Things fall apart

The collapse of a civilization is a big deal. Carry off everything you can, or form small secessionist retreats, but you face the problem of what the rest of the people escaping the failure will do. Most likely, they charge en masse and then kill you and take your stuff.

There’s also the lost learning. We won’t cry over the past fifty years of non-literature, non-art and non-learning, but there are a few exceptions, and the greatness of the past. Nothing stops this from being lost, especially if people need toilet paper or some tinder for a fire.

Always there is the possibility of escape. But to where? We’ve covered the world in civilization, and even moving into the dense dark jungle just means that someone will construct a freeway toward you, probably just to kill you and take your stuff.

Re-civilizing an area seems like the best course of action, but this will be a frail and delicate civilization for its early years. This includes both internal factors and external: internally, you need to find a culture or vision that binds you together; externally, the formerly-urban zombies will attack, and there’s no guarantee the crops will survive.

Many of the people who are not served well by the current system want to burn it down, tear it down, and destroy it. Like the liberals they apparently are emulating, they see destruction as a form of renewal and cleansing. In symbolism and emotion, this sounds good. In reality? It brings on a mess.

The industrialized world, and especially the West, has divided itself into two incompatible camps. The first wants realism and a functional unified culture as is needed for civilization, but the second wants a social subsidy and pluralistic non-values, to the point where reconstruction is impossible:

The social, cultural, moral and political revolutions of the 1960s, against which Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan inveighed to win their 49-state triumphs, have now captured half of the country.

The 1960s were the era of the left’s great gambit. The children of the people of the 1930s, who were trendily rebellious in flirting with Communism, took up the cries of the French revolution — equality, internationalism, socialism and inversion of social roles — and made them a mass-media social product that spread like wildfire among the Baby Boomers who were desperate for a way to not only fit in but be important.

Fifty years later, this virus has sickened the host and accomplished its goal. Both the EU (sorry… Europe) and the USA are split by this divide. There is a huge liberal population that is generally young, foreign or dependent on the state, and then an indigenous substrate that wants to be reasonable but is basically pulling in the other way.

This indigenous substrate exists without a media blitz because it doesn’t need one. It is generally composed of people with more experience than the other half, both in years and responsibility. These people want conservative values because they know from experience that conservative values work and make healthy families, cheerful communities and thriving nations, where liberal ideas slowly drain all resources.

Resource drains of this nature transfer money, energy and social focus from constructive use into subsidy for those who will not replace those resources with more. Unlike the wealthier-than-average, who if allowed to keep their resources will make more of them because that’s how they got to above average wealth in the first place, this group represents the end of the line.

The result of this split is massive social alienation, dysfunction and paranoia:

And Americans are already seceding from one another—ethnically, culturally, politically. Middle-class folks flee high-tax California, as Third World immigrants, legal and illegal, pour in to partake of the cornucopia of social welfare benefits the Golden Land dispenses…People gravitate toward their own kind. Call it divorce, American-style.

The 1960s, like the 1789 revolution in France, ripped the heart out of the West. They replaced culture and nationality with pluralism and diversity, using relativism as a way to justify the absurd contortions of social Marxist thought used to keep the dysfunction afloat. Those who wanted to succeed within the system had to choke it down and regurgitate this dogma in order to be accepted.

What’s most interesting about this is that, like all revolutions for people power, it was a solution in search of a problem. It never had any legitimacy because it was a power seizure, not a righting of wrongs:

Louis XVI, too, was a basically decent and capable individual – believe it or not. France could have thrived under him and his heirs to the present time. Indeed France without the Revolution – any European nation without the Revolution – would be the greatest nation on earth today. America not excepted.

Think about the modern West. We have followed egalitarianism into the grave. Since the 1960s, our social programs have expended vital resources on eliminating poverty, with zero success. In fact, there’s more poverty now than there was then, and our wealth wave while strong in some areas has diminished.

Even worse, our societies are divided and cannot function as a unified whole. The first strong external threat, and we will have trouble bribing all of the different groups and lifestyles to work together to fight it. Even a strong internal threat sends us into a tailspin, as this most recent recession shows.

What we are seeing here is the failure of the liberal democracy model. As time shows us, with universal voting, the voters form self-interest cliques including the most destructive clique of all, which is the no-existential-challenges clique who want cradle to grave support from a government. This is the same impulse as socialism, and it kills nations by ensuring that people don’t work together, but work against each other.

In every human group ever created, abilities fit on a standard distribution with most of us in the middle, and lower numbers of outliers on the positive and negative extremes. When the left side of the chart (below average) declares war on the right side of the chart (above average), what results is a destruction of the productive means of society itself. What follows is a tumble right back down the evolutionary ladder into the early days of primitive human group living.

The West as a whole has been trying to buy off the takers by taking from the makers, and the result only delays the inevitable clash:

This allows us to see exactly what we get in return for national income distribution. It provides a tenuous and temporary cease-fire. Otto Von Bismark described his contributions to Germany’s social welfare state as an act of “stealing the Socialists’ thunder.” While most of what he enacted is standard fare in the modern employee’s benefit package, meeting the mob half-way only made them clamor for more.

The West as a whole is in mortal decline. As the first article quoted in this post says, perhaps a Republican win would have delayed the abyss, not stopped it. And as we see above, buying off the liberals with taker-entitlements will only delay things as well.

What is needed is first and foremost for us to face this problem and admit that secession is but one symptom of a larger underlying problem. Liberalism has split the West in two. Once we face that, we can start looking at practical solutions to this separation, so that in the process of our little spat we do not level our civilization which took so many centuries to build and will take even more to re-create.

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20 Responses to “Things fall apart”

  1. NotTheDude says:

    Multiculturalism in British cities has made more white middle class folk into the countryside to live a more sane and pleasant life but with consequences to our earlier way of life and community. [though there are a quite few upsides]. Aside from that which is nothing compared to the Uk’s social problems as a whole’ I fear that as rural areas in outlying places get more populated, the sicknesses of modern Britain will wend its way in more and more. The more humans get the more they feel entitled to. We must take hold of urban places and make them work again.

    • EvilBuzzard says:

      So British inner cities will start turning into the same hell American ones are. How tragic. American cities are an absolute national disgrace.

      • NotTheDude says:

        They are socially wounded but cities exist to bring folk together so it is hard to compleatly destroy all that is worthy about a city. Like minded folk should live in their own communities that cater to their needs, not just shoved into estates alongside council rats and welfare scum. Investment should be in those who live in urban spaces no just buildings and infrastructure.

        • gg says:

          in america, id say for the most part, the larger cities are completely lost. One can compare them to mentally ill inmates at a prison(most of them are mentally ill), a psych ward, or anywhere for that matter, who if left to their own devices would sh*t all over themselves and those around them. Living life as if it were the worlds job to convince them to care. but then that is how i see many medium sized and small cities too.

          ive seen a few cities and towns that crudely occupy areas of nature that i would classify as heavenly places filled with natural wonders fit for kings and queens of the earth. With a lot of hard work, dedication, persistence and vision many of these smaller cities can be changed/renewed/given a heart. the medium cities would require a higher level of strategies by the most capable people with as much experience as possible. these places can be renewed and given a heart. the bigger cities are like black holes. outside of being used as a form of practice for strategies that can be used on the smaller cities and towns, they serve no real use in my opinion.

          • KB Delaney says:

            The fringe, the fringe — what an interesting place to be.
            Cornfields and shopping malls,
            Mansions and feral cats,
            Luxury sedans and militant, hesitant, effeminate SUVs.

            The freeway running south to north,
            The tollway running west to east,
            Oh how they thunder with the Freeman’s vengeance,
            Oh how they hold that scent
            Of The Burger’s King and well spent Oil!

            • gg says:

              And let us flirt with the idea that in our lifetimes we can stamp our feet in the ground and hold that ground when that wave comes crashing upon us.

      • The environmental consequences of this are vastly destructive. Instead of making better use of the land we have, our cities expand constantly outward as people try to escape the rot, which is most commonly state-subsidized.

        • EvilBuzzard says:

          The environmental consequences are a predictable externality of the dicked-up social model. Parasites are parasites, whther they are mooching off my paycheck or off of public land.

          • Absolutely. We grow parasites through our social dysfunction and welfare state, and then import people to use as cheap labor, which brings in those most likely to be parasites from any point of origin.

            Further, we’ve created this culture of self-indulgence which rewards destructive and selfish behavior, further encouraging people to trash the place.

  2. To know whether a whole city is lost, you have to be there and get to know some people deeply, to see if what you’ve been told they are doing is true.

    Liberalism is about non-judgment and multiculturalism, isn’t it?

    Some people refrain from judging others because of their social doctrine. But others refrain from judging others because they are too busy pursuing their lives. One is politically correct, and the other is just not bothered to care as long as they look all right. Isn’t that quite a difference?

    • gg says:

      Trees, mountains, lakes, and fresh air give energy. If cities were made out of? mountains lakes and fresh air or just a lot more of those things it would GREAT. But they aint. The big cities themselves are not worth saving just like violent mentally ill person is not worth saving. Why? Because the ridiculous amounts of energy wasted by capable people attempting to perform such tasks can be better used elsewhere doing other things. I dont need to find meaning in miles of foul smelling colorful concrete with depressed hunched over bipeds who advertise themselves in as shallow a way possible(making other biped among them who has a fragment of any quality seem like a god). Those cities are rotting. I dont know what to do with all that concrete.

      • gg says:

        The real real bad mentally ill people essentially require an entire world weaved around them like their own personal truman show to get them come anywhere near cooperation with the world of reality.

        The same is true in big cities. Not a game worth playing in my opinion.

        • gg says:

          Not a game worth playing except for those who are willing and able to delve into mysterious and dangerous caves where they may lose themselves in a high stakes game of self mastery.

    • Aren’t we all full of b.s. wishing for cities to go away?

      • NotTheDude says:

        Cities are the powerhouses of humanity, bringing humans together to share ideas. They just need to be organised around the most productive citizens and make good use of what they have. If a city or town is in declline, it is for a reason and may well need to be let go of.

      • gg says:

        most cities and towns are within reach of vast improvements if it is done correctly(keeping nature in its purest forms within arms reach. they are worth fighting for for many reasons.

        but the biggest cities are so far gone that i consider them like foreign planets. as an earthling, im all for exploring any number planetary bodies and setting up shop on them for vast technological experimentation without limit. outer space is the place for such things.

        ‘this’ planet is a living system whose overall well being we should be more considerate of. the big big cities are sooo big and toxic. the amalgamation and expansion can perhaps yield some wonderful future result for the planet(far into the future). but it will likely be at the expense what nature produced thus far.

      • Sorry for poorly worded comment.

    • I see this in terms of people as individuals, and cultures as whole organisms in which most people serve entirely subordinate roles.

      Nothing is “all lost.” It’s just like finding that your vegetable drawer has gone to rot: you pitch out the outright decayed, cut out small amounts of decay and use those vegetables anyway, and most importantly, you wash those that aren’t decayed and keep them safely away from the rot.

  3. Dark Underside says:

    on every quadrant of this metroplex, are these pyramid shaped landfills, what I call Mount Trashmores. The nice thing about night is that it covers up the ugliness, but it doesn’t reduce the constant drone of traffic, or the screaming of “emergency vehicles. Last night we had some respite with the howling winds drowning out all the ugly sounds.

  4. Dark Underside says:

    If the world ends tomorrow, I hope we end up in a better place.

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