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The US has reached the last stage before collapse

Posted on December 25th, 2017 at 20:12 by John Sinteur in category: News -- Write a comment

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We sneer at the idea of a “public” and hold our fellow citizens in contempt. We think anyone who doesn’t pursue self-interest is a fool.

We cannot blame everything on Donald Trump, much though we might want to. In the decadent stage of the Roman Empire, or of Louis XVI’s France, or the dying days of the Habsburg Empire so brilliantly captured in Robert Musil’s The Man Without Qualities, decadence seeped downward from the rulers to the ruled.

But in a democracy, the process operates reciprocally.

A decadent elite licenses degraded behavior, and a debased public chooses its worst leaders. Then our Nero panders to our worst attributes – and we reward him for doing so.

“Decadence”, in short, describes a cultural, moral, and spiritual disorder – the Donald Trump in us.

  1. I think the big problem is the US is not a true Democracy. The electoral college and senate deter the will of the people.

  2. I think the USA needs to learn a lesson that Canadians have learned. When the environment itself regularly tries to kill you, then communities develop. You disover the best in people. It is humbling.

  3. @Sue, are you talking about bears or pollution? I don’t think global warming has fostered cooperation.

  4. @will: Pollution or bears are not big threats around here. Traffic accidents* and addiction are.
    The cold also. Every year. If we don’t help each other, people die.

    *including the inevitable Darwin award winners who drive their snowmobiles through the ice…

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