An interesting article on why our culture is preoccupied with unimportant and phony issues like Global Warming, transgendereds, Russian collusion (the Red Scare is back and bigger than ever), and the non-existent Rape Culture. All of these issues serve to advance the power of the state and diminish individual rights. The long history of humanity is basically that the majority of people have been ruled over by a tyrannical minority. The American Experiment was a departure from the norm; but we are rapidly returning to it.
The history of the 20th century is proof positive that political insanity is a norm of human behavior and that true civilization — moral decency, intellectual sobriety, industrial and commercial productivity, the rule of law and genuine justice — is the exception.”We live in the flicker,” said Joseph Conrad’s Marlow in Heart of Darkness — that is, “live” as civilized beings. But when truth is dismissed as merely an expression of power, when feeling is elevated over thought, and when fictions are raised to the status of unassailable convictions, the writing is on the wall of every dwelling and institution. Civilizations, said Toynbee, die of suicide, not murder.
What brings a civilization to the point where it believes it can survive on fables, myths and self-deception remains an open question, but the trajectory towards the embrace of fantasy and nonsense seems historically inevitable. We are there now, cruising through the drive-ins. Serving up nothing burgers to itself is how a civilization starves to death. Caveat coenator