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The Twilight of the Intelligentsia

Public Policy

I promise, I didn’t time this sequence of posts so that this one would come out the morning after one of the most bitterly fought midterm elections in memory.  Nor, of course, did I have advance notice of the outcome, though it wasn’t a surprise to me that the much-ballyhooed “blue wave” would flop as badly as it did.  In place of the sweeping rejection of Trump’s presidency that the Democratic Party called for, the usual first-term midterm reaction that brings the minority party back into power in Congress gave the Dems only a thin majority in the House of Representatives. Meanwhile they lost badly in the Senate, where an expanded Republican majority can continue to ratify Trump’s judicial nominees and block any attempt to use the constitutional mechanism of impeachment to remove him from office.

In the weeks ahead we’ll doubtless see any number of attempted analyses of what did or didn’t happen in the midterm elections, spinning an equivocal election to support one or the other side of a savagely divided electorate. Popcorn vendors will have plenty of business as those of us not committed to either of these two contending forces watch the posturing from a comfortable distance. Back beyond the momentary passions of politics and personalities move broader forces, and it’s important to try to sense those now, as the smoke of the election clears and it becomes possible, for those who are willing, to look past the present moment and catch some glimpse of the deeper cycles of history in which elections play a transient role.

So far in this series of explorations we’ve used the insights of Oswald Spengler as our primary framework for understanding these deeper shapes of history, and I’d encourage those of you who are following along to keep Spengler’s basic concepts in mind as we proceed. This week’s post, though, will draw a little more heavily on another student of historical cycles, Spengler’s English rival Arnold Toynbee. In his massive twelve-volume work A Study of History, Toynbee took up Spengler’s comparative method and applied it with encyclopedic scope to the history of every culture on which he could assemble adequate data.

The overall theory that Toynbee derived from his study is to my mind less convincing than Spengler’s, but then he had a much larger personal stake in the question than Spengler did. Where Spengler supported himself quietly as a high school teacher and pursued his polymath’s banquet of studies in deliberate obscurity, Toynbee was a member of Britain’s governing caste, working as the managing secretary of a prestigious nonprofit with close ties to the British governments of his day, and his historical research was carried out with the support of elite groups in Britain and America. Spengler could look calmly at Britain as a fading Athens, eclipsed by a Rome he thought would most likely be located in either New York or Berlin; Toynbee backed away from so ruthless a clarity, and retreated into handwaving at exactly the point where Spengler went forward to his (so far, mostly successful) predictions.

When it came to the fine details, though, Toynbee was the more precise and thus in many places the more useful. He noted the phenomenon that Spengler called pseudomorphosis—the process by which a rising culture takes on the political, economic, religious, and social forms of an older and more prestigious culture—and took it apart, examining the whole range of encounters between civilizations in space and time. In the process, one of the things he highlighted was the role in such encounters of an intelligentsia.

That’s a Russian word originally, by the way, but it came into being—as plenty of words in many languages come into being—by taking a word from one language and slapping onto it a grammatical suffix from a different language. This is roughly the process by which an intelligentsia comes into being, too. The intelligentsia, in Toynbee’s terms, are those people who belong to one culture but who are educated in the ideas, customs, and practices of another.

That can happen because the first culture is conquered by the second, and the new overlords proceed to impose their own cultural forms on their new domain; it can also happen because the elite classes of the first culture, in order to compete in a world dominated by the second culture, adopt the second culture’s ideas and habits as far as they can. For an example of the first category, think of the native schoolteachers and minor bureaucrats recruited by European colonial empires all through the nineteenth century; for an example of the second, think of those Third World nations today that have parliamentary democracies, build skyscrapers in their capitals, and outfit their elite classes in business suits and neckties.

The intelligentsia are the foot soldiers of pseudomorphosis. They’re the ones whose task it is to take the foreign cultural forms they themselves have embraced and impose them, by persuasion or force, on other members of their society. There are inevitably sharp limits to how far they can take this process; there is always pushback, and since the intelligentsia are always a fairly small minority the pushback can’t just be brushed aside. That’s where you get the standard pattern of a colonial society, with a cosmopolitan elite class (either foreign or native), a native intelligentsia aspiring to a cosmopolitan status they will never attain, and the vast and sullen laboring classes that regard with smoldering hostility both the intelligentsia and the foreign culture it promotes.

The position of the intelligentsia, privileged as it is, has its bitter downsides. On the one hand, they are hated and despised by the members of the vast and sullen laboring classes just mentioned; on the other, they can never quite win the approval of the foreign elites whose ways they so sedulously imitate. Neither fish nor fowl nor good red meat, the intelligentsia are caught in the gap between cultures, and within the limits of the worldview that emerges in a colonial society, there’s no way out of their predicament: they never succeed either in converting the masses to the ways of the foreign culture they’ve embraced, on the one hand, or in being fully accepted by the people who belong to that foreign culture on the other.

What breaks they intelligentsia out of their predicament, rather, are precisely those things that they fear most. To begin with, there’s personal failure. It so happens that, as I noted a few months back, it’s normal for the education system of a mature society to train far more people for managerial positions than the society’s institutions can absorb. In a society of the kind we’re discussing, the numbers of the intelligentsia inevitably balloon far beyond what the job market for schoolteachers, minor bureaucrats, and other similar positions can take in. The result is an explosive far more dangerous than mere dynamite: an educated underclass that has been cast aside by the system, after its members have been trained in all the skills necessary to understand their position and organize opposition to the existing order of things.

Then there’s the second factor, which is that no dominant culture retains its dominance forever. One way or another, the high tide of political power and cultural charisma is always followed by the running of the waters back out to sea. As the dominant culture loses its ascendancy, the intelligentsia no longer has a ready market for its only stock in trade, and the pushback from the laboring classes gains in strength.

The first thing that happens then is that the educated underclass, composed of people who have been trained for the intelligentsia but failed to claw their way into the jobs for which they have been prepared, makes common cause with the laboring classes. Look at the twilight years of Europe’s Third World colonies and you’ll find that dynamic at work. What pushes things over the edge into rapid change is that members of the intelligentsia who aren’t part of the underclass, who got the good jobs and the prestigious positions under the colonial regime, notice what’s happening, weigh their options, and side with the underclass and the masses. You’ve probably heard of a man named Mohandas K. Gandhi; read the first half or so of any good biography of him and you’ll see that dynamic written in letters ten feet tall.

This, in turn, brings us back to the theme I’ve been pursuing in recent weeks. North America and Russia are still, culturally speaking, European colonies; the elite classes in both nations ape the fashions and habits of wealthy Europeans just as sedulously as do the elite classes of so many Third World nations; the architecture of both nation’s major cities, the art forms the urban elites consume so avidly, even the clothing styles on display, are all European inventions. That’s par for the course in cultural colonies or, to put the same thing in Spengler’s terms, in societies under the influence of pseudomorphosis from a dominant culture.

It doesn’t actually make that much of a difference that political power slipped out of the hands of European elites most of a century ago, and they and their nations play second fiddle to the rulers of the really important nations. The same thing happened more than two millennia ago when Greece fell under Roman domination. Roman patricians still vied with one another to parade their knowledge of Greek culture, and decorated their villas with statues bought in Greece the way American millionaires used to snap up the European paintings that decorate art museums in Pittsburgh and Omaha today. The cultural charisma of the older society remains in place, at the level of the privileged elite and the intelligentsia that members of the elite hire and fire at will.

As I’ve never lived in Russia, and my exposure to Russian culture mostly involves literature written by dead people, I can’t state from personal experience how precisely the colonial structure of society fits what’s going on there. Here in America, on the other hand, I’ve got the advantage of lifelong residence spent in a variety of regions, and the match is exact. We’ve got our cosmopolitan elite class, wallowing in the absurd displays of extravagance common to any empire in its diminuendo phase; we’ve got our intelligentsia, caught in the usual bind, fretting at their exclusion from the classes above them, and unable to convince the classes below them to adopt the European ideas and habits that are their only stock in trade; and we’ve got the vast and sullen laboring classes who regard the intelligentsia and their ideas with the usual mix of hatred and contempt, and whose pushback against the pseudomorphosis being thrust on them has become a political fact of immense importance.

The American intelligentsia, it’s worth noting, has been caught up in a specifically European pseudomorphosis for as long as there’s been an American intelligentsia. The specific focus of their dreams has shifted over the course of its history, to be sure; from colonial days to the beginning of the twentieth century, members of the intelligentsia here aped the English; during the first two-thirds or so of the twentieth century, France was the usual focus of such obsessions—I’m thinking here among many other things of the wry offhand comment by British author Somerset Maugham, in his novel The Razor’s Edge, that France was where good Americans hoped to go when they died.

These days it’s usually the Scandinavian countries that provide the model on which members of the American intelligentsia consciously or half-consciously model their dreams of what they want the United States to become. (It’s a habit that my Scandinavian friends find baffling, for whatever that’s worth.)  A few years ago a book, The Almost Nearly Perfect People: Behind the Myth of the Scandinavian Utopia by Michael Booth, tried to disabuse readers in the English-speaking world of their habit of idolizing the Nordic countries; as far as I can tell, it didn’t accomplish much, and if it had, the people at whom it was aimed would simply have found some other European country to hold up as an ideal.

In America, it’s essential to the self-concept of the intelligentsia to pretend not to be American, and to make a studied show of contempt for their own cultural and ethnic background. That’s how they prove to themselves that they don’t belong to “those people,” the ordinary Americans the intelligentsia love to despise. (I’m old enough to remember when the words “those people,” spoken by middle- and upper middle-class white people with exactly the same tone of voice and curl of lip, invariably meant people of color; the fact that it now means white working class people is a useful testimony to the way that class bigotry has supplanted racial bigotry as the prejudice du jour among our privileged classes.)

The difficulties faced by the American intelligentsia in their hopeless quest to Europeanize the United States, however, go beyond the usual factors that render such projects exercises in futility. Crucially, at the ideological core of European civilization lies the conviction that all human history is a prelude to Europe; that what Europe is now, all other societies will inevitably become; that Europe is uniquely modern, and any society that isn’t copying Europe down to the fine details is backwards and needs to catch up to the cutting edge of the future, which is (again) Europe. No doubt that’s very comforting to believe, but it doesn’t happen to be true.

The pervasive confusion that equates “European” to “modern” and consigns everything else to a notional past, is an immense barrier to understanding just now. Europe is what it is, and has the habits it has, because of the immense legacy of a couple of millennia of extremely idiosyncratic history. Wherever that history didn’t happen, the forms of European culture form a shallow veneer over a very different substrate, and show no signs of taking deeper root. It’s essential to the worldview and the self-concept of the American intelligentsia that this should not be the case, since their worlds revolve around the conviction that someday Arkansas will have the attitudes and cultural habits that Boston has today—by which time, of course, Boston will presumably be indistinguishable from a European city, or more precisely from the fantasy of what a European city ought to be that haunts the American intelligentsia’s collective imagination.

Now of course the cities of Europe, even those in Scandinavia, don’t have much in common with the fantasy just indicated. Europe is going through its own hard transition right now, driven by conflicts of a sort we also have over here—the inevitable struggle, discussed at some length by Spengler, between elitist plutocracy disguised as democracy on the one hand, and populist Caesarism backed by the masses on the other. (May I risk a spoiler?  In the long run, this isn’t a struggle the plutocrats can win.) But there’s another factor, and it’s the one that we discussed last week: the pervasive link, hard to define but perilous to ignore, that binds a civilization to the broad region in which it arose.

Here in the United States, it’s not hard to catch the difference between those regions that were part of the preindustrial European world, such as the old coastal settlements of the Atlantic seaboard, and the vast hinterlands left all but untouched until Europe had finished its cultural development (in Spengler’s view, this happened around 1800).  As the Eagles sang back in the day, in Providence “the old world’s shadows hang heavy in the air;” walk the streets of Providence today and you’ll taste something distinctly half-European in the ambience there. You can feel it even more strongly in old towns such as Lancaster, Pennsylvania, which were spared the ravages of twentieth-century urban renewal.

Go west into the mountains or beyond them and that vanishes utterly.  What replaces it is a sense of something still raw and unformed, moving in the dark silent soil under the strip malls and subdivisions, reaching clumsily as yet toward some fulfillment whose shape has not yet become clear. That’s something that writers and poets have been sensing in the American land for a couple of centuries now. Back in the days of frontier expansion, that sense got taken (or in my view, mistaken) for an awareness of the vast potential of the European-American settlement; later, in the heyday of US empire, it got tangled up in a collective daydream that saw an Anglo-American imperium as the Universal State that would bring peace to a Europeanized world.

The frontier closed a century and a quarter ago and the temporary hegemony of the United States over most of the world is cracking around us as I write this, but I’ve felt the same thing stirring as I’ve walked various corners of the American land: the “Buffalo Wind” that Ernest Thompson Seton wrote about so movingly in his essays, the sense of a land pregnant with the future that Robinson Jeffers explored just as powerfully in his verse. I’ve never had the chance to walk along the Volga and see if something parallel stirs in the earth and the wind, offering a foretaste of another great culture on its way to manifestation—but I’d be willing to bet that it’s there.

The political convulsions we’re witnessing right now in the United States are part of the process by which the European pseudomorphosis will be shaken off.  That a large part of our intelligentsia is appalled by this comes as no surprise, though I’m not sure why so many of them seem to think that a nonstop tantrum of the sort made famous by spoiled two-year-olds is a meaningful or effective response to it. (I suppose it’s mostly that acting out has become fashionable in avant-garde circles these days.)  They’re going to have many more opportunities for shrieking in the years ahead, and some opportunities for celebration as well; the process we’re discussing isn’t something that will be accomplished in a few years, or even in a lifespan, but to judge by the evidence of history, it will play out in the usual fashion, in something fairly close to the usual time scale.

We live in the interval between a death and a difficult birth. We’ll talk in future posts about some of the way the rest of that interval may play out.

Ecosophia by John Michael Greer



36 Comments on "The Twilight of the Intelligentsia"

  1. Cloggie on Wed, 7th Nov 2018 12:56 pm 

    North America and Russia are still, culturally speaking, European colonies; the elite classes in both nations ape the fashions and habits of wealthy Europeans just as sedulously as do the elite classes of so many Third World nations; the architecture of both nation’s major cities, the art forms the urban elites consume so avidly, even the clothing styles on display, are all European inventions.

    That’s not me saying that, but an American. Which doesn’t necessarily mean that it is not true.

    The difficulties faced by the American intelligentsia in their hopeless quest to Europeanize the United States

    Europeans should do that for them.

    The political convulsions we’re witnessing right now in the United States are part of the process by which the European pseudomorphosis will be shaken off.

    Haha, he thinks that the US in its present shape is a sort of Eternal Platonist Idea. Like the USSR.lol

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0wxJ4KYp64

  2. DerHundistLos on Wed, 7th Nov 2018 1:53 pm 

    Is Greer obtuse to the title of his article and the form of “intelligentsia” his prose represents?

    As I previously commented, there never existed a more pompous windbag who gushes more about nothing- blah, blah, blah.

    Dare to write a single sentence of criticism and you are banned for life from his web site.

  3. Duncan Idaho on Wed, 7th Nov 2018 3:44 pm 

    “there never existed a more pompous windbag who gushes more about nothing- blah, blah, blah.”

    I agree, the guy is a good writer (a english major), but quite clueless.
    But one must read his bio:
    “He served from December 2003 to December 2015 as the Grand Archdruid of the Ancient Order of Druids in America, and since then has focused on the Druidical Order of the Golden Dawn”

  4. makati1 on Wed, 7th Nov 2018 4:41 pm 

    Druids or priests. There does not seem to be a difference. Both pretend to know what is best for us mortals. Both are clueless.

    Same as the politics in America. Left/Right. Repubs or/Dems/ Both pretend to know what is best for us mortals. Both are clueless.

    The real power is that not seen in both cases. The first does not exist, but the second does and is destroying the Us. Trump is the destroyer and climate change is his assistant, whom he cannot fire.

    The show is getting interesting. Pass the pretzels please. A beautiful Thursday morning here in the Ps.

  5. I AM THE MOB on Wed, 7th Nov 2018 5:01 pm 

    Trump suffered the worst midterm loss in a century, says JP Morgan

    https://qz.com/1454609/trump-suffered-the-worst-midterm-loss-in-a-century-says-jp-morgan/?fbclid=IwAR0aFmO4MWtVyL72bzJ2oto6KQPbLgguNNe5VzcspENBVOzGl-RQE5ZTQUc

  6. Davy on Wed, 7th Nov 2018 5:20 pm 

    “Trump is the destroyer and climate change is his assistant, whom he cannot fire.”

    Wow, billy that is really deep shit as in shit. How intelligent is it to blame Trump for all? There is much more to life’s predicaments than climate also. Your atheist position is lame too. Atheist are as bad as bible thumpers with their ego that thinks they are the ones who are right and know.

  7. makati1 on Wed, 7th Nov 2018 5:45 pm 

    Not blaming Trump, Jackass. I’m just saying he is the current bull in the China shop (pun intended). The destruction of America is ongoing and unstopable. It will just gain speed as time passes. Be patient.

    Life’s predicaments? They have always existed, but climate change is going to kill all of us. When food sources dry up or are otherwise imperiled, that will be the end.

    The difference is, now Americans will also feel the pain they have been causing in many 3rd world countries for decades. Pay back is a bitch and it is coming to America, big time. And, about time.

    I’m an atheist. I am not an “it feels good so it has to be” person. I do not need a religious crutch to live my life. I do not need something to blame my mistakes on or to ask for divine help when I get into a situation. I am 100% responsible for my life.

    I was able to break the religious conditioning of my childhood, and the freedom is great. Logic, not faith. One life to live, so make it the best you can. “Dust to dust” is the reality. Nothing after.

  8. JuanP on Wed, 7th Nov 2018 5:49 pm 

    Delusional Davy “Atheist are as bad as bible thumpers with their ego that thinks they are the ones who are right and know.”
    Your opinion, Exceptionalist, not a fact. I beg to disagree. You obviously feel a deep personal resentment against atheists. This may be a consequence of the fact that you know deep inside that your faith is not real, but you are not willing to admit it.

  9. Davy on Wed, 7th Nov 2018 5:55 pm 

    There you go nasty juan finally talk an idea. It only took you a friggin week. What a lame brain.

    “You obviously feel a deep personal resentment against atheists.”
    Just nasty ones like you and billy.

    “This may be a consequence of the fact that you know deep inside that your faith is not real, but you are not willing to admit it.”
    now nasty juan is talking like a priest about my faith which he has no clue about. More dirty and nasty from the board clown

  10. Davy on Wed, 7th Nov 2018 6:15 pm 

    “Not blaming Trump, Jackass. I’m just saying he is the current bull in the China shop (pun intended). The destruction of America is ongoing and unstopable. It will just gain speed as time passes. Be patient.”
    I think China is the one getting gored by a bull. LOL

    “Life’s predicaments? They have always existed, but climate change is going to kill all of us.”
    Sure billy, when?

    “When food sources dry up or are otherwise imperiled, that will be the end.”
    Sure billy, when….what a lame brain

    “The difference is, now Americans will also feel the pain they have been causing in many 3rd world countries for decades. Pay back is a bitch and it is coming to America, big time. And, about time.”
    Sure billy, your Asia is the biggest global polluter and the largest overpopulating region.

    I’m an atheist. I am not an “it feels good so it has to be” person. I do not need a religious crutch to live my life.
    I know billy and that is why you are so clueless about life. Atheist think they know the deepest meaning of life in their deepest darkest ego space.

    “I do not need something to blame my mistakes on or to ask for divine help when I get into a situation. I am 100% responsible for my life.”
    Sure billy, you are so so responsible. More like a coward that deserted his family and run off to a cheap club med. That is some responsibility. LOL go down to the beach and look east and think of your family.

    “I was able to break the religious conditioning of my childhood, and the freedom is great. Logic, not faith. One life to live, so make it the best you can. “Dust to dust” is the reality. Nothing after.”
    Wow, I must have touched a nerve with billy. He sure is rambling on about is atheism. Maybe since he is getting closer to death he is experiencing more cognitive dissonance.

  11. makati1 on Wed, 7th Nov 2018 6:22 pm 

    Davy is delusional again. Missed his meds, I guess. Trying to make MY world the way HE would like it to be. Sorry jackass, but you are wrong on ALL counts. Obviously you are describing your own situation, not mine. LOL

  12. Davy on Wed, 7th Nov 2018 6:25 pm 

    translating billy: Davy is rubbing my nose in my shit. LMFAO

  13. Davy on Wed, 7th Nov 2018 6:26 pm 

    BTW, billy, just a minute ago you said you didn’t read my comments..LMFAO

  14. Tom on Wed, 7th Nov 2018 7:09 pm 

    Is this profound or is it just blah, blah, blah? I don’t think that I’m intelligent enough to decide, but I’m leaning toward blah, blah, blah.

  15. makati1 on Wed, 7th Nov 2018 8:44 pm 

    “We’re passing through a period in history in which the process of removing freedoms is nearing completion in many of the world’s foremost jurisdictions. The EU and US, in particular, are leading the way in this effort….

    There are many people, worldwide, but particularly in the centres of the present deterioration – the EU and US – who feel that, since the situation in their home country is nearing collapse, the entire world must also be falling apart. This is not only a very myopic viewpoint, it’s also quite inaccurate….

    It may have seemed like the end of the world, but it was not. Enough producers left and started over again in other locations. Those other locations eventually thrived as a result of the influx of productive people…

    It’s also tempting to imagine that maybe it won’t get a whole lot worse and that life, although not all that good at present, might remain tolerable. Again, this is wishful thinking and the odds of it playing out in a positive way are slim indeed….

    When governments enter the final decline stage, an alternative is not always easy to accept. It’s a bit like having a tooth pulled. You want to put it off, but the pain will only get worse if you delay…

    It should be said here that remaining in a country that is tumbling downhill socially, economically and politically is also not the end of the world. It is, however, true that the end result will not exactly be a happy one. If history repeats once again, it’s likely to be quite a miserable one….

    Sadly, we live in a period in history in which some of the nations that once held the greatest promise for the world are well on their way to becoming the most tyrannical. If by recognizing that fact, we can pursue better alternatives elsewhere on the globe, as people have done in previous eras. We may actually find that the field of daisies in the image above is still very much in existence, it’s just a bit further afield than it was in years gone by.”

    https://internationalman.com/articles/its-not-the-end-of-the-world/

    Time to get out of Dodge people. The door is closing. “Papers please!”

  16. JuanP on Wed, 7th Nov 2018 9:20 pm 

    Get out of Dodge! Get out of Dodge!

  17. Davy on Wed, 7th Nov 2018 10:28 pm 

    I think my dog left me today. I woke up this morning to a huge pile of shit on my pillow. I’m not sure but she might be serious this time. Oh well another lawsuit. Mommy and Daddy have deep pockets and bitches are a dime a dozen. Ciao bitch. I still plan to bail this stupid country and move to Italy. Arrivederci dumbasses.

  18. makati1 on Wed, 7th Nov 2018 10:35 pm 

    “Election 2018 and The Unraveling of America. The Great Distraction. Rising Social Inequality”

    “Older Americans shake their heads and mumble ‘this isn’t the country I grew up in’ while the younger ask themselves ‘is this the country I’ll have to raise my kids in’?…

    “There’s a sense that something has gone terribly wrong, and has all the appearance will continue to do so. It’s a crisis, if by that definition means ‘a turning point’. And a crisis of multiple dimensions…. The dimensions of the unraveling of America today are many….

    “Mass and multiple killings and murders are rampant in America …The suicide rate in America is also at record levels, with more than 45,000 a year now and escalating….And let’s not forget the current opioid crisis. The opioid death rate now exceeds more than 50,000 a year….So it’s 33,000 gun killings, 43,000 suicides, and 50,000 opioid deaths a year. Every year. That compares to US deaths during the entire 8 years of Vietnam War of 56,000!…

    Another dimension of the sense of unraveling is the economic insecurity that hangs like a ‘death smog’ over public consciousness since the 2008-09 crash….Another dimension of the sense of unraveling is the economic insecurity that hangs like a ‘death smog’ over public consciousness since the 2008-09 crash….

    The sense of economic unraveling may have slowed somewhat after 2010, but it continues none the less, as millions of Americans are forced to assume low paying service jobs….

    The sense of anxiety is exacerbated by the never ending wars of the 21st century….And the annual war bill is going up, fast….

    “As our streets and neighborhoods become more dangerous, as inequality deepens, as wars, tax cuts for the rich and social program cuts for the rest become the disturbing chronic norm— awareness is growing that technology itself is beginning to tear apart the social fabric as well….And employment is about to become more precarious because of it…. Wiping out millions of jobs, increasing hours worked, uncertainty of employment, lowering of wages….

    Trump’s railing against politicians and government itself smacks of Adolph’s constant insulting indictment of democratically elected Weimar German governments and leaders in the 1920s. It leaves the American public with a nervous sense of how much further can and will this targeting, personalizing, and threatening go?…

    Americans flock to view films of dystopia visions of America, of zombies, and ever-intense CGI violence where fictitious super heroes save the world. More of popular music has become overtly misogynous, angry, mean, and violent in both sound and lyrics. And has anyone recently watched how high schoolers now dance, in effect having sex with their pants on?…

    Not least is the sense of unraveling of political institutions and the practice of democracy itself….In America, the restrictions on civil rights and liberties have been growing and deepening since 2001 and the Patriot Acts, institutionalized in annual NDAA legislation by Congress thereafter….Voter suppression spreads from state to state to disenfranchise millions, from Georgia to the Dakotas, to Texas and beyond….

    A sense of growing political disenfranchisement adds to the feeling that the country is politically unraveling as well—-adding to the concurrent fears about growing physical insecurity, worsening economic inequality and declining economic opportunities, and an America mired in never ending wars….

    An America where the culture grows meaner, nastier and more decadent, where lies are central to the political discourse, and where political institutions no longer serve the general welfare but rather a narrow social and economic elite who have bought and captured those institutions.”

    https://www.globalresearch.ca/election-2018-unraveling-america/5659100

    It is all quite visible to this “frog” standing way outside the pot as the heat is turned up. Third world America is well on the way to the boiling point. Slip Slidin’…

  19. DerHundistLos on Wed, 7th Nov 2018 11:18 pm 

    Mak-

    You mean to tell us that opioid deaths represent 0.0001524% of the US population? Oh, my. Time to declare a hysterical national emergency.

    Good grief. When analyzing the issue from a macro perspective, you quickly realize what a non-issue this is.

    Just curious to know why you constantly bring-up this subject, yet completely ignore the 100.000 annual alcohol deaths?

  20. Cloggie on Wed, 7th Nov 2018 11:39 pm 

    This may be a consequence of the fact that you know deep inside that your faith is not real, but you are not willing to admit it.

    Normally children stop believing in Santa at the age of 10-12. Not with Davy. Somehow he managed to get stuck at that age.

  21. Cloggie on Thu, 8th Nov 2018 12:03 am 

    It looks like Barnier and Raab have hammered out a Brexit deal:

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6362429/Tusk-drops-big-hint-progress-Brexit-negotiations.html

    Now it needs to pass snakepit Westmonster, read hardcore Brexiteers like Johnson and DUP.

    Nobody knows what is in it. “Norway”?

  22. makati1 on Thu, 8th Nov 2018 12:18 am 

    Dog, do you know that that is 50,000+ ANNUALLY and increasing? Do you see the signs of decay and collapse in America? Suicides going exponential in the last few years.
    Total US drug overdoses exceed 70,000 per year.

    Do you see the problem? That means that there are many million addicts in America and increasing. It is a $70,000,000,000.00+ annual business in America. And it is not a problem? Denial is obviously your middle name.

    “Abuse of tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drugs is costly to our Nation, exacting more than $740 billion annually in costs related to crime, lost work productivity and health care.”

    https://www.drugabuse.gov/related-topics/trends-statistics

    That is ~5% of the GDP of America, dog. The US is number one in drug deaths per capita. Number one! That beats out ALL 3rd world nations.

    “The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime has recently released the latest numbers for countries with the highest number of drug overdoses per 1,000,000 inhabitants of a country. According to the study, the United States has the highest number of drug overdoses per 1 million inhabitants in the world.”

    https://www.worldatlas.com/articles/10-highest-overdose-and-drug-related-death-rates-in-the-world.html

    Drug use death rate per 100,000 people:

    United States – 10.21
    Philippines – 0.80

    https://www.worldlifeexpectancy.com/cause-of-death/drug-use/by-country/

    America is worse than most of the 3rd world regarding drug use. Slip slidin’…

  23. Davy on Thu, 8th Nov 2018 3:59 am 

    NASTY JUAN IDENTITY THEFT
    Davy on Wed, 7th Nov 2018 10:28 pm I think my dog left me today. I woke up this morning to a huge pile of shit on my pillow. I’m not sure but she might be serious this time. Oh well another lawsuit. Mommy and Daddy have deep pockets and bitches are a dime a dozen. Ciao bitch. I still plan to bail this stupid country and move to Italy. Arrivederci dumbasses.

  24. Davy on Thu, 8th Nov 2018 4:16 am 

    “Normally children stop believing in Santa at the age of 10-12. Not with Davy. Somehow he managed to get stuck at that age.”

    You don’t know my spirituality neder. Yours is Nazism. One thing I do is respect other religions and spiritualties. I draw on the best of many of them. I have my own way of looking at life. I am of no particular persuasion other than I grew up Catholic and that is the religion of my family. I respect that and I don’t trash people’s faiths or beliefs. I will call into questions inconsistencies where they don’t reality test with science and nature. Obviously you are an empty ego evidenced by your attack on me.

  25. Davy on Thu, 8th Nov 2018 4:20 am 

    “Mak- You mean to tell us that opioid deaths represent 0.0001524% of the US population? Oh, my. Time to declare a hysterical national emergency.”

    It is called cherry picking news for an effect. Billy does not know much of what he is talking about most of the time. He is just surfing the net for the worst news or numbers packaging them and dumping his agenda puke here on this board. He has been doing this now for years…same old boring old man senile shit.

  26. Davy on Thu, 8th Nov 2018 4:24 am 

    “Drug use death rate per 100,000 people: United States – 10.21 Philippines – 0.80”

    In the P’s people die of malnutrition and other issues related to being a dirt poor country. Rich countries die of drugs and alcohol. How is the life expectancy of the US compared to the P’s, billy?

  27. Davy on Thu, 8th Nov 2018 4:25 am 

    “$70,000,000,000.00+”

    How cute. Billy is trying to make that number look really big for effect. LMFAO

  28. Cloggie on Thu, 8th Nov 2018 4:31 am 

    “You don’t know my spirituality neder. ”

    After seven years I should know by now. Your spirituality is a bottle of liquor on saturdaynight.

    “Yours is Nazism. ”

    Nazism is a political movement, not a religion. Goals: rollback Versailles and prevent kosher communism from taking over Germany. None of that has any relevance for Holland-2018, hence I am not a Natzi. But that is too sophisticated a reasoning for that Mickey Mouse society of yours, at the verge of collapse.

    I’m a neo-Gaullist and adherent of the French New Right, essentially pan-European, not hyper-nationalist like the national-socialists. The aim is PBM and systematic overthrow of the empire, including you. Will be done before 2030 or much earlier.

  29. Davy on Thu, 8th Nov 2018 4:42 am 

    “After seven years I should know by now. Your spirituality is a bottle of liquor on saturdaynight.”
    AH, then what is it stupid? BTW I don’t drink. You are an empty ego atheist and a very lonely person. You don’t even have a pet. What a loser. You blather racist Nazism daily like a demented Baptist preacher.

    “I’m a neo-Gaullist and adherent of the French New Right, essentially pan-European, not hyper-nationalist like the national-socialists. The aim is PBM and systematic overthrow of the empire, including you. Will be done before 2030 or much earlier.”

    BS, neder, you use all the tricks of Nazism to attain your goals. “Neo Gualist” “French new right” So that is your spirituality? No wonder you are so lost and lonely. That is a political persuasion stupid. PBM is pure fantasy neder. Anytime I see someone put a long term date on something (2030) you know that person is an extremist locked in fantasy and unreality.

    BTW, don’t you have that job anymore? You are here all the friggin time.

  30. Davy on Thu, 8th Nov 2018 1:57 pm 

    Not me above

  31. Cloggie on Thu, 8th Nov 2018 10:11 pm 

    “This is our party”

    https://www.rt.com/news/443340-putin-trump-meeting-paris/

    “Macron reportedly asked Putin & Trump not to steal limelight in Paris with Helsinki-style meeting”

    Trump gets the message and doesn’t show up at all.

    https://www.politico.eu/article/vladimir-putin-victory-parade-in-paris/

    any outreach to Russia will only fuel suspicion that behind Macron’s lofty talk of a more sovereign, protective and autonomous Europe lies a long-standing French ambition to elbow Washington and London aside and build ties with Moscow.

  32. Davy on Thu, 8th Nov 2018 10:23 pm 

    WTF is wrong with you assholes? I’m done with this pathetic excuse for a website. Later. I’m out.

  33. Эй, братья, пожалуйста, ударьте антиамериканскую собаку, которую я сделал из гранитного форума on Thu, 8th Nov 2018 10:25 pm 

    that’s not supertard obv. he never loses tamper. he’s a moderate so that’s a very natural and proper place to be.

  34. Davy on Thu, 8th Nov 2018 11:18 pm 

    You must be from Smolensk region Эй, братья, пожалуйста, ударьте антиамериканскую собаку, которую я сделал из гранитного. I recognize your dialect товарищ.

  35. Dave_the_Wade on Sat, 10th Nov 2018 3:13 pm 

    I really like JMGs writings, he´s an extremely educated and deep thinking person.

    On the other hand, I fully agree that the guy just cant take any criticism. His page is full of sycophants, anyone who disagrees gets beaten down, ridiculed and called a troll.

    On the other hand, outside of us few odd people with an nerdy interest for cultural & philosophical history and various esoteric topics, who really cares about JMG.

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