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Yes, American Democracy (Really) Is Dying

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What Democracy Needs to Be Nourished With, and How America Didn’t Do It

One of the things I find myself thinking a lot about these days is why American democracy’s dying. “It’s not dead yet! It’s still alive!”, you cry. You’re right. Yet if it’s not dead, it’s not exactly in good health, either. It’s in something like intensive care, surrounded by frantic doctors and nurses — running out of options. Crash cart, anyone? American democracy is being kept alive only with increasingly desperate and strained last resorts. And that won’t last forever.

So how did America get here? The lesson — and it’s for everyone, not just American — I think is both simple and hard, nuanced and straightforward, difficult and unforgiving. Democracy is something like a tree, as a wise person once said. Like a tree, it needs nourishment. And the three things that nourish democracy are reason, sanity, and decency.

But do we remember that? And yet without those — without a society really tangibly investing in those three things — what chance does a democracy have to endure? Not a very good one, my friends. Bang! American implosion. (Think about the Prez — and all his flunkies — for a moment. Aren’t they the living personifications of the precise opposites of reason, sanity, and decency? Maybe you see my point.)

Let me begin with the first one, reason. You’ve often heard the idea that “a democracy needs educated people.” It’s true. Why? To make reasoned, considered choices. And yet in America, it seems, reason has gone out the window. Large numbers of Americans seem incapable of even elementary forms of reasoning anymore. No, I’m not kidding. There are the small, bizarre, yet powerfully meaningful examples: anti-vaxxers, truthers, conspiracy theorists, flat-earthers, alt-righters, climate change denialists. Ancient Aliens on TV every night doesn’t help.

But larger forms of unreason have come to dominate American life. It’s often observed by baffled observers that “Americans vote against their own interests” — and that’s precisely one definition of unreason, irrationality. Think about the Trump voter who ended up losing that factory job…that was his last chance for a decent life…thanks to Trump’s tariffs…but still is unwavering in his support of Trump. Think about a middle class that’s voted, bewilderingly, against its own healthcare, retirement, and childcare, forever. Think about the person who doesn’t vaccinate their own kids — or “believe” in climate change. Unreason upon unreason characterizes American life — and that tells us that Americans don’t seem to know how to reason anymore.

Let me put that more sharply. Americans — enough of them — can’t seem to separate what’s good for them, versus what’s good for the coterie of predatory capitalists, plutocrats, authoritarians, and kleptocrats that have risen to power. They appear to have literally no idea what their interests even really are anymore (hello, don’t you want healthcare, dummy? Don’t you want your kids to go to college?) But that’s exactly how the bad guys rose to power. And that suggests a deep, weird, kind of psychological identification at work — as if Americans think they are the people who are preying on them (I’ll come back to that shortly.)

Why don’t Americans know how to reason anymore? To think well and clearly? Well, it’s hardly a mystery. They’re bombarded by disinformation, misinformation, and propaganda every day. And I don’t mean Trump’s tweets. I mean cable news. I mean a steady diet of reality TV. I mean endless movies about comic book superheroes — instead of anything, say, about what history might teach us about societies collapsing. I mean Facebook and Twitter and so on.

American culture has degenerated into something even the Romans would probably find grotesque. They had one Caligula — but American culture tells every American to care about nothing, and I mean nothing, but artifice and superficiality: money, sex, fame, and status. Anything else? What are you, weak? A dummy? Why bother thinking? What is there to think about anyways — we know the point of life, and it’s what capitalism says it is! But when your mind is so preoccupied with utterly superficial, nonsensical, meaningless things that they consume your every waking and sleeping moment — what room is there left for reason, for thought, for meaning? When you’re surrounded by all the above, junk culture, when tempting, seductive, narcissistic bullshit is being machine-gunned into your cortex every nanosecond 24/7, with laser precision — what chance do you really have to be a thinking person?

That brings me to my second form of nourishment that democracy needs: sanity. A democracy can’t endure if the people in it aren’t mentally healthy anymore. Sanity takes us past reason or rationality. It means that if everyone’s depressed, anxious, afraid, traumatized — or at least if enough people are — democracy isn’t going to make it. Why not?

People who feel deeply insecure psychologically will seek safety, over and over again, in more and more extreme and self-destructive ways, instead of ever addressing their insecurities and their deeper causes. I mean “insecurity” in the true way: not just “I don’t have enough Instagram followers!”, but “how will I make ends meet? How will I give my kids a decent life? Who’ll pay for their healthcare? How will I ever retire? Lord, what happens if I get sick?”

I mean true insecurity, a lack of stability, meaning, purpose, place, worth. Insecurity of the kind that now characterizes American life. Profound, deep, enduring psychological insecurity carries with it pain and distress so sharp that it traumatizes. Why don’t we ever talk about that? If you’re constantly thinking about death — which is what all the above is — you, my friend, are traumatized, whether you know it or not. And most Americans don’t, but they are.

Now, you can see the trend of mounting insecurity at work in American life for decades. I don’t feel good about myself! That’s because you’re not pretty enough, handsome enough, thin enough, rich enough, famous enough. You’re nobody. In the not-so-distant past, American insecurity — and American life was always insecure — was met with status competition, trying to outdo the next person with toys and acquisitions and prizes. But then already insecure life took a turn for the worse. The middle class imploded. Upward mobility vanished. The future fell apart. Americans couldn’t afford the very things they once sought as an answer to their insecurities anymore. What was left? What could they turn to instead? What do you do when you can’t afford the only medicine that was around for your psychological pain and distress?

Americans turned to what desperate people always turn to: a strongman. It happened in Athens, it happened in Rome, it happened in Weimar Germany turning into Nazi Germany. And it happened in America, too. Americans, traumatized by overwhelming, omnipresent insecurity, with no answer, no solution, unable to even afford the cars and homes and possessions they’d self-medicated insecurity away with once, only had one choice left: to turn to their very own demagogue, tyrant, strongman: Trump. The one who promised them safety again — even if it was through violence. Even if it was through hate. Even if it was through, in the end, the end of democracy.

It was obvious from day one that Trump wasn’t worthy of being a decent person’s garbageman, let alone a President. “Grab em by the pussy!” And yet the media fell for “but her emails!” By this point, 2015 or so, a very large number of Americans were not quite sane anymore. They had literally been traumatized into losing their minds. They couldn’t think straight anymore — they would allow anything, as long as they felt safe again, like they mattered again. They were willing to be harmed, they were willing to see their country torn apart, to let their democracy crumble — if it meant having the basic psychological security every person needs to go on functioning.

Please understand. I don’t mean that in an insulting way. Everyone needs those feelings to function — feelings of safety, feelings of mattering, feelings of counting. If you don’t have them, my friends, you’ll do anything to get them. They are the most basic motivators we have as human beings — yes, really — we’ll go without food and water for them, even, if we must. So when I say “many Americans weren’t sane by this point.” But I mean it in an empathetic way — not a judgmental one. And I mean it in a technical one, too. To be sane is to have overcome one’s traumas, not to be motivated solely by fear, not to only be able to express rage, anger, scorn. To be sane, in the ultimate analysis, is to be able to love. But by now, many Americans were only capable of anger, fury, and spite. Their insecurities had overwhelmed. Their traumas had left them broken. The only solution possible — short of a national mental healthcare intervention — was a demagogue.

Let me sharpen that, because I know it’s not the kind of idea you’re used to hearing. You’re not used to hearing it because in America, one of the central ideas is that we should all suck it up. We should hide our pain. We should pretend we are infinitely strong. We should always put on a brave face. But it doesn’t work when everyone is being traumatized at the same time. Then someone has to stop the cycle and say: “Hey! We’re all being hurt. This has to end!” But in America, nobody did. A tyrant, a demagogue, did what such figures always do: they turned a wounded nations’ profound and very real insecurities into rage, hate, and spite of lesser beings, subhumans, and thus made them feel powerful, strong, even “real”, again.

Do you see a little bit by what I mean when I say democracy needs to be nourished by sanity? If Americans had cared about each others’ psychological wounds — if they’d turned to one another and said: “we’re all being hurt by predatory systems and institutions, and yet we’re all asked to be part of them too — this has to change!” — then maybe enough people wouldn’t have been so psychically fragile as to be such easy prey for the world’s dumbest demagogue. But they were — and that Americans fell for Donald Trump, of all people, tells us just how badly psychologically shattered they must have been. You must be genuinely and totally broken inside by your insecurities if you believe what a Donald Trump is selling you.

And that brings me to the third form of nourishment democracy needs: decency. Decency in America had been fraying for many, many decades by the point Donald and his comedy crew bumbling fascist-authoritarians of arrived. In the 80s, it was made legal to offer “jobs” with no benefits or protections. In the 90s, it was made legal to “raid” pension funds — in plain English, to steal people’s life savings. In the 2000s, banks got the biggest bailout in history — while the middle class, stuck with the bill, imploded. Decency? Do you see it anywhere in the above? I don’t. America’s been on a downward spiral of moral degeneration for decade now — decency imploded from the top down, one scandal, one billionaire, one lie, at a time.

As decency evaporated from the top down in America, so did any norms, expectations, or ideals left for average people to cling to about it. Sure, you might have tried to be a good person — and everyone you know, too. But on a social scale, what happened in America was more like this. If those banks and hedge funds get away with being predatory — why shouldn’t I? If the super rich became the ultra rich by being predatory — why shouldn’t I? If only the strong survive, and “strong” means amoral, cunning, ruthless, selfish, greedy to the point of absurdity — while the weak perish — then why would I want to be anything but one of the strong?

American attitudes changed. In the 60s and 70s, America was a pretty progressive place. Civil rights happened. Wars were protested. Equality for woman and minorities became partial realities. But from the 80s, through the 90s, well into the 2000s, decency imploded. By the 2010s, the average American — feeling hopeless, powerless, and traumatized, remember — was at the end of his or her rope. Even if he or she wanted to be a good person — what was the point? All it did was leave you broke, alone, and ruined. Following the rules was for suckers. The predators always won. Bang! Implosion.

That attitude — if the predators always win, why not be a predator — is the fundamental shift in mindset, in emotions, in thinking, that always accompanies fascist-authoritarian collapses. America’s was no different. Let me put that more simply.

A democracy can hardly endure when enough people say to themselves, in scorn, in disgust, in rage, in fury, “The predators always win! The strong survive, and the weak perish! I’m sick of being a loser, a nobody! But what can I do? Ah — I know — I must become a predator, too. I must be one of the strong — the ones who are willing to hurt and harm and do violence. Then I might be someone! I might be worth something!”

That is exactly what happened in America. The wave of Trumpism is stark evidence of how American attitudes shifted in response to a fatally broken economy, a downwardly mobile society, and a culture of individualist materialism. All these left people severely wounded psychically. Unable to think — even if they still knew how, reared on a diet of lowest-common-denominator trash TV and junk culture. And they offered no salves for people’s pain — they only rubbed their distress and trauma in their very own faces. What was the inevitable outcome going to be? Wham! The descent into the abyss of demagoguery, as democracy died.

American collapse holds many lessons. But to my mind one of the most crucial is this. Democracy is a living, breathing thing — and all living things needs nourishment. Just like a tree, democracy must be watered, if it is to stand, grow, endure, reach for the sky. What waters democracy? Decency, reason, sanity. But these things do not come easy, they don’t come cheap, they don’t happen by themselves. A society must invest in them.

In concrete, tangible ways. With good education. With good culture. With mental healthcare. With laws and rules and codes, free and fair, to prevent real and lasting harm. With institutions which respect people as beings of inherent worth. By keeping a firm lid on inequality and injustice — so the attitude of predation doesn’t prevail. In many, many ways is the tree democracy watered with decency, reason, and sanity.

But America didn’t water its democracy. It didn’t invest in reason, sanity, and decency. It didn’t, for example, give everyone a free world-class college education, build better schools, make sure everyone had mental healthcare (let alone any healthcare), treat its own people with respect and dignity, build public media instead of Faux News, and so on. America’s sanity, reason, and decency dwindled — until today, when the world looks on, staggered, laughing, wondering: do they exist at all anymore? And thus it let the waters that should have nourished democracy become something like a billionaire’s fountain — pointless, useless, a decoration that signals who won, and who lost…a futile game. The tree of democracy withered. It shrank. It dried up in the desert sun.

Does it have life left in it yet? Perhaps, perhaps. But to resuscitate it, my friends, let us remember the lesson. Democracy is nourished by reason, sanity, and decency. And if we are to renew American democracy, then it’s those things we must invest in — like we’ve never invested before. And that, my friends, simply means giving them to one another.

Umair
May 1 2019

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133 Comments on "Yes, American Democracy (Really) Is Dying"

  1. Davy on Fri, 3rd May 2019 7:19 pm 

    Trump wants harmony, but he immediately attacks. He demands honest coverage, but like a funhouse George Washington, he cannot tell the truth. He pleads for an end to the politics of personal destruction, but he cannot resist indulging in ad hominem attacks. Trump’s vision of unity can exist only in one-party states, where there is no meaningful opposition and no criticism. His idea of harmony is that his critics yield entirely to his whims.

    As much as the bobbleheads of the drooling right like to invoke the specter of Soros or Antifa for their masturbatory fever dreams, the historical record is full of violent events executed by retrograde elements.

  2. union-of-muzzie-lovers-of-america-AKA-fmr-paultard on Fri, 3rd May 2019 7:29 pm 

    der, “fbi investiages” is not standaard of proof. if there’s mutilation and green mnen, we need photographic proof of probing.

    tnx

    as usual we want to remind tards to avoid confrontation during spring mating seasons where others are super aggressive. we’re tards we look out for one another

  3. makati1 on Fri, 3rd May 2019 7:30 pm 

    Duncan, these days, petroleum/crude is anything that comes out of the ground and burns. The oily crowd are so desperate to keep the charade going (suckers on board) that the lies are becoming blatant to even the most dim Americans.

    As I understand it, fraked “oil” is about useless unless there is heavy (Venezuelan) oil to blend it with so it can be refined into things like diesel fuel. The import/export numbers don’t mean anything without context, which is carefully omitted.

    The US is desperate to gain control of Venezuelan’s heavy oil or the US fraked oil is about useless. The US doesn’t know how to trade, only steal. I think they hit a Russian/Chinese wall on this adventure though. We shall see.

    I’m reading a historical novel on ancient Egypt. There, they impaled thrives on stakes and left them for the public to see. I wonder what would happen to a few in DC if that were still the method of punishment? A long line of stakes on the National Mall would deter the next group of thieves…er…Congressmen/Presidents/Appointees, maybe. lol

  4. Duncan Idaho on Fri, 3rd May 2019 7:40 pm 

    Daily CO2

    April 30, 2019: 414.52 ppm

    April 30, 2018: 409.26 ppm

  5. Cloggie on Sat, 4th May 2019 2:19 am 

    British politics is crumbling under the weight of the Brexit drama. Euro-skeptic Tories gave their party a slap in the face in municipal elections for not delivering Brexit: -38%

    Labour lost too, but much less.

    Paradoxically, the big winners were the pro-Europe parties LibDem and Greens. The other Euro-skeptics, the UKIP, Farage’s original party-turned-white-nationalist, got a hammering as well. Brits have no talent for white nationalism, I’m sorry to say for Antius.

    Forecasters have said that if a national election would take place tomorrow, both Tories and Labour would score 28%.

    In the upcoming EU-elections over two weeks, the Tories are expected to score even worse: 13% and tumble from first to third position.

    Mrs May can’t be blamed. She hammered out a deal with the EU in an effort to deliver some sort of Brexit, realizing full well the scale of the disaster (mostly for Britain) of a no-deal Brexit. But the ERG-mob ruined the only Brexit they realistically could get, although they signaled they could change their voting pattern, if only May would step down in return. These people are about personal ambition only, the country be damned.

    #HouseOfCards

    The two soft-Brexiteers May and Corbyn now have two weeks to come up with a LabCon-deal, but I suspect that Corbyn smells Tory-blood and the prospect of a leftist government, lead by Labour. On the flip-side, with such a leftist government it would be more difficult to push through Brexit, regardless how soft, Corbyn wants as well.

    Perhaps we are presented with a surprise, a soft-Brexit in the coming weeks. Let’s hope so.

    A hard Brexit almost inevitably means pre-programmed EU-UK hostility, a UK that returns to 5 centuries Splendid Isolation, hostile to the continent and white people in general and trying to split the EU…

    https://documents1940.wordpress.com/2019/04/27/barnier-verhofstadt-farage-wants-to-destroy-the-eu/

    Unfortunately for the British, their old game of organizing a coalition against the strongest state in Europe, no longer is possible, as for the first time in history, Europe is united and a potent new Russian friend is waiting in the wings to get admitted to the club.

    The EU could return the favor and attempt to break up the UK, by making economic British life extremely miserable, giving the potent Scottish independence movement (45-55% defeat last time) finally the pretext it needs to return to its ancient status of one of the oldest independent nations in Europe, they were from the end of the Roman era until 1707, when the Scottish elite screwed up financially and were bailed out by the English.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darien_scheme

    Let’s hope that Orwell will be proven wrong with Britain inevitably being a part of the Orwellian Oceania, the “beautiful Amazonians”-loving mobsters and davies of this world have in store for the hapless Anglos.

    Don’t hold your breath.

    50-50

    https://documents1940.wordpress.com/2017/09/26/which-future-world/

    (Orwell, bottom map)

    In continental Europe, the Salvini’s, Orban’s, le Pen’s and Putin’s are going to win.

    The real drama will be in Anglosphere, that is either going to be bolshevized, using the good services of a proletariat-of-color, headed by Vladimir Soros, or balkanized, with large parts gobbled up by PBM.

  6. Cloggie on Sat, 4th May 2019 3:51 am 

    May 1, 2019, Jean-Marie le Pen traditionally pays tribute to Jeanne d’Arc, commemorating throwing the English out of France:

    https://i.pinimg.com/originals/55/4c/e0/554ce0399ffbfd0149072af5adabad44.gif
    (English Angevin empire deep in France of the 12th century. Joan of Arc is a symbol of the drive of French independence from those who are named after a French province)

    Interestingly, le Pen hints at the “conspiracy theory” that the fire of the Notre Dame was arson:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ph7ov3Nqn2w

    Le Pen, who is 90 and THE face of French white nationalism, wanted to run again for EU parliament in January, but on second thoughts goes into retirement after all. This hard-core nationalist and thus anti-globalist and thus anti-semite, has served as EU parliamentarian for 35 years.

    He has hinted several times that he doesn’t believe in the holohoax, which resulted in stiff fines, he had said that he wouldn’t mind if Madonna (the US one) would be burned (after insults from her first), he also said to French-Jewish singer Patrick Bruel that next time we would build an oven.

    Just like France fought itself free from English rule in the 14th century, Europe needs a symbol to get rid of our Anglo-Zionist tormentors. I wasn’t particularly thinking of beautiful European girls, burned at the stake, raped first by Americans and Soviets, but more of Russian Satan nuclear missiles, aiming at London, Tel Aviv, NYC and Washington.

    And just like the Anglos would never have been able to subdue us without the services of the Soviets, the Chinese likewise could come in very handy in getting the job done of European liberation from Anglo-Zionism.

    Interesting times.

  7. Cloggie on Sat, 4th May 2019 4:18 am 

    Marine le Pen meeting Vladimir Putin in Moscow. Note the very French Louis XVI decor, a clear sign that Russia wants to belong to Europe, not China:

    https://euobserver.com/eu-election/137629

    Marine Le Pen says she met Vladimir Putin only once, while in fact she met him three times.

    In 2016, Vladimir Putin ordered this painting to be paraded during his annual address and Q&A for the Russian population:

    https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/we-spotted-a-winner-in-trump-says-putin-6dz2hsqwr

    It shows an in-your-face very white and very blond triumvirate of Trump, le Pen and Putin.

    That painting now hangs in Marine le Pen’s office, illustrating a clear shift, away from French nationalism and Euro-skepticism of her father, towards an alt-right global white nationalism, a compromise between nationalism and pan-Europeanism. This pan-Europeanism no longer wants to abolish the EU, but instead transform it into a hyper-conservative (if not reactionary) Europe-of-the-Fatherlands confederation, that no longer rejects the euro, Airbus, combined military, etc., etc.

    Jean-Marie le Pen has acknowledged that his daughter failed to win the French presidency because she promoted too much Euro-skepticism at the cost of her very popular anti-immigration agenda. The French want to abolish immigration from the third world, but not cancel the alliance with Germany, which puts both countries of the top of the European pecking order and potentially (with Russia) at the top of the world.

    What’s not to like.

  8. JuanP on Sat, 4th May 2019 5:18 am 

    posted this

    Davy the Hypocrite on Fri, 3rd May 2019 7:16 pm

    Davy on Fri, 3rd May 2019 7:17 pm

  9. Not Davy on Sat, 4th May 2019 5:19 am 

    JuanP posted this

    Davy on Fri, 3rd May 2019 7:19 pm

  10. Davy on Sat, 4th May 2019 5:25 am 

    “As I understand it, fraked “oil” is about useless unless there is heavy (Venezuelan) oil to blend it with so it can be refined into things like diesel fuel. The import/export numbers don’t mean anything without context, which is carefully omitted. The US is desperate to gain control of Venezuelan’s heavy oil or the US fraked oil is about useless. The US doesn’t know how to trade, only steal. I think they hit a Russian/Chinese wall on this adventure though. We shall see.”

    Makato, there is plenty of heavy oil in the world and just north of the US is Canada. It may be a little more expensive but internationally there is no shortage of heavy oil like you and bob whine about. You let your agenda get in the way of honest and informed comments. For you it is how binary can I make it.

  11. makati1 on Sat, 4th May 2019 6:09 am 

    But, Canada is having trouble supplying it, or haven’t you noticed, Davy? Seems that pipelines and train wrecks, not to mention financial problems are putting bumps in the road to Canada.

    If the US doesn’t need Venezuela’s oil, why are they there? After all, that is the main target of US theft for the last 19+ years. See the ME for proof.

    The truth is that the US’ oily corporations are running out of the stuff. They are desperate to steal as much in other countries as they can. Iraq, Iran, Syria, Etc. Venezuela is the latest attempt at stealing all they can by destroying another country. GREED! The preferred suicide of America.

    The US has to be put down and soon. GO TRUMP! TRUMP IN 2020! LMAO!

  12. Cloggie on Sat, 4th May 2019 6:24 am 

    They still like each other, thank God.
    Dems-Mueller attack going nowhere.lol

    https://www.rt.com/business/458341-russia-us-trade-trump-putin/

    “US is going to ‘trade a lot’ with Russia, Trump says, after ‘long & very good’ phone call with Putin”

  13. Cloggie on Sat, 4th May 2019 6:27 am 

    Yellow Vests Paris live

    #week25

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ne5iBEDy40

  14. Davy on Sat, 4th May 2019 7:15 am 

    “But, Canada is having trouble supplying it, or haven’t you noticed, Davy? Seems that pipelines and train wrecks, not to mention financial problems are putting bumps in the road to Canada.”
    Well makato haven’t you noticed that Canada is still supplying heavy crude? You are aware the rest of the world has heavy crude to the highest bidder? You do realize oil in a fungible international commodity? Maybe not you are so lost in your binary delusions I don’t see your hardwired personality allowing clear thinking.

    “If the US doesn’t need Venezuela’s oil, why are they there? After all, that is the main target of US theft for the last 19+ years. See the ME for proof.”
    Where did I say the US doesn’t need Venezuelan crude? I didn’t. I said there are other options besides the uneducated whining you and bob do.

    “The truth is that the US’ oily corporations are running out of the stuff. They are desperate to steal as much in other countries as they can. Iraq, Iran, Syria, Etc. Venezuela is the latest attempt at stealing all they can by destroying another country. GREED! The preferred suicide of America.”
    Please, makato, you are delusional with emotions of hate and resentment. DC maybe bent of psychopathic pursuits but the business world is out to make money. You get all confused because you are so narrow minded with binary emotions.

    “The US has to be put down and soon. GO TRUMP! TRUMP IN 2020! LMAO!”
    Like I said binary emotions!! You are so childish and you do that cheerleading all the time. Wht a joke.

  15. Davy on Sat, 4th May 2019 7:45 am 

    “Which Countries Use The Most Fossil Fuels?”
    https://tinyurl.com/yxq7qtbe clean technical
    Graphs:
    https://tinyurl.com/y6l7gkgr
    https://tinyurl.com/yxhnhj7u
    https://tinyurl.com/y3m2nw4r

    “Although renewable energy is growing rapidly around the world, fossil fuels still make up a majority of the world’s energy use. In 2017, 81 percent of the energy the world consumed was oil, coal, and natural gas. Nearly 15 billion metric tons of fossil fuels are consumed every year. Three countries use more fossil fuels than the rest of the world combined: China, the United States, and India. Together, these countries consume 54 percent of the world’s fossil fuels by weight, according to the Global Material Flow Database developed by the UN Environment Program. Check out the map below to see how countries stack up in terms of fossil fuel consumption. Consumption includes extraction within the country and imports, minus exports to other countries.”

    “How Much Do Countries Consume Per Person? The countries consuming the most fossil fuels probably aren’t surprising because they’re home to about 43 percent of the world’s population. China’s population of 1.38 billion consumes about 4.7 billion metric tons of fossil fuels per year, 31 percent of global consumption. That’s about 3.4 metric tons per person per year. The United States consumes twice that amount per person. But the United States is far from the top when it comes to per capita fossil fuel consumption: seven countries (Equatorial Guinea, Estonia, Singapore, Qatar, Trinidad and Tobago, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait) consume 10 or more tons of fossil fuels per person. Many of these are countries that also produce a lot of fossil fuels. Equatorial Guinea has a relatively small population of just over 1.2 million people and is one of the top oil-producing countries in sub-Saharan Africa. The country leads the world in per capita fossil fuel consumption, at 18 metric tons per person per year.”

  16. Davy on Sat, 4th May 2019 7:53 am 

    “2018 fourth worst year for deforestation”
    https://tinyurl.com/y4tm4bet ecologist

    “Around 12 million hectares of tree cover was lost in 2018, including 3.6 million hectares of primary rainforest. The world is not on track to meet targets set by government and business to eliminate deforestation by 2020, according to research by the University of Maryland and released on Global Forest Watch. The data shows that deforestation has shifted geographically since the beginning of the century, when Brazil and Indonesia accounted for 71% of tropical primary forest loss. These countries now contribute around 46% of deforestation loss, while that from countries including Colombia, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and the Democratic Republic of the Congo rose considerably, the data shows. Primary, or “old growth” forest, is of particular value as it stores more carbon than other forests and is irreplaceable in terms of providing habitat to fauna and flora – with species living in such environments including orangutans and jaguars. However, Indonesia massively reduced primary forest loss, with the rate of deforestation falling to its lowest rate since 2003, and 40% lower in 2018 than in the average annual rate of loss from 2002 to 2016.”

  17. Davy on Sat, 4th May 2019 7:57 am 

    “Northeast planned offshore wind farms already bringing economic growth to the region”
    https://tinyurl.com/y2dx6crl renewable energy world

    “Even though there is only one small existing offshore wind farm in the Northeast, the 30-MW Block Island wind farm off the coast of Rhode Island, two announcements this week highlight the growing economic importance of the region’s burgeoning offshore wind industry. Global engineering services company Wood announced that it will be serving as the technical advisor for the 800-MW Vineyard Wind project, which consists of 84 9.5-MW wind turbines that will be installed off the coast of Massachusetts in the coming years.”

  18. Anonymouse on Sat, 4th May 2019 9:24 am 

    Excptionalturd, you do not really belong here, discussing matters you do not understand or comprehend. You need to focus on finding affordable (for you), mental health care. Or, failing that, maybe could hang a door on your outhouse. Or flush the tubing on your still. You know, something useful.

    You know absolutely nothing about ‘Canada’ or ‘Venezuela’, much less oil, heavy or otherwise. So, that pretty much leaves hanging a door on that outhouse. So put down that discount I-phone of yours, and go pay your shitter a visit. If you did, it would be the most productive thing you’ll do today, or any day really.

  19. Cloggie on Sat, 4th May 2019 9:25 am 

    It’s about time that these European freeloaders finally do something in return, after being kept mobile for decades by Texaco, Esso and Chevron.

    “Wood will act as the lender’s technical advisor on behalf of Vineyard Wind LLC, owned by Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners and Avangrid Renewables.”

    “The Connecticut Port Authority and terminal operator Gateway are partnering with Bay State Wind, a joint venture between Ørsted and Eversource”

  20. Anonymouse on Sat, 4th May 2019 9:44 am 

    News flash for ya CloggJude.

    No one here cares. Not even you, truth to be told. Your damaged brain, however, seems to be sending it signals saying, “Post even more irrelevant spam!”, that no one, again, not even you, gives two shits about.

  21. Davy on Sat, 4th May 2019 10:37 am 

    One thing is certain annoy gets talkative when his feelings are hurt. LMFAO. Go back to your Xbox live pussy. That is where you belong not here with adults.

  22. The Church Lady on Sat, 4th May 2019 5:25 pm 

    Lear why Davy is a habitual LIAR:

    “You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the TRUTH, because there is no TRUTH in him. When he speaks a LIE, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a LIAR and the father of it.” John 8:44

  23. JuanP on Sat, 4th May 2019 5:38 pm 

    The Church Lady on Sat, 4th May 2019 5:25 pm

    FUCK JUANpEE

  24. The Church Lady on Sat, 4th May 2019 7:30 pm 

    ABOMINATION DAVY, Be damned, for you are a destroyer of TRUTH.

    Be silenced ye WHORE of Babylon and FATHER of PROSTITUTES.

  25. Cloggie on Sun, 5th May 2019 6:29 am 

    The German language news outlet of the empire, der Spiegel, opines:

    https://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/neue-seidenstrasse-wie-china-wieder-zur-groessten-seemacht-werden-will-a-1263529.html

    “China will Meer”

    (wordplay, both means: “China wants more” and “China wants the Ocean”)

    Anybody who worries about an American takeover of the world ( (((NWO))) ), should get his head checked. We should worry about a Chinese take-over instead.

    The Chinese ambitions are enormous. It is however not a take-over by military strength (not yet, anyway), but through incentives and cooperation. European countries like Austria and Italy and others (all tellingly with populists in the government) are already full on-board.

    Now that the (closet anti-Anglo) Eurasian over-land integration strategy “New Silk Road” is in place, the ocean is next and applied method: “string of pearls”, that is developing harbors ever further away from the Chinese homeland. Targets: fish, trade, raw materials. The Chinese navy between 2005-2017 grew from 150 to 250 units.

  26. Cloggie on Sun, 5th May 2019 7:30 am 

    PM May about to make major concessions to Labour:

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6994155/Theresa-climb-customs-goods-workers-rights.html#comments

    “May’s three concessions to Corbyn: PM ‘will offer temporary customs union, single market rules on many goods and a legal guarantee of unchanged workers’ rights’, as she bids to do Brexit deal with Labour”

    Closet remainer May will have little personal trouble making these concessions. The question is if she can get it passed the ERG mob.

    Again, here a perfect psychogram of the Brexit-British, by the Irish historian Fintan O’Toole:

    https://www.volkskrant.nl/nieuws-achtergrond/historicus-fintan-o-toole-voor-sommige-brexiteers-is-de-eu-in-zekere-zin-nog-bedreigender-dan-de-nazi-s~b3395ced/

    “‘Voor sommige brexiteers is de EU in zekere zin nog bedreigender dan de nazi’s’”
    (For some Brexiteers, the EU is more of a threat than the Nazi’s)

    Chrome browser > rightclick > English

    Summary: Brexit is a prank, nobody believed it would happen. The Brexiteers have no plan whatsoever. BoJo and Rees-Mogg are products of Eton and are stuck in the imperial mode of thinking, where it remains to be seen if they can hold on to Scotland and Ulster (and Londinistan). The phrase “take back control” says it all. “Back” to the future (past). The state of Westminster is best described as “anarchy in the UK”. Brexit is a case of “sadopopulism”, victimhood, where the EU is seen as the new Nazis, that need to be fought.

    In reality, Britain will become a lonely island for the Eurasian landmass, isolated, a bit like Japan, but less affluent and far less economic clout.

    Britain was not involved in the beginning of European unification, nota bene encouraged by Churchill shortly after the war, as a protection against the Soviet Empire, he like no other had helped to come into existence…

    https://tinyurl.com/y7htjy24

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Percentages_agreement

    …making a mockery of the idea that “Britain had come to the aid of Poland” (the official lie), where all they had really done was letting itself being used as the useful idiot of international Jewry, in helping set up the US empire, at the cost of the British empire and the rest of Europe. And the multicultural destruction of the European biosphere at the hands of ZOG, had yet to begin in full earnest.

    Thanks Britain!

    The only consolation is that the destruction of America has proceeded further than that of Europe, precisely the reason why Europe eventually will get the upperhand over the Anglos and can begin to repair European civilization, not a minute too early.

  27. joe on Sun, 5th May 2019 10:27 am 

    May is not a ‘closet remainer’you idiot, she campaigned for a no vote. She is very much an open remainer.
    That was the tory parties first and probobly most fatal error, electing a remainer to deliver Brexit. But they were afraid to vote for BoJo because of the media and his style. The Tories only have themselves to blame for slaving following a PM that has done her best to obfuscate the result of a clear majority of voters wishes.
    This case goes to the heart of what the EUSSR really is. It is antidemocratic and is socialist in nature, run by technocrats who lack any kind of imagination, except cronyism and easy jobs selling their votes in Brussels, far away from real people with real lives. This is exactly what most Americans face on daily basis and Europeans are being told this model of government is going to work for them…..

    Die EUSSR, die socialist materialism, die crapitalism, die banksters, die global trade,

  28. joe on Sun, 5th May 2019 10:35 am 

    Oh and it looks like Labour are out of the deal….

    ‘https://amp.theguardian.com/politics/2019/may/05/john-mcdonnell-pours-cold-water-on-prospects-of-brexit-deal-with-may’

    Now it looks like a nightmare scenario for the EU with Farages Brexit party in Europe and a tonne of anti-EU Torys taking seats in the golden halls of the new soviet union and wreaking God knows what he’ll until the EUSSR sees the good sense to throw the whole lot of em out.
    Will Trump be invited to speak in Brussels? Will motions in support of Israel be passed?

  29. Cloggie on Sun, 5th May 2019 10:59 am 

    Die EUSSR, die socialist materialism, die crapitalism, die banksters, die global trade,

    The furious British anti-European attitude in full display. Joe is the true average Brit, stuck with a 500 year old grand strategy of “splendid isolation” that is not so splendid any more.

    Demonizing Europe, by portraying the EU as a “USSR” (where are the Gulags? The deportations? The nukes?). Facts don’t matter if demonizing is the true motive. If they got the chance, Britain would team up AGAIN with Russia (WW1) or the USSR (WW2) to get Europe destroyed.

    Unfortunately for small caps joe, Russia is no longer available for that murderous purpose. Instead Russia probably played a significant role in pushing out Britain from the EU, straight into isolation… in order to take its place.

    And you know what is going to happen to you, small caps joe? Once we got rid of you, once Brexit is completed, we are going to unload the full shit bucket of historic revisionism over your resentful head regarding WW1 and WW2. The only place to hide for you will be under your bed.

    https://deepresource.wordpress.com/2014/10/08/britain-masterminded-ww1/

    https://deepresource.wordpress.com/2015/03/24/risk-geopolitics/

    And Russia will be opening its archives to put the ugly truth in full display:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-pDtgWUtdUM

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/russia/5445161/Russia-accuses-Poland-of-starting-Second-World-War.html

    Now it looks like a nightmare scenario for the EU with Farages Brexit party in Europe and a tonne of anti-EU Torys taking seats in the golden halls of the new soviet union and wreaking God knows what he’ll until the EUSSR sees the good sense to throw the whole lot of em out.

    Not afraid that this is going to backfire and you will be making more enemies than you can handle? Europe is moving to the right, not the left. You are in no position to inflict nightmares on us. Geopolitics has changed forever. On your doorstep you will find a new super power of 640 million, nuclear armed to the teeth, of which you are not a member. Perhaps in a generation you will jump over your own shadow, when the old imperialists finally have died off and reapply after a process of thorough de-imperialization.

    Besides, you and the Americans will be too busy with their imported darkies to plot for the destruction of Germany for a third time:

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6993473/Im-worried-family-targeted-Campaigner-threw-milkshake-Tommy-Robinson.html

    Looks like you are on the receiving end of history this time, small caps joe. Anglospshre likely won’t exist after 2030 and ww3-cw2:

    http://tinyurl.com/y8ydx6a9

    Take your pick: either declare loyalty to your white skin or mongrelize into oblivion.

  30. Cloggie on Mon, 6th May 2019 1:55 am 

    Research conducted by Trevor Davis from the George-Washington-University:

    https://ejbron.wordpress.com/2019/04/27/afd-meest-invloedrijke-partij-op-facebook/

    85% of the messages on Facebook related to politics are related to the AfD. Yesterday, the official MSN German news confirmed that the AfD outnumbers all the other parties on Facebook 6:1.

    Here you see again: the MSM is globalist-leftist, the parallel medium the internet is right-wing.

  31. Cloggie on Mon, 6th May 2019 2:04 am 

    Does May try to torpedo Brexit in the last moment via a 2nd referendum and sell it as a concession to Labour?

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6995951/Theresa-secret-discussions-second-Brexit-referendum.html

    “Theresa May ‘is in secret discussions over second Brexit referendum as she offers Corbyn concessions on customs union, single market rules and workers’ rights'”

  32. Cloggie on Mon, 6th May 2019 2:14 am 

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6995495/Joe-Biden-claims-Theresa-rang-concerns-Donald-Trump.html

    “US presidential candidate Joe Biden claims Theresa May rang him ‘voicing concerns’ about Donald Trump (although the 76-year-old did manage to mix her up with Margaret Thatcher)”

    Joe Biden confuses Margaret Thatcher with Theresa May.

    His handler and scriptwriter was probably on holiday to Israel.lol

    Meanwhile in Britain, a minister with a face from of sixties rock group, claims that breaking up the Tory party is a worthy price to get Brexit delivered:

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6995487/Minister-says-Brexit-worth-splitting-Tories.html

    “Brexit ‘is WORTH splitting Tories’: Minister’s astonishing claim as Theresa May is set to offer three major concessions to win Labour backing”

    I would absolutely agree with that, but my motives aren’t pure.

  33. Cloggie on Mon, 6th May 2019 10:54 am 

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/may/06/spain-turkey-far-right-vox-culture-war

    “From Spain to Turkey, the rise of the far right is a clash of cultures not civilisations”

    …says mr Elif Shafak, who is from Turkey.

    Vox and other extremists are making huge political gains for the first time in years. Their success risks tearing societies apart

    Mr Shafak has yet to grasp that the success of these “extremists” has something to do with the concentration of mr Shafak types in Europe.

    1 mr Shafak is a guest.
    1 million mr Shafak’s is a take-over.

    Yes mr Shafak, western societies are in the process of being torn apart and its inhabitants no longer can be hypnotized with the smear word “racist”. People world-wide are simply “racists”, meaning: having a ‘slight preference’ for their own kind.

    Not sure what the difference is between culture and civilization, but I’m sure it is deep, very deep.

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