August 04, 2022

Stupid People-->Incompetent Leaders-->Foolish Decisions-->National Collapse

Wafers-

OK, here is how it actually is. This is finally the only narrative worth entertaining.

1.The American people are basically out of it. They are clueless and stupid. If you don’t believe me, just go up to one—any one—in the street, and try to engage them on any issue of substance. They will just stare at you, uncomprehendingly. Most of you have already had this experience. The truth is that there is nothing of consequence in their heads. (The World Series, how to make more money, sex, etc.) Ask them what the initials FDR stand for, for example, or what is the capital of New York State (they’ll say, “New York”). 2.As George Carlin told us, stupid people elect stupid leaders. How in the world do we have the likes of Greene, Boebert, Schmamala, Tulsi, Trump, Pelosi—it’s a long list—in office? These people are little more than jokes, and millions adore them. They have no self-transparency, and no real understanding of American history—why the US does what it does. The best they can do is repeat slogans, and think that that’s thinking. 3.Not rocket science: stupid leaders make stupid decisions, ones that are programmed from centuries ago, and that are ultimately self-destructive. (I discuss some of this programming in QOV. For example, the age-old need to have an enemy, and thus to constantly live in a war mentality, and to make war when there is no genuine cause for it.) 4.Bad decisions involve living reactively, from moment to moment, whereas our “enemies” are smart; they play the long game, and they will, as a result, eclipse us. Meanwhile, most nations no longer take us seriously. We look like fools because we are fools. These nations have to tiptoe around us, because we are like a baby waving a bazooka. But they know we have force, not strength. (We don't even know what strength is.) Meanwhile, even our force is draining away, on a daily basis. We have no spiritual purpose; we are just drifting, without any meaning at all. 5.What country decides to take on 2 great powers simultaneously? Ukraine is a proxy for our totally unnecessary war w/Russia, and Taiwan a semi-proxy for an unnecessary confrontation w/China. Who does this, except governments run by people who are effectively brain dead? And who believes this “democracy” crap except the American people, who will believe anything? Anyone w/half a brain knows that Schmiden doesn’t give a shit abt the Ukrainians, and that Schmelosi cdn’t care less abt the Taiwanese. It’s all posturing for the sake of posturing—the refuge of the impotent. 6. Arnold Toynbee demonstrated that civilizations don’t collapse by being invaded from the outside. No, he said; instead, they commit suicide by making all the wrong moves. There is simply no other way to (accurately) interpret what is happening to us. Meanwhile, intelligent civilizations, such as Russia and China, are biding their time. Why attack America when it is doing a bang-up job of attacking itself? 7. Just a ps: Exactly what *is* American civilization? It is a culture only in an anthropological sense; in our case, a gun culture; which is, really, a death culture. In terms of culture in the sense of creativity: Where is the American Dostoevsky? The American Verdi? The American Picasso? 0. What, exactly, will be lost to the world as America slides down the chute to oblivion? Democracy? Ha! Basically, a cover for capitalism, which Americans, like Milton Friedman (a high-IQ moron), equate with freedom, even as it crushes the life out of them.

-mb

94 Comments:

Blogger Joe McIlnen said...

Doctor,
In addition to stupid people, we also can throw in “angry violent” people. And since this creep had on a U.S. Army shirt, we can be rest assured the many “patriotic” conservatives will “thank him for his service” if they pass him on the street.
https://abc7news.com/starbread-bakery-pittsburg-east-bay-attacked-covid-guidelines/12067950/

And in the heat of summer, there’s not only road rage but also BOAT rage! Tempers flare on the water too. It’s all part and parcel of the slow continuing inexorable collapse of this putrid shithole.
https://www.tiktok.com/@wavyboats/video/7119874307571911979
https://www.tiktok.com/@coastalboating/video/7119484910674693422

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

10:58 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Resisting the psychological damage of capitalism:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/aug/04/summer-holiday-work-children-productive-do-nothing

11:33 PM  
Anonymous Megan said...

Nice post, Dr. Berman. In regards to your last entry, "What am I living for?", I don't have a precise answer, but I'm glad you are still here. I hope you still have a long stretch of happy fulfilling life ahead of you. But since you are a partial hermit, I guess we wouldn't know if the worst happened, and you were cut down prematurely. Your blog would just go down, presumably, and at some point Wikepedia would have your death date, after a nice summary about how you "got it", but no one cared, beyond the 173 misfits who check into your blog every day, and theoretical Chinese historians fifty years from now. (Yet, one of us will add, you pressed on anyhow, shaking your fist at the gods and continued rolling your boulder back up the hill until the end.) That said, I seriously hope that that sad day is still very far off.

On another subject, I mentioned in another post that I watched that ridiculous space documentary (Space X) on Elon Musk on Netflix. I figured that since people like him, Zuckerschmuck and Bezos are among the three most powerful men on earth, I should force myself to learn a bit about them. Along the same lines, here is a mildly critical look at Bezos and his grotesque Amazon empire (Don't even get me started on his monstrous idea of rotating space colonies, for up to a million happy people. This is literally his greatest passion. Grotesque.):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVVfJVj5z8s&t=4374s

My conclusion? Our culture and society are literally formed and controlled by grasping douchebags, without a trace of nobility, and utterly adolescent mindsets. I will need at least a year before I am recovered enough to watch a documentary on Zuckerschmuck. Or perhaps this is just evidence that I am some kind of masochist?

4:09 AM  
Anonymous Fowler said...

"This looks like Theranos level fraud. The last 16 years of Alzheimer’s research looks to have been built on deliberately falsified data. It’s why Alzheimer’s drugs have a 99% failure rate in trials. The thing they’re trying to fix isn’t the problem."

https://m.dailykos.com/stories/2022/7/22/2111914/-Two-decades-of-Alzheimer-s-research-may-be-based-on-deliberate-fraud-that-has-cost-millions-of-lives

People would love if there were some simple reason we haven't cured Alzheimer's by now, like data fabrication, but really it's because neuroscience is a pre-paradigmatic discipline

See Exhibit A, SSRIs are bullshit:

Scientists Find No Evidence That Depression Is Caused by “Chemical Imbalance” or Low Serotonin Levels
https://www.google.com/amp/s/scitechdaily.com/scientists-find-no-evidence-that-depression-is-caused-by-chemical-imbalance-or-low-serotonin-levels/amp/

9:35 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Fowler-

Ascribing everything to chemistry is surely b.s. A better guide to depression, and how to deal w/it, is Alexander Lowen, "Depression and the Body."

Megan-

"Boy emperors," someone has called them.

mb

10:23 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Wafers-

After all the threats and bluster, what China is now doing to Taiwan is lame. It's theater, it doesn't amount to shit. China sits there w/egg on face. Not that Pelosi's visit was anything other than theater as well; it accomplished 0 and probably made things worse. The real thing to consider is, What exactly is Pelosism? (Yes, I know, we are still struggling w/Tulsism, but for now the focus has shifted.) And assuming that Pelosism is not a gd thing, what can be done to counter it? Shd she be made the target of projectile vomiting? Or an inundation of Wafer Urine (on shoes)? Wafers are invited to weigh in on this crucial subject, as opposed to crap like sanctions on Taiwan, wh/are pure poop.

mb

10:43 AM  
Anonymous Glans Butterworth, III said...

I love a parade, the tramping of feet, I love every beat I hear of a drum in a failed country chock filled with dumb dumbs!


https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/multiple-injured-two-police-officers-vehicle-plows-new-mexico-parade-rcna41709

11:58 AM  
Anonymous cults said...

I'm fascinated by how so many people have turned to various cult leaders and religions over the decades. Rather than looking at reality, people seem to be ripe for the picking for whatever dominant personality comes around. The so-called "anti-cult movement" of the 1970s and 1980s seems like an interesting topic (the Rajneesh people are something wild), though I understand it's kind of old news at this point.

I'd love to see a Hollywood movie on this one, it has all kinds of goodies: religious cult, drug addiction, closeted gays, weapons deals with the Aryan nation, child abuse, and even a prepper bunker in Canada for when the Freemasons take over the government.

Congregation of Mary Immaculate Queen

4:51 PM  
Anonymous Satchmo said...

Here's something you've probably noticed w/ most Amerikkkans: They seem to dread Mondays & only look forward to Fridays. After finishing the daily crossword on the Dictionary.com site, I browsed around & noticed this rather sad article below. They post a list of "alternatives" to saying Happy Monday to co-workers.

https://www.dictionary.com/e/happy-monday-alternatives/

Why do you reckon most folks in the US hate Mondays so much? That seems to me like an awful way to live.

6:08 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Satch-

O, it's worse than that. They not only hate Mondays; they hate themselves, and they hate their lives. But hey, they love America! (the source of their self-hatred)

cults-

I can't be bothered w/such buffoonery, really. Such people need to be slapped, and have their shoes peed on. I had it out w/the Rajneeshies in Germany in the 80s; what a collection of clowns. I'm happy to say I defeated them soundly, and made them look like the shitpile that they are (or were). Shortly after that, his trusty assistant, Ma Anand Sheela, a great douche baguette, came out saying "To hell with Rajneesh." It was in all the papers, esp. in Germany. It wd be dishonest of me to say, I can't figure out why people fall for this type of crap, because I *do* know why. Check out CTOS ch. 1 for a basic intro.

mb

6:32 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Clem-

We strive to be a discussion forum rather than a bulletin board. In future, perhaps you could provide a paragraph or two of commentary with your links. Thank you.

mb

11:46 PM  
Blogger Joe McIlnen said...

And away we go with another violent weekend here in the world’s biggest embarrassing excuse for a country. An added bonus is the latest creative surprise to take out violent anger: throw a dumbbell against a windshield.
https://www.khou.com/article/news/local/houston-road-rage-dumbbell-through-window/285-fdd9896c-7bbe-4a50-abaf-0a8408ce901f
Of course if you have a gun, shoot a 3 year old if you argue with another driver.
https://kvia.com/top-stories/2022/08/05/3-year-old-girl-injured-in-las-cruces-after-shooting-in-possible-road-rage-incident/
Or if involved with another driver in a heated road rage exchange, take it out instead on a bicyclist that happens to be pedaling past you. And rob him while you’re at it.
https://road.cc/content/news/road-rage-motorist-assaults-cyclist-and-steals-his-camera-294975

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

12:55 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Joe-

The dumbbell is a nice touch. I still think the best plan of action is to issue weapons to every American, and tell them to just "go to it!".

mb

1:22 AM  
Anonymous cubeangel said...

https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/aew8m9/comment/edtsyat/?utm_source=reddit&utm_medium=web2x&context=3

Dr. B is so right on everything he says. Pay attention to what the user SmilingSarcastic says and how everyone agrees with him and they all get into a discussion of how important it is to fake looking busy at work. When did "Honesty is the best policy" get thrown out the window? And, no one on reddit sees anything wrong with this picture at all?

The American workplace is completely dysfunctional and they treat the dysfunction as something normal and a life skill the young must learn? How crack rock are they doing?

6:13 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

cube-

Sounds like George Costanza, but on Seinfeld this behavior was an object of satire. The show also ridiculed mailmen with their "3-hr lunch breaks." Many yrs ago, in DC, some gov't agency hired me to give their employees a workshop in writing and editing. They openly said things like, "Just 5 more years of pretending to do any work, and I can retire on full pension." It hardly bothered them that I could overhear this; plus, it never occurred to them that they were throwing away 5 yrs of their lives. A sad country w/sad people in it.

mb

7:05 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

mango-

Pls post more carefully in the future. Yr post came across like a scrambled egg. At the halfway mark, it repeated iself. It was also a bit too long. Pls reread and rethink. Thank you.

mb

5:42 PM  
Anonymous Orca said...

Wafers, I'm currently reading a book called 'L'homme aggressif' by the late french neuroscientist Pierre Karli in which he tried to use what was up to date at the time of the writing (80s) to paint a complete picture on what is agression and what are its biological and social causes. On the social causes the author argued that the other is a source of fear and can be a cause of agressive behaviour. As he says "unfamiliarity and uncertainty can be easily translated into a rather hostile attitude." He, however, contextualises it as he argues that there can be other social phenomena that help reduce agression, especially closeness, knowledge and oppenness to the other.
Now to the american individual. We know that americans have a me vs the world attitude, are generally very closed on themselves and ignorant. The other might be a source of geniun fear wich sparks the wide varieties of agressive behaviours. And when the other retaliates with violence in self defence it further pushes the american into a paranoid and isolationist state which sparks further agression and so on in a vicious circle. This may be one of the many interconnected reasons why america loves violence. But sure as hell, America loves the smell of napalm in the morning.

The book:
https://www.leslibraires.ca/livres/l-homme-agressif-pierre-karli-9782020095532.html

7:06 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Orca-

He left out psychological factors, wh/I discuss in QOV. Also check out the work of another French scholar, Denis Duclos:

https://www.amazon.com/-/es/Denis-Duclos/dp/1859731465/ref=sr_1_1?__mk_es_US=%C3%85M%C3%85%C5%BD%C3%95%C3%91&crid=J6K01NAXGOKR&keywords=denis+duclos&qid=1659827762&s=books&sprefix=denis+duclos%2Cstripbooks%2C399&sr=1-1

Opposition hardens ego-boundaries, makes you feel whole and alive. But it's actually a house of cards.

mb

7:19 PM  
Anonymous LouHarrison said...

A thought I had while reading the news the last couple days:

The vileness of Alex Jones is like this. The vileness is that tens of millions of Americans admire and support him and his behavior, and made him disgustingly rich for how he chooses to exist.

A nice anecdote for the topic of this blog!

8:01 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Lou-

Always gd to include a link in yr posts. Meanwhile, I have a homework assignment 4u. Tomorrow morning, get up, make yrself tea or coffee, and sit on yr couch, facing the wall or the rm. Now spend 20 minutes contemplating how many Americans need to get slapped. If it's less than 100 million, you need to recalculate.

Jones is the extreme end of the spectrum, because in one way or another, the entire population is engaged in some form of hustling. It is, after all, the American Dream.

You will be surprised to hear that there is a cure. Wafers will go from house to house, carrying sticks, and beat every American senseless while shouting, 'You are a pathetic piece of garbage and you will stop your competitive, selfish, consumerist, war-supporting, narcissistic way of life, IMMEDIATELY!' Then we will drop upon them T-shirts that say 'I APOLOGIZE FOR BEING A DOUCHE BAG'.

mb

9:03 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Wafers-

So I was rdg letters to the editor in the June 20 issue of the New Yorker, and 2 exceptional Americans wrote in to comment on how China is treated in US gov't and public discourse. These letters reminded me of Rachel DeWoskin's memoir, "Foreign Girls in Beijing." Rachel worked there as an actress for 5 yrs ca. 20 yrs ago, and during that time she wd check the NYT online on a daily basis for their China coverage. What she discovered was that the Times reports on China had literally 0 to do w/what she was actually seeing on the streets of Beijing. The paper was completely out of touch w/Chinese reality, while gullible Americans were taking it in as 'truth'. All it was was pro-Western distortion.

As for the two American letter-writers, they go even further than this. One is a professor of writing at a university in Kunshan, China, who ends his short note: "If we are gong to de-escalate tensions between the US and China [fat fucking chance], we will have to have thoughtful conversations with one another [yeah, that's gonna happen], not repeat ham-fisted talking pts."

The other writer (living in Pennsylvania) says that we need an "antidote to the dehumanization of China in US political discourse."

Now everyone here knows that beyond a doubt, from the man in the street to Schmiden, and from the woman in the street to Schmelosi, we are going to repeat ham-fisted talking points, and we will continue to dehumanize China in American political discourse. Very few Americans engage in thoughtful conversations about anything, let alone China; very few even know what that wd look like. The question is, Why?

But the answer is obvious: as a people, including the gov't and the MSM, we don't know how to do anything else. Plainly put, we're stupid, and we have no way of getting beyond the B&W, Manichaean categories thru wh/we have viewed the outside world for centuries now. What, we're going to take some magic potion and stop being ham-fisted and dehumanizing? We are suddenly going to relate to others in an enlightened, empathic manner? Perhaps when pigs fly over the W.H. in V-geese formation, but not b4 then.

mb

11:01 PM  
Anonymous Cherith Cutestory said...

-- "Poor Mexico, so far from God and so close to the United States." - Porfirio Díaz

-- Top 16 Euphemisms US Headline Writers Used for Police Beating the Shit Out of People. Interesting choices include "strong response" and "turn aggressive". (The above are from Belen Fernandez's Checkpoint Zipolite.

-- Pelosi with a Kamala-esque remark: "When I was a little girl, I was told at the beach if I dug a hole deep enough, we would reach China, so we've always felt a connection there,". US leadership, folks. This is the same person who was ok with igniting a war with China in what mentally challenged leftists called a bold and calculated move.

-- John Pilger in recent article sounds the alarm over the dangerous anti-China war rhetoric, cautioning that the US may be actually planning a "blinding attack" on China using nuclear weapons. I hope it's not true, but then again this is the US we're talking about, a curse let loose upon mankind, from which we can expect the greatest of evils.

4:14 AM  
Anonymous Himanshu Tiwari said...

Dear Dr. Berman,

Re: Western(or more precisely the coverage by the Anglo-sphere of China and India): This sort of cover up/extremely biased (and many times criminally false) coverage has been going on for at least 150 years.Please see the short clip(2 mins): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4IAYDWs3Wpc
Its a video of photos taken by photographer Willoughby Hooper.These are pictures clicked by the infamous 'Photographer of Death' and shows the dark ages of colonial India, capturing the misery of the Great Famine of Madras in 1877. The Anglosphere (US and UK in particular) like to jump up and down in self-righteous pomp about Hitler but have very skillfully hidden the holocaust of Indians/Hindus (eg:the British orchestrated Bengal famine of 1943 in which about 3 million Indians starved to death in under 4 months: https://www.indiafacts.org.in/suhrawardy-and-the-bengal-famine-of-1943/
I will not comment on US genocide/holocaust of First Nations people (evreyone here knows about it). Nuremberg laws did not exist before 1945 so the Anglosphere gets a pass. Sri Aurobindo in a letter (who lived through WW2 period) called WW2 a "Fight Between two kinds of Ignorance": https://incarnateword.in/compilations/world-wars
Himanshu

7:24 AM  
Anonymous The Flabster said...

This is literally one of the only honest and therefore worthwhile blogs around. It provides the theory (true science definition) that explains the horrific observations.

The read below is literally the future of American life outside of a few areas. I’m plotting an exit. Nothing good will happen when 85% of the country is this way.


https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2022/08/15/state-legislatures-are-torching-democracy

7:56 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Flab-

This blog is indeed unique, wh/is why 99+% of Americans have never heard of it, and wd reject it if they had. And yes, you wd to well to leave the US. All that lies ahead, as Kurt Vonnegut famously said, is a shitstorm.

Himan-

Impt info, thank you.

Cherith-

Sarah Palin said something similar yrs ago, brilliantly satirized by Tina Fey on SNL. Our leaders have shit for brains, but then, so do most of our citizens, for whom such a remark wd make sense. As for Pilger: America is more interested in posturing/theater than actual war, I think. Pelosi's visit was brinksmanship, part of a chess game.

mb

10:59 AM  
Anonymous Megan said...

Dr Berman,

Have you happened to see "Woodstock 99" on Netflix? If not, definitely don't miss this one. I can't make a link since it is netflix, but I felt this was such a "must see" for everyone here, that I wanted to make sure no one misses it. Let me know your thoughts after you watch it, if you are able.

Anyhow, what abject depravity and degradion! 200,000 raging douchebags, and this was 23 years ago, 8 years before cellphones and social media. Rage, vulgarity, rape, arson, outsize, grasping selfishness--this exquisitely sickening orgy of pointlessly destructive nihilism is the best distillation of the American soul I've ever seen. And even the music sucked! Can you imagine The Beatles going onstage naked, in a pathetic attempt to be edgy and shocking? God, this documentary almost made me ashamed to be a human being!

11:08 AM  
Anonymous Flyingspaghettimonstr said...

It seems Stevie Wonder skedaddled to Ghana, a nation he expressed a fondness for in the past. Even he can see the writing on the wall (pun intended 😏)

https://news.yahoo.com/stevie-wonder-moving-ghana-want-170053618.html

12:52 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Fly-

No dummy, he.

Megan-

The # of American raging douchebags hardly stops at 200,000.

mb

1:06 PM  
Blogger Joe McIlnen said...

Yeah, Baby! Let the tempers flare! Blow each other away! Good neighbors USAins certainly are! LOL!
https://www.cleveland19.com/video/2022/08/07/police-release-bodycam-footage-shootout-that-injured-akron-video/

And of course the daily mass shootings are in full swing!
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/mass-shooting-leaves-least-9-injured-downtown-cincinnati-rcna41895
https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/detroit-city/2022/08/07/detroit-mass-shooting-state-fair-second-two-days/10260399002/

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

2:14 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Joe-

I'm still not clear on why Americans shd not be fully armed and encouraged to gun each other down in the street, like dogs. We're almost at that pt anyway, so WTF?

mb

3:47 PM  
Anonymous Modest Mike said...

DHS officials worked to keep parents and children apart for extended periods of time, lamenting when reunifications happened too quickly. “We can’t have this,” a deputy at ICE wrote, as reunification “obviously undermines the entire effort.”

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2022/09/trump-administration-family-separation-policy-immigration/670604/

"Within days of the start of Zero Tolerance, Matt Albence, one of Tom Homan’s deputies at ICE, expressed concern that if the parents’ prosecutions happened too swiftly, their children would still be waiting to be picked up by HHS in Border Patrol stations, making family reunification possible. He saw this as a bad thing. When Albence received reports that reunifications had occurred in several Border Patrol sectors, he immediately sought to block the practice from continuing, contacting at least one sector directly while also asking his superiors—Tom Homan, Ron Vitiello, and Kevin McAleenan—for help. “We can’t have this,” he wrote to colleagues, underscoring in a second note that reunification “obviously undermines the entire effort” behind Zero Tolerance and would make DHS “look completely ridiculous.” Albence and others proposed “solutions” such as placing parents whose prosecutions were especially speedy into ICE custody or in “an alternate temporary holding facility” other than the Border Patrol station where their children were being held. This appears to have happened in some cases."


Pure evil.. It sounds like the least charitable interpretation of the Trump administration's motives was the correct one. Call me shocked!

3:55 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Mike-

"Damaged people damage people." What brutality must these people have suffered in childhood, to treat these children w/such cruelty? Is there a sicker society than America?

mb

5:54 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Wafers-

Roger Waters attempts to get thru to an MSM, US gov't-propaganda puppet (talk abt a hi-IQ moron):

https://edition.cnn.com/videos/politics/2022/08/06/smr-roger-waters.cnn

There's just no breaking thru the American narrative. There never is. When Waters says, the US wdn't tolerate hostile nuclear missiles on the Canadian or Mexican borders, the clown changes the subject. Don't engage the actual argument; no, run away from it. (And laugh a lot, as tho your opponent is a joke)

mb

8:26 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

ps: truth is, of course Schmiden is a war criminal. Who, except the American public, can't see this?

8:28 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Riley-

A couple of problems here. 1st, the NYT has a paywall, so I cdn't read the article. Perhaps you can find the essay located in a different place. 2nd, we are more of a discussion forum than a bulletin board, so when you do send a link, pls provide at least a few sentences of your own commentary w/it. Thank you.

mb

11:55 AM  
Anonymous Krakhed said...

https://usefulidiots.substack.com/p/reporting-from-ukraine-lindsey-snell

Here’s an interesting discussion on the situation of the Ukrainian military by a journalist that was allowed to visit Ukraine.

Our government is so stupid to just give expensive weapons and not really follow it up and now some of the weapons paid for by American tax dollars to aid Ukraine’s war effort are ending up for sale on the darkweb.

3:11 PM  
Anonymous Dr. Shithouse said...

11 yo has lemonade stand. USian pays for it with a 100$ bill, gets exact change.

The bill is fake; boy out his allowance money. Donations rush in. What a 'great' country, the 'good' citizens step up, and the hero police need your help to catch the 'bad guy.'

Predictably, no mention regarding what type of society would produce such a person who would rip-off a child. What was it about the US empire that produced such trash and vile "people?"


https://www.kiro7.com/news/north-sound-news/police-man-uses-counterfeit-100-everett-childs-lemonade-stand/JPUILHI43NE35CLEZG2IXFWSZU/

https://www.abc12.com/news/national/donations-pour-in-after-boy-was-ripped-off-with-counterfeit-bill-at-his-lemonade-stand/image_2ae08c09-94f0-5ab6-8084-6a85ebfbac3a.html

5:13 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Dr. Shit-

At every level of American society, we see debased douche bags. And from a declinist pt of view, this is a gd thing.

Shifting venues now: scroll back to that interview w/Roger Waters. What we see in that CNN douche bag interviewer are the following:

1. Unwillingness to take Waters seriously, as tho he were little more than a joke; laughing at him.
2. Inability to listen to what the other person has to say; talking over him.
3. Rigid assumption, on the part of the CNN douche bag, that he is absolutely correct; in wh/case, real dialogue ain't gonna happen.
4. And as a corollary, blocking out of any alternative narrative, i.e. one that doesn't adhere to the "party line" of the usual American propaganda.

If we were a healthy country, just the opposite of these 4 things wd be happening. Hence, again, from a declinist pt of view, all of this is gd, because it is profoundly self-destructive.

This was Toynbee's conclusion: in the final phase of an empire, the empire commits suicide. Since our demise is inevitable, we can only applaud the CNN douche bag.

mb

6:46 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Crick-

Gd link, but small problem: you provided almost 0 of yr own commentary. We try to be more of a discussion forum than a bulletin board here. So perhaps you cd re-send the link, and add a few sentences or a paragraph of your own ideas on the subject, to it. Thank you.

mb

11:38 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

https://www.tamilbloggers.xyz/biden-administration-launches-africa-strategy-but-the-real-targets-seem-to-be-china-russia/

This is not abt our rel. w/Africa; it's abt Schmiden's foolish war w/China and Russia, being continued in a different venue. Chances are, the African countries won't be fooled.

Schmiden! Yr such a dummy! History will continue to punish you, and America! Yr a turkey, Schmiden, and a self-destructive one. You might as well send Schmamala to Africa!

mb

12:05 AM  
Blogger Politically Incorrect Russian Spy said...

In an age where woke busybodies feel compelled to re-write Mark Twain, it's nice to read a peace about a great poet and "filthy" man, Philip Larkin, and how his work endures despite attempts to erase him for the crime of being a messy human:

https://unherd.com/2022/08/philip-larkin-was-a-filthy-genius/

4:03 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Pol-

One of the greatest poets in British history. I've loved his work for nearly 50 yrs, and really don't care if his personal life was sordid. I quoted 'High Windows' in a couple of my short stories. I also adore T.S. Eliot, who (like Shakespeare) was an anti-Semite.

mb

5:39 AM  
Anonymous Orca said...

The FBI raided Trump's Florida estate

https://www.reuters.com/world/us/trump-says-fbi-is-raiding-his-florida-estate-what-legal-woes-does-he-face-2022-08-08/

Maybe this is the beginning of the end of Trump. He seems to be facing a lot of troubles lately. If he gets to survive this however and somehow restart his political carrer it will be for sure the point future historians will mention as a clear indicator of the decline. The way I see it is that this willll make the american divide even worse, the belief of those who believe in Trump and conspiracies and the deep state will only get stronger after these events.

6:19 AM  
Anonymous Seda said...

Watching the shied core
Striking the basket, skidding across the floor,
Shows less and less of luck, and more and more

Of failure spreading back up the arm
Earlier and earlier, the unraised hand calm,
The apple unbitten in the palm.

Happy 100th birthday, Philip Larkin.

7:47 AM  
Blogger Joe McIlnen said...

USAin ingenuity when it comes to stealing and hustling knows absolutely no bounds. The latest: a group of Georgia “women” stealing high end “mens” underwear. LOL!
https://www.fox5atlanta.com/news/newnan-kohls-women-stealing-underwear
Also: A monkeypox scare empties a Ga. train! Move over, Covid paranoia. Here comes monkeypox!
https://www.fox5atlanta.com/news/marta-monkeypox-train-evacuated
And our Peach State is just temper/violent “peachy” when it comes to baseball games.
https://www.fox5atlanta.com/news/atlanta-rosa-burney-park-deadly-shooting-ball-game-investigation
We love Georgia!
U.S.A.!, U.S.A.!, U.S.A.!

8:38 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Seda-

Thank you.

mb

11:02 AM  
Anonymous Himanshu Tiwari said...

Dear Dr. Berman,

In your writings and commentary you have often stated: "when myth meets facts, myth wins". However there is a third category which is "Itihasa". Why Mythology and just facts are not Itihasa (this word is a Sanskrit non-translatable and should be added to english as is)? In this episode of Wisdom Sutra (8 min clip), Rajiv Malhotra provides a precise analysis of how Mythology differs from Dharmic Itihasa. Itihasa-s and Purana-s contain historical facts but are neither merely books of history, nor tales of fantasy (myth). Itihasa-s and Purana-s are a part of Vedic literature and are regarded as the fifth Veda.
The superimposition of derogatory definitions and distancing Itihasa from its strong Vedic foundation leads to distortions from those who wish to see Itihasa-s only from a western lens and downgrade it to a pagan ''Myth".
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qojQZ5zcswk

Himanshu

8:00 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Himan-

Fine, but in typical political discourse, I believe what I said stands. Scroll back to that 'dialogue' between Roger Waters and the moron from CNN, for example. This is so typical. Waters was trying to give the moron facts, and simply cdn't get thru to him. The moron was encased in a glass bubble of American mythology; he had no interest in doing the rdg Waters suggested, or questioning the bubble.

ps: Seda: Begin afresh, afresh, afresh.

mb

11:50 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

More Larkin, amigos (I quote this at the end of my novel, "The Man Without Qualities"):

Rather than words comes the thought of high windows:
The sun-comprehending glass,
And beyond it, the deep blue air, that shows
Nothing, and is nowhere, and is endless.

6:41 AM  
Anonymous June said...

A New paper, “The Watts Connectedness Scale: a new scale for measuring a sense of connectedness to self, others, and world” https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00213-022-06187-5

Now I wonder what American/Americans will tend to score on such a scale... Surely, the most well-adjusted, friendliest, & communal of all subsets... Yaaaaaa...

11:06 AM  
Blogger Sanguillen39 said...

Dr. Berman,

In regards to your posts about Roger Waters, I highly recommend his solo album "Amused to Death" released in 1994 which pays homage to Neil Postman's work. I'm sure you'll enjoy it.

11:47 AM  
Anonymous Dio said...

The U.S. has conducted ~400 military interventions since 1776 -- 50% between 1950 and 2019, according to new research. More than 25% of them have occurred in the post-Cold War era!

More here:

Report: post-9/11 era one of the most militarily aggressive in US history - Responsible Statecraft
https://responsiblestatecraft.org/2022/08/10/report-post-9-11-era-one-of-the-most-militarily-aggressive-in-us-history/

5:13 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Dio-

How many Americans know this? 100? How many care? 50?

Sang-

Thanks. Can u give us a link?

mb

7:49 PM  
Anonymous Cherith Cutestory said...

Caitlin Johnstone nails it yet again with a piece that really ruffled some feathers: China Is Better Than The USA.

American morons (redundancy) have come up with a profound response, tweeting to her to leave the USA and go live in China. A quick search would've let them know she's Australian. But American stupidity has no bounds.

5:04 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Cherith-

She certainly nailed it, tho I think her description of China might hafta be modified by their heavy human rts violations. Still, the picture of America, and Americans, is quite accurate, altho there is abs. no way to get Americans to see thru the narrative ("matrix") they are blindly living out, and supporting. The country is by now little more than a genocidal war machine run by a plutocracy and cheered on by millions of clueless buffoons. The facts are simply not allowed to penetrate the myth, and that will be the case until America's dying day. The CNN interviewer's response to Roger Waters (see above) is exemplary in that regard, affirming what I have said repeatedly: in the US, even the smart ones, even the brilliant ones, are, in an ontological sense (but maybe even intellectually as well), actually stupid.

I recall watching an interview, yrs ago, that Charlie Rose had w/Noam Chomsky. In that entire hour, Noam was allowed something like a total 12 mins. to present an alternative narrative, to reach the American people. Rose was so threatened abt what Noam was saying re: US foreign policy that he kept talking over him, often very loudly. At the end, the myth defeated the facts--quite easily, so that the American narrative cd be preserved, and so that Rose and his audience cd have their anxieties allayed.

Arnold Toynbee observed, in his massive study of civilizations, that in the last stages of a civ, it exacerbates those very tendencies that brought it down in the first place. Alternative ways of relating and behaving are completely off the table, as Caitlin shows is now true for the US. I discuss those patterns/narratives in QOV, and how they have been w/us for more than 400 yrs. War, opposition, brinksmanship, hegemony, throwing yr weight around--this is all America knows how to do, and at this late stage it is hardly interested in alternative paradigms. What this does, says Toynbee, is accelerate the rate of decline. A glimmer of hope can only come from the American people, and smart or stupid, they are all pretty dumb, and living in a fog.

I mean, how many times can I say, "It's over"?

mb

5:38 AM  
Blogger Sanguillen39 said...

Dr. Berman,

Here is the link in regards to the Roger Waters album: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21H2_fPvkgw

10:48 AM  
Anonymous Orca said...

A bit of an old video on a possible China-US war through what Graham Allison calles the Thucydides trap, every established power will go to war with a rising power, Thucydides saw that as the cause of war between Athenes and Sparta and Allison Sees it as a true historical dynamic. The issues I have with his talk are three: one, the US is not immovable at the top, it is declining fast. Two, he claims that these wars started usually through an action by a third party while in out case the US is trying to start a war by any means possible. Three, the NATO and the World Bank are not good. Finally, the story about the bridge that took years to finish in the US and only a couple of days in China speeks volumes about which nation works and which is a joke.

https://youtu.be/XewnyUJgyA4

4:29 PM  
Anonymous Satchmo said...

Abe Lincoln wasn't the hero he's been made out to be. This piece is about a book called "Lincoln Unmasked" by Thomas DiLorenzo. It's a fresh look @ the true character of one of Amerikkka's "heroes" w/o rose-colored glasses.

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2006/10/thomas-dilorenzo/lincoln-unmasked/

5:35 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Satch-

We actually retired the Civil War as a topic on this blog a long time ago, but as far as I know, DiLorenzo is rejected by serious historians as heavily biased and unreliable; part of the "Lost Cause" school. That being said, I think it fair to say that time has indeed mythologized Honest Abe to some degree, and that he was a very pragmatic politician in his time. Check out the portrait in WAF ch. 4 for more on this.

Orca-

A couple of yrs ago, Bill Maher ridiculed the US as being stupid, while showing that the Chinese were quite smart. The bridge story was part of his comparison. Of course, the clip didn't go mainstream--that wd be asking for miracles--but millions do watch Bill, every week. Personally, I think the crucial pt of comparison is that the Chinese think in terms of long-term strategies, while the US is reactive, limping along from month to month. Or to put it another way, they are shrewd, while we are delusional buffoons. Our foreign policy moves in general are programmatic and self-destructive, and our hegemony is slipping away on a daily basis. Will we ever acknowledge our mistakes? Ha! We are caught in the death-grip of karma, being punished by History, and we haven't a clue.

mb

7:09 PM  
Anonymous Lenny said...

Nietzsche before the breakdown

In the 1880s, the ailing philosopher prophesied the West’s violent decline – but not even he could prevent it.

“The most prophetic of 19th-century thinkers, he discerned that the seemingly triumphal march of European progress was heading for a cataclysmic fall. He feared an era of great wars, which as he drifted into madness he imagined he could prevent. His breakdown may have come with the realisation that, like his illness, the malady he diagnosed was fated to run its course.”

https://www.newstatesman.com/culture/books/2022/07/nietzsche-in-turin-review-lesley-chamberlain-guy-de-pourtales

By John Gray

Interesting Gray essay as always. And ya know, living in a Woke world, as we all do now, Nietzsche feels more and more relevant with each passing day...

7:59 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Lenny-

Check out the essay on W.H. Auden in "Eminent Post-Victorians."

mb

9:14 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Wafers-

An impt part of American mythology is "Camelot," the brief reign of JFK. If you read Kennedy's inaugural address, you will discover that he is, beyond any doubt, a Cold Warrior; and it was no accident that the Bay of Pigs fiasco occurred 3 months after that address. In addition, if you check out the poem Robert Frost read at that inauguration--"The Gift Outright"--you discover something rather disturbing. The poem can be interpreted in a # of ways, but as I read it, Frost is saying that first we possessed the land, and later on, it possessed us; that we, as a people, "found salvation in surrender." What surrender is he talking about? We ruined a beautiful country. We covered it with ribbons of concrete shortly before JFK's inauguration (from sea to shining sea), and then covered it again w/strip malls in the decades that followed. To this day, we never gave ourselves to the land, and certainly never found any salvation in our relationship to it. What we gave ourselves to, if we are going to be honest abt it, was hustling--exploitation of the land. But the legend of Camelot lives on.

mb

4:06 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

ps: This calls to mind a very different poem by Frost, "The Road Not Taken," about coming to a fork in the road, and looking down at the 2 divergent paths. Here are the last 2 lines:

"I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference."

What road did we take, certainly long before JFK? War. Even as late as 1961, we could have chosen detente, non-belligerent relationship, but no; we chose war (the road *more* traveled by). And surely, that has made all the difference for us. We continue to do that to this day, and as in the case of Roman "overstretch," it is taking us to our demise. As Frost writes in the same poem,

"knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back."

Indeed.

mb

4:19 AM  
Anonymous Glans Butterworth, III said...

From 2013, a metaphor of the US empire.

USian thinks he can win a carnival game and get a video game prize. Looses his entire life savings (2600$) trying to "win back" the lost money--doubling down on stupid.
Gets a giant Rastafarian banana as a consolation prize.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IuklQw4vu3A

https://www.cbsnews.com/boston/news/nh-man-loses-life-savings-on-carnival-game/

10:01 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Unknown-

Sorry, I don't post Unknowns.

mb

10:10 AM  
Blogger Miles Deli said...

Greetings MB and Wafers,

Jesus, how horrible. Salman Rushdie attacked on a lecture stage in New York (possibly stabbed):

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2022/aug/12/salman-rushdie-attacked-onstage-new-york

Mlies

12:12 PM  
Anonymous Cel-Ray Tonic said...

Oh man!

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2022/aug/12/salman-rushdie-attacked-onstage-new-york

another day in the USA. Hope he is all right.

12:19 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

What a horror show. The guy just can't catch a break. I've read a few of his works. "Midnight's Children" is abs. fabulous. Let's hope he has a full recovery.

mb

2:30 PM  
Anonymous Dr. Shithouse said...

US-ers were exceptional people. Courteous, pleasant, and empathetic. Always willing to help their fellow man.

https://www.reddit.com/r/PublicFreakout/comments/wm2kdp/wild_video_out_of_dfw_airport_between_a_spirit/

4:32 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Sav-

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

Dr. Shit-

Besides urine and slapping, I think we need to inaugurate Tire Iron Therapy (TIT), in wh/folks like these wd be beaten to a pulp. Wd keep Wafers working around the clock.

mb

7:14 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Dark Days-

I'm really sick over the attack on Salman Rushdie. He suffered a lot of damage, and it looks like he's going to lose an eye. He's had so much shit in his life, mostly from Muslim fundamentalists, and now this. And this was a man who spoke truth to power.

I also feel very bad abt the death of Anne Heche. She was a talented actress, and a kind person. Apparently, she had a lot of personal problems, and was on cocaine when she crashed her car into a house. It just sucks that she died.

mb

7:40 PM  
Anonymous Savantesimal said...

The mainstream keeps flirting with the truth, but can't face it for long. This is one of those 'occasional' stories in The Atlantic:

The Atlantic: What America’s Great Unwinding Would Mean for the World

[quote]

A peculiar cognitive dissonance seems to have taken hold in the world. The Western response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine—led and propped up by the United States—has reminded the world that the international order is, if anything, more dependent on American military, economic, and financial might now than only a few years ago. Yet everywhere you turn, there is a sense that the U.S. is in some form of terminal decline; too divided, incoherent, violent, and dysfunctional to sustain its Pax Americana. Moscow and Beijing seem to think that the great American unwinding has already begun, while in Europe, officials worry about a sudden American collapse.
...
[end quote]

8:44 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Sav-

Gd essay. Shows how we are drowning in paradoxes that we can't solve. I guess they will solve us.

mb

9:08 PM  
Anonymous Orca said...

Polio's back!

The US is not declining to a second rate power nor to a third world country, but straight back to a medieval feudal state. (The feudal part is explained by Thomas Piketty in his book Capital in the XXIst century)


https://www.cnbc.com/2022/08/12/polio-detected-in-new-york-city-sewage-suggesting-local-circulation-of-virus-health-officials-say.html?utm_campaign=mb&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_source=morning_brew

7:49 AM  
Anonymous Roland Tarver said...

Re: the Salman Rushdie incident, I’m annoyed that the first stories out there were quoting
PEN America who called it “an unprecedented attack on a writer in the United States.”

https://www.reuters.com/world/us/author-salman-rushdie-attacked-stage-event-new-york-sky-news-2022-08-12/

Ok, of course it’s unprecedented. Writers in general —and by extension the life of the mind (as Richard Hofstadter, among others, has shown)—don’t matter in the United States. So *that’s* why it’s unprecedented. Not because we really value freedom of expression or protect it at all costs. Now PEN America or Chris Hedges (any day now when the revolution begins) suffer from the delusion that writers -or the life of the mind- pose a threat in America (much less are even on anyone’s radar screen). And yes, I know that there are plenty of examples of artists who’ve been vilified in American history. John Steinbeck received death threats from The Grapes of Wrath. But how many Americans even read, or know who Salman Rushdie is? That’s probably why Rushdie felt “safe” in America where he could hide in plain sight. So the attack is unprecedented not because of American exceptionalism (one of MB’s unconscious programs hard-wired into our DNA) but because we don’t read, so we don’t give a damn. Anyhow, just thinking out loud here. I’m sure Wafers could be more succinct.

8:42 AM  
Anonymous Jasinsky said...

Everything is vibes and nothing is real
The great theory of modern politics explainedhttps://edwest.substack.com/p/everything-is-vibes-and-nothing-is

A very stimulating essay from European intellectual Ed West, which does a lot to explain why people tend to take the positions they instinctively do on, say, wearing masks in public, or the intricacies of the single market, or immigration, or doctorates on child porn... As MB says frequently, everything is theater!

10:30 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Roland-

Yes, v. gd pt. When the USSR still existed, there was a saying that went around, wh/was true since the Russians do read, do see their poets and writers as heroes, and usta practice samizdat for obvious reasons: "In the Soviet Union, what a writer says can land him in Siberia; in America, what a writer says makes no difference because no one cares." Or something like that. The pt was that censorship was nec in Russia because a poem by Akhmatova could cause a political storm, whereas in America censorship was superfluous because writers were not respected and had no influence whatsoever. As a writer, I am certainly not on the American radar screen; but is Rushdie, or Slavoj Zizek, or even Robt Frost? Only among other writers, I'm guessing. Intellectuals tend to overvalue their importance; this is clear enuf. And frankly, even if Americans did read, they wdn't give a damn.

mb

11:02 AM  
Anonymous Cherith Cutestory said...

Regarding writers and American apathy, I think Wafers would enjoy The Sopranos.

It's the greatest series ever made in the US IMO, or hell maybe anywhere. The creator (David Chase) loads it with an unfathomable amount of meaning right under the surface, and so much of that philosophy is lost on most Americans who just think it's a great gangster show, and totally miss many of the messages Chase is discussing: consumerism, materialism, the Iraq war (almost never mentioned directly, but represented through subtle allusions), nihilism, apathy, the suffocating "regularness of life" that even mobsters have to deal with, the meaning of life, and many other concepts.

There is ingenious use of music, cinematography, dialog, mood, editing, framing, literary quotes, and even the paintings and sculptures add commentary to the scenes they are in and the whole series in general. It's unlike any other series I've seen, stunningly well thought-out, profound.

The best companion is the site Sopranos Autopsy which offers episode by episode analyses, after which you will never look at this series the same. (Watch out for spoilers though, better to watch the whole thing first, then again episodely along with the site)

1:46 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Cherith-

I did catch abt a dozen episodes when I lived in the US and had a TV. The Mafia struck me as American capitalism in compressed form. I quite enjoyed it. I agree that most Americans probably just saw it as cops and robbers.

mb

2:40 PM  
Blogger Miles Deli said...

Greetings MB and Wafers,

MB-

Yes, very sad news about Anne Heche. She was so talented and beautiful. If you haven't seen it, check out her film from 1996, "Walking and Talking" w/Catherine Kenner and Liev Schreiber. I'm still in shock and saddened about the vicious attack on Salman Rushdie. Also, did you read recently about the death of Paul Auster's son? Here's an article about it:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/07/27/style/daniel-auster-life-death.html

Hope u can access this.

Miles

8:54 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Jeff-

I did see "Walking and Talking" long ago. It was kinda eerie, as the male-female conundrum depicted in the film was the same one I was having with my then girlfriend. As in the film, it never got resolved (my fault as well as hers).

Horrible story, Daniel Auster. I've been a big fan of his father's work. But I tell you, Anne's death and the attack on Rushdie really did me in. I've had bad indigestion all day long, wh/I take to be psychosomatic. There was something v. sweet abt Anne. As for Rushdie: Jesus, this is a hard one, probably because I identify as a writer. Not that I'm in his league (at all), but both of us spent our lives pointing to the truth in a society, or societies, that are completely full of shit, and couldn't care less about the truth. And then, I've had my fair share of death threats (a lot of it anti-Semitic), tho it can't compare to being the target of a fatwa that sent him into hiding for a decade. I wonder if Hadi Matar was motivated by that; the fatwa was never rescinded. Religious fundamentalism is such an awful thing.

He is a great writer. "Midnight's Children" is one of the best novels ever written, imo.

Meanwhile, the Guardian reports that he's talking again, even joking around(!). But he may have lost an eye. As for Matar, he's pleading not guilty, the douche. America is filled w/so many violent, stupid, destructive people.

Not that it really matters, but the attack took place about 100 miles from where I was born.

It's 10 pm, and my stomach just won't let up.

mb

11:07 PM  
Blogger Politically Incorrect Russian Spy said...

Americans generally won't know that Salman Rushdie is not just a guy who once wrote a book that got him in trouble with Islamic fundamentalists, he's long been an elite-tier writing talent.

A considerably lesser writing talent, J.K. Rowling, has complained of receiving a "you are next" death threat (https://news.sky.com/story/jk-rowling-working-with-police-over-death-threat-after-voicing-support-for-salman-rushdie-12672229) in the wake of the Rushdie attack. Somehow all of this brings to mind that quote, "in the future no one will *want* to be famous."

This won't be a first for Rowling, as she ran afoul of the woke for bringing up the subject of biological realities in discussions of trans people.

It seems fairly obvious to me the answer to the question "what is a woman" is not "whoever says they are." At the same time, it's indisputable trans people are murdered at absolutely astonishing rates, and unless you're the kind to think "they deserve it", it doesn't sit comfortably to attack such a broadly despised minority.

ContraPoints had probably the best (and funniest) take on this: https://youtu.be/7gDKbT_l2us

7:06 AM  
Blogger Jack Lattemann said...

Greetings from Cascadia, Wafers everywhere,

You know we are living in scary times when even the Godfather of Peace (just turned 99) is frightened of Biden warmongering, as Caitlin Johnstone reports:

https://caitlinjohnstone.substack.com/p/modern-us-warmongering-is-scaring

Obviously, solace must be sought in the practice of Tulsism, involving more workout videos.

While Henry Kissinger is unrepentant, Most Americans are completely disengaged from Russia, Ukraine, China, and Iran, being that they are focused on much more important matters in their daily lives. For example, somebody getting too much chicken at an anniversary party. Why do these incidents seem almost always to involve chicken?

https://www.wkrn.com/video/anniversary-party-turns-violent-over-chicken-dispute/7797299/

10:57 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Jack-

2 schls of US foreign policy: Realists (e.g. Kissinger), and Messianists (e.g. the majority, who believe we are on a sacred mission, City on a Hill, etc. etc.). If you are that stupid a crusader, as Schmiden certainly is, you get suicidal: you engage, as opponents, 2 nuclear superpowers at the same time.

It's possible we cd pull back from the edge if Tulsi were to declare where she stands on the issue of chicken. Americans don' give a crap abt Russia, China, or Salman Rushdie. They are, however, concerned abt chicken.

mb

12:21 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Wafers-

Dept. of Lost Souls:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/12/books/review/ernest-hemingway-look-alike-competition-key-west.html

Why do Americans compete to be Elvis, or Hemingway? It seems so strange. But not if you know a bit of elementary psychology. Americans are empty people; they have no Self, as such. There's literally 0 inside them. So to compensate, they try to be Elvis or Hemingway. Guess what? It doesn't work.

mb

5:34 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

O Surely Not Dept.-

https://www.usnews.com/news/business/articles/2022-08-13/sinema-took-wall-street-money-while-killing-tax-on-investors

https://cbs6albany.com/news/nation-world/some-capitol-rioters-try-to-profit-from-their-jan-6-crimes-riot

mb

5:47 PM  
Blogger Miles Deli said...

MB-

You have my attention, MB! Which couple mirrored your relationship in the early 1990s? :-) Hope yr stomach is feeling better.

Miles

8:42 PM  
Blogger Krakhed said...

Doesn't it sorta feel like the average Joe getting the life squeezed out of him is sometimes prone to blowing their top and going on a rampage? I'm sure its been said here a million times but I feel like this is an acutely American problem. And recent headlines got me thinking about it

Here are two recent examples. A man crashes his car and blows his brains out near the Capitol Building. https://www.cnn.com/2022/08/14/politics/capitol-car-incident/index.html

And then some guy plows into a group of people fundraising for a family that suffered a burnt house, and then he goes and kills his mom with a hammer. https://abcnews.go.com/US/dead-17-injured-car-crashes-crowd-fundraiser-fire/story?id=88347794

We'll never get any answers for the first example, but the suspected murderer was apprehended. And we could very well learn that they were just annoyed or had an disagreement.

It seems likely that as this country unravels, people are just going to pop off and take someone and maybe themselves out for good. I just hope Wafers and everyone connected to this blog is able to stay safe. Its a crazy world today.

9:55 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Krak-

Yes, we've said it b4. I do believe that life in the US is so intense, so oppressive, that most Americans have developed v. short fuses, and at some pt, some of them just can't take it any more and go batshit crazy.

Jeff-

The one involving Christine Keener. He BF tries to explain to her that she has made him into her entire world, and that this is too much. She is unable to hear it, and gets angry instead.

mb

10:49 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Wafers-

Pls weigh in on this hypothesis. Wdn't the world be safer, and peace be more likely, if Trumpi were to win in 2024? I say this because unlike Schmiden, he's not a warmonger. True, it wd be an awful administration, a kleptocracy like it was 2017-20, but as Kissinger recently declared, what Schmiden is doing--making or provoking war w/2 nuclear superpowers simultaneously--is madness. I'm guessing that Trumpalumpi wd be friendly towards Putin, and more or less neutral w/Xi. Schmiden is following the old unconscious program (see QOV) of America needing to have enemies--the problem of negative identity. He's basically a doofus, not very bright, and operating in a kinda fog. With a Trump presidency, international relations might take a more intelligent turn, a turn for the better. Things wd suck on the home front, but isn't that a small price to pay for avoiding nuclear war?

mb

10:58 PM  
Anonymous Orca said...

I've never thought that I would encourage people to go for Trump, but the guy does not operate like a knight in Camelot. I believe we are facing two options that both will help in the decline through two different roads:
1 Trump and his likes through the road of internal destruction
2 The rest with the messianic delusions will help the decline by antagonising the world, maybe bringing the barbarians home, and maybe startingba world war.

For now it's the WW option, check this warmongering
https://thehill.com/homenews/ap/ap-top-headlines/us-lawmakers-visiting-taiwan-12-days-after-pelosi-visit/

2:59 AM  
Blogger Politically Incorrect Russian Spy said...

Re: things being better with a Trump win in 2024, I don't think it would be permitted, meaning he'd be "neutralized" one way or another because the Ukraine war is a bonanza for the MIC that is only getting started. Watch this 15-second clip from a Julian Assange interview circa 2012:

https://twitter.com/wikileaks/status/1551715125996003328

Now, remember the complete freak-out that occurred when Trump wanted the US to leave Afghanistan? What Assange states explains why. Note how Biden was able to do it with minimal fuss? That's because the decision had already been made to move the grift elsewhere (Ukraine). I recall during the first week of the Ukraine war some defense company executive stating they expected this new war to last "twenty years".

The Trump administration really highlighted how little power a president has to change much of anything apart from fiddling with taxes, social policy, and generally to make life harder for the already immiserated, captive population of buffoons. As Caitlin Johnstone recently wrote, Americans are not even allowed to know who their REAL government is:

https://caitlinjohnstone.substack.com/p/when-will-foreign-leaders-start-asking

3:50 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Pol-

We need to see proof that prior to the w/drawal from Afghanistan, the decision had been made to move the war to the Ukraine. 1st time I've heard this. As for Trumpi and foreign policy: he is a loose cannon, and he goes his own way. So you cd be rt, but it's possible that he wd relate to Putin and Xi the way he wants to, not according to the usual American script. On verra...

Orca-

It's indeed a curious situation, and one I hadn't thought of until just now: the choice between domestic vs. international destruction, and the possibility that w/Trumpi, you get the 1st but not the 2nd. Given the nuclear threat that Schmiden seems to want to provoke, anyone w/half a brain wd choose Trumpi over him. Tulsi, amazingly enuf, recently said that the Ukraine caper was war w/Russia by proxy, and that Schmiden didn't give 2.5 shits abt the Ukraine, in reality. I tell ya, we gotta get that gal in the W.H., w/Schmamala as her personal valet (inasmuch as Schmamala has no idea what she's doing, and doesn't know her elbow from her anus).

Anyway, I'd love to hear more reactions to my speculation.

mb

5:35 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Himan-

Sorry, cdn't run it. 1st, you exceeded the half-pg limit. 2nd, large, solid blocks of text are very hard to read. Suggest you break it up into paragraphs, then edit down to no more than half a page. Or send it in in 2 posts, 24 hrs apart, if you prefer.

mb

10:36 AM  

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