The Trigger?

Tyler Durden's picture

Submitted by James H. Kunstler via Kunstler.com,

The futility of politics in America these days has driven the public into exactly the dream-state of zombie blood-lust depicted in so many popular video fantasies, a nightmare of decay, powerlessness, and degeneracy matching the actual condition of a disintegrating polity that has lost collective consciousness and seeks only to infect the dwindling numbers of the still-sentient. Almost nobody in this country believes we can manage our affairs anymore.

Well, can we? One of the hallmarks of an imploding culture is that people lose a sense of consequence. Things just seem to happen and unhappen, and nobody really cares about chains of decision and event. Anything goes and nothing matters.

One reason this is happening to us is that we allowed reality to be divorced from truth. Karl Rove wasn’t kidding back in the Bush-2 days when he quipped that “we create our own reality.” The part old Karl left out is that there’s a price for doing that. In the short run, it allows you to pretend that you have superpowers and can act in defiance of the way things really are. In the longer run, your view of the world comports so poorly with the facts of the world that things stop working.

The tragedy of Barack Obama is that he continued the basic Karl Rove doctrine only without bragging about it. I don’t know whether Mr. Obama was a hostage, an empty suit, or a fool, but he broadened and deepened the acquiescence to lying about just about everything. Did criminal misconduct run rampant in banking for years? Oh, nevermind. Is the US economy actually contracting instead of recovering? We’ll just make up better numbers. Did US officials act like Nazi war criminals in torturing prisoners? Well, yeah, but so what? Did the State Department and the CIA scuttle the elected Ukrainian government in order to start an unnecessary new conflict with Russia? Maybe so, but who cares? Was the Affordable Care Act a swindle in the service of insurance and pharmaceutical racketeering? Oh, we’ll read the bill after we pass it. Shale oil will make us “energy independent.” (Not.)

Has anyone noticed the way these incongruities percolate into the public attention and then get dismissed, like daydreams, with no resolution. I’ve harped on this one before because it was, to my mind, Obama’s greatest failure: When the Supreme Court decided in the Citizens United case that corporations were entitled to express their political convictions by buying off politicians, why didn’t the President join with his then-Democratic majority congress to propose legislation, or a constitutional amendment, more clearly redefining the difference between corporate “personhood” and the condition of citizenship? How could this constitutional lawyer miss the reality that corporations legally and explicitly do not have obligations, duties, and responsibilities to the public interest but only to their shareholders? How was this not obvious? And why was there not a rush to correct it?

Of course, this only begs the question: where are the opponents to the ethos that anything goes and nothing matters? Where are the political figures who can sustain a complaint long enough, and loudly enough, to keep it in the public consciousness clearly enough to make a difference? The more conspiracy-minded might say that the security apparatus (the NSA and its servelings) or Wall Street actually run the country and somehow suppress opposition. I don’t believe that. I do believe that cultures go through tragic periods when they lose their bearings and the will to be truthful to themselves.

The latest news is that Mr. Jeb Bush is way ahead among his Republican rivals for the presidential nomination, leading to a beautiful setup for the battle of the dynasties: Bush versus Clinton in 2016. I believe that insulting prospect would be the wake-up call that will hit the American people upside the head and wake them out of their zombie rapture. A third party will arise. It may be a good one or a bad one, but it will blow the existing order of things apart, as it should.

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order66's picture

I want my 2 minutes back after reading this.

Headbanger's picture

Right!

Did it matter when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor!?

autofixer's picture

You obviously have a Colege degree. 

NotApplicable's picture

Why the fuck does Tyler run this clueless idiot's rants?

As always, this kid is still a suffering statist, having voted for Obama twice. He has absolutely no idea what he talks about, because he still views the world through the fiction instilled in childhood.

When one cannot understand the past, or properly view the present, their ideas of the future have NO BASIS IN REALITY.

Maybe after a few more years when he eventually kicks the Kool-Aid will his articles be worth reading, but now, it's like listening to a small child ponder exactly how Santa made it to his house last week.

Every rant he writes only further empowers the evil that is "the system." And I despise him (and whichever Tyler likes him) for it.

Ghordius's picture

I like his rants. I could not care less if he is a "statist" (care to define who isn't, at least in part?) and I could not care less who he votes for, particularly not in America, while I often read about rants if it matters, there, or not

I particularly like this part: "Obama’s greatest failure: When the Supreme Court decided in the Citizens United case that corporations were entitled to express their political convictions by buying off politicians, why didn’t the President join with his then-Democratic majority congress to propose legislation, or a constitutional amendment, more clearly redefining the difference between corporate “personhood” and the condition of citizenship? How could this constitutional lawyer miss the reality that corporations legally and explicitly do not have obligations, duties, and responsibilities to the public interest but only to their shareholders? How was this not obvious? And why was there not a rush to correct it?"

what is, in your opinion, "the system"? what is not? the US Citizens United case is anyway something spectacular, unique and exceptional. The whole world is watching amazed

NotApplicable's picture

Central banks are a global mafia. As long as they have the power to issue currency, then they have ultimate power over everyone and everything on the planet.

In comparison, governments are moot, being nothing but puppets to obscure the true power over us all. It is but a Grand Facade.

Ghordius's picture

too simple. if it was so, where do you put the Russian Central Bank? or the Chinese one?

btw, in your country, both the Central Bank and the government end up doing whatever four megabanks want them to do

keep your Grand Facade. cherish it. lots of people have invested lots of time and effort and money to make you fervently believe in it

Manthong's picture

“when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor”

..in the movie “Animal House” postscript, Bluto went on to become a U.S. Senator.

..very apropos

Courtesy of RT:

·         "Syria is Iran's route to the sea," came the ominous warning from Presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

·         Senator John McCain, followed suit by admitting that the situation on the Iraq-Pakistan border will indeed require America's thorough assistance.

·         Former Vice-President Dick Cheney confuses countries on a neighboring continent where the US has been involved for decades: "The people of Peru, I think, deserve better," he said of the late Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez

·         Mitt, again, with the Middle East: the West Bank borders "Syria or Jordan."

·         The following happened first to George W. Bush, then to Sarah Palin, and then, Rick Santorum. Africa is a country, and that's the end of it!

·         The possibility of islands tipping over and capsizing had to be included as a bonus. Courtesy of Congressman Hank Johnson

·         A top US official said on Wednesday.. that "Saudi Arabia and Syria share an extensive border."

 

Greyhat's picture

RT can add this to the list: "One reason this is happening to us is that we allowed reality to be divorced from truth."

Reality is truth, our problem is that we trust in lies about the reality.

If there are lies, there need to be lyars...

Seems Kunstler doesnt want us to hunt them down...

"The more conspiracy-minded might say that the security apparatus (the NSA and its servelings) or Wall Street actually run the country and somehow suppress opposition. I don’t believe that."

Same game, no rule of law, no justice needed.

Some managed to produce seven bad years, now they send you a "third party saviour"?

Nice try! :)

BobPaulson's picture

It is not an impossible scenario that eventually Iran has a stable trade route to the Med. The band where ISIS currently lives is pretty low population density. Shia friendlies could link that up, which is the main thing the Saudis fear.

Greyhat's picture

Its not the saudis... Hear your masters voice! :)

"Interdict the supply lines to terrorist organizations, including but not limited to those between Damascus and Beirut that permit Iran to use Lebanon as a terrorist base."

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/jinsa-this-goes-beyond-bin-laden...

 

Spanky's picture

I find the claim that ALL national elites are united globally simply incredible. Simple "conspiracy theories" for simple minds perhaps?

Ghordius's picture

or The Search for The Ultimate Answer* To The Ultimate Question**

(**) why can humans be so nasty to each other?

Eeyores Enigma's picture

A clue to your Q Ghord - 

Why would anyone keep a dog knowing they bite, claw, and tear?

americanspirit's picture

Ghordius - I like his rants too. On the whole they are far better reasoned than most (but by no means all) of the rants posted as comments here.

And I always look forward to your take on whatever topic is under discussion. Thank you.

GeorgeHayduke's picture

JHK's rants are disliked here because his insights into reality don't align with the cognitive dissonance run rampant on here daily.

Urban Roman's picture

Cog runs rampant here? I thought he just posted nice appropriate comments and the occasional thought-provoking article.

TBT or not TBT's picture

Ghordius, we have private property rights. Our shares in companies are part of our property, and government taxes it, mandates it do a lot of things and prohibits it from doing a lot of things and somewhat capriciously interferes with our customers and suppliers. Should owners have less voice than private sector labor unions do, here and all over the world? How about public sector unions? They are enormously influential and horribly damaging to the republic and the general welfare.

detached.amusement's picture

  the question was not should we give corporations unlimited advertising for their favorite pol as a balance to unions having unlimited advertising.

 

the question should have been is there any reason not to take away the unions' ability to spend on politics with no limit?

 

 

but the question was moot to begin with, because a bought off court was told how to decide on the matter.

Ghordius's picture

agree with the question

the european answer, so far, is terribly... european

regulations, free time for politicians on state media paid by the taxpayer, more regulations, and more regulations like forbidding negative ads the way most US political campaign are made, focusing on the negative sides of the opponents

though for the last part, political parties here have several opponents. they have to sharply deliniate themselves in the liberal, conservative and socialist spheres of thought, and more. and they have the clear and distinct possibility of... dying

that's what I would like to have as additional regulation: mandated death of political parties and corporations

100 years after the IPO, any corporation has to be broken up and sold in pieces, and capital returned to stock owners. just thinking out with the fingers

I Ching's picture

Let's just make it three score and ten.

 

TBT or not TBT's picture

Public sector unions, in any case, are Allies of government, which is the largest organisation in the USA, dwarfing any business, and which is a monopoly, and one that forces it's will using force of arms, ubiquitously, even beyond the borders.    Public sector unions shouldn't be permitted much scope of activity at all, nevermind being permitted to spend a dime on elections.   But they do, massively, and to the Democrat party in huge proportion.   Cry me river about the libertarian Koch brothers having a tiny voice amidst the bowling maelstrom of public sector money.  

Ghordius's picture

extremely interesting comment. roots of feudal thinking, I'd say
the state as a socialist feudal system and megacorps as private feudal systems?
what happens to the little man? The Citizen? The Poor?

daveO's picture

A quiet takeover of their country on 12/24/1913, by the FED. Be thankful they haven't reinstated the draft. I could see the fed. gov. offering 'service' in exchange for student loans, at some point, under the next Bush. 

Ignatius's picture

"One reason this is happening to us is that we allowed reality to be divorced from truth."

Once one understands the arguments of the architects and engineers for 9/11 truth for the controlled demoliotion of 3 towers on 9/11 then reading this plea for reality is more absurd than poor Kuntsler is able to imagine.

How can I be so certain?  Because what arguments of the A & Es are scientific, and hence falsifiable:  if we are wrong then it can be proven that we're wrong.  And for the skeptics we say "OK, build a steel frame high rise structure of the same or similar characteristics of, say, WTC7 and see if by minor damage and fire alone you can bring it down symetrically and at absolute free fall acceleration across the entire structure."  And while you're at it, could you please build for me a perpetual motion machine 'cause I think it would be great and a real money maker. /s

BobPaulson's picture

Somewhat off topic but I agree that once I looked at the WTC7 collapse it was the definitive straw that broke the camel's back of my congnitive dissonance.

Urban Roman's picture

.. So it wan't the space lizards with micronukes?

jaxville's picture

  Kunstler is either ignorant of the "chosen" influence over Western govt's in general and America in particular or he is disingenuous.  How can anybody not see that in this day and age?

  Less than 2% of the population yet they have almost 100% of Western media under their thumb.  Watch Inside Job to see the power over the financial sector that special group enjoys.  Actually there is only one person in that entire movie (aside from the narrator) who is not one of them.

  How many US gov't agencies are headed by this bunch?  What about the nonsense that comes from various think tanks that becomes official policy much to the detriment of America and its people. It seems that corruption is ubiquitous where they are to be found in positions of power.

  This issue will be addressed by a third party and it will make the National Socialists of 1930's Germany look like a picnic for that special group.  As the late Edgar Steele used to say;" they better have a new planet picked out".

  Kunstler is full of shit and not relevant in any way concerning present issues.

Praeda2's picture

Kid? The man is in his sixties now.

"still a suffering statist, having voted for Obama twice."

That's ironic. So if he vote for the other dummy it would have made a difference?

"He has absolutely no idea what he talks about"

Oh but you do.

"he still views the world through the fiction instilled in childhood."

What drugs are you on that imagine you know how he views the world? You haven't even read any of this books.

"it's like listening to a small child ponder exactly how Santa made it to his house last week."

And your posts, we'll you just came from 4chan or Infowars, didn't you broke, nobody? Really, where do you, an absolute nobody in every sense get off commenting on this guy? Dumb American peasant. Go count your couple of silver coins you fucking hick. I don't know why trash like you is even on this site. You have NOTHING to do with the financial industry. You have no idea what any of this is and the proof for that asshole, is in your foreclose shed and empty bank account. I know, it's all Obongo's fault.

1000yrdstare's picture

I have a Collage degree from the Art Institute...

JRobby's picture

A masters from the University of Phoenix would really open doors...........................

And that loan is not dischargable so work, work, work if you can find it!

TuPhat's picture

I have a collage degree.  It required cut and paste.

Arius's picture

"the battle of the dynasties"  really?

 

the real dynasties?  look at the guys who fund the puppets ... low level BS at this age of the internet and sofistication of society.

livefreediefree's picture

Same here, order666. Snappy headline; vapid substance.

ZH seems to be posting a number of self-referential articles. This article itself is a prime example of what it discusses: The cultural and intellectual rot permeating our society. Back in the day when conservatism held strong sway and Progressives were shunned because they fucking should be, no way could an article like this get published. First, of course, there was no rot, but, second, most writers who earned an airing on sites like ZH were intellectually and culturally rock solid. The author of this piece isn't. Rather than a rock, the author is shit.

junction's picture

Obummer should correctly be called an "anti-constitutional lawyer."  And what happened to his college transcript and LSAT score?  Unless you have New World Order (the new name for corrupt pedophile oligarchs) backing, you don't get into Harvard with a B average.

TBT or not TBT's picture

Hell, how did he -transfer- into Columbia, an ivy league type school, from fucking occidental? He and Michelle have had red carpets laid in front of them their whole lives and their records airbrushed by the left and the media just as comprehensively. Hence public information about the Palin family exceeds what is documented about the transformer of our republic.

Canoe Driver's picture

No NWO backing is required if you've got affirmative action.

Canoe Driver's picture

Kuntsler sometimes seems more or less compos mentis, but did he just say he believes a Bush v Clinton ticket in 2016 would wake up the people? A new political party? What a maroon!

Nothing will happen, except decline, until there is disaster.

SystemicSarcasm's picture

Elected by the people!
for the people!
and doesn't care about the people 

aVileRat's picture

Speaking of Crude (cruel?) intentions:

http://www.wsj.com/articles/fannie-med-implodes-1419812352

Note, the subprime credit cycle started with the good intention to make housing affordable to all. Which led to a frothy bubble in homebuilding, speculation on land and a shift in the mix of employable skills towards general contractors.

Compare and contrast. Or wait for the SanFran Fed paper in 3 years. Your call.

 

NotApplicable's picture

Why are you parroting lies of the Kool-Aid? Subprime started for the exact reason every other scam started before it. To further the ponzi in progress and keeping those in power, in power.

The idea of your good intention is nothing but politicized BS, designed as cover for evil. Congratulations in further promoting it.

Arnold's picture

Still too many variables to write the algos.

Salzburg1756's picture

I believe that insulting prospect would be the wake-up call that will hit the American people upside the head and wake them out of their zombie rapture. A third party will arise. It may be a good one or a bad one, but it will blow the existing order of things apart, as it should.

Dream on.

TuPhat's picture

They will dream on.  The allusion to Zombies in the article could be correct.  They can inflict pain and destruction without ever waking up until everyone else wakes up dead.

Squid Viscous's picture

maybe they will wake up in 2036 when it's Chelsea vs. the hispanic Bush kid

Cheduba's picture

Ha!  Yes, 20 years later, we will be saying "wait a minute..."

Arnold's picture

At the end of the current POTUS  5 th term.........