Archive for the ‘Collapse’ Category

The Current Age

June 1, 2019

One of the central figures in my book, “Street Song,” is a man I call Ed. He was twice my age, a serious student of reality, and he kept me grounded when I was having my toughest times on the street. I remember one day in the summer of 1976 when he came looking for me, wanting to see how I was doing and told me something that made a big impact. He said the next big thing in human history was going to be computers. He didn’t actually say it, but the implication was that computers were going to be the next big distraction to keep us from taking a clear look inside ourselves. It sounded ominous, and I think what he told me has been borne out.

 

Street Song, Street Songs, and Collapse

April 6, 2019

I’ve been making  noise about addressing at length what I see going on given the results of the 2016 election—what I’ve been calling “The Sun Sets in the West.” It’s not some new insight, but something I’ve been watching and studying all my life. I think what we’re seeing is the collapse of the old system—not just in America, but in Europe as well. When I say “system,” I mean the elaborate environment that has been created since the so-called Western Enlightenment of the 18th Century and has taken over the world—capitalism, democracy, the nation state, progress, science, and so on. It has gone as far as it can go and is contracting. To a lot of people, that sounds outrageous and demands further explanation—which is my intention. But I can’t do it right now. There are two reasons. One is that my understanding keeps changing—not in the sense of “shifting.” It’s more like, “yes, that’s all true, but that’s not half of it.” The other reason is that, quite unexpectedly, the recordings I’ve been making to supplement my book Street Song have grown far beyond my original idea. They’re demanding all my time, and I don’t like to split my attention. I will get around to detailing my ideas about the collapse of the system—I think they are quite valid, I see evidence of their truth every day—but that’s going to have to wait a little while yet. I foresee the music being finished this summer.

The Sun Sets in the West #5: Changing Course

February 18, 2019

I started this series with the intention of methodically explaining my views about what happened in the 2016 election. I wanted to build my case like a lawyer, step by step, but I find that I can’t do that. After 12 and a half years of working on a book, my brain rebels at doing that kind of dry structuring  again. The reason I wanted to do this carefully is that my understanding will be considered radical and crazy. But it’s not. I started seeing certain things around 50 years ago and they have been borne out continually. I’m not the only one who thinks the way I do. But it is less common nowadays–at least since Reagan. My essential point is that America is an empire and that, like all past empires, it has entered a state of collapse. But simultaneously there is something else going on. I believe that Western Civilization has peaked and is on its way down as well. I don’t consider this a bad thing. I think our civilization was built on a number of false assumptions, and nothing built on false assumptions lasts.  I’m going to go into all this, but not in any orderly way. I also want to address what I think will, or should, take its place. All hope is not lost. But those who see Western Civilization as humanity’s great effort to get things right will surely disagree.

More as the mood strikes.

Fools

December 22, 2018

A caption on a photo of Trump in the New York Times says, “President Trump has grown increasingly suspicious of many of the people around him, convinced that they are fools.”

Classic psychopathic mindset!

Dumpy Trumpy

December 20, 2018

Dumpy Trumpy stands firm for his wall
Dumpy Trumpy will have a great fall
All the bling tchotchkes and all the bling trash
Is not gonna stop Wall Street’s epochal crash

Obamacare struck down by Texas Judge

December 14, 2018

I find Texas law every bit as unacceptable as Shariah law. I will not live under the rule of these assholes. There is a real need to oppose absolutely the so-called conservatives who are in reality just monstrous egotists. They think they are winning a culture war, but they are really tearing apart the nation. Their ideas are evil, and evil ideas are self-destructive. Fact.