Failsons Of Weimar America
By ROD DREHER • November 22, 2016

The reader said that leftist blogger James Howard Kunstler made the same point more eloquently in this post, following the 2015 school massacre in Oregon. In it, Kunstler said that our is “a nation physically arranged on-the-ground to produce maximum loneliness, arranged economically to produce maximum anxiety, and disposed socially to produce maximum alienation.” He goes on:


I think I’m still in shock. When the sun rose this morning it was blistered with the face of Donald Trump, bronze and smirking hideous, and all I can think about is Hillary Clinton. It’s what I know. Throughout the entire election, one slow-motion clip of a clown car ramming into a crowd of pedestrians, I’d assumed that the danger of Trump and the danger of Clinton were of two different orders. Trump was dangerous because of what he said and what he represented, the waves of fascism and violence that rippled out from the dead plopping weight of his speeches. Clinton was dangerous because of what she would actually do, because Clinton was going to win the election. I was a sucker, the kind who gets duped precisely by believing himself to be too smart for any kind of con. I thought I saw through it all, the whole stupid charade, a coronation disguised as a battlefield. I was wrong. This was exactly what Hillary Clinton wanted people like me to think; she wanted to be an inevitability. And this is why Trump won: the presidency was Clinton’s to lose, from the moment she announced her candidacy, and she lost it. She was the only person who could. People don’t like taking part in someone else’s inevitability.

When The Shouting Stops

Fans of irony have much to savor. You’ve got people who were talking eagerly about how to game the electoral college two weeks ago, who now are denouncing the electoral college root and branch; you’ve got people who insisted that Trump, once he lost, should concede and shut up, who are demonstrating a distinct unwillingness to follow their own advice. You’ve got people in the bluest of blue left coast cities marching in protest as though that’s going to change a single blessed thing—as I’ve pointed out in previous posts here, protest marches that aren’t backed up with effective grassroots political organization are simply a somewhat noisy form of aerobic exercise.

The Feminization of Politics

To appreciate how this “guy” style of political conflict is becoming undone, keep in mind that the Trump victory was absolutely unambiguous compared to countless other presidential election outcomes. Recall the election of 1828 when the House chose John Quincy Adams over Andrew Jackson despite the former having fewer popular and Electoral votes, the 1860 election of Lincoln who won a mere 39.9% of the popular vote in a four-way contest, the bizarre Rutherford B. Hayes win over Samuel Tilden in 1876 in which Tilden won the popular vote and fell a single vote short in the Electoral College but lost thanks to Republican skullduggery or Kennedy’s 1960 razor thin victory over Nixon as a result of a last minute flood of questionable Chicago votes and so on and on.

Yes, many were upset, but when it was over, it was over. The slogan was “wait to next year,” not “the resistance must continue.” Losers “took it like a man” and looked to the future. Nobody marched or rioted in the hope changing the outcome. Nor were there calls for the Electors to violate voter instructions to put into office a candidate that did not win a Electoral College majority.

Stop Me If You’ve Heard This One Before
Liberal nostalgia cozies up to power in the form of a zombified Ronald Reagan

Reagan was a bumbling idiot, but he was also a monster, a slimeball fascist whose mercenaries and paid fanatics gunned down thousands across the globe, who fought wars of aggression for PR purposes, whose crackdown on drugs amounted to the all-but-genocidal repression of his own population, who empowered Salafists and death squads, whose economic policies replaced the supposed drudgery of unionization and job security with constant anxious panic for the many and a vampire’s glut for the few, who left communities to be hollowed by disease, whose administration was packed with sleazes and scumbags and scandal. Reagan tore deep gashes in the surface of the world, he killed without conscience, and he did it all with the effortless lubricated grin of a shitty Hollywood actor who knows that it’s all a charade.

An end to the era of professionally explained candidates

Second, neoliberalism. It took over the Democratic Party on Bill Clinton’s coattails, shaped all its policy thinking and ushered in our era of free trade, union-busting, deregulation, middle-class decline, mass incarceration, and massive inequality. It was fitting that this era left its leader’s spouse with a campaign so lacking in positive message—a thin gruel of identity politics, credential-brandishing, and anti-Trump harping. Yes, the Hillary campaign did offer a plethora of progressive policy nuggets discoverable by the Internet-savvy, but she could not credibly push them to a Rust Belt so demoralized by decades of neoliberal devastation. RIP, neoliberalism.


In the Jaws of the Dragon: America’s Fate in the Coming Era of Chinese Hegemony
– (2008)
by Eamonn Fingleton


The Chinese secret weapons are government-forced savings through restrictions on consumption and Confucian authoritarianism.

14 Replies to “11.22.2016”

  1. I was in my eighth grade social studies class, AM in California. Suddenly this student comes into the room and whispers something into the ear of our instructor. He tells the class that the president has been shot.

  2. Yeah, Doom… it was amazing how little mention was made of it. Even over at the KenCen, which is totally focused on his upcoming centenary on 4-29-2017. Everyone’s still gnashing their teeth over the election.
    I was in the gym at cheer-leading practice, getting ready for the pep rally that night and last football game of the season the next day, Saturday, when it was announced that the President had been assassinated.

  3. Hey UR, i recently flew over you, on my way back to HI from NYC, non-stop. saw the Grand Canyon from about 40,000 feet up–nice. we flew out over the Pacific at Santa Barbara, then window shades down over beaucoup blue water and clouds.

  4. Mahalo JR. Here is some useful info from a Jeremy comment over at OFW:

    Which Herbs to Plant?

    Think about what you want to use the herbs in your medicinal herb gardening project for and choose ones that will help you achieve your goal. Here is a short list of a few great herbs you can start with:

    Garlic (Allium sativum): This famous culinary plant is also a powerful healing herb with natural anti-biotic and anti-fungal properties. It has immune-supporting qualities, and is excellent for colds and flus. This plant also helps repel many unwanted insect species from your herb garden.
    Parsley (Petroselinum hortense): This incredibly nutritious herb contains many vitamins (A,B,C) and minerals (calcium, iron, phosphorous, potassium and magnesium). It is useful as a healing herb in issues with urinary and kidney problems, as well as with water retention.
    Peppermint (Mentha piperita): This herb is great for adding flavor to foods, making teas and as an aromatic and beautiful addition to gardens. Medicinally, it is used for stimulating the appetite, as well as helping with indigestion, upset stomach, vomiting, flatulence and nausea. Be mindful to keep its roots in a controlled area, as it has a habit of spreading quickly and even out-competing other herbs.
    Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis): Another good cooking herb. Medicinally, it stimulates the circulatory system, helps calm digestion, and has overall antidepressant qualities.
    Comfrey (Symphytum officinale): All around excellent herb. It is very useful on wounds, sprains, bruises, burns and even broken bones. It also makes a great mulch.
    Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis): An herb with a heavenly aroma. As a tea, this herb helps calm the nervous system and stimulates the heart. It is very relaxing and can even dispel headaches and migraines. Like peppermint, this plant needs to be carefully contained so that it does not spread all over your garden.
    Chickweed (Stellaria media): A very common weed, this herb also happens to be good medicine. The entire above ground part of the plant is great in salads. It is also good as a poultice for burns, and for diaper rash.
    Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale): Yes, dandelion is a healing herb! All parts of the plant can be eaten, though the young leaves and flowers are the tastiest parts. This herb is rich in potassium, and is also a great cleanser for kidneys and the liver.
    Lavender (Lavendula officinalis): This famous, aromatic herb is useful for stress-based headaches, as a gentle nervous system tonic, and works well as an anti-depressant.
    Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla): Another well-known herb, this plant has many uses. Chamomile tea and infusion are calming, as well as a mild digestive aid. A warm bag of chamomile leaves can be placed on a wound or on the eyes to help with inflammations and infections

    Most of our so called modern drugs are derived from plants!

  5. http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20161124-how-to-cope-with-the-end-of-the-world

    from OFW commentary:

    “What surprises me about preppers in general is that they concentrate on food, guns, ammo, stockpiles and fortifying their premises. Their mindsets are about surviving untill everything reboots. But there will be no reboot..

    Considering there will be no reboot, and anything you do will be to no avail, instead of hoarding stockpiles, I’d learn me some skills..

    a. learn first aid. Any proficiency in first aid helps, really.
    b. learn how to ferment foods. Without fridges, food storage is really difficult, root cellars only go that far, learn how foods can be fermented by various lactic acid bacteria.
    c. learn natural herbs and natural vegetables. It’s surprising but natural herbs and natural vegetables grow everywhere. And I literally mean everywhere.. every-where.. To be a successfull “hunter gatherer” you’d just have to know where to look..
    d. learn how to make biochar. The ideal, of the ideal, of the ideal in organic farming would be to have the urine and excrements separated. Urine goes in with the biochar, and excrements in to a composting toilet. The longer the biochar is soaked in urine, the more potent a fertilizer it becomes. Combine the urine soaked biochar with compost and soil, add some limestone or fish, and all crops will be about +50% crop yields first year, +100% the second year, compared to just about any other form of organic farming method.
    e. learn how to use ginger, garlic, chayenne pepper as a natural antibacterial component in food preparation or fermenting
    f. learn how to make cannons and explosives from common items found on a farm. It might be a bit difficult to reason with hordes of people, that you are usefull because you know the skills above. But a few cannons and some explosives just might give enough shock and awe to start a negotiations (and always have plenty of moonshine available..)

    Just saying.. about prepping.. with skills like these, there just might be some fun in the years ahead.. and who knows.. with skills like these.. you’d probably have a fun prosperous time, inside BAU.”

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