It seems at least once a week that I quote what James Kunstler said in February of 2016 – “Sometime societies just collectively go insane.”
Kunstler’s reasoning for why this occurs is interesting (and he has provided previous historical examples of such) – in that societies lose the courage, the appetite, the willingness to deal with major problems. This is a gradual process – it does not just happen one Tuesday at noon – that evolves into an unwillingness or perhaps even inability to see that major problems exist. Societies which find themselves in this state substitute the trivial, less important or even fictional problems for the actual problems and hence end up living in a fantasy world – “Sometime societies just collectively go insane” – of spending their time and energy and resources attempting to solve the meaningless or non-existent problems until they are overwhelmed by the inevitable and relentless grind of the actual major problems which they have failed to even acknowledge until it was too late and undeniable.
FYI for some perspective on this – Kunstler is a Democrat who thinks his own party has simply gone insane – so don’t think this is some wild libertarian theory.
FYI some more – Kunstler thinks both parties have gone insane and that it is a reflection of “Sometime societies just collectively go insane.”
We have real problems and we have real problems around basic things like math and that what governments at all levels have signed up to provide is not mathematically possible without having made those obligations valueless. We have built – to a large extent – our society on government fulfilling these obligations. That we are racing down the trail of making these obligations valueless seems not to be on anyones agenda.
I think is the key word here is valueless. We are racing as a society to make all sorts things which should be of immense value – valueless. We will regret that.
I am not dogmatic about this – but it is truly the best explanation I know of for what is happening to us.