Why We’re Underestimating American Collapse

Friday, January 26, 2018
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
Thu, 01/25/2018

If you mindlessly imbibe your social-media-sanctioned news feed from the palm of your hand, then you could almost be forgiven for thinking everything is awesome (with perhaps a nod to your implicit feed’s bias that things would be ‘awesome-er’ if “the other side” just got out of the way).

But as Umair Haque, via Eand.co, writes the rot goes deeper and is far graver.

When we take a hard look at US collapse, we see a number of social pathologies on the rise. Not just any kind. Not even troubling, worrying, and dangerous ones. But strange and bizarre ones. Unique ones. Singular and gruesomely weird ones I’ve never really seen before, and outside of a dystopia written by Dickens and Orwell, nor have you, and neither has history.

They suggest that whatever “numbers” we use to represent decline – shrinking real incomes, inequality, and so on – we are in fact grossly underestimating what pundits call the “human toll”, but which sensible human beings like you and I should simply think of as the overwhelming despair, rage, and anxiety of living in a collapsing society.

Haque lays out five examples of what he calls the social pathologies of collapse – strange, weird, and gruesome new diseases, not just ones we don’t usually see in healthy societies, but ones that we have never really seen before in any modern society.

America has had 11 school shootings in the last 23 days.

Why are America kids killing each other?

Why would people abuse opioids en masse unlike anywhere else in the world?

How did America’s elderly end up cheated of dignity?

And that is my last pathology: it is one of the soul, not one of the limbs, like the ones above.

Americans appear to be quite happy simply watching one another die, in all the ways above.

As Umair notes, If these pathologies happened in any other rich country — even in most poor ones — people would be aghast, shocked, and stunned, and certainly moved to make them not happen. But in America, they are, well, not even resigned. They are indifferent, mostly.

Haque’s ominous view of our world concludes

American collapse is much more severe than we suppose it is. We are underestimating its magnitude, not overestimating it. American intellectuals, media, and thought doesn’t put any of its problems in global or historical perspective — but when they are seen that way, America’s problems are revealed to be not just the everyday nuisances of a declining nation, but something more like a body suddenly attacked by unimagined diseases.

Should the world follow the American model — extreme capitalism, no public investment, cruelty as a way of life, the perversion of everyday virtue — then these new social pathologies will follow, too. They are new diseases of the body social that have emerged from the diet of junk food — junk media, junk science, junk art, junk economics — that America has fed upon for too long.

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2 Responses to “Why We’re Underestimating American Collapse”

  1. Manny

    The conditioning of America has come about over the past sixty years or so thru the education system and thru the wonder of television. Straight out of Ripleys believe it or don’t has come the move to dumb down the youth of America and to introduce a sexual deviance absolutely unheard of seventy five years ago.

    The down fall of education started when the local PTA was taken over by the National PTA in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s. Once the FED had control of the budget for education it was down hill from there. The roll of the educator changed from one of actually teaching children to read, write and do math to one of leading the youth into activities “off center” of education.

    If there is someone out there that can explain to me why a child in kindergarten needs to know about sex…and queer sex and deviant sex, I encourage you to please explain the how and why to me. It isn’t uncommon for a young man or woman to come out of high school and not know which sex they are, or how to define WHO they are.

    A perfect example of having NO understanding of math can be observed when checking out at a fast food restaurant. If the change is incorrect as shown on the register, the person on the register must call a manager to figure out what the hell is wrong.

    Can President Trump turn this ‘error in education’ around?? Not in eight years he can’t, it took sixty years min. to get here. Let’s support “our” President and Betsy DeVos in hopes that something can be done to assist in the recovery of this once great country.

  2. SS 396 Stroker

    We have been in the collapse. It is happening now. The sad part of the situation is the young adults think this is normal. The only careers available at this time are Mobil Walmart Dunkin Donuts Home Depot and Lowes. Will you work hard for 11 dollars per hour before taxes ? The poverty line for income in NY is 17K per year. So why would you want to bust your ass and be micromanaged for an extra 5K per year ? This is why so many have given up. Live in in a rental box in section 8 housing and go on welfare. The new middle class is the working poor. Take a real good look at what you have accomplished and consider the harsh reality. If you loose your good paying job now you could very easily loose everything you have earned. This will affect your family life and you can loose your family when there is no financial support. Does anyone have a heart anymore ?


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