It’s especially gloomy over in the food department, where the boxes of Lucky Charms are suddenly half the weight and twice the price. Must be Nature’s way of telling you it’s time for a new tattoo.In this weird liminal time since the so-called Crash of 2008 leadership has depended on lies and subterfuges to prop up the illusion of resilience.Surely it’s not about the woes of professional athletes.They are representing the grievances of a different realm in black America, perhaps the places they came from, the city ghettos or the rural backwaters of Dixieland, or maybe even boring black suburbs like Prince George County, Maryland.Are eaters of the “lumberjack slam” so disoriented when they leave the place that they need to be reminded what country they’re in? And why do US soldiers need to wear camo uniforms when shopping for eyeglasses?“….” What burns my ass is seeing baseball players in camo uniforms, as if they were an extension of the US military. There used to be a distinction between battle dress and what you wore the rest of the time, even during a world war. Of course, this new gale of ill-feeling stirred up by our intemperate president, the Golden Golem of Greatness, is driven by the oceanic currents of racial animus that are drowning the country more ruinously than the recent spate of hurricanes.There seems to be so much psychological displacement in the feelings between black and white America that it is next to impossible to sort out what to do next.
There’s a lot to complain about in this deranged republic — if it even still is one — but the burdens of being a multimillionaire football player would not be at the top of my list.
The lies, frauds, and cons run between the axis of Wall Street and Washington had two fatal consequences with still-lagging effects.
1) They destroyed the capacity for markets to establish the real price of anything — rendering markets useless. They disabled capital formation to the degree that we might not have the money to rebuild an economy to replace the “financialized” matrix of rackets that currently pretends to function.
To some extent, they have attempted to compensate by campaigning for an ever-growing list of other “marginalized” groups in the hopes of showing some positive results for social change — it’s just easier to get significant numbers of homosexuals into the corporate executive suites than to get blacks in there — but the Dem-Progs are still left with the grinding reality of a large, dysfunctional black underclass. Consider this: Ella Fitzgerald was not singing black or white back in the day. James Howard Kunstler is the author of many books including (non-fiction) The Geography of Nowhere, The City in Mind: Notes on the Urban Condition, Home from Nowhere, The Long Emergency, and Too Much Magic: Wishful Thinking, Technology and the Fate of the Nation.
They certainly can’t admit that their own contrived “remedies,” such as subsidizing out-of-wedlock births, has anything to do with it, or the devastating effect of “Multiculturalism” on some sort of unifying common culture based on values that everybody can agree on. His novels include World Made By Hand, The Witch of Hebron, Maggie Darling — A Modern Romance, The Halloween Ball, an Embarrassment of Riches, and many others.
Glance in the rear-view mirror and say goodbye to the Era of Wishful Thinking.