This year, the Fourth of July will probably be a subdued holiday, but not for the reasons that the public voices will be willing to discuss.
They will tell you that the bad economy and political division have caused Americans to feel a loss of pride, or maybe mention how the Biden administration has done so little right and so much that is destructive that we would be better off with a ham sandwich in office.
They will make all the right noises about racism, homophobia, and foot fetishes causing us to see half of the country as Other. They may even admit that the stolen election of 2020 has caused massive distrust of the political system and government.
But no one will point out the obvious, which is that at this point, “American” means nothing. Tied to no ethnic group, disassociated from any culture, and based only in a loose series of liberal democratic and market socialist talking points, “American” means very little.
In addition, it has lost value over the years. Once it meant membership in a rising country; now it means captive of a banana republic run by diversity for the sake of redistributing wealth, just like in South Africa.
After WW2, you could point to America as an example of a place that avoided the pitfalls into which Europe and the rest of the world were continually falling. It made democracy work by limiting democracy, and like California seemed to accept everyone.
American leaders, intellectuals, and pundits treated this as a condition which would never change. In their view, America worked great, so it was time to bring in some of those European ideas that were self-destructing across the world.
In particular, America adopted Human Rights in 1870 but put them into full application in 1964, then brought in European-style socialist benefits programs called “entitlements” (direct or in-kind payments to citizens).
Not surprisingly, these things that had been destructive elsewhere became destructive in America, but the diversity — part of Human Rights — was what broke the back of the camel. After that kicked in fully in the 1990s, America no longer looked like America at all.
These days, Americans look like chumps to the rest of the world. They are people who pay London prices to live in South Africa, basically, and the former strength of their nation has been sabotaged by Leftists who perpetually seek to destroy strength in order to raise up the weak.
Even more it is clear that this society separates like oil on water. Not only the rich-versus-poor narrative of the Left, but the middle class trying to get away from everyone else, and all groups trying to avoid diversity.
This tells us that fewer Americans are celebrating the Fourth of July not because of “division,” but because being an American has lost meaning and is less valuable than it once was. We killed the goose that laid golden eggs and replaced it with Amber Heard after three days of Taco Bell and Modelo Especial.
At this point, an American is a chump who pays a high price for an inferior product, a rider in a car driven recklessly by a bickering and unstable political system, a mixed-race and mixed-ethnic mixed-caste person with no history, and a reluctant citizen of a dying empire.
Are we gonna celebrate that?
After the 1990s, the Fourth of July lost most of its patriotic aspects. In order to avoid offending the various diversity, it turned from a celebration of America to a celebration of American life, most of which seemed to revolve around cheeseburgers, watery beer, and football.
Maybe it was because diversity broke the Fourth of July:
Before the Civil War, white Americans from every corner of the country had annually marked the Fourth with feasts, parades, and copious quantities of alcohol. A European visitor observed that it was “almost the only holy-day kept in America.” Black Americans demonstrated considerably less enthusiasm. And those who did observe the holiday preferred—like Douglass—to do so on July 5 to better accentuate the difference between the high promises of the Fourth and the low realities of life for African Americans, while also avoiding confrontations with drunken white revelers.
Yet the tables had turned by July 4, 1865, at least in the South. Having lost a bloody four-year war to break free from the United States and defend the institution of slavery, Confederate sympathizers had little desire to celebrate the Fourth now that they were back in the Union and slavery was no more. “The white people,” wrote a young woman in Columbia, South Carolina, “shut themselves within doors.”
After the end of the Civil War in 1865, the nation’s 4 million newly emancipated citizens transformed Independence Day into a celebration of black freedom. The Fourth became an almost exclusively African American holiday in the states of the former Confederacy—until white Southerners, after violently reasserting their dominance of the region, snuffed these black commemorations out.
Already it had become clear that the future of America was one of racial division. Designed to force the South to obey an agenda consistent with northern industrial interests and the new diversity voters from Ireland who drove the country Leftward, the Civil War ended up creating a protected class of minorities and propelling an agenda against the founding WASP majority.
It turns out that any time a society succeeds, it separates humans from immediate consequences in nature, and therefore manipulating other people with emotions, imagery, and symbols takes over from reality and the society becomes anti-realistic.
Societies of this nature emphasize surface appearance over content. In the case of America, when Irish diversity dissolved our majority WASP culture, the only thing we had in common was economics and our political system, which then took over from culture and made government and commerce our focus.
Since we could not agree on the hard questions of culture, we replaced it with the lowest common denominator we had in common. This is what groups do if not managed: they agree on the symbol and ignore the causes, creating a type of superstitious symbol-worship.
In the America of 2022, symbol-worship is all that remains. Culture evaporated under the assault of diversity, no one really trusts our political-esque religions anymore, and any sense of acting purposively has been replaced by the job, or the need to placate others more than achieve results.
Bloated by wealth and technology, we float along selling each other junk and making new jobs with the power of government simply because these are the only activities remaining in an economy which has been captured by political agendas.
When societies get wealthy, they focus on unity instead of achievement, which makes them into giant jobs programs designed to bring about the Worker’s Revolution for Equality which defines the modern state:
“Labor is prior to and independent of capital,” the country’s 16th president said. “Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration.”
When Lincoln served his sole term in Congress in the late 1840s, the young lawyer from Illinois became close friends with Horace Greeley, a fellow Whig who served briefly alongside him. Greeley was better known as the founder of the New York Tribune, the newspaper largely responsible for transmitting the ideals and ideas that formed the Republican Party in 1854.
Over the next decade, Marx wrote nearly 500 articles for the paper. Many of his contributions became unsigned columns appearing on the front page as the publication’s official position. Like a lot of nascent Republicans, Lincoln was an “avid reader” of the Tribune.
In other words, Lincoln wanted to get rid of the anarchic and informal culture-based society which existed in America under “natural rights,” and use “civil rights” or government-created entitlements and liberties to bash the population into subservience.
Later phases of organized civilization tend to focus on one major goal, namely managing the risk of revolution. They know that as societies expand, they grow from the bottom upward, and soon there are too many unskilled and minimally-skilled laborers who will revolt if given the chance.
As it turns out, government has a solution in mind: first, it hands out free stuff; second, it regulates all activity; finally, it reduces jobs to menial and repetitive roles while increasing the cost of living and risk of falling into the chaotic underclass.
This turns workers into obedient little tools who go to work every day to do a big heap of nothing, then come home to pay taxes and consume products, while being so afraid of the chaos that they stay obsequiously in line. MK-ULTRA had nothing on the “state of fear” created by the modern state.
Such societies depend heavily on symbolic ideologies such as egalitarianism and dualistic religion. In the former, only equality can be seen as good, so everything else is thrown away to create a void that government must manage.
Under the latter, people manage their own choices by the symbolic duality of methods enshrined in “good” and “evil” — rather than the pratical “good results” versus “bad results” — which leads them to scrupulously avoid anything that reeks of disobedience or lack of egalitarian thought.
With dualism, the symbol replaces cause-effect reasoning much like how in a job, satiating management and pacifying coworkers replaces actual achievement. Aging societies choose dualism because it is rule by symbols, which makes it easy to control others and force unity in order to avoid revolutions.
Lincoln probably believed that he was engaged in some practice of moral right based on his experience of contemporary organized religion:
Secular liberals dismiss Christianity as a fairy tale, but their values and their view of history remain essentially Christian. The Christian story tells of the son of God being put to death on a cross. In the Roman world, this was the fate of criminals and those who challenged imperial power. Christianity brought with it a moral revolution. The powerless came to be seen as God’s children, and therefore deserving of respect as much as the highest in society. History was a drama of sin and redemption in which God – acting through his son – was on the side of the weak.
Modern progressive movements have renewed this sacred history, though it is no longer God but “humanity” – or its self-appointed representatives – that speaks for the powerless. In many ways, the West today is more fiercely self-righteous than it was when it was professedly Christian. The social justice warriors who denounce Western civilisation and demand that its sins be confessed and repented would not exist without the moral inheritance of Christianity. As Tom Holland writes, “Had it been otherwise, then no one would ever have got woke.”
In my view, he has this backward. Because symbols are needed to control the population, the bureaucratic leaders invent dualism, and then find a religion that they can argue is dualistic. Christianity was a perfect target because it was written in a form complex enough to use to argue for anything.
Taking ourselves out of historical context, and looking at the parallels behind all civilization decay, there is no common factor except human behavior: groups succeed, swell their population of workers, then face worker revolt, so adopt a symbolic belief system instead of being realistic.
In those groups, they undergo a type of dark organization called Crowdism in which they decide not talk about what they fear, and band together to oppose any who mention these upsetting things, which turns them into a clique, gang, cult, mob, and mafia which forces anti-realism on the population.
That is the big point here. It is not the Illuminati, Learned Elders of Zion, English royalty, Bilderbergers, Davos, corporations, or politicians manipulating you. It is the human group. The problem is us: in groups, we select what flatters the group, and that drives us away from being realistic.
The need for safety, and therefore for control, drives this. A Crowd forms because individuals fear losing social hierarchy by being criticized by others, so they implement a sort of limited pacifism that lets them escape consequences for being unrealistic.
These groups then demand the ability to limit what people can say and do that might lead them to realism. This is driven by a desire for safety. They eventually demand subsidies, as well, to insulate them from the negative consequences of their unrealistic decisions.
Societies as they age come to value surface appearance over actual content because appearance manipulates others. These places become narcissistic because manipulation and playing the victim are the only way to get ahead, and you have to be entirely self-serving to avoid being used by others.
In groups, people decide that it is intelligent to give up on goals and instead make everyone “happy” through safety and pacifism. This turns those societies into ruins, but no one did it to them, not even the politicians. As a group, they decided it themselves.
As part of the ruination process, these societies go into debt to afford their symbolic acts of giving. This shows us that the root of what kills societies is ruinous competition:
Cut-throat competition, also known as destructive or ruinous competition, refers to situations when competition results in prices that do not chronically or for extended periods of time cover costs of production, particularly fixed costs.
This may arise in secularly declining or “sick” industries with high levels of excess capacity or where frequent cyclical or random demand downturns are experienced.
In a parallel, societies decline the more efficient they get because then they produce not surplus value of labor, as Karl Marx argued, but surplus labor. Too many people survive, and those who breed most aggressively dominate, which tends to be the group on the left half of the Bell Curve.
When too many laborers are produced, they find themselves not earning enough money because they are ultimately not valuable as individuals. Hence, they retaliate with a demand for the ability to be incompetent and still be included in civilization.
Ruinous competition reduces profit and therefore eventually pushes the market to consolidation:
In 1881, Standard Oil was placed under the control of a nine-trustee board, with Rockefeller at its head. He and his partners innovated this first-of-its-kind trust, wherein they swapped their individual holdings for shares in the trust. Rockefeller now wielded centralized control and veto power on all of the corporate boards within his conglomerate. The immediate benefits included even lower costs, lower kerosene prices, and standardization across the industry. Rockefeller’s company now had the assets and wherewithal to build or acquire pipelines and other infrastructure on a scale that was previously unthinkable.
This analogizes to socialism, which is essentially a monopoly over the value of labor by a single business firm, government. In market socialism, government enforces this monopoly through regulations. In direct (“old fashioned”) socialism it gains control by direct ownership and wealth redistribution.
In this way, we see Lincoln as a modernizer. Hierarchy establishes a benevolent monopoly that only benefits through the increased value of its holdings, i.e. the prosperity of the nation. Lincoln wanted government to take over that role.
When government takes over that role, it seeks to install bureaucracy into all areas of citizen lives, and the best way to do that is to be incompetent. When ruled by an incompetent government, citizens depend on it to rescue them from the continual incompetence.
America went down this path. People complain that they did not vote for this, but they did not vote against it either, or mention it much if at all. They accepted it as part of the decay and did their best to work around it.
When they began with this path of control and safety, they started a precedent from which all future actions would be rationalized, or argued as consistent with the precedent. Declaring us all equal leads directly to socialism/entitlements, diversity, unions, pedosexuality, fast food, dogfighting, and corporate make-work do-nothing jobs.
No one did this to you; you did it to yourselves, by inaction. In this way America follows Rome, Athens, and thousands of other civilizations into the dustbin of history. We all know it is in progress, and that forces us to either go hard into denial as goodthinkers or become dissidents.
The West, itself a fallen civilization, destroyed itself with a war for democracy (WW1) and a war for diversity against the nationalist — one ethnic group per nation, i.e. anti-diversity — powers in WW2. America as part of this could have snapped out of decline, but doing so was unpopular.
Now that the voters have truly ruined the place, they are looking for somewhere to place blame. Someone divided us! they cry. In reality, they divided themselves with a series of terrible decisions, and now have an expensive wasteland as their reward. Happy Fourth.