to be random, and incoherent. Americans are on a short fuse, and the data strongly suggest that these outbursts of deadly rage can only multiply as time goes on. What I argue in WAF is that our entire way of life is wrong; that it's a value-system that has no serious values; and that on a daily basis, we are committing suicide. The symbolism of a major massacre occurring on July 4th is too obvious to warrant comment. America is now a country w/o hope, w/o decency, w/o elementary courtesy or kindness. Nomi Prins has argued that economically, we are relentlessly being ground into the dirt, but that process clearly applies to the nation socially, culturally, and politically as well. I have predicted a de facto end to America by 2030; but everywhere you look, in every institution, it wd seem that we are well on our way rt now. The solutions I posited in the Twilight bk are ever-more relevant: do an inner migration (monastic option), or hit the road. The "toxic cloud" Don DeLillo wrote abt in 1985 has now settled into our bones, and permeates our souls.

What is to be done? My most recent bks revolve around the theme of authenticity, of living an individual life based on integrity. But who is reading this stuff? If I had to rely on royalties for survival, I wd have died long ago. In addition, individual solutions don't really make much difference for the larger culture, which is a body politic that is dying of cancer, so to speak. The only large-scale social chg lies in what might be called the post-apocalyptic era: in secession, for example, wh/may result in alternative political experiments. Therein, I suspect, lies our only hope.


3:15 AM  
Anonymous Dr. Shithouse said...

Sorry, Dr. Berman, please use this post.

The US empire's contribution to the world. South Korean and Philippine vassals dancing to gunshots.


8:27 AM  
Anonymous Pete Christen said...

Dr. B: Here's the link to Eagleton's essay on T.S. Eliot.
It's a thoughtful essay that stirred my declinist sensibilities.
BTW, yesterday's mass shooting was number 309 for the US so far this year.
Onward we go.

9:59 AM  
Anonymous Daddy Issues said...

My daughter's college roommate watched her mom die yesterday in the Highland Park shooting. I spent the afternoon with her at college graduation last month. She was a sweet, smart, family and spiritually oriented woman killed by a loner psychopath. He was a member of a subculture of mass shooting fetishists that make art and music featuring gun violence.

"NBC reports that videos now removed from Crimo's YouTube channel featured depictions of mass murder and Crimo cheering on a Donald Trump motorcade."


This is a wake up call to take serious what Dr. Berman advised above. Time for me to "do an inner migration (monastic option), or hit the road."

10:40 AM  
Anonymous Mr. Oops said...

Dr. Berman,

Speaking of the "deep unkindness Americans have for one another", rep Adam Kitzinger's interns made a disturbing and stupid-filled compilation recording of recent calls they received.


I'm a bit old to move to another country. I could acquire citizenship in Finland, but they're joining NATO, which makes the idea less safe and comforting... The reality is that the US is such an all-encompassing empire, tentacles everywhere. Its crumbling will make much of the world crumble along with it. Just wait until Europe assesses its energy situation after following Biden's advice and forsaking Russian oil...

As the empire crumbles, the anger in a population that can't comprehend where its troubles come from can only grow angrier and more difficult to manage. It's very worrying, sad stuff.

1:51 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Gd profile of much of the American population. What garbage the US consists of!


Not a 'loner psychopath'. Rather, very much a part of the (violent) American mainstream, but to an extreme degree.

Dr. Shit-

What is this crap?


5:43 PM  
Anonymous Glans Butterworth, III said...

Remember USians, your vote counts! A 'progressive' senatorial candidate is "twerking" for votes!


5:55 PM  
Blogger Miles Deli said...

Hola MB and Wafers,

I've a few question for MB and Wafers: Where is Kamala in the middle of all this? What has she done in her 18 months in the vice president's office? Does she wear yoga pants while watching TV at night? What brand of shampoo does Kamala use? These are serious and absorbing questions, and any input would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.


6:33 PM  
Anonymous Pincher said...

Might as well be an Onion article: In Texas, up is down and slavery is ‘involuntary relocation' https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2022/07/01/texas-board-education-slavery-involuntary-relocation/

6:36 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


I have it on gd authority that she shampoos her empty head every nite with goat semen. As for the last 18 mos., she's been picking her nose quite vigorously.


What garbage Americans are!


6:49 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

ps: Jeff: Here's an example of advanced nose-picking:


She'll do shit.

Meanwhile, look what Schmiden did:


There's just not enuf urine...

10:27 PM  
Anonymous Pastrami and Coleslaw said...

Sorry for the rant last evening re: 4th of July. Turns out I was just at the edge of it...



Just add them to the list of scenes of a disintegrating society. It's like Mad Max out there.

10:32 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


And people ask me when the US is going to collapse!


3:28 AM  
Blogger Krakhed said...

Mass shootings every day, this country is circling the drain.

elites are trash...


And the water isn't safe to drink anymore.


It's been said here, its been said everywhere lately. This country is finished. We're on borrowed time and the bill is coming due.

10:51 AM  
Anonymous B. Louis said...

Never forget. America’s deadliest war was its own Civil War.

The best estimates put the total number dead at around 620,000. That’s an absolutely staggering figure when compared with any of America’s other military adventures.

We hate each other with the white hot focus of a smashed atom.

3:43 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...




4:07 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

“Day Tripper” for the modern age:

Got a good reason
For peeing on Kamala’s shoes, now
Got a good reason
For peeing on Kamala’s shoes, now.
She was a douche bagger
Head rammed up her ass
It took me two seconds to find out
I found out

4:31 PM  
Anonymous Dr. Shithouse said...

US empire customer service!

Firstly, If USian receives anemic amounts of duck sauce, this requires 911 calls.
Secondly, if the customer didn't receive enough bacon on their cheese burgers, then one shoots the place up.
Thirdly, if a customer has a problem with a bag of chips, the managers stabs them to death.



5:55 PM  
Blogger Miles Deli said...

Greetings MB and Wafers,


Today in Beatles history:

Today, July 6th, 1957, John Lennon met Paul McCartney for the first time. John's band, The Quarrymen, were playing a short concert at St. Peter's Church, Woolton, Liverpool. A young Paul was in the audience. He was introduced to John and had a little audition during a band break. Imagine if this meeting did not occur 65 yrs ago today? The rest is history, so to speak.

MB, Wafers-

Kamala, out to lunch, as usual:


What are u gonna do, Kamala? I'm tired of this piddly shit!


6:52 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Has there ever been a bigger bozo in American political office? A completely empty person with abs. 0 to say. I wd pay huge amts of $ to be allowed to pee on her shoes on national TV; also to hold her head under water for 10 mins. (15, also gd) 'This shd not have happened'? There's a cutting intellect for ya.

Dr. Shit-

Where in hell was his gun? This is not a true American.


7:29 PM  
Anonymous Kevin said...

What would Heinlein think? Chad seems right on the money.


9:57 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Stellar essay. He echoes everything I've felt from abt age 8. Increasingly, as the yrs went by, I understood that I was in a buffoon country filled w/buffoons. Not only are Americans shallow, stupid, and empty; they are also fundamentally mean. And douche bags to the max.

So thanks for posting it, but in future pls provide some commentary, a para or more. We strive to be a discussion forum rather than just a bulletin board.


10:15 PM  
Blogger David said...

I fully agree with the essay you posted. In particular the odd worship of the military
that is all pervasive - to the point of absurdity. I took for granted the flying of banners of military personnel from our city streets. Until I found out these were not heroes but just enlisted men and women. You cannot question it and risk being called unpatriotic for doing so. Not even the Nazi regime paid similar homage to their enlisted men and women during the height of the IIIrd Reich. We have a militarized oligarchy if you will that conspires to get us into endless wars to divert our attention from the social collapse at home.

11:33 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


News outta London: One of the greatest bulvans in the history of the world is going to resign. If shoes ever needed urine, it's his.


5:19 AM  
Blogger Politically Incorrect Russian Spy said...

That 'Stranger in a Strange Land" substack reminded me of something. In 2001, a black comedy called 'Ghost World' was released, starring Thora Birch, Scarlett Johansson, and Steve Buscemi. I recall an interview with director Terry Zwigoff wherein he stated the film was about "the decline of western civilization...of just another American town being consumed by corporations and becoming a ghost of its former self." I'd recommend any Wafers that haven't yet seen it to check it out. It's held up really well and is proving remarkably prescient.

My sense is the "ghost worlding" of the USA is nearly complete now; the entire country has become a soulless husk of a society where any atrocity is possible yet they scarcely seem to matter as all take place in a dilapidated (or at times gentrified) spiritual and moral void; a continent-wide strip mall.

It turns out, Americans are not zombies: they are ghosts. They have essentially ceased to exist as human beings at all. Myself? Like the film's character Enid, I caught the last bus out and emigrated.

5:36 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Note to sv-

We try to be more of a discussion forum than a bulletin board. If you cd re-send your post, adding a paragraph of your own commentary, that would be v. helpful. Thank you.


Congratulations on getting out of the US. I never saw the film, but karmically speaking, I think we're done. What are we looking at these days? A country in a state of severe collapse, wallowing in violence and stupidity--the logical endpoint of a 'spiritual purpose' and value-system no deeper than hustling, accumulation, and narcissism. Ghosts come back to haunt us, after all.


10:08 AM  
Anonymous Carlos said...

‘…there’s just a 10 percent chance that human civilization will be able to make it through the next 20 to 40 years without a catastrophic collapse.’
Collapse is hard science, not 'conspiracy' or 'doomerism', and it’s happening now! https://www.iflscience.com/chances-of-societal-collapse-in-next-few-decades-is-sky-high-modelling-suggests-56867

12:08 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


And this is not allowing for the Buffoon Factor!


12:21 PM  
Anonymous Glans Butterworth, III said...

Dear Dr. Berman,
When do you thk the US empire will collapse/fail?

Oh, USians trash a fry joint over a $1.75 topping dispute.



12:27 PM  
Anonymous young adults said...

With all the talk about mass shootings in America, the question I have is, what's going wrong with young adults (age 14-25) in America? Are the parents giving a terrible example? Are kids being left to social media & they don't know how to handle it? What is the best environment for people in that age group? Why do so many of them in America seem completely spoiled & self-absorbed? There's also the issue of why two siblings may end up totally different, one may be calm & do well in school & someone else is selfish & causes problems for everyone around them. What's the best institution to sort out and deal with all these personalities?


1:18 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


I don' think it's that hard to figure out, really. Altho American youth is dumb as a bag of hammers, on some level they are uncannily smart: namely, w/o being able to identify it, they know something is terribly wrong--in society, and in their own lives. But they can't emigrate (wh/wd be the best option), and they know abs. 0 about the Monastic Option, or even the possibility of interiority. And so, w/their backs to the wall, they explode. Youth is traditionally a time of expansion, of the world opening up. Today's youth faces contraction and depression. So the list of options isn't exactly attractive, and today's youth is taking them all: mass shootings, opioids, alcohol, suicide, cell fones, religious cults, and deep mental illness. America wastes everyone's life, but when yr young, it's probably harder to take. In this context, killing other people is not all that surprising.


When?? Surely you jest. Just look at the link you yourself posted. These girls are little more than animals, and they are hardly exceptional. The Roman empire didn't collapse at 2pm on Aug. 4, 476 A.D. It disintegrated over time. Wh/is exactly what we are doing. Blaming Trumpi has its limits; *Americans* destroyed America. What difference cd it make, who's in office?


3:18 PM  
Blogger Miles Deli said...

Greetings MB and Wafers,

young adults-

Ever wonder why prisons are filled w/young men? In addition to MB's contribution about how a fucked up American society fucks up its own youth, I think neuroscience also plays a key role here as well. Basically, the prefrontal cortex in the adolescent male brain is not fully developed and cannot recognize consequences:


A gun in the hands of such a person is the most profound mistake, and we are all paying a heavy price.


A terrific contribution. Many thanks for recommending it.


4:29 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Prefrontal cortex was same 100 yrs ago, and mass shootings were almost unheard of.


7:25 PM  
Anonymous fj said...

Dr. Berman,
Please consider my detailed analysis from 1988-2001 electronic music:
this is the messaging that is being omitted. everywhere.
thanks for your support,

7:51 PM  
Blogger ccg said...

MB and others on this blog:

I'm wondering if you know of a historian Yale by the name of Timothy Snyder. And academic acquaintance of mine, the guy who suffers from long Trump derangement syndrome, has been telling about a book that Snyder has recently published about the awfulness of Putin, claiming he's a fascist and all kinds of other horrible things, but it all sounds pretty hysterical to me. This is the book:


I suspected Snyder of also being an hysterical Russiagater, and it seems I was right about that:


From what acquaintance has told me, Snyder bad mouths John Mearsheimer for is divergent opinion on the Ukraine issue, which hardly surprises me.

Any thoughts about this? Thanks in advance.

10:04 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Some yrs ago, I read an essay by Snyder about Nazis in the Ukraine or whatever (I can't really remember), and while I didn't praise it on the blog, I sort of commended it. Wafers castigated me for this, and in retrospect, I think they were rt. Putin-hating is v. easy (cf. Max Boot, a true shmuck) if you ignore the pressure the US has put on him via NATO, and the fact that we want to do to Russia exactly what Russia wanted to do to us (via Cuba) in 1962. JFK wasn't having it, and rtly so. I'll put my money on Mearsheimer any day. Guys like Snyder come from an emotional base, and then cloak it in cherry-picked 'facts' to give those emotions the patina of objectivity.

It's hard for folks like Mearsheimer or Scott Ritter to not get marginalized because only 1 narrative is allowed in the US, the one that regards Americans as the innocents, the gd guys, the victims of external aggression. It's the total mindset, in the US, regardless of the conflict involved. Why, for example, did Japan attack Pearl Harbor, on this "day of infamy"? It's a complicated story, of course, but the factor completely left out of the American version of events is the pressure the US put on Japan to in effect become an economic colony of America. This wd be intolerable to a people as proud as the Japanese. To my surprise, the following quote can be found online (source not given):

"Japanese civilians were more likely to view the actions of Pearl Harbor as a justified reaction to the economic embargo by western countries. Not only were the Japanese more aware of the embargo's existence, but they were also more likely to view the action as the critical point of American hostility."

(This is not to excuse what Japan did to Manchuria, or the Rape of Nanjing, etc. Not at all. On this and the dropping of the bombs see my bk "Neurotic Beauty.")

This is pretty congruent w/Noam Chomsky's take on the Pacific War: https://chomsky.info/dissent03/

No American president has ever apologized for the dropping of atomic bombs on Japan, and to my knowledge, no Japanese prime minister has ever apologized for Pearl Harbor. But this whole Ukrainian business reminds me of that event, because American 'diplomacy' seems to follow a pattern of creating enemies by squeezing them into impossible positions. When they then retaliate via the only avenue open to them, suddenly they are 'Hitler', it's a "day of infamy," and so on. I am not saying that the opposing sides are free of aggression; it takes two to tango. But somehow, the war vs. Germany excepted, America is always initiating the dance, and then insisting that the (created) enemy play pre-assigned roles--to our economic and political advantage. Japan never apologized for Pearl Harbor because looking back, it didn't seem to them that they were given much of a choice. This is hard to see from an American perspective, wh/so often tends to be self-righteous and Manichaean. If there is one thing that America can never do, it's mentally put itself in the position of the opposing nation, and try to see the situation from its (the oppositions) pt of view. Again, micro/macro: Americans can't do this with their next-door neighbors, either.

I hope that helps.


11:24 PM  
Blogger moresoma said...

"Ever wonder why prisons are filled w/young men?"


Explainer: The Prison Industrial Complex and Modern Slavery


12 Major Corporations Benefiting from the Prison Industrial Complex


11:57 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


This explains rates of incarceration, but not why young men wd be targeted in particular.


12:41 AM  
Anonymous Roland Tarver said...

Dr. Berman, there I was reading your remarks on Japan, when suddenly this news feed about Shinzo Abe!:


My brother’s ex-girlfriend is part-Japanese. One of them, I think, once told me abt an assassination plot against Charlie Chaplin over in there in the early 1930s. Here’s a useful reference:


I may recall that my brother’s ex- liked The Last Samurai film, but said it’s not a “jidaigeki”. Because only Japanese can know about the spirit of samurai, for example. And that the Japan portrayed by Hollywood is more beautiful than real: easier for westerners to accept. But that’s not Japan. Kinda fits w/ our inability to enter their mental space, as you’re pointing out. I’m also recalling your discussion of “eidos” in ROTW (I believe it was).

3:38 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Abe was killed, in fact. How much he did for the Japanese people, as opposed to the US gov't, is an open question; and I think his grandfather, whose political career was promoted by the American gov't, was a war criminal. But all this is hazy in my mind, as I was doing my Japan research 10 yrs ago.


5:39 AM  
Anonymous Orca said...

Shinzo Abe was killed. Japan has a history of political assassinations, you can see some examples here


But, I think this is different. Most of the previous assassinations and assassination attempts were of "japanese character", they were in the 19th and early 20th century. This one is in the era of the japanese american fascination. Japan, post WWII, has americanised, and it shows in its social crises (Dr Bermans' book about Japan is a really great read to understand this japanese moment). A friend showed me a post on Abe's assassination on chinese social media (his translation, I don't speak Mandarin), and I believe it has truth to it:

“The Americanisation that Japan has longed for has finally taken an important step forward.”

5:46 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Wry comment from our Mandarin colleagues, I guess. It is certainly correct to say that violence is integral to Americanization.

But ya know, I keep rdg the sage commentaries from our great political analysts on why the US is going down the tubes (wh/some of them finally admit, at long last), and the key factor is missing; wh/is why their commentaries aren't really all that sage. That factor is the sheer stupidity of the American people. Mencken got it rt; Gore Vidal got it rt; George Carlin got it right; and Bill Maher and I have got it rt. How can something so obvious be completely invisible to these great sages? Possibilities:

1. It's not a popular position, and won't help your career. Even Bill treads lightly: I know of only 3 times he presented this theme on his show.
2. The sages are patriots, want to save America, and actually believe they can do it. But if you admit that 99% of the population consists of idiots, it's kinda hard to hang onto that as a reasonable goal.
3. The sages themselves are quite stupid, regardless of IQ. "Oh no, there's no elephant in the room."

The Chinese wd say there's a lot of humor in all this. Me too.


1:40 PM  
Anonymous scholars said...

What's your take on Michael Sugrue? He posted a bunch of his early lectures from the early 90s on Youtube which have been very popular. Recently he's also been interviewed, and he sounds & looks like someone else completely. I can't understand how someone can read Nietzsche, and then teach at a Catholic University (Ave Maria in his case) and defend the Catholic Church. His recent interviews have made me write off his entire lecture series, as I can't trust his take since his vision is so clouded. I've become increasing skeptical of scholars in general, and it's made me want to get rid of many of my books.



1:49 PM  
Anonymous Mr. Oops said...

Dr. Berman, Rick Wolff told me ten years ago that he never thought he'd see this, but he thought that the country might be starting to finally collapse. I was in agreement and surprised to hear Rick, who is generally cautious in making predictions about the economy, saying something so definite at that time. You, of course, were writing book after book for years...

Here he is on Useful Idiots, explaining why the US economy is like an old refrigerator you should replace rather than repair, because it's just too far gone. The interview with Professor Wolff begins at 18:26.


3:02 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Get rid of all of them. Except the ones written by me, of course.


3:07 PM  
Blogger ccg said...

MB---Thank you so much for you mini essay in response to my question.

In the meantime, I've done a little digging around to see what I could find out about Timothy Snyder as a historian. I wasn't too surprised to some rather critical essays his scholarship. Here's two examples:



This is all fitting in pretty the way I thought it would. Snyder is the darling of the New York Times crowd and his, their, world view is, roughly, Trump bad, Putin bad, and that suits the Times and most of its readers just fine. Truly, a lot of people I know, especially many academics, with notable exceptions, had their brains broken by Trump's election. And they're largely intolerant of any view that divergences from the narrative. That acquaintance who's pushing Snyder on me, was unaware that the Obama administration helped stage a coup in Ukraine in 2014. Well, what are the chances the Times is failing to mention this in it's war coverage?

9:35 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Thanks for the Snyder refs. He represents a kind of loss of objectivity in the academic world, where advocacy has replaced analysis. This shows up in the fundamental wrongness of that line by Howard Zinn, "you can't be neutral on a moving train." OK, but you can at least *try*--that's what science (including social science) is all abt. In my time, left-wing students adopted it as a slogan, but the right can use it as well. The loss is, What do you plan to do if the evidence doesn't support yr narrative? Folks like Snyder wd just maintain the narrative, and we've come to a pt where almost every American is like Snyder. And then there's the lure of being an intellectual celebrity, as well.

We've not only lost any interest in truth; we've also lost the taste for it.


10:04 PM  
Blogger Joe McIlnen said...

USAins are such nice people. Here’s the latest example of one of them showing kindness to his fellow human.

10:24 PM  
Anonymous Megan said...

Since I started religiously listening to all of the Loury/Mcwhorter podcasts, as well as reading several good books on the subject, I've really been attuned to the race issue in America. In some of the later chapters of "At The Hands of Persons Unknown", he talks about the way most Southerners couldn't stand the "uppity" vets who returned as heroes from World War Two. So of course many of them got lynched. (One guy they lynched by cutting off both of his hands and then blowtorching his face. He didn't die for several agonizing hours.) If you haven't seen it, check out the powerful film "Mudbound" on Netflix. The character "Mike" from "Breaking Bad" plays a very awful, but very true-to-type character, of that era, which perfectly illustrates what actually happened. I guess I'm still just a bit overwhelmed from reading "At The Hands of Persons Unknown". The level of sadism and hate, so widespread in much of this country, even up until the 1960s, transcended even my worst imaginings.

My main question now is, "How much of that racism is still there? Japan and Germany changed pretty fast after World War 2, from being belligerent and genocidal, to two of the most peace-loving countries in the world. We have clearly progressed as well. But how much? It is next to impossible to find any good polls on, say, racist attitudes in the American South in 2022. Here is one poll which touches on a lot of issues:

But none of it really quite answers my main question, which I guess is "Just how far have we moved on from the blowtorch lynching days?" We were SO fucked up just a short while ago. I mean SO fucked up. I'd just love to know how far the needle really has moved!

2:26 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Note to Anon-

What in the world r.u. doing?
1. I don't post Anons.
2. This is a discussion forum, not a bulletin board.
3. You provided not a single link or reference.
4. You have your head firmly wedged in your buttocks.


Cd use some links for yr 1st para.


6:20 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

fyi, folks:


9:53 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Perhaps not much in spirit, if a fair amt in action. A major reason for the deep-seated hatred of Southern whites toward black people is the brutality and humiliation w/wh/the South was treated during and after the Civil War. I discuss this in ch. 4 of WAF, wh/so many people found repugnant (and wh/'obviously' made me a racist). I still think the North needs to apologize to the South, for that treatment (something that will never happen, of course; Americans are too stupid to realize that an event can have more than 1 victim).

None of this is to ignore or dismiss what white Southerners did to innocent black people. The historical record on that is clear: it was horrific beyond belief. But if you check out the sources I cite in WAF ch. 4, you find that rather than being abt slavery and 0 more, the South had a very rich culture, one that *has* been dismissed and ignored, only to be resurrected 100 yrs later by historians like Gene Genovese. This is why I said, Just put slavery aside for 2 seconds and look at what the South accomplished. This will explain why it still flies the CSA flag, wh/in its mind stands for an entire way of life, not just slavery; a way of life far more intelligent, in many ways, than that of the driven, hustling North.

So some wrote in and said, So am I supposed to put the Holocaust aside, in considering Germany? To which I wd say, Yes! All of Germany is not abt Hitler, and all of German history was not inevitably moving toward the 3rd Reich. That history also includes Beethoven and Schiller and Goethe and Heine and Einstein and...Neither Germany nor the American South are/were just one thing. But of course, the Jews were hardly responsible for Auschwitz, and black people hardly responsible for blowtorch lynchings. Of course not.

Just as a ps: the issue of humiliation and self-hatred (also impt factors in the case of the 3rd Reich, and the appeal of Hitler) does go beyond racial conflict. By and large, Americans hate themselves (and w/gd reason), and their way of dealing w/this, beyond drugs and suicide and cell fones etc., is to take it out on other people. This is a major reason for the massacres, shootings, road rage, rage over not getting bacon on yr cheeseburger, and so on. This is a people w/no talent or appetite for self-reflection, for interiority. No, let's just hate Putin along w/our next-door neighbor, and the planet as well. You can't be soaking in blindness and stupidity and have a national future, beyond a v. dark one. And that is exactly what we have entered into in recent years.


11:18 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Here's a bag of rancid douche fluid:


3:09 PM  
Anonymous Cel-Ray Tonic said...

A good point:


Right this second I'd say yeah, but without the intellect and sense of purpose of Wafer favorite Pres. Carter.

7:33 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Note to Joe-

Maybe Karens and other douche baguettes are really sad, down deep:



8:49 PM  
Blogger Miles Deli said...

Greetings MB and Wafers,


Your point about prefrontal cortex being the same 100 yrs ago, and mass shooters being virtually nonexistent, makes a helluva lotta sense. I agree that mass shootings have to be looked at w/in the broader structures of the society that is producing the mass shooter. Which is what I think you seem to be saying. I wouldn't be surprised at all if it turns out that neoliberal capitalism is the driving force pushing people to commit such horrible acts. The drive to hustle, to win at all costs, and avoid being a considered a 'loser' is the real divide in the neoliberal capitalist game, and it's causing people to essentially malfunction and go on rage killings. In other words, if say a young person grows up in this ultra competitive environment, and that person understands from early on that you can never actually be a winner, what will you do? Well, kill yourself and cancel out the precariousness of your existence in a spectacle of violence. Anyway, that's my two cents.

Meanwhile, I'm excited for the return of Sarah Palin to the national stage. Perhaps you can still give her a good go round on an ice floe among the messe w/Ed Messe in attendance. In any case, if Sarah can't make the grade politically, there's always Kandiss Taylor of Georgia:


Jesus, who names their kid Kandiss?


9:09 PM  
Blogger ccg said...

I just came across this interview with Australian journalist John Pilger who has much to say about Ukraine being a war of propaganda (which it certainly is). Pilger makes the point that US doesn't care at all about Ukraine, that it's keeping the war going to hurt Russia. I've known this along, but try telling that to people who read books by Timothy Snyder. Also Pilger discusses Australia, China, and Julian Assange, who he knows:


9:21 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Try telling it to *any* American. Do you think Bush Sr. gave a fuck abt the people of Kuwait? Our foreign policy is hardly ever abt what we say it is. Post-WW2, it certainly is never abt anything altruistic.


I was amazed to discover that Ed Meese is still alive and kicking. I wd love to have him sit down w/Shaneka Torres and have a meaty (but not bacon) political discussion. As for Kandiss, apparently the first choice for her was Kandy-Ass (Canned Ass was 2nd), but at the last minute her parents vetoed it.


Ever stand back and observe how absurd the US is?


9:34 PM  
Anonymous Mohamed Ali said...

I always felt America wasn’t absurd. But I thought it was just because I’m black, immigrant and Muslim and I was just a hater. Until I saw you do an interview on YouTube for your book why America failed. It was nice to hear it from a white and American person. Here is an example of the immorality of Americans.
7 teenagers beat a senior citizen to death.

4:20 AM  
Anonymous Gav said...

2034 mixes enough plausibility with suspense to deliver a chilling play-by-play of the fall of the United States’ global hegemony at the hands of an ascendant and technically savvy China.


Has anyone caught this yet? Looks perfect for the Wafer Community

1:44 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Just as an aside, to my knowledge Chinese teenagers don't stop senior citizens in the street and beat them to death.


2:53 PM  
Blogger Xair said...


On this blog we always talk about how ridiculous woke ideology is, but it is also danergeous in terms of what it does to discourse and education, especially higher education. I have always seen it as a way to feel cutting edge without actually risking anything of substance. This essay makes a great case for how fake and damaging woke ideology is to it's followers and higher Education, and how it allows students to remain children.


3:44 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


This link gave me comments, not the essay.


Cdn't run it (half pg rule).


4:04 PM  
Blogger Xair said...


Not sure what happened with the link I am posting the link again. Sorry for breaking 24hr rule.

6:18 PM  
Anonymous Himanshu Tiwari said...

Dear Dr. Berman,
Below are links to two essays by Richard Heinberg (who has been linked here for some of his earlier essays). The 1st one discusses US' likely violent future wherein he highlights the events on Jan 6 2021 and discusses ecologist Peter Turchin's and historian Jack Gladstone's model to predict that a violent future for the US is very likely. In the second essay he discusses the importance of social cohesion and how the US is losing it. In what's ahead for the US Heinberg discusses five scenarios (detailed by Canadian novelist Stephen Marche): 1. Civil war lite (extended sporadic intense violence all over the US)2. Assassination of a President 3. destruction of the capitol by a dirty bomb. 4. standoff between a militia and the Army. 5. Faux democracy a la Hungary. In the "can we change course" section Heinberg ends the essay quoting Jimmy Carter and asking the question: "Do Americans have sufficient courage and goodwill? If not, it may soon become nearly impossible to avoid choosing sides."


7:01 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


His argument that American institutions of higher 'education' are little more than buffoon-generating factories is of course quite true; the difference between him and myself is that while he finds this deplorable, I literally love it--speaking as a declinist. Surely an impt factor in our decline is the ongoing buffoonization of the country, and Yale et al. are in the forefront of the process. Of course, I have no interest in teaching at Yale; it wd be my idea of hell. But if I did, I would pose as the wokiest prof of all. I wd hardly try to encourage critical, independent thinking. No: I would have my students repeating woke formulas. And if any of my colleagues shd exhibit the slightest tendencies toward anti-wokeness, I would have him or her fired immediately, and required to walk around campus w/a sign around their neck, saying ANTI-BUFFOON, and encourage the students to throw mud pies at them (if not cow pies). To quote Gore Vidal, Stupidity excites me.


Many thanks for your post. I say to you what I just said to Xair: Bad Is Good. This is the declinist slogan, and altho almost all of America consists of buffoons and sheep, there are a very few critics showing the paths to our imminent demise, shedding light on it. Not that they can do anything to stop it, but we might as well have a few dissident voices for the intelligent 1% of the population to listen to (and perhaps spur them to emigrate).


7:29 PM  
Blogger Joe McIlnen said...

No, no, No, no, no, no, No, no, no….
Nobody can do the RAGES like we do
Nobody can do the STABBINGS like we do
Nobody can do PHILLY like we do…..

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

10:35 PM  
Anonymous sects and cults said...

I recently learned about different cults in the Northwest that ran from the 1960s to 1980s. My feeling is the days of cults & intentional communities are over, that the future will be in much smaller groups that operate where they are, and not around a guru or some kind of utopian farming way of life.

CMRI (Idaho, 1967-1984): traditional Catholic cult around Francis Konrad Schuckardt
The Rajneesh movement (Oregon, 1970s-1988): mishmash of religious teachings

My take is that an intentional communities & religion are all failures, even if there are groups that continue. At best these are temporary pet projects of rich elites or scammers who know how to abuse and con people out of their wealth who had some disposable money to found something that would never be more than a sect.


9:37 AM  
Anonymous Cuz said...

A summation of some recent scholarly research into Deleuze's lost and unfinished 'Grandeur de Marx'. Hoping they continue digging into this:

4:07 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Not clear why the guy didn't call Schmiden an impotent jackass, a horse's ass, and a buffoon.

7:49 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Pls note that we are a discussion forum, not a bulletin board. We also appreciate links for your references. Thank you.


5:02 AM  
Anonymous Mr. Oops said...

Dr. Berman, can the leadership get any more infantile, any more stupid? Each day the dumbness grows like a tumor. Im old enough to remember duck and cover, and I never thought I'd see such a thing again. But...


The sheer recklessness of an alleged "foreign diplomacy" that descends into name calling, tantrums and the requisite US policy of childishly refusing to negotiate with evil Russia is jaw-dropping. Here's a Crosstalk discussion on the crisis of legitimacy due to the above leadership issues:


10:09 AM  
Anonymous Trang said...

Economist Prof. Richard Wolff released a video on degrowth. Scale down forms of production that are organized around corporate profits and focus the economy instead on human well-being. https://youtube.com/watch?v=qvWxBT8tf7A&feature=youtu.be

10:24 AM  
Anonymous Ida said...

"The beauty of American foreign policy for the past 40 years, since Kissinger, has been to separate Russia and China... We've just thrown that away. We've just married Russia and China."


Self-destruction seems to go deep in our hearts..

10:45 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


The answer is yes, and it will. You jus' wait 'n see.


We've discussed degrowth a bit on this blog in the past, but you might wanna check out the corresponding discussion in my Japan bk.


This is a trajectory that won't be reversed.


11:08 AM  
Anonymous Cel-Ray Tonic said...

MB and Wafers, looked at Ida's link and found another one on unheard:


"Progressive leftism and global capitalism, far from being antagonistic as some of us once thought, have turned out to be a usefully snug fit. Both are totalising, utopian projects. Both are suspicious of the past, impatient with borders and boundaries, and hostile to religion, “superstition” and the limits on the human individual imposed by nature or culture."

Interestingly Kingsnorth points out that this could be one reason why so many hippies and yippies became tech billionaires.

Also "The Left and corporate capitalism now function like a pincer: one attacks the culture, deconstructing everything from history to “heteronormativity” to national identities; the other moves in to monetise the resulting fragments."

11:36 AM  
Anonymous Robbie said...

"Majorities of ppl in low-&mid-income countries like Kenya or Indonesia express optimism about the future for themselves & their societies... Since such countries r most of the world’s population, optimism is, believe it or not, the prevailing global mood" https://www.nytimes.com/2022/07/12/world/interpreter-world-falling-apart.html

Well if I were in Kenya or Indonesia I would be much more optimistic than I feel living here in the States!

11:52 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


There is a word for optimistic Americans: fools.


Personally, I won't be happy until the entire country is monetized, weaponized, buffoonized, moronized, digitalized, virtualized, and otherwise--dehumanized. We're almost there.


1:12 PM  
Anonymous AS said...

Haven't been able to keep up with the blog as much as I used to, so I don't know much discussion there's been of the Putin admn's involvement in the techno fascism that's taken over the world in the last few yrs, but this is a good piece about Russia's relentless digitalization campaign (a good article for those distracted by geopolitical spectacle, duped into believing that Putin & Co. represent some alternative to the 'West'):

"Although no longer rubber stamped by Schwab, Russia’s technocratic revisioning of the social contract between government and citizen continues without any significant interruptions. From CBDCs to experimental genetic 'vaccines,' Moscow is still marching to the same tune being played in Davos."


3:13 PM  
Anonymous Dr. Shithouse said...

USians were dignified, respectful individuals. Looking out for one another and cordial. They're good people and decent...Europeans take note:


4:22 PM  
Anonymous Mike R. said...

Landscapers apparently blocked an American's driveway. Driveway blocking appears very, very serious to US persons. The American came back with a high powered rifle.

Dr. Chomsky, Mr. Hedges, et al., please take note of the passion presented by the homeowner. These are some of the people you may want to enlist for that (farcical) uprising, revolution, taking back, making it better, yammer...


5:06 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


A rifle is gd, but if I were president he wd have been equipped w/a nuclear device.


5:57 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Three Undeniable Truths:

1. Schmiden is useless.
2. Kamala is a bag of rancid douche fluid.
3. The country is a morbid joke, and will not outlast the decade.

8:39 PM  
Anonymous Clem Kadiddlehopper said...

I find much of what Paul Kingsnorth has to say to be quite superficial. But what could you expect from someone who now advocates back-to-the-past (christian) "religious" tribalism. He also wrote an essay on the pretentious Unherd website under the more-than-stupid title of how Satan now rules the world. Tragically some people consider him to be a "prophetic" voice. I recently listened to (or suffered) a talk that he gave at an Orthodox forum in Ireland - it was pathetic. He is also quite chummy with the absurd/pathetic Rod Dreher.

Re the left and capitalism this site provides a comprehensive listing of many/most/all left-wing critics of global capitalism - Morris Berman is featured on it.


8:49 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Let me repost the interview w/John Pilger that someone posted earlier. Impt stuff:



9:03 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


That 1st para cd have used a couple of references. Next time, eh?


9:15 PM  
Anonymous Rockwell N. Role said...

I have a business opportunity for you: How about MAGA T-shirts with
the motto "Make America Go Away"? When mental illness continues to
appear in high places, for what else can one have hope? Trump stays
in the news because he's being investigated and continues to repeat
the final days of Hitler, who had his loyal stalwarts Bormann, Himmler,
Speer, Goering, and Goebbels as the only ones he could trust...for a
short period of time.

10:18 PM  
Blogger Joe McIlnen said...

Doctor & Wafers,
Check out the mug shot in the 1st clip and the vulgarity in the 2nd clip of your typical USAin.

Mass shootings of course are in first place here. But road rages are giving them a run for their money; one driver is shot or killed every 17 hours, according to this article. Check out the latest statistics.
Mass shootings. Deadly road rages. People blown away by our paramilitarized cops. Aren’t we great?
U.S.A.!, U.S.A.!, U.S.A.!

10:39 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Here's an alternative: the Wafer Buffoon Identification Program (WBIP). 1st, all Wafers hafta get weaponized. Then, they put on T-shirts that say BOOC. When an American (i.e., buffoon) asks them what it means, say Buffoons Out Of Control. When they ask Who are the Buffoons?, say Americans. Prepare to use your weapon, amigo.


3:08 AM  
Anonymous Orca said...

"It’s a goat, even if it flies!".


This is a folk story that I heard years ago from a college buddy, an algerian I believe. At the time he used it to describe the stupidity of some people. But little did we know, we were describing the USian attitude. You can tell americans how stupid they are getting, how violence is getting worse, how the quality of life is deteriorating... and their answer will always be "we are the best", "greatest nation ever", "FREEDOM!". Everything is a manifestation of american greatness, even its obvious decline. "It’s a goat, even if it flies!", America is the greatest even if everything is telling us otherwise.

5:10 AM  
Anonymous Cel-Ray Tonic said...

Clem, yeah you are right, I noticed that in the article too when he mentioned his group is rooted in "people, place and prayer". I didn't mention it because of space.

Oh well, I'm stuck in this dump of a country so I find myself grasping at whatever lifelines there are. Just because he mentions god/religion all the time doesn't mean I'm going to stop reading the Amish farmer/writer David Kline...

9:24 AM  
Anonymous Unknown Knish said...

Amusing commentary here, https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/07/13/an-americans-visit-to-another-planet-iceland/

Though nothing groundbreaking in the text and little that MB and Wafers have said before, but it's always fun to find others jumping on the Wafer bandwagon.

However this is a good line, "It’s been shared on social media that the Republicans are the Texas school shooter and the Democrats are the Uvalde, TX cops. That’s exactly it."

And, at the end, "We live in a shithole country. No amount of fireworks can change that."

9:30 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Great essay, but she left out the crucial pt: in order to have a shithole country, you hafta have shithole people. The Icelanders are simply not degraded buffoons.


A gd story. I'm wondering what % of the American public, if any, are coming around to the Waferian persuasion? I.e., see that the crow is indeed a crow?


9:44 AM  
Blogger ccg said...

I just re-watched the Pilger interview. (I was the one who posted it previously.) Pilger talked about the importance of Russia and of that region, and, of course, this doesn't register at all with Americans. But it isn't just Americans who miss the boat on this, as I have learned.

I have a German friend who, like me, is a physics professor, and I had a very disturbing conversation with him a few weeks ago. His take on this war is that if Ukraine wants to join NATO it should be allowed to do so Russia be damned. No other considerations are to be allowed. I tried to explain the history to him, and I made the point about significance of the Cuba missile crisis, asking him if Cuba should have had the right to have Russian missiles placed there. He seemed to understand my points, but at the end of the discussion he goes right back to "Ukraine should have the right to join NATO... ." Nothing I said made a dent in his thinking. No doubt he has a high IQ, but he seems autistically indifferent to any kind of nuance, at least with respect to this issue. Well, he's a very Americanized German who thought Barack Obama the most president we could ever have.

9:56 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


See Orca's post abt the goat. There are 2 types of knowing, intellectual and ontological. The latter derives from the Greek word ontos, Being--i.e., how life actually works. Most hi-IQ Americans are, from that pt of view, complete idiots. Nuance is not possible for them; like every other American, they think in slogans. Another way to put it: when myth meets fact, myth always wins.


11:07 AM  
Anonymous Egor said...

Between 1999 and 2014, the percentage who imagine the Sun revolves around the Earth *went up*.

Quarter of Americans Convinced Sun Revolves Around Earth, Survey Finds

National science survey reveals dismaying results.


Drowning in a sea of imbeciles......

11:31 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


I love it. It's called the EBI (Escalating Buffoon Index). Go, Buffoons, Go!


11:54 AM  
Blogger Krakhed said...

Curious what you all think Americans would actually propose as 'major reform'. More pussy hats? BLM posters? Go to war with Canada? I'm just spitballing but I'm guessing Wafers have some great suggestions.


10:54 PM  
Blogger Joe McIlnen said...

If I may, Doctor, are ten okay? As part of the collapse like Rome, here are my bread and circus scenarios since Trumpolini will be reelected in 2 years.
1) Josh Hawley will be his veep.
2) With the GOP in control of both houses, a bill will be passed making him president for life.
3) The George Washington Bridge will be renamed the Donald Trump Bridge.
4) He’ll introduce summary executions at sports stadiums for all to watch and enjoy, complete with dancing girls and beer sales.
5) The newly formed Trump TV will televise them.
6) His January 6th fans in attendance will again chant “Hang Mike Pence” at these spectacles.
7) He’ll have his picture put on the $100 bill, thus replacing Ben Franklin.
8) Although president, since he’s also “the Chosen One” in his own words, he’ll self-ordain himself as a Christian minister.
9) He’ll team with the Mormons to form the Church of Present Day Trumps.
10) He’ll have his face put on Mount Rushmore.

1:14 AM  
Anonymous Reader in Dubai said...

Wafers and Dr Berman,

It seems the idea of USA collapse is gaining more and more adherents.

This month’s issue (July 2022) of Harper’s magazine declares the American Century to be over: https://images.app.goo.gl/8BhxiUQKftHcjxT1A
The issue includes the article “Empire Burlesque: What comes after the American Century?” by Daniel Bessner - https://harpers.org/archive/2022/07/what-comes-after-the-american-century/ - I’m unable to read it because it’s subscriber content.

However, this piece by German blogger on Moon of Alabama gives some excerpts from the article, further comment and links - https://www.moonofalabama.org/2022/07/harpers-declares-its-over-the-american-century-is-gone.html. It opens:
“This month's Harpers title is astonishing. To declare that the U.S. century is over, without a question mark, is in the mainstream view still heresy. Sure the American Conservative has already done that years ago. But Harpers is positioned on the more liberal side of things and there the view is rarely expressed.”

1:56 AM  
Blogger Quercus said...

Regarding America's Suez Moment, it appears to be well and truly underway.
See this quote from a recent speech by Vladimir Putin:

“They should have understood that they have already lost from the very beginning of our special military operation, because its beginning means the beginning of a radical breakdown of the World Order in the American way. This is the beginning of the transition from liberal-globalist American egocentrism to a truly multipolar world – a world based not on selfish rules invented by someone for themselves, behind which there is nothing but the desire for hegemony, not on hypocritical double-standards, but on international law, on the true sovereignty of peoples and civilizations, on their will to live their historical destiny, their values and traditions and build cooperation on the basis of democracy, justice and equality. And we must understand that this process can no longer be stopped.”

From the always insightful Brazilian journalist, Pepe Escobar:


2:05 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Well, I doubt that Putin is that interested in democracy and justice, but he certainly describes America quite well, eh?


Gee, you'd think they'd mention the Twilight bk, wh/pegged the situation 22 yrs ago. Can't imagine why not...


All gd. But will he chop Kamala's head off, and put it on a pole, above a sign that says SHIT FOR BRAINS? Well, maybe that wd be a tad excessive...


5:47 AM  
Anonymous Panic! at the youtube said...

Reader in Dubai - I'm very skeptical when big media outlets are starting to push the ideas of collapse. Corporations & governments would love to push this idea, to only come in and save people with digital currency, medical interventions, more surveillance, and whatever else they have planned.

This week NYC put out a nuclear attack alert. Why? They want people in a perpetual state of fear. The worst thing you can do is live in a state of fear & panic, because you're then ripe for the picking. The future collapse will involve people voluntarily handing over their lives in the name of comfort & security, as has already been happening since 9/11.


9:46 AM  
Anonymous Donna said...

The Heart Sutra: the Fullness of Emptiness


Emptiness is not something to be afraid of, says Thich Nhat Hanh. The Heart Sutra teaches us that form may be empty of self but it’s full of everything else.

"If the cosmos exists, then the smallest speck
of dust exists.
If the smallest speck of dust doesn’t exist,
then the whole cosmos doesn’t exist..."

- lines from Zen master of the Lý dynasty quoted by Thich Nhat Hanh https://www.lionsroar.com/the-fullness-of-emptiness/

I just came across this article, I know Hanh was a hero to this community..

10:05 AM  
Anonymous Mr. Oops said...

Well, here we are— "THE END OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION". A comparative of imperial collapse, past to present by economist and economic historian Michael Hudson.


Meanwhile, a rebuttal of NY state's frighteningly stupid "duck and cover" style nuclear advice I'd posted about earlier, which would be a PR disaster in a sentient society:


So, can a crisis of legitimacy for the ruling class be far behind? Crises of legitimacy are bell tolls for societies, and this one is certainly teetering, with a ruling class whose decadence easily compares to previous empires.


10:28 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Yes, he was; and yes, we are a community.


10:29 AM  
Blogger Miles Deli said...

Greetings MB and Wafers,

Sister Amy on the Supreme Court:


Apparently, Barrett is delivering the goods to social conservatives w/narry an intellectual thought in her head.


ps: Go Amy!!!

11:19 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Sorta like Kamala, I guess. But the collapse of America can only be served by the empty-headed.


I had the impression they were all going to Mars. No?


11:29 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

ps: Well, I'm no John Donne, but here's a short poem to capture the zeitgeist:

Our hopes have faded;
We are buffoons--and degraded.

11:32 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

ps2: Our dreams are erased;
We are buffoons--and debased!

12:30 PM  
Anonymous Dr. Shithouse said...

This will show 'em; the proles are finally standing up to their corporate masters! USA-ins pay $10 for an oligarch-looking popsicle to: "eat the rich."

It appears to be an 'anti-capitalist' message while profiteering from US imbeciles (redundant). Names of the popsicles include, Bite Bezos,” “Suck Zuck” and “Gobble Gates." Maybe have a popsicle named after 98.7% of Americans: Happy Hustlers, Crunchy Cowards...



2:56 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Dr. Shit-

And here I was, making fun of Hedges for saying the masses wd hafta rise up. Talk abt eating crow. These masses are sticking it to the man!


3:27 PM  
Anonymous against summer vacation said...

I know the public school system has been discussed extensively here, but what about the school calendar? In America, students have a full 3 months during the summer in which to do whatever they want. For most families, the parents are at work, so the kids spend a solid 3 months playing video games, getting molested at summer camp (Google: Boy Scouts settlement), drinking smoothies, texting with their friends, and generally becoming lazy selfish brats. This behavior has spread around the world to a degree, so people from young ages are abandoned & allowed to live as screen junkies for 3 months, while the parents are at work.

It seems intentional to leave children alone for 3 months a year with screens, it's a prime age for brainwashing. If it's not intentional, then it's an accidental system that leads to brainwashing regardless of intent. Might as well repost an old article, the issue has been the same for decades & nothing will change.


7:38 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Check it out:


10:34 PM  
Anonymous Epps said...

‘It’s inhumane’: how US prison work breaks bodies and minds for pennies

"Dokken’s pay started at 12 cents an hour.. pay can increase to 24 cents an hour after positive reviews [but] they’re charged full price when they buy basic necessities commissary".

How a society treats its lowest rung betrays its true nature. A land of monsters...

8:36 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Yr quoting Doestoevsky, of course. But really, both in its foreign policy, and on the domestic front, has there ever been a nation as fundamentally kind as America?


10:26 AM  
Anonymous GoFundMe said...

What are your thoughts on the GoFundMe industry, and the concept of philanthropy, online donations, and volunteering? I hate the whole thing, it's a scam of wealthy elites to keep change from happening. Rather than universal healthcare, people beg from elites online for donations. Rather than addressing social problems, billionaires build whatever institutions them deem fit & mass media promotes them.

If someone is shot or killed, your families may hit the jackpot and get a payout from GoFundMe. Or if you get shot and killed, maybe they'll name a sports venue after you! I'm against putting names on buildings at all, but now the trend is naming things after people who get killed & make it on CNN. Doesn't matter if the person didn't do anything. This is a change from just naming things after warlords, wealthy European elites, and dead soldiers.




11:42 AM  
Blogger Miles Deli said...

Greetings MB and Wafers,

Re: MB's John Donne-like poem capturing the zeitgeist:

The US has become superfluous;
We are buffoons-like Reince Priebus.


12:05 PM  
Blogger Ordinary Indian said...

Hello Wafers, here is Prabhat Patnaik’s take on how the Ukrainian conflict is going for the West.
“ To believe that this hegemony can be reasserted at present by being ultra-aggressive, as Biden and Johnson do, is a pipe dream. This conjuncture requires not the futile quest for a hegemony that is gradually eluding the Western powers but their coming to terms with a new reality, one that sees a world without anyone’s exclusive hegemony.”

A lot is to happen in Ukraine and as it’s aftermath.

12:09 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Coming to terms w/a new reality is way beyond anything Schmiden is capable of.


Whatever happened to Reince? Did he go the way of Ed Meese?


"Charity is the bourgeois form of justice"--Proudhon


12:21 PM  
Anonymous Ritter said...

"How to Become a World Historical Figure (Péladan's Dream)". I have a feeling people here will either love this one or absolutely hate it… But I always found MB's reference of the world historical figure super interesting:


1:20 PM  
Blogger Joe McIlnen said...

What a country this is. It’s the only place where you’ll be murdered on the first day of your job. Maybe some places when hiring should issue a written legal warning: “Work at your own risk.”
And what better way to blow some people away if you don’t have an AR15 on you. Set off explosions inside a fireworks store.

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

1:39 PM  
Anonymous The Flabster said...

First sorry for having been offline for some time, I took a second job. Second, urine is the zeitgeist of our times: https://decider.com/2022/07/13/south-park-the-streaming-wars-part-2-matt-damon-gwyneth-paltrow-urine/

The comedians of South Park must have read your blog, it is the perfect consequence for the celebrity idiots who promote crypto betting.

1:40 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Never forget that the elite are trash.


It was Hegel, not Spengler.


3:20 PM  
Anonymous Cherith Cutestory said...

"It's a goat, even if it flies!"

Thanks Orca for that article and comment, good stuff. I've heard that expression in some Arabian countries I've worked in. Truly describes this mad world today.

5:17 PM  
Blogger ccg said...

Orca, MB

Loved the goat story! And it so characterizes the way some many people I know think, though not all of them are Americans.

A while back, asked my German friend: Who do you think deported the greatest number of illegal immigrants, Obama or Trump? This resulted in a cognitive dissonance for him because in his mind it just had to be Trump. Hadn't CNN been harping about how awful the Trump administration was with immigrants (and surely it was)? Yet at some level, he surely knew I was posing the question precisely because his intuitive answer didn't fit the facts. Showing him news story on the matter helped a bit, but didn't change his mind at all about Obama being some sort of god.

Oh yeah, a few years back, I tried getting him to read Dark Ages America. It was a no go. But that was no surprise. He doesn't read. He's aliterate, as are many academics I know.

7:20 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

ccg, Cherith-

Regarding the goat story: this goes to the heart of our problems, and not just American ones. Try presenting contrary facts to anyone who can be categorized as an "ist": Zionist, feminist, capitalist, environmentalist, anarchist, etc. You will get nowhere, and the question is Why? But oh, that question has been answered! Check out ch. 1 of CTOS. Human beings are terribly fragile, and once they identify w/an ism, it is hugely scary for them to entertain challenges to it; their entire psychological lives are at stake. (Cf. Eric Hoffer, "The True Believer") If their narrative doesn't prevail (e.g., America is fabulous, Russia is evil), they will come apart. Ergo, it must prevail; it must be a goat, even if it flies.

I deal w/this issue in an essay published here (21 March 2020) entitled "Is there life beyond paradigm?"

However, I really can't let myself off the hook. I have repeatedly stated that Kanye West's face looks like a horse's ass. As he is often in the news, I recently saw a picture of his face, and altho there is *some* resemblance, objectively speaking it is only abt 10%. But my entire psychological integrity depends on it being 100%, so let me say that this is a goat that flies.

Another example: I am fully committed to the assertion that Kamala is a rancid bag of douche fluid. Of course, objectively speaking, she is not literally a rancid bag of douche fluid. The problem? I fully believe that she is a rancid bag of douche fluid, and can't be persuaded otherwise.


9:23 PM  
Anonymous Oji said...

A humble request to all Wafers living in the U.S. State of Georgia, please vote for this man. He has unrivaled depth of understanding of all matters regarding and related to pollution, climate change, environmental degradation, etc...


The Roman Senate had its horse, why shouldn't the U.S. Senate have a horse's ass?

10:03 PM  
Blogger futuroexpat said...

"Coming to terms w/a new reality is way beyond anything Schmiden is capable of." --MB

LOL! Until today I would never have imagined Biden would fist bump MBS.


11:47 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Well, that's actually an old reality, when u think abt it.


Speaking as a declinist, I don' think it can have too many.


2:17 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


The midterm election is only 3.5 mos. away. At that time, the Dems will get thoroughly creamed. Earlier this yr, Bill Maher, Liz Warren, and I (not that I count for anything) begged them: Don't beat off! So what did they do? They beat off some more. Will they learn anything from this event? What do you think?


2:40 AM  
Anonymous Mohamed Ali said...

Oji I found somebody even better. His name is Josh Mandel from Ohio. He lost the primary to jd Vance,but i hope he runs again. I don’t think he believes anything he is saying. Just hustling for votes.

6:11 AM  
Anonymous EPV said...

Dr. Berman,
Please consider my detailed analysis of our lost 'movie store' experience - curating culturally 'lost gems' pushed out due to corporate influence, censorship, &/or profit/loss decision making in a culture gone to shit:
Pirate on,

10:42 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...




11:13 AM  
Anonymous Taz said...

What Happened to Jordan Peterson? A turning point for his audience


Interesting update to JordanP. There were times when he played a socratic role. He made myth cool again (though hardly original). But man has he been shadow boxing lately...

4:07 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


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


It's a v. old story: someone gets a bit of media attn, they lose all perspective, and they begin to think they are a VIP. The guy turned into a douche bag. He has mucus in his head. Only a vigorous beating will be able to clear it all out.


5:36 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Sorry, cdn't run it (length). Were we seriously talking abt urine? Look, if you wanna bag your urine, drive by Obama's and Hillary's multi-million dollar houses, wait for them to come out, and then fling the bags at them, you have my unalloyed blessing.


8:55 PM  
Blogger ccg said...

I think a case could be made for the claim that Kamala literally IS a rancid bag of douche fluid.

But what about the academics claiming to be doing scholarship on the leadership of Kamala Harris? Yes, there is such a thing:


I "wonder" if any of this "scholarship" will point any deficiencies in the character of Kamala Harris?

10:53 PM  
Anonymous Rollo Dice said...

Yes, when it comes to one of the most common and empty words in
America it is "freedom". Is it in the sacred Constitution that a
person can refuse to be vaccinated even if it merrily keeps a
disease happy? "I should be free to infect my neighbor with no ill
feelings for my merely obeying the Constitution." Can't argue with
that! The happy result for CV-19 is that 22% have received NOT one

11:24 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Talk abt wasting one's life. But here's a question I put 2u and to all other Wafers: Which is more correct to say: That Kamala is a rancid bag of douche fluid, or a bag of rancid douche fluid? This question is keeping me up at nights.


11:24 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Complex issue. I don't think it's in the Constitution that a person can be vaccinated against his or her will.


4:30 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

ps: You might also find the chapter on Isaiah Berlin, in EPV, helpful in this regard.

11:44 AM  
Anonymous B. Louis said...

This is one of the most fascinating videos I've seen lately.

Mickey Rourke is a casualty of the American value-system. He had everything a person could ever supposedly 'want' in this degenerate culture, yet he felt compelled to self-destruct in a supernova of violence and drug abuse.


The pain emanating from this guy is staggering. All of that bad plastic surgery is clearly being used in an attempt at hiding a spiritual void.

THIS is America.

7:20 PM  
Anonymous Cosmo Como said...

There just has to be a crew of comedy writers fabricating the news.
Imagine Trump's platform for his next run at the White House, "Vote
for Me So I Won't Have to Go to Prison." Perhaps there's some money
in this for WAfers International Consolidated in selling bumper
stickers with this slogan?

9:32 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


The Jan. 6 Committee has only 3.5 mos. to do its work. It will have no power, or probably existence, after the midterm election. Plus, it's usual in these cases to punish the small fry, wh/is certainly being done. The big fish typically get off scot free. It wd be great 2c Trumpalumpi behind bars, but I really can't imagine it.


10:05 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


I guess yr new to this blog. If you wanna participate, here's how to do it:

1. You have a specific argument you wanna make about the collapse of the American empire. You state yr argument.
2. You then defend yr argument by means of reliable references: links, articles, whatever.

Thank you.


12:04 AM  
Anonymous extinction said...

Bellah wrote that he thought social collapse would come before environmental collapse. I think he will be wrong about that one. The amount of continued environmental destruction is so immense, human extinction is a possibility, making talk of escaping to another country or NMI to be pointless since there may not be a future recovery of humanity.


2:40 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Might be helpful to identify Robt Bellah, since some Wafers may not be familiar w/his work. Also, if he was wrong, the NMI concept wd be very relevant, at least if such people cd gather in groups.


4:05 AM  
Anonymous Himanshu Tiwari said...

Dear Dr. Berman,

In depth dialogue with economists Steve Keen and Michael Hudson(both are de facto banned in the West) about neo-liberal economics, US, China, Russia and the end of dollar diplomacy. Some excerpts: "Isolating Russia hasn’t isolated it at all. It’s driven Russia together with China, in the first instance, and then China and Russia together have joined with India, Iran, Syria, they’re now joining with Brazil and Argentina all to create an alternative economic order and social order and political order.And the political order is basically based on the main distinction between the non-neoliberals and the neoliberals, and that is: who will control the money supply. And China is the prime example. Instead of private banking creating the credit to create loans basically for financial reasons, China will create credit to spend into the economy the way that MMTers hope to see credit created."..."Who is the we? Who’s going to wake up? When you say we, it’s as if you mean American citizens in the population. But we are not the government who makes the policy. We are not the Davos Group and the campaign contributors. Their “we” are the oil industry, the big agricultural monopolies, the other monopolies, and Wall Street. That’s the finance, insurance and real estate sector [FIRE]."...."But the problem goes beyond America and beyond Europe. Western civilization took a wrong track about 3000 years ago. The Near East and almost all of Asia had a tradition of canceling the debts when they threatened the economy. In Japan, you had revolutions, you had the Near East rulers canceling the debts. That’s what my books are about."

6:58 AM  
Anonymous Himanshu Tiwari said...

Here is the link to my previous post: https://thesaker.is/michael-hudson-podcast-with-michael-hudson-steve-keen-steve-grumbine/


11:03 AM  
Anonymous Vince said...

Hello Dr. Berman,

I hope that you are well.

Below is a link to a recent article from ScheerPost.


So we are sinking 10's of billions of dollars into this hopeless conflict without even so much a brief delay in appropriations. Meanwhile it took months for Congress to debate a stimulus package to help American citizens.

Forgive me for not remembering the source. But I do remember reading / hearing that the government was an extortion ring for the defense industry. I do believe that it was Frank Zappa who said that politics was the entertainment division of the defense department / military.

Any news reporting on that war from the mainstream media can not be trusted, obviously.


11:31 AM  
Blogger Joe McIlnen said...

Greetings to a new week. Some of the recent violence here in the Land of Plenty ( of guns and anger):

Perhaps Archie had the answer. LOL!

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

11:32 AM  
Anonymous Glans Butterworth, III said...

Video below sharing Russophobia that is expressed by many Europeans and the West in general. The mask appears off and that phobia could be all the pent-up anger for EU's immigration policies.


Also, the US empire sent two US officials to the French ambassador's on Bastille Day. This is what constituted "progress" in the failed empire.


11:39 AM  
Anonymous Lange said...

Ameri-coup: A brief history of US misdeeds https://www.aljazeera.com/opinions/2022/7/16/ameri-coup-a-brief-history-of-us-misdeeds

But! But! But! But it's Chiiiina and Russssia who are threatening the 'rules based global order'....

1:26 PM  
Anonymous 988 said...

The new 988 national suicide hotline number is now operational. Instead of questioning why the US causes so much suicide & depression, the efforts will instead by praised & there will just be increasing calls for more mental health resources.


1:36 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Himan et al.-

Do you all realize how much slapping is necessary, just to make the country 20% sane? As for urine: don' ask!


1:36 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


What we really need is a Slapping Number. Somehow, amazingly enuf, an American realizes that s/he is a buffoon, and calls the #. S/he says, "I am a buffoon." The office then sends someone over to your house, to slap you silly.


3:46 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Other than get a manicure and watch TV, what does Schmamala do on an average day? I'm thinking that to motivate her into doing *something*, it is up to us to degrade her publicly. The next time she gives one of her inane talks (and they *are* inane), let's show up w/a large banner, bearing on it only 1 word: SCHMAMALA. This shd get her, and the MSM, busy.

I would like to propose 2u a possibly controversial thesis. To say that Schmamala is the greatest douche baguette to hold public office in American history is probably not that controversial. That wd be shooting fish in a barrel. To say that she is the greatest douche baguette in all of American history, period, is perhaps a tad more controversial, but nevertheless arguable. But suppose I were to declare that she is the greatest douche baguette in the history of the entire world, going back to the Paleolithic: What say you then?

I wd also like to add that Kanye West's face bears a striking resemblance to the rear end of a horse, and that Schmiden looks like he's half asleep, 86% of the time, and can rightly be called a warmongering jackass.


6:06 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Duh. Gee, do ya think?:


9:04 PM  
Anonymous Jang said...

Hi Dr Berman, I was wondering whether you have any resources you recommend on taking notes and remembering what you read? I've been researching Zettelkastens (where you write out ideas out on cards) as a way to help me make connections, but I'm wondering how you manage to write prolifically. Thanks so much.

12:51 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


I never read a bk on the subject, and I honestly don't know of any. I just mark things off in the margins, then go back and type out the relevant passages. It helps if you have a specific thing yr looking for.


4:03 AM  
Anonymous Noura said...

What could possibly go wrong with this?

The typical S&P 500 CEO made 324 times more than the median-paid worker last year: report

If we were to pose this question to some of the richest people (see link), I wonder what their responses might be?

5:08 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


See my next post. Why keep kidding myself, that I might be making some sort of difference? Why not find a tall building and end it all? The typical American reaction to that report will be, "Gee, maybe I can get me a piece o' that." Are you aware that half the country thinks Russia was our enemy in WW2? That millions believe Kamala's speeches contain brilliant insights? That nearly 30% of American youth can't locate the Pacific Ocean on a world map? That I'm lucky if I make $100 a month in book royalties? Who am I kidding, really?


5:57 PM  

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