September 13, 2023

A Revolutionary Act

It was George Orwell who said it: "During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act."

There can be no doubt that we are living during a time of universal deceit. America, among others, is soaking in it. The Trumpite claim that Biden stole the 2020 election is an obvious example of this; his demagoguery is classically Orwellian. The phony proxy war against Russia via the Ukraine, the "reportage" of the NYT and others that is little more than propaganda--another Orwellian pile of crap. The fomenting of war for "democracy": you have to be brain damaged to believe such nonsense.

What can one blog do? We aren't on the radar screen of intellectual debate, and never will be. Even leading critics of America, of both its domestic and foreign policy, are ignored by the MSM and shunted off to YouTube, at best. But it is still worthwhile, for those few of us who see that the emperor has no clothes, to point it out. This is the hard rock at the bottom of all the bullshit, all the gaslighting.

Truth, like virtue, is its own reward.



Blogger Joe McIlnen said...

Our country certainly is in safe hands with leaders like this one. Ha!Ha!Ha!
Check out the video in the article. I’m pretty sure at about the 2 minute mark she gives the finger. Perhaps she should be Don’s running mate. Imagine this for our 2024 vice presidential debate: Boebert versus Kamala. LOL!

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

12:27 AM  
Anonymous Torreblanca said...

Dr. Berman and Wafers,

I bring to you three video clips of a recent "focus group" done with Republican voters in New Hampshire.

Where they get their news from, and their views on Trump:

Their views on COVID and election rigging:

Their views on the indictments of Trump and what they would do if he were found to be a criminal:

Since seeing these videos I have not been sleeping well. I think they are the most terrifying thing I have seen since my initial post on this blog regarding the "reAwaken America Tour."

I hope I can get out of this country before the next election (the PhD schedule is not entirely within my control but I'm trying).

-- Torreblanca

5:07 AM  
Blogger Jason Tower said...

The level of rage in the USA is very high and quite disturbing. When they can't access a firearm they use their cars or push people in front of trains. There's a sense of tension and violence in the USA that I don't feel in other countries. I don't think Americans even notice it.

Minor arrested in Huntington Beach rampage in which motorist targeted cyclists, killing one

74-year-old man pushed onto Upper East Side subway tracks in unprovoked attack

9:38 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Joe, Torre, Jason-

You look at all this stuff and you think: This is not merely a bad condition; this is full-on dementia. MLK said that the worst thing possible was the combination of anger and stupidity. That was in 1963. Sixty yrs later, were he still alive, he wd have had to amend that. Today, the worse thing possible is violence and buffoonery.


10:07 AM  
Blogger Politically Incorrect Russian Spy said...

Jason Tower commented: "There's a sense of tension and violence in the USA that I don't feel in other countries. I don't think Americans even notice it."

This is so exactly right. I finally made my Wafer pilgrimage out of that armed madhouse of a country to Ireland a couple of years back. I cannot tell you how dazzled I was by my first few months of life in a country where the constant threat of deadly violence and air of menace was not present. I felt like I had escaped an insane asylum. Walking through St. Stephen's Green in Dublin and seeing all these happy people and families strolling about, smiling, chatting, and enjoying their lives, was totally alien to my experience in America. I could have wept for joy and relief.

If you are still in the USA, do anything you have to do to get out.

10:14 AM  
Anonymous Mr. Oops said...

Dr. Berman—

A startlingly revealing moment at the WH press conference. A reporter asked why Biden has been "lying", citing a list of recent incidents of Biden making bizarre claims that a person with dementia would make. Listen to the otherworldly response from WH Press Secretary Kirby (he seems to be responding to another question completely), but importantly, note that the press didn't make a fuss and played along.

At 1:00:10—an hour and 10 minutes in:

1:30 PM  
Anonymous DaJoker said...

Seems like the Marines have officially set their sights on China. Have a look @ the apocalyptic title:
"U.S. Marines shifting focus to China, threat is "real"

Only threat I see is a dying empire that can't accept its time being up. Or the possibility of a multipolar world. Like so many other historical powers, it thinks it's invincible, but history showed otherwise

4:55 PM  
Blogger comrade simba said...

Watching America kick its own ass on the world stage is, for me, fairly entertaining in a train wreck horror sorta way. On the bright side is seeing signs of the Rest Of World cooperating with each other now that murica's boot is losing its weight and impact. BRICS could be said to be the new power structure - Putin and Xi snubbing the G20 is interesting.

9:12 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Sorry, I don't post Unknowns.

Other folks-

Thank you for your observations. Here is my own summary: We are a shitpile, and we are going down the drain. Jesus, what cd be more obvious? As I said earlier, nothing can reverse this trajectory. Wafers cd go door to door, slapping Americans and peeing on their shoes, and it wdn't make a bit of difference.


12:02 AM  
Blogger Harvey Funkenstein said...

Good day all! So when we hear that we need more money for education here is what it can go towards. That's right, more brainwashing of the kiddies to be on the team, to support billionaire sports club owners by promoting for them, purchasing apparel, and all the other aspects of group think and believing they make the difference. What a great way to bring the kiddies up so they don't question anything and mindlessly follow orders. I almost don't want to post this due to it getting more views but it just says it all.

This blog truly helps me keep sane because when the rest of the world around you is into the nonsense above and too dumb to see the writing on the wall I realize my only option is the monastic version since I can't leave this place for various reasons. And Boebert represents Americans today- loud, ignorant, and uncouth morons.

10:09 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Buffoons in action! I love it. Give me a gd buffoon any day. They have made America what it is today.


11:20 AM  
Anonymous Satchmo said...

This op-ed piece here states why a conflict w/ China would b illogical. 1 of such reasons is that China is still Amerikkka's top trading partner. Hah! No doubt amerikkkans luv foreign-made shit 2 their own detriment. Hardly anything of consequence is made domestically anymore. Maybe the author knows Amerikkka would b pummeled if push came 2 shove. Plus a conflict may almost certainly require Amerikkka 2 utilize its overseas cannon fodder. I've never seen a nation so hell-bent on losing war after war. Must b a humiliation fetish

P.s, isn't Taiwan part of China? How can a country invade itself?

5:18 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


No, it's just that contrary to all empirical evidence, the US keeps thinking it will win. Which it does, w/small countries like Iraq that it can unilaterally destroy. As for Taiwan, read up on yr history of Formosa.


5:37 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

The kind of trash America generates:

8:10 PM  
Blogger Joe McIlnen said...

Here’s today’s special edition of the Ongoing Republican Comedy Show that was held in Washington, D.C. Who says women don’t like Trump, E. Jean Carroll, “Grab Them By the Pussy”, and Stormy Daniels notwithstanding? Check out these concerned “Christian” conservative womens’ love for the Don! And for the best part: Check out this woman “pastor” praying for our Don, that great loving “Christian” that he is, at the 59 minute mark! LOL! Because after all, in his own words, Don “is the Chosen One.” Look at that genuine solemn look on his face as the prayer is being said!
Please, Don. Win in 2024! We Wafers are with you all the way! And as one of your main goals, make this exceptional country not a de facto, but an official Christian theocracy once you’re back in there!

Is Don great or what? Or maybe one should ask, “How was he able to keep a straight face? Even better, the audience is the microcosm of our majority conservative/religious USAin general public. As the GSWH said: “These are your neighbors. They borrow sugar from you.”
U.S.A.!, U.S.A.!, U.S.A.!

10:54 PM  
Blogger Jason Tower said...

Joe - That video is frightening. Presidents and presidential candidates (from both parties) in the US have to play this weird game where they pretend to be devout Christians in public despite the evidence of their private conduct. The sad part is most voters are so dumb they believe the charade. Jimmy Carter was the last president who was actually a believing Christian.

12:51 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


In the best sense of the word. He also walked his talk. See my discussion of his presidency in WAF, also (if I remember correctly) in DAA.


8:03 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Food for thought dept.:

8:15 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

A portrait of buffoons:

Meanwhile, Trump's polling numbers rise higher and higher.

2:28 PM  
Blogger Jack Lattemann said...

Is a learning curve for buffoons on the same level of possibility as the proverbial Wafer metaphor of flying pigs? The latest post at Moon of Alabama thinks so with reference to the likelihood that US military will learn anything useful from the proxy war in Ukraine. Citing a recent article in the quarterly “Parameters” by the US Army War College, the upshot is that the US has neither the material nor the human reserves to sustain a conflict with a peer opponent such as Russia or China, and may lack the technological edge as well. Yet the buffoons in charge still talk of Russian military incompetence and Ukrainian resilience at the frontline, while itching to get on with a rumble with the Chinese over Taiwan.

Inherent in the buffoon outlook is their triumphalist belief in making their own reality, what we might call the “karlrovian syndrome” discussed many times on this blog. This is the point of Will Schryver’s latest commentary, looking at the Ukraine war; says Schryver, “the Russians have been much more deliberate and calculating than most observers believe or admit.” No way the Russians will accept the US notion of “frozen conflict” when they are winning at maskirovka, playing defense to bleed the enemy before an offensive to ensure complete destruction of their military opponent. The apparent objective: a complete Ukrainian military collapse that allows a Russian military advance unimpeded by significant opposition. Until that collapse occurs, continued attrition, a process beyond the ken of buffoons. -learn-and-not-learn-from-the-war-in-ukraine.html

2:56 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Gore Vidal once famously said, "Americans never learn. It's part of our charm." This can alternatively be stated as, "Americans are a collection of buffoons." It is interesting that this buffoonery is across the board, in the US. The US military, as cited in your post above, is clearly run by buffoons. Any American institution randomly selected--the media, universities, bowling alleys--are run by buffoons. And if you randomly stop an American in the street, and try to have a substantive conversation, you'll discover that in 9 out of 10 cases, he or she is a buffoon (or buffoonette).

We are so stupid, we are so bull-headed; all we can do is continue to self-destruct. Sotto voce, the whole world is laughing at us.


6:25 PM  
Anonymous Kevin said...

I’m asking you to pray for me folks. After years of fruitlessly pining to escape, I now have a genuine chance of moving myself and family out of the USA. I’ve had to move mountains to get to this point; I won’t go into detail, but the stress levels involved have been stratospheric, and there are still substantial hurdles before us. But we have a good shot.

I could comment on Dr. B’s remarks concerning the political situation in the US, but really I prefer to bail on all that and forget about arguments concerning how best to rearrange deck chairs on the Titanic. Getting out of steerage and and off the ship is what really matters.


6:26 PM  
Anonymous Flyingspaghettimonstr said...

Auto workers in Detoilet went on strike against the big 3 car makers for shafting them. Schmernie Sanders broke outta the nursing home 2 go flap his gums there.

Funny how @ this late stage, ppl wanna "stand up" against corporate greed. If Amerikkkan cities weren't so anti-pedestrian, these automakers may not have so much clout. Where's the ire over this ongoing water situation in Jackson MS, Flint MI & other places?

Or DC squandering $ to prop up a rotting empire? Or the exploitation of students, who're fed false promises & saddled w/ debt? How bout the extortionate sick-care system? Zilch.

7:00 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Well, no one here is suggesting rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic. Rather, we are charting the path of the Titanic as it sinks into the ocean, so to speak. But hey: we are all rooting for your escape. I left the ship in 2006. My only regret: wish I had done it earlier. Anyway, keep us posted.


8:34 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Gosh, what a surprise!

10:43 PM  
Anonymous BH said...

Regarding Bernie Sanders and the auto workers....

If Bernie were so great why doesn't he not just condemn corruption and good 'ol boyism in Washington but start naming names of the worst offenders? We all know why.

12:07 AM  
Anonymous Torreblanca said...


Wishing for your success! Please report back in.

-- Torreblanca

5:38 AM  
Anonymous Not so french said...

Wafers, the funniest thing I've Seen this week, the CPC spokesperson in an interview with an english journalist politely belittled the UK as a country, and he wasn't wrong about what he said. Now, it's just a matter of years until we hear them on CNN calling the US a powerless country.

9:36 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


The crucial question for me is this: Will the CPC refer to America not just as powerless, but also as a collection of buffoons? Really, I hafta hear that b4 I die.


11:30 AM  
Blogger Jason Tower said...

Sarah Boone attorney formally withdraws, won’t let her call him a ‘buffoon’

Sarah Boone is on trial for murdering her boyfried Jorge Torres (by zipping him into a suitcase and leaving him) but insulted her lawyer, Frank Bankowitz, by calling him a "buffoon" and a "dud". He responded by dropping her as a client.

"Boone told police that she and Torres had been drinking and played a game of hide-and-seek that went horribly wrong. Boone, who didn’t call 911 until the next afternoon, told investigators that she had gone to bed, passed out, and slept in. She found Torres unresponsive in the suitcase when she woke up."

Every person in this story is a buffoon.

1:37 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


We're making progress on the buffoon front. But we need to see the word used in a political context, hopefully w/in the next few mos. *Someone* hasta call Kamala Schmamala, for example, a buffoonette.


2:15 PM  
Blogger Joe McIlnen said...

We gotta hand it to Don the Con. He certainly has energy, far more in fact than Biden. Look at Don here. He spoke for 8, that’s right, 8 hours straight at that wacky far right/Bible-thumping Family Research Council gathering playing these narrow-minded fools. And these idiotic Christian conservatives totally ate his bullshit up! LOL! Go, Don! Go! These millions of dumb religious evangelicals in this country are so laughingly pathetic. They make up a good percentage of the millions of buffoons in this comedic country. Long live “Family Values”, that big geographic Bible Belt, the Prosperity Gospel, Televangelists, the Moral Majority, Pro Lifers, the National Prayer Breakfast, the Faith and Freedom Coalition, our Ultra Conservative Roman Catholic Supreme Court, and most important of all, the “HUGE” ( in his own patented words) enormous Cult of Don Trump! May these imbeciles here who think the planet is 6,000 years old help bring him, as they did in 2016, another surprising victory.
TRUMP 2024! TRUMP FOR LIFE! TRUMP FOR 2030 during the year of Wafer enjoyable USAin reckoning!

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

3:10 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


It's certainly possible that the worst sort of buffoons are religious buffoons. But as for energy: Schmiden has none, because all he believes in is a cliched rerun of the Cold War. This is stale, and he comes across as stale--a senile doofus. Trumpi, on the other hand, is electrifying, in the way that fascists often are. He believes in himself, and if he's in office in 2025, he'll take revenge on his enemies, and resume his regime of kleptocracy. But unlike Schmiden, he's not a warmonger, and that's something. Still, I'd love to see Kamala at the helm.


3:32 PM  
Anonymous Minerva said...

I have not posted here since my daughter was about 3. She is now 20 and I just got her a hard copy of Healing because this type of guidance is invaluable for someone her age. We need to work on the tools needed to protect ourselves from the buffoonery. That stuff is toxic.

4:22 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Hi Minerva!

Welcome back! "Healing": there is no hard copy, only pb and Kindle. Start the process of sanity w/hr daughter early; gd idea. Wish I had it at age 20 myself. Meanwhile, tell her that the US gov't is filled w/buffoons, along w/the MSM, and that any American she is likely to randomly encounter in the street is probably a buffoon. (Acid test: try having a substantive conversation w/them.)

Also have her check out speeches and interviews w/Kamala; they are hilarious. Finally, I find that when I wake up in the morning and (1st thing) yell KAMALA SCHMAMALA!, I usually have a pretty gd day. If the spirit moves her, she might add BIDEN SCHMIDEN!, and TRUMPALUMPI!


5:39 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Now this man is a true American:

The only improvement I wd suggest here is if Edward took the guy out into the street and shot him like a dog.


9:48 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

This looks gd:

9:59 PM  
Blogger Jason Tower said...

Re: Edward shooting his neighbor: In the US, violence is now a likely option when there is a disagreement. Fifty years ago if two neighbors had a problem with overgrown trees they would have had a discussion over some beers or coffee and come to a rational solution, like splitting the cost of a tree trimming service 50/50.

Here's a story from D.C. where a restaurant owner asks to see the pickup code from a DoorDash driver who's there to pick up an order. Instead of pulling out his phone to show the code, the driver drew a handgun and attacked the owner.

12:25 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Unclear what this 'attack' consisted of, since he didn't actually use his gun. Not a true American, imo. A true American shoots.


1:28 AM  
Anonymous Hanrahan said...

Haven't checked your website for a week or so.
Re Don the Con ranting to the psychotic bible-thumpers please check out the details of the all-all-encompassing intentions of the Project2025 movement which is supported by at least 72 deep pockets right-wing groups many/most of which are associated with these bible-thumpers.
See this Common Dreams posting

When fascism comes to Amerika -----

4:59 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


We are more of a discussion forum than a bulletin board. Pls re-send your link, but add a paragraph of your own commentary. Thank you.


10:02 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Trumpi now has a slight edge over Schmiden in the latest polls. My guess is that once he is convicted of all his crimes, and goes to jail, that slight edge will turn into a hefty edge. Which means he'll be reelected.

So we'll avoid war with Russia and China, but on the home front, Trumpi will roll up his sleeves and proceed to dismantle the country, in the name of making America great again.

Honestly, when I think of the amount of slapping and urine needed to correct our political and cultural situation, I get so exhausted I hafta lie down for an hr or 2. But watching America completely fall apart is an exciting adventure.


11:20 PM  
Blogger Jason Tower said...

The election of 2024 is shaping up to be a real barn burner. Imagine if Trump gets convicted, wins the election, then pardons himself on inauguration day? Or Biden wins a second term and his physical and mental decline accelerates, leading to his leaving office? Scary scenarios.
The 2020s in the US are reminding me a lot of the 1850s- a polarized population that despises moderates; rising domestic unrest and violent rhetoric; and low quality national leadership from both parties. Trump and the MAGAs seem like a modern iteration of the Know-Nothings, and Biden is a Franklin Pierce, blithely bumbling around while the nation comes apart.

1:22 AM  
Anonymous Torreblanca said...

Dr. Berman,

I've turned my thoughts to what will happen after Trumpi is re-elected. I wonder how many Americans will try to leave. I'm desperately trying to finish my PhD before next November since I'd like to be abroad by then. I wonder if I could establish myself in another country and then come back to visit the U.S. for the defense if I hadn't finished it by then. Do you think that might be a good idea or am I overreacting?

-- Torreblanca

3:20 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Offhand, I'd say yr better off staying here until you get yr doctorate, but I'd consult w/yr thesis adviser to see what he thinks, i.e. if it wd be no problem to be abroad.


Not sure, but I don't think it's constitutional for a president to pardon himself. It wd certainly trigger a major legalistic debate. As for Schmiden: as a declinist, I'd love to see Kamala at the helm. What a riot that wd be. Altho if Schmiden wins, and Trumpi claims that he stole the election from him (again), we cd have a civil war on our hands. Wh/never really ended anyway (see WAF ch. 4).


9:28 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Jack L. in Cascadia recently sent me this amazing link:

Nik Stankovic on X: "Finally we get a definition of the China Threat. Read carefully: China is a threat because one day US might not be a threat to it. People are going to get up in arms over this but I don't think they should. In fact, thank you @ElbridgeColby for the honesty and straight talk.…" / X (

This is what I've been saying all along, since the essays in QOV, that the US needs to have an enemy in order to function. The current 'wisdom' regarding China is as twisted as an Escher painting. It's the same logic we had in Vietnam, when we "destroyed a village in order to save it." Bottom line: the US gov't, and military, consist of morons. And the only future morons can create is a moronic one, wh/is what is happening rt now. Self-destruction is on the agenda, and abs. 0 can stop it.


7:51 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

ps: Unfortunately, this link doesn't really come thru. The crucial lines from Colby's bk are as follows:

"China is a threat because it's on a trajectory where the US one day may not be a threat to it. The US shd retain the ability to kill China[!], and the prospect of China evading this is the 'China threat'."

Nik comments: "The US simply wants to remain a threat to everyone."

You want to yell, "Stop, morons, stop!" But they cannot stop.

8:00 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Note to Jack L.-

Now more than ever, it is imperative that we hold that conference at Evergreen, reinventing it as the Buffoon Institute, and have Tulsi and Gisele Bundchen give the keynote addresses. America doesn't have a single institution dedicated to the study of its own buffoonery. This is long overdue.

8:06 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Many yrs ago, we had a great journalist by the name of I.F. Stone. He once famously said: "Governments lie." If he were alive today, he might amend that, and say: "The US gov't is basically a collection of buffoons." Stone's antidote was to keep exposing the lies in his newsletter, "I.F. Stone's Weekly." Unfortunately, there is no antidote to buffoons. Which is why Jack L. and I are launching the Buffoon Institute at the former Evergreen College, w/Tulsi and Gisele. Be there or be square!


8:16 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

BTW, buffoonery is not limited to the US. Consider Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak in England, two of the biggest buffoons in the history of the world. How the hell did the British public manage to vote for Tories, with their absurd, dysfunctional plans for the British economy? (Unclear if Labour is doing any better at this pt, however) Contemporary England, wh/is a has-been, totally irrelevant on the international scene, offers a foretaste of America in 2030, altho for certain historical reasons that I won't go into rt now, it will be much worse for us than it's been for the UK. But it's kinda fun to watch Truss and Sunak endlessly beating off.

8:27 PM  
Anonymous Ursula 1000 said...

There's an interesting sentence in this op-ed about the Camp David summit. The summit served the purpose of forming a trilateral alliance between Japan, S. Korea & Amerikkka.

"The Biden National Security strategy recognizes that the U.S. cannot unilaterally maintain its global dominance, and that doing so requires alliances that integrate military, technological, and economic resources."

Say whaaaat? So a faction of the ruling class acknowledges (even if secretly) that Amerikkka's not the biggest baddest wolf anymore? The author implies that that's y such an alliance was formed. Amerikkka now needs its Asian vassals 2 do its bidding. How the mighty have fallen

11:46 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Thanks for the ref. Yet another sign of decline, America trying to stave off the inevitable. Doubtful that this alliance will endure to 2030, the year of The End for the US. Meanwhile, if you keep in mind that Kamala (possibly our next pres) is a rancid bag of douche fluid, and a total moron, you can never go wrong.


12:14 AM  
Blogger Jason Tower said...

Dr. Berman - thanks for the Nik Stankovich tweet (the link worked for me when I removed the quotation marks at the end). At some point China will call the USA's bluff and the result will be embarrassment and loss of prestige for the US.

And I found this about presidential pardons:
"One unsettled legal question is whether a president can pardon himself. The Constitution says a president cannot pardon “in cases of impeachment.” Expert legal opinions on this question vary, and the U.S. Supreme Court has not weighed in on this issue."

1:25 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Well, I look forward to that day, which might occur b4 2030, and it probably won't matter who's in office. A few mos. ago Bill Maher did a show called something like "Dumb-Merica," comparing the US to China: how it typically took us years to complete, and flub, a project, and how China cd get something similar done flawlessly, overnight. Plus, we think in terms of years, while the Chinese plan in terms of decades. He concluded that Americans were dumb, while the Chinese were very intelligent. A no-brainer, that. Who's gonna win, in the contest between a buffoon country and a non-buffoon country? Look at what America has become, w/practically everyone, gov't and military included, having shit for brains. We just bumble along, going from error to error, while the rest of the world knows the truth: America is a paper tiger on a downhill slide. Karma, at long last, comes home to roost.


3:16 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


This is a very insightful essay on the Unabomber:

It makes the pt that for an educated elite, it was necessary to see him as insane, because if he were to be regarded as sane, then they wd have to come to terms with his "Manifesto," which was a threat to their cherished beliefs. In WAF, I pointed out that the reaction to Jimmy Carter's "spiritual malaise" speech (Annapolis, 15 July 1979) was, for a # of politicians, evidence that he had lost his mind. This is one way of protecting ourselves from uncomfortable truths or ideas, and the author of this article shows that the trial of Ted Kaczynski was a bit of a sham; that his lawyers railroaded him into an insanity defense (or that he was unaware of what they were doing).

This article was written in 2000, and at that pt, Kaczynski was making an appeal for a new trial. I don't know how that played out, but it turns out that he died 3 mos. ago, i.e. last June, from an apparent suicide.


4:46 AM  
Blogger comrade simba said...

Mr Berman,
"Honestly, when I think of the amount of slapping and urine needed to correct our political and cultural situation, I get so exhausted I hafta lie down for an hr or 2. But watching America completely fall apart is an exciting adventure."

Yep, watching the show is cheap entertainment, that's for sure. Here's another great example of our problem resolution skills. Macro's just a bunch of micros harmonizing.

Never, never kick a man's truck.

12:12 PM  
Blogger Joe McIlnen said...

Check out today’s mugshots. The first is of a callous couple involved in child sex exploitation. The second is your typical angry paranoid USAin who doesn’t want his neighbor to trim his trees near his property. So of course what does he do? He blows the neighbor away.

p.s. Doctor, a few Wafers here in recent posts are focusing on a possible Trump victory. May I offer My personal prediction in numbered installments ( to abide by the rules since in total it is lengthy) how Don will win? If you do allow me, here is reason #1 of 6:
1) Trump will win Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, thus giving him the electoral college. With the Democrats being so focused on keeping Georgia blue, they’ll forget about these three very important swing states. In addition to these three states, Trump also very well may win Arizona if he picks Kari Lake as his running mate. He could win Arizona anyway even if he doesn’t pick her. An uber far right MAGA wacko, one Marl Lamb, is running for the Senate and may get the nod. He already is focusing his campaign on the highly contentious border issue. That being said, Don probably will pick as his vice presidential candidate Ron Johnson of Wisconsin.

12:43 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Shit, I was hoping for Gisele Bundchen. Or Lauren Boebert, at the very least.


Cheap my ass. It's luxurious. But why was the guy kicking the other guy's truck? At least the victim gunned his attacker down in the street, like a dog. A true American.


1:03 PM  
Anonymous James Allen said...

Another family grift, or, The elite are trash:

Cryptocurrency crook Sam Bankman-Fried’s parents are working the suckers for self-enrichment, and counseling Sam in tax avoidance.

Law professors at Stanford.

FTX sues Sam Bankman-Fried’s parents, claiming they received millions in gifts

4:02 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

They failed to say 'buffoons', but otherwise a gd essay:

10:14 PM  
Blogger Jason Tower said...

One of the themes of this blog is that empires in the collapse stage do more of what caused them to collapse. We are seing this play out in real time with the debacle in Ukraine. The US is continuing to throw money and military hardware at the losing side in the war while insisting that victory is just around the corner and refusing to hold peace talks or any negotiations with Russia. Today the US pledged another $325 million. Our leaders should be required to wear red noses and floppy shoes, because they are all buffoons.

12:59 AM  
Anonymous Dub alchemist said...

Recent losses in my inner circle have prompted me to revisit some Buddhist writings. In the past, I've read stuff by a Vietnamese monk named Thich Nhat Hanh. He was known for talking about a Buddhist discourse known as the Five Remembrances. It's a series of things to ponder in regards to our fragility & impermanence

One of the items reads:

'All that is dear to me and everyone I love are of the nature to change. There is no way to escape being separated from them".

One of Buddhism's tenets is to not become too attached to external things, because ultimately they're transitory. But is it possible to do this? Or are attachments hardwired in2 us?

5:34 AM  
Blogger Politically Incorrect Russian Spy said...

With so many Wafers opting to emigrate—and congrats to the them—it's sometimes overlooked how many cannot take this option for any number of reasons. For them MB has suggested "the new monastic option": an inner migration to find or create a liveable space in an almost unliveable country. Saw this essay and it brought to mind both the NMO, as well as Professor Berman's 'The Soul of Russia'. Enjoy:

"Again, this woman was a Russian—a Russian Russian, not a Russian American—she'd flown from Russia to California only a few days before, and was here only to visit and go back, not to live.

This Russian Orthodox woman from Russia—who, as I say, was very, very Russian—stopped giving us instructions for a moment, looked around at the pine trees, swaying as they do in their stereotypical wind, and at the rust-colored pine needles beneath them, at the sunbleached depths of the forest, at the crappy little monks' shacks dotting this anachronistic Shangri-La in the mountains of California, then looked at me and said: “You know: When I want to come to a real monastery, I come here.”

6:44 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Look up the work of John Bowlby: we are psychologically wired for attachment from birth. I also deal w/this a bit in my bk "Healing." But the equally bottom line is that everything comes to an end, including ourselves. Mono no aware, the Japanese say (bitter-sweet); life is like the sakura, the cherry blossom, whose season is 3 wks long. Also check out a marvelous film by Doris Doerrie, "Cherry Blossoms."


This phenomenon is known as "imperial overstretch," and it certainly contributed to the fall of Rome. Regarding the Ukraine, it is certainly stunning to watch the daily American propaganda, as the NYT and other media fall into line.


8:02 AM  
Blogger Baron Von Strangeknight said...

MB - I was watching an interview with Thomas Frank and he said something I certainly see with most Americans. “This country has gone absolutely nuts. We refuse to understand what’s happening, it’s right in front of our eyes…”. He’s mostly referencing the political insanity lately. At about 44:41

Reminded me of “the wool is the eyes.”


12:39 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Scroll back, see the link from westview news. For declinists, it's all gd. The greater the stupidity, the faster the decline. Me, I love a gd buffoon. I can't get enuf of American buffoonery. We can't have too many Boeberts, Greenes, Palins, and Kamalas, imo. Put Tulsi and Gisele Bundchen in the W.H., and it fulfills my wildest dreams.


12:57 PM  
Blogger Joe McIlnen said...

Here are a couple from the comedic USAin buffoon department. First, this lady didn’t need to be slapped with urine. She voluntarily immersed herself in it! LOL! And an armed robber buffoon faces years in the big house over….a taco! LOL!

p.s. Continuing numerically ( with the good Doctor’s permission and hoping the length isn’t too long) with how I think Trumpi may win next year:
2) To the Democrats’ surprise and dismay, Republicans cleverly will gather new voters in Nevada that will help Trump win the Silver State. The largest surprise will be in Clark County which encompasses Las Vegas. Sin City has gone downhill. Bed bugs are omnipresent and are a real problem at major strip casino hotels. The Republicans adroitly will convince the voters the economic downturn there is Biden’s fault. Also to the Democrats’ surprise, the new Biden voters from 2020 will stay home while the new Trump voters return to the voting booth.
3) Even if Trump doesn’t pick Johnson as his running mate, Wisconsin will go red anyway. The telltale sign of how the Badger State has turned more to the right was the Rittenhouse trial.
4) Democratic voter turnout in Pennsylvania will be less in the key urban areas than in 2020. The Republicans on the contrary will go out and vote, rain or shine, as they always do. Both candidates garnered between the two of them over 900,000 new voters in 2020. Like Nevada, Trump’s new voters will show up in the Keystone State; Biden’s won’t. That will be the difference. The Democrats’ complacency will be detrimental in this very important, mostly geographically rural ( read: conservative) state as Trumpi snatches it.

1:35 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


The taco thief was probably hungry. Imprisonment for life w/o parole is the obvious remedy.

As for Trumpi: his victory is starting to look likely. Let's hope he selects Gisele Bundchen as his running mate.


2:18 PM  
Anonymous Boom said...

Just "accidentally" threatened nuclear war in front of the United Nations

Netanyahu tells UNGA there must be a "credible nuclear threat" against Iran. His office quickly clarifies he misread his speech which said "credible military threat."

Boy oh boy.... I seriously think USA and our more idiotic allies might seriously get us into a nuclear war.....Read Ellsberg's "The Doomsday Machine" fellow Wafers!

4:54 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Our lives are in the hands of people who are extremely stupid. BTW, if you make a reference, such as Ellsberg, pls provide a link. Thank you.


5:38 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Such a great country America is:

8:41 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

ps: The 2nd link is cut off. Try this one:

Note how Biden reacted (at end of article).

8:46 PM  
Anonymous Megan said...

I found this amusing clip with Ken Burns, which goes under the dual heading of "Smart dumb people" and also "Americanism as a secular religion." Notice what Burns says at 1:18. Pretty startling. At first, I thought he meant "important" in the sense of "having the most impact." If he had meant it that way, there is an argument to be made. But no.....

Steve Schmidt is pretty spot-on in most of his "warning" videos, where he dissects Trump and the Maga movement. Most here would find most of what he says pretty true and unexceptionable. For example: (Russell Brand is such a creep. So astonishing that people look up to him as a "thinker"!)

But get these guys on the subject of "America itself" and then they are like the blind leading the blind! It is funny, how people tax fundamentalist Christians with believing in absurd doctrines. The faith that America is still a "great nation with a great mission in the world" is so absurd that even the most Kierkegaardian of leaps of faith is not enough to make it seem remotely plausible to any thinking person!

5:07 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Gd to see u here again! That's a great clip from Steve Schmidt, and a rather horrifying one from Ken Burns, on how the US is the greatest event since Jesus Christ. Fuckin' nuts, man. It validates my argument from yrs ago, that for Americans, America itself is the 'true' religion.

Meanwhile, you might enjoy this:


7:47 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

ps: I think I lost the comment from someone else. He or she probably sent message to a previous post, although I cdn't find it. If all this is true, I ask this person to re-send yr message, but to this most recent post. Thank you.


7:52 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Sorry, cdn't run it (half pg rule). Please edit down and re-send. Thank you.


9:38 AM  
Anonymous DiogenesTheElder said...

Behold, Wafers, a case study in the degraded buffoonery that is the USian:

This story has it all...Oh, the allegory...


11:55 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


There's no question in my mind that most Americans, if not all, wd do the same thing. And allegorically, that watch *is* America.


1:54 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Check it out:

Terrific lecture by Scott Ritter. Of course, the US, Europe, and NATO will pay no attn to it. Why? Buffoons!


2:14 PM  
Blogger Joe McIlnen said...

The newest hip thing here in the U.S.A.!, U.S.A.!, U.S.A.! : public baptisms! And the Auburn University students in Alabama love it! And for anyone who doesn’t love it, you tell ‘em, Republican Bible Belt Governor Kay Ivey! Christian theocracy here we come!

And wrapping up how Trumpi possibly can win:
5) Don also will use any economic slowdown—real or perceived—that may occur next year to his advantage. But here’s the real clincher: “Make America Great Again” will not be his Madison Avenue public relations slogan. It will be replaced by the clever, “He’ll End the War”. Perhaps even, “He’ll End the War and Bring World Peace”. Woodrow Wilson in 1916 during World War I won reelection by using the phrase, “He Kept Us Out of the War”. The Republicans ( justifiably) will continue to asseverate that government spending should go to the general public, not to the military-industrial complex supplying Ukraine with weapons. This is how Biden and the Democrats will shoot themselves in the feet. They’ll continue to aid the losing side in this latest proxy war of ours at the taxpayers’ expense. The conservative media likely also will portray this as our 21st century Vietnam quagmire. Ending the Russia-Ukraine war, not Trump’s criminal indictments, will be the main election topic that will be on voters’ minds. The Republicans cleverly will present themselves as the party of peace, the Dems the party of war. Public sentiment will be with the GOP bringing victory to THE DON!

2:33 PM  
Anonymous Shi said...

why ARE american men obsessed by the Roman Empire? great british historian tom holland answers this. falling empires idolize former fallen empires, imho!

Why We Can't Get Over the Roman Empire -- TIME Magazine

4:06 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

This woman shd be in the White House:

She said 'like' 4 times.

Preferred sentence: "Like I'm a douche baguette."

6:33 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Check out recent remarks by Sergei Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, on how the West is using the Ukrainians as 'fodder' for a war against Russia. He also called the EU, US, and NATO an 'empire of lies." No shit, Sherlock. (this can be found on cnn)


6:59 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Some reflections on the American collapse, and after:

10:36 PM  
Blogger Jason Tower said...

I could almost feel my brain shrinking reading that Gisele Bündchen interview. She's worth over 400 million dollars but can't string a sentence together.

Since I was in the mood for more stupidity, I found these Michele Bachmann quotes. It's a shame she retired from politics.

2:02 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Millions worship her because like her, they are also buffoons. It is not easy to find a non-buffoon in contemporary America. A pity Michelle retired from politics. She once remarked that we were at war with the Soviet Union. I can't help myself; I love these people: Boebert and MT Greene and Palin--long list. They make our decline palpable; they are decline in the flesh.


7:04 AM  
Anonymous Glans Butterworth, III said...

Dear Dr. Berman,

-Believe you commented on these USAins with regard to their "analysis"/"review" of "A Man without Qualities." Predictably, it was over their dumb as stale dogshit american heads. It appears to be another Kakatuni "reviewer" moment--trash the book and its' author because they do not "like" the content.

What clowns. They embody the USAin. They cannot nor will not live in reality. They predictably cannot understand your work nor perform background research. Of course, the commenters resort to ad hominem remarks (e.g., "crank", "white" people, with the book "reviewers" giving "thumbs up icons to their cheerleaders.

However, it should excite Wafers as this is the typical USAin: walking jokes dressed up as humans trying to appear "smart" who lack self awareness and critical thinking.

Onward and downward.

7:08 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Yeah, there was some website called Terrible Book Review, or something like that. I cd only get thru the 1st 20 mins of their 'review', wh/failed to understand the bk completely. It was like listening to 2 magpies chattering nonsense to each other while being impressed by their supposed intellectual 'acumen'. My, look at how sophisticated we are! (True sophistry, in fact, was what they were offering.) But this too is part of our decline, so I can't really get all that angry abt it, and the magpies are typical products of the American educational system, wh/has little interest in critical thinking. This is even true of the NYT: Kakutani's idea of a review, as you pt out, was whether she liked the bk (any bk) or not; she cdn't imagine a bk she didn't like to be something of high quality, complete w/logical arguments and empirical evidence. What she provided in her review of DAA was basically a hatchet job--quite dishonest. (In the past, both Norman Mailer and Salmon Rushdie said she had no business reviewing bks.)

But for the most part, I'm completely off the radar screen in America, and that seems abt rt. If I ever managed to attract visibility, or a widespread following, it wd be very unsettling, inasmuch as we are drowning in buffoonery. Given the audience, or clowns like Kakutani, it wd mean I had done something terribly wrong. The Greeks also called Cassandra a 'crank', after all. In the past I've just responded, "The dogs bark, but the caravan moves on." This just abt sums it up; America is chock full of dogs. And in its own fucked up way, the audience reaction (mostly) is reassuring, even kinda fun, if yr a declinist.

On a more upbeat side, check out the Amazon customer revs for "Healing" and "The Soul of Russia."


8:22 AM  
Anonymous Flyingspaghettimonstr said...

Japan will soon b increasing its defense budget big-time. Kishida's administration plans 2 allocate 43 trillion yen ($315 billion) between 2023 & 2027.

Japan might b on its way 2 becoming a bankrupt hegemon like amerikkka. Its new Nat'l Security Strategy has a statement about China that mirrors Amerikkka's own sentiments. Look @ the 2nd paragraph of pg 9.

The Japanese may soon get a taste of what brought Amerikkka 2 its knees. I imagine the blowback from being allied w/ a country in self-destruct mode will rear its ugly head @ some pt.

8:31 AM  
Anonymous Brown said...


I've always enjoyed the comparison made on this blog and in Mr Berman's books! Currently I'm reading this, and think often of the flawed leadership of dunces and war criminals that guide our country:

Evil Roman Emperors: The Shocking History of Ancient Rome's Most Wicked Rulers from Caligula to Nero and More,aps,145&sr=8-1&linkCode=sl1&tag=romanhistor0b-20&linkId=37c31f3a8bf0a466144ddf25fbe4ffd3&language=en_US&ref_=as_li_ss_tl&dplnkId=8035a531-6e58-4525-aff1-056ed077363d

- Brown

9:34 AM  
Anonymous Bicycle Guy said...

John Gray reads a rogue Romanian-American philosopher, Costin Alamariu, as a Randian - never a compliment - in his weekend essay for NewStatesman. If nothing else, Gray's comments on Homer & the pity of war are certainly justified. Note well how Gray concludes: "Whoever succeeds in lodging themselves in the White House in January 2025 will preside over a failing state & a country descending into civil warfare." By September 2023, this is almost a cliché: & that should be sobering!

10:19 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


You might wanna check out my bk on Japan, "Neurotic Beauty."


Gray is almost always on target, but I keep waiting for critics of America to develop a more precise focus, i.e., on the American people themselves. We need for words like 'douchebags' and 'buffoons' to enter our public vocabulary. After all, millions adore Boebert and Greene and Palin, and millions are woke.


10:33 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


I think all of us need to create Wafer Business Cards (WBC), to make it clear how serious we are about our cause. I have developed the following dual language one:

I cannot, and I will not, tolerate horse manure!
No puedo tolerar, y ni toleraré, el excremento de caballo!
[my phone #]

Pretty classy, eh? I await your own suggestions.


3:30 PM  
Anonymous Torreblanca said...

Dr. Berman,

Thank you for your advice!

Anonymous Flyingspaghettimonstr,

I skimmed through some of that document. It's interesting because I thought Japan used to stand somewhat for an "alternative approach" from the U.S.'s approach (for example, they started the Asian Development Bank which was supposed to work on somewhat different principles than the World Bank which is U.S.-dominated). Maybe things have changed.

-- Torreblanca

6:10 PM  
Anonymous Unity Village said...

I know MB's a fan (among other Wafers) thought this was a nice line from Cormac McCarthy on Samuel Beckett:

"Beckett's a little too arch and a little too cute for me. I don't think Beckett's serious."

From Cormac's papers in the Witliff Archive a friend saw them and txtd me.

We don't have American intellects like this anymore. Not sure my writer friends really have much to say on McCarthy or Beckett these days....Never got the Beckett bag myself. Was more a Joyce guy.

8:37 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Do you have any links for this stuff? This is what we usually provide on this blog. Thanks.


9:02 PM  
Blogger jmw512 said...

Doctor Berman, I've often heard you say that US support of Ukraine is a proxy war with Russia that should not continue.

While I agree that it may be such a proxy war, what course of action would you advise the US, indeed much of the Western world take in response to that incursion, especially in light of
what appears to be Putin's increasing level of derangement?

11:52 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


Putin is no more deranged than JFK was during the Cuban missile crisis. He is fighting an existential threat, the American resurrection of the Cold War, and our desire to defeat Russia--a rather insane project. *We*, not Putin, created this war; a tactic we have used in the past. If NATO is going to be poised on the border of the Ukraine, this is something Russia cannot reasonably tolerate.

Of course, there is no pt in my--or really anyone--advising the US, because the US is not listening. It wanted this war, and it foolishly believes that pursuing it to the bitter end is the way to go. And since, historically, it always needs an enemy to be able to function (see essays in QOV), once it is defeated in the Ukraine, it will simply pick another target (China, if Biden is stupid enuf). Which is called 'imperial overstretch', and is a gd way to take the country into the toilet; as happened in Rome.

All of this is short-cut observation on my part, of course, so let me refer you to the real experts, who can be found on YouTube: Scott Ritter, John Mearsheimer, Douglas Macgregor, Jeffrey Sachs, John Pilger...these are people who are not fooled by the bullshit endlessly put out by the NYT and other MSM. It's not hard to educate yourself on the subject, amigo. Por favor, do it.


1:44 AM  
Blogger jmw512 said...

Thank you Doctor Berman

8:46 AM  
Blogger Politically Incorrect Russian Spy said...

For any still confused about the seeming crazy behaviour of the United States re: the war in Ukraine (or Afghanistan, or China, or Iraq, or anywhere else), Julian Assange explains it here in 30 seconds:

As soon as you see the US draw things to a close in Ukraine, you'll know the grift is moving on to China. This is not to say the United States is not also insane. Even if the US believes Putin will never attack NATO, sheer paranoia (remember, the US has long had a nuclear first-strike policy) could lead to a launch. As Putin has warned repeatedly (, F-16s can carry nuclear weapons, Russia must therefore ASSUME they are so armed when Ukraine deploys them in the months ahead. The US is simply gambling with all our lives because there's so much land, money, power to be had if somehow Russia falls over.

10:16 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


In the immortal words of I.F. Stone: "Governments lie." He shd also have added, "So do the media, which function as lackeys to those governments."


There are a # of reasons why America is almost constantly involved in war--

--I see the most fundamental one as psychological--but surely, picking Russia or China as targets hasta be *the* most stupid, and most dangerous, thing we cd do. Note that I discuss the psychological angle in QOV; see also Denis Duclos, "The Werewolf Complex," and Gore Vidal's bk, "Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace." And underneath it all, America's belief that it can, and shd, rule the world. Hard to think of a more insane foreign policy, eh wot?


10:40 AM  
Anonymous Dub alchemist said...

This story embodies what Amerikkka is & always has been about. A poker player faked cancer 2 get donations 2 enter a world tournament. The victims have since been refunded. Just business as usual, eh?

It reminds me of another scam involving 2 guys that duped churchgoers in2 giving them $ for luxury cars they didn't have. One of 'em claimed 2 have been adopted by an exec named John Bowers, who left a sizeable inheritance. But "John Bowers" didn't exist either. The church ppl bankrolled the gambling dreams of the alleged adoptee. But they sure made the perfect target. After all, these were folks who believed there was a magic sky daddy lookin' out 4 em. Amerikkkans r ignorant degenerates who deserve 2 b exploited by such fraudsters

11:53 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...


They also need to be severely beaten, waterboarded, peed on (shoes), and then thrown on a dung heap, no?


1:05 PM  

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