Who Moved My Xanax?

Authored by James Howard Kunstler via Kunstler.com,

The moral panic of “the Resistance” is back in DefCon 1 mode overnight just as the righteousness orgasm of the Golden Globe Awards was wearing off. Mr. Trump’s casual question to a couple of Senators vis-à-vis immigration policy — “Why do we want all these people from ‘shithole countries’ coming here?” — pushed the “racism” button at Resistance Central and CNN staged yet another of the orchestrated anxiety attacks it has perfected over the past year.

The spotlight in this three-ring circus of perpetual offense, indignation, and alarm shifts back from the alleged sufferings of movie actresses to another intersectional victim group from the Dem/Prog pantheon of oppressed minorities: would-be immigrants-of-color. The President’s vulgar animus proves the charge that at least half the country is a lynch mob.

Of course, the most interesting feature of this neurotic zeitgeist is the displacement dynamic among the political Left as its frantic virtue-signaling attempts to distract everybody else in the room from its own dark and shameful emotions about the composition of American culture. As a born-and-bred Boomer (ex-)liberal from Manhattan’s Upper East Side, I can assure you from direct experience that this group has, at best, ambiguous feelings about the lower orders of mankind — my Gawd, did he actually say that? — and, at worst, a certain unmanageable contempt that stirs deep fears of moral failure.

Mr. Trump’s remark raises another interesting question that has not received much analysis amidst the latest panic: namely, how much of a “shithole” is our own country these days?

 

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I would avouch, contrary to the limp narrative of boom times, that the USA is visibly whirling around the drain in just about every way that matters. Except for the centers of financialization — New York, Washington, San Francisco — most of our cities are hollowed-out wrecks, and visitors to San Francisco will tell you that the place is literally a shithole, from the army of homeless people who, by definition, have no bathrooms.

Our ghastly suburbs, where so many formerly middle-class Americans are now marooned in debt, despair, and civic alienation, have no prospects for serving as a plausible living arrangement anymore, and were so badly built in the first place that their journey to ruin is destined to be an epically short leap that will amaze historians of the future roasting ‘possums around their campfires.

All of the important activities in this land have been converted into odious rackets, by which I mean nakedly dishonest money-grubbing scams, especially the two sectors that used to be characterized by first, doing no harm (medicine), and seeking the truth (education). But everything else we do is infected by engineered falsehood and mendacity, including the news media, the law, banking, government, retail commerce, you name it. We’re living in a culture of pervasive control fraud, in which authorities set up looting and asset-stripping operations without any restraint.

There are certainly waves and cycles in history, and one them involves a society’s capacity for self-understanding. Sometimes, a culture is sturdy enough to permit a high level of collective self-awareness. And sometimes a culture is too flimsy or exhausted or sick to achieve even low levels of self-awareness. We are at a low point in the cycle, sunk in grievance fantasies and narcissism. The end result is we don’t know what we’re doing or why we’re doing it.

The immigration quandary remains, with its vexing questions. What if there isn’t enough of an American common culture left for anybody to assimilate into? Are we obliged to admit everyone in the world who wants to leave their own country? Do we care about how people get here, or how they behave once they are here? Does anything go, and nothing matter?

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JRobby Ghost of PartysOver Fri, 01/12/2018 - 13:37 Permalink

 

'All of the important activities in this land have been converted into odious rackets, by which I mean nakedly dishonest money-grubbing scams, especially the two sectors that used to be characterized by first, doing no harm (medicine), and seeking the truth (education)."

I refer to this as "the Bankster Mentality"  Since not one person of any stature was prosecuted for the crimes committed leading up to the 2008 financial "crisis", society is adopting a lawless mindset. The feeling that being honest doesn't pay. This of course aided by the endless regulations imposed on small businesses by "Obama's Administration" Abandonment of moral values.

The goal of the 2008 "crisis" was to beat people down and shift a lot of the owned homes to rentals. There is plenty of evidence to show the sweetheart loans to Hedgies and PE so they could buy the foreclosed inventory off of the banks to help improve balance sheets.

The "fallout" has been a boon to Big Pharma

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Buckaroo Banzai CheapBastard Fri, 01/12/2018 - 14:19 Permalink

Before the passage of the Hart-Celler Act in 1965, which flung our country's doors open wide to the third world, the US was roughly 90% white, and the 10% black minority was mostly kept segregated in such a way that they could do the least amount of harm to the white majority, and the country at large.

Of course, after 1965, the results speak for themselves. Hart-Celler led to massive legal third-world immigration, the Civil Rights Act led to the integration of the black minority to fuck up whitey's shit, and then starting in the 70s our southern border became porous, allowing an increasingly overwhelming tide of third-world central americans to come pouring into our country. Guess what: the reason that third world shitholes are third world shitholes is because they are full of shitty third-world people. Once you let those shitty third-world people into your country, it's logical to assume that YOUR country will become a shitty third-world country.

Fast-forward to 2018. The US is now only 56% white, and surprise! we've turned into a third-world shithole. The country that once put a man on the moon now spends trillions of dollars a year feeding, clothing, and giving health care to shitty third world people who cost 3x more than they contribute, while simultaneously impoverishing and demoralizing the whites who pay for it all.

And if you're wondering how this happened: Jews did this.

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Teja Buckaroo Banzai Fri, 01/12/2018 - 14:48 Permalink

This reminds me of lots of 3rd World countries aka shitholes who to this day claim all their calamity comes from being governed as colonies fifty years ago. Anything going wrong - the colonial history and the exploitation by the West!

Here you go - anything going wrong in the U.S. - the Jews and the immigrants (including those "immigrants" who were immigrated on board of slave ships).

Whiners, same thinking in the U.S. (S for Shithole) as in the 3WS. It is never the ineptness of their own politicians and the greed and stupidity of their own citizens which is at fault for their problems.

Check out how many PhD students in science and technology these days are natives and how many are immigrants (mostly "non-white" to use your useless categorization). Eh?

Thats why China is on its long march forward. They ain't such whiners.

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Buckaroo Banzai Teja Fri, 01/12/2018 - 15:13 Permalink

Hey retard, don't believe me if you don't want, but you don't have the facts on your side. Check for yourself who was behind the Hart-Celler Act, the Civil Rights movement, the 60s hippie movement, the open borders movement, the Cultural Marxist movement, and a whole host of other "movements", and you'll see that the facts speak for themselves. It was jews, all the way down the line.

You can cling to your retarded world view if you want, just don't do it in my country. If you want to live with third-world niggers, shut the fuck up and move to the third world.

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nuerocaster Teja Fri, 01/12/2018 - 16:07 Permalink

1. Self interest is a far more plausible organizing principle of corruption than Judaism.

2. Imperialism didn't go anywhere. It morphed into a crime syndicate model where local bosses do most of the dirty work and kick back directly for services like financing, weapons, intelligence, logistics, and sometimes extra muscle and kick up indirectly with "investment" and consumption. And despite what Paul and Roberts say it's all very lucrative.

3. If you observe the trajectory of societal corruption through history empire building is a consistent theme. Much more identifiable and consistent than attempting attribution to Judaism. Even the most successful empires sow the seeds of their eventual fall.

4. And finally, isn't it ironic that Bucky and Teja on opposite sides can be oblivious to common human experience.

 

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Teja nuerocaster Fri, 01/12/2018 - 17:58 Permalink

Regarding 1., 2., and 3., I do agree with you.

Regarding 4., the "common human experience" of hating strangers, immigrants and people who are not like oneself, oh yeah, I can relate to that. I do fall into that trap myself, and too many people around me do think like that.

The trick is, even if you allow yourself some level of arrogance or racism or sexism, you should still try to rationally think about what is causing the general shitholisation of the world (which I do not doubt). How would you order the following unsorted items, beginning with the highest influence on shitholisation of the world....

- Modern architecture in all its concrete forms
- Television and crap media
- Tax havens and corporate tax evasion
- Non-white immigrants
- Military complex and imperial overstretch
- Co-citizens from any religious or ethnic group differing from yours
- Dirty energy production with all its consequences (climate, corruption, pollution)
- Women getting too much influence
- Men having too much influence
- Cars and car oriented city planning
- Small fuzzy beings from Beteigeuze
- (insert your pet issue here)

Try to think rational about how much influence each item has on your personal wellbeing, on that of your city, on that of the country and on that of the world.

 

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Lost My Shorts Buckaroo Banzai Fri, 01/12/2018 - 15:19 Permalink

Your mind doesn't seem super open on the matter, but what the hell.  There is a counter-narrative:

1) In the beginning, blacks were a captive cheap labor force much appreciated by whites (though not in a polite or generous way.)  Originally, they were literally captive, slaves.  Later, they were effectively captive under the Jim Crow regime, terrorized with the occasional lynching if they got uppity.  But then comes the civil rights movement, and Jim Crow starts to look morally indefensible, and simultaneously employers noticed an alternative, frankly superior captive cheap labor force:  wetbacks from Mexico.  American society started wishing blacks didn't exist, and giving all the dirty jobs to Mexicans.  But it's worth noting that the flood of Mexicans was produced by US employers wanting an alternate cheap labor source, not scheming Jews.  Remember all those years where stalwart Republicans in agribusiness and the corporate sector were the main force behind disregard for immigration laws?

2) Another big source of third-world immigration was the fallout from cold-war-driven interventions in foreign politics and foreign wars.  Remember how every Cuban could come to the US any time no questions asked just because Fidel?  How many east Asians from countries where the US was in deep saving them from communism?  It's true that there was a significant Jewish component among the cold-war hawks, but also plenty of right-wing Christians who were hysterically certain that godless communism would parachute onto their homesteads unless we sent troops to defeat the commies in every third-world backwater.  Ironically, Asian men now have the highest median income of any demographic group, and if you assume earnings are proportional to output, these guys are not costing 3x more than they contribute.

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Moe-Monay Lost My Shorts Fri, 01/12/2018 - 15:51 Permalink

Dear "Lost My Shorts" - your theories sound like they could be true but they are sadly not.  They would be an improvement.  What you described was a symptom and not a cause.  Cause == private central bankers bringing in voting blocks to divide and conquer.

Any time the general populous gets too widely assimilated you can look for these bankers to import more problems so they can continue to steer left or right depending on what benefits them the most.  They are politically atheist.  Morally a vacuum.  What they do is strictly based on their balance sheets and their increase in control of the world.

------regarding the supposed Trump comments ---------

I have seen nothing yet but the WashPo claiming he said "shithole".

I trust them as far as I can throw the building they are housed in.  I'll need to hear the recordings please.

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bloofer Bastiat Fri, 01/12/2018 - 18:11 Permalink

Yes, Kunstler seems to think that his unsupported and generally bullshit "notions" are made plausible by breading them with ornate literary devices, deep frying them in lard, and serving them up flambé , with a cherry on top. The very definition of pompous, inflated, unctuous drivel.

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JRobby BaBaBouy Fri, 01/12/2018 - 14:06 Permalink

"nakedly dishonest money-grubbing scams"

I like that line so much I had to post it again!. Circling the bowl we are.

"Oh?!? You are so stressed out that you haven't shit for 3 weeks? We need to remove your colon and install a colostomy bag. That will be $386,000. Come back for a follow up visit and we will discover cancer. that will be $13,000 a week for 'treatment" (poisoning) after 22 weeks you will die" Thanks, we will see you next Tuesday."

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Winston Churchill Ghost of PartysOver Fri, 01/12/2018 - 13:50 Permalink

You don't touch his main point though,do you ?

Have we sunken so low, by ourselves,that we hate the immigrants more because they

highlight our flaws and where this journey ends.Trump is wrong.Moratorium on all immigration,

kick out the dreamers, and their parents, and have a hard look at ourselves while we build the wall.

Critical thinking is sorely missed in the USSA.Time it returned.

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Teja Winston Churchill Fri, 01/12/2018 - 14:58 Permalink

Everything getting faster. You also saw the feared Soviet Empire crumble, now maybe soon the US Empire.

But maybe that is an illusion - my grandmother, who lived from 1900 to 1985, saw two German Empires crumble, also the Austrian Empire and the Russian Empire. Not forgetting the French Empire and the British Empire, and she almost got to see the end of the Soviet Empire.

Beat that!

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wdg Winston Churchill Fri, 01/12/2018 - 15:37 Permalink

The US government, Fed, banks, mass media, movie industry and major corporations are now owned by Jews who are promoting mass third-world immigration and just about every other suicidal policy known to mankind. Perhaps...just perhaps...that is a factor in the decline of European nations and the  Civilization they have built. Can any Nation allow itself to be controlled and subverted by groups committed to its destruction and expect to survive let alone flourish?

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Dilluminati knukles Fri, 01/12/2018 - 13:36 Permalink

Put aside the virtue signaling, what I see was Trump say that the post office ought to pay more, and then the WAPO (owned by Bezos) come up with an article that "sources" (legal weasel for made up claim) said Trump made the statement.

It goes to show what a ridiculous cunt Bezos sank to over the cost of a postage stamp.

 

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Jakeee knukles Fri, 01/12/2018 - 13:44 Permalink

It's not a matter of over medicating in the article. it's points out the truth clearly that we keep hearing things are going great when it's a lie.

Before the election Trump used to point out the phoney unemployment numbers. Now he uses them as factual. I voted for Trump, I like Trump but this article is true. 

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TheGardener Dilluminati Fri, 01/12/2018 - 13:51 Permalink

Everywhere scary looking shit coloured people linger about some racism might be hiding.

Do we have it the other way round ? Racism against whites in disguise ? Why offend the locals in those drastic ways with incurable ugly`s all over their former living space ?

 

 Lingering in about in paid for by taxes public space supposedly owned by the locals dispossessed of former income and current sad means of affairs ? Reclaim public spaces and make them walk off the curb while being tolerated. I drive 20 miles to hit a shop without them thieves going unpunished all the time. And by personal preference if I see some dirty prick among the foods I am about to buy my hunger is all but over. Can`t and will not shop where they linger about.

Racism turns from a basic desirable human feature into something entirely evil if foreign invasion is to be condoned and interracial crimes are being promoted. 

The call for multiculturalism is indeed a call for mutual genocide and as such should be

punished as such for the capital crime it presents.

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To Hell In A H… Dilluminati Fri, 01/12/2018 - 13:52 Permalink

That becomes difficult when predator nations headed by their corporations covet your resources and said resources are then extracted, removed and foreign entity makes 70% while you make 30%. 

The USSA is a shithole when it is world reserve currency, can print at will and sucks the resources below market price for all its raw materials. As for oil? Only sold in the dollar, unless direct currency swaps between the big boys. The game is rigged.

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Wilcox1 Dilluminati Fri, 01/12/2018 - 16:11 Permalink

Got to agree with the JH on this one. Sure way to shitholedom is lying to ourself and others and the correspondingly required culture of denial. The class of bleeders of which pug durban is a member will seize on a word which happens to be highly accurate, descriptive, and time saving and spout faux outrage instead of get ahold of himself and work on the problem at hand which is saving AMERICA. 

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Dilluminati BennyBoy Fri, 01/12/2018 - 13:32 Permalink

I still haven't seen the "source" of this accusation?  Wapo just spins this story and says it's a source, well a source told me that Hillary inserts disney characters into her anus, that the demons make her cough.. ???

Until I see somebody stand up and source that accusation It's another example of the liars at the MSM and their fake news.

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