Where to start?
This country is coming apart at the seams. This country is much more fragile than many people think. A large number of people – but no where near a majority – wish to destroy the existing fabric of government, society and culture. The shooting in Las Vegas appears to have sparked another round of this desire to destroy. These people have moved rapidly from statues to the NFL kneeling to blaming anyone they do not like for the shooting in Las Vegas.
There are people that genuinely believe statues of those who supported slavery should be removed, those who genuinely believe that players that kneeled were doing so to oppose racism and those who genuinely believe that draconian gun regulation is called for. I do not doubt the sincerity of these people – I do think they are delusional in thinking that when the current government/society/culture collapses it will be immediately replaced by something they will find enjoyable and satisfying. THAT is the definition of delusional.
Why would government/society/culture collapse? Because ethics lead to morals and morals lead to laws and the ethics professed by many are those of hate, destruction, deceit and greed.
On top of the ongoing societal disintegration and the ongoing social science experiment in just how many people it takes to not consent before a government is toppled our markets are brittle. Reliable sober people are warning that the stock market is extremely overvalued and due for a significant correction. This correction will not be limited to the S&P but will certainly spread to the bond market, housing, business viability and pensions – and of course derivatives. When – not if – a significant correction occurs it will be ugly. We won’t even talk about government and corporate debt. When paired with the social disintegration that ugliness will be multiplied.
I am not talking about post-apocalyptic Mad Max here – but social and economic disintegration is a fairly well worn path. The United States has all of the classic symptoms of social and economic disintegration – we are becoming increasingly ungovernable as the Federal government is at war within itself, we have destroyed price discovery hence we have destroyed any working markets, we have completely abandoned the concept of risk, and the culture has decided that every bad thing that happens is the other guys fault in some way shape or form. Worst of all many have come to regard government as nothing more than an allocator of spoils and we will fight to the death for our share of the spoils.
We are kind of a despicable people with a despicable culture at the moment. We have Americans actually rooting for North Korea to beat us, we have Americans cheering because they assume primarily Republicans were shot in Las Vegas, we have endless lies and falsehoods to prop our agendas and ideologies and we no longer particularly care that our agendas and ideologies are propped up with lies and falsehoods. In a very real unspoken way we have to normalize lies to maintain a coherent thought process. Many people think the goal is for their lies to be more popular than the other lies – not on what may or may not be true or the conditions under which it may or may not be true. Context is a long-forgotten concept in 2017 America.
Ethics lead to morals and morals lead to laws – a significant number of Americans no longer have any ethics other than to get what ever they can and take it by force from other people if that is the easiest way to get it. Of course that is not what they advertise their ideology to be – they tend to wrap this lust for power and spoils in the much more socially acceptable ‘compassion’ blanket. That ethic leads to our current morals and those morals lead to our current laws focused on who will use force to take what from the other guy. Government has become little more than a power struggle over who will control and allocate the spoils. Our politics have devolved into a personal war over which side of the allocation of spoils you may fall on. Underlying all of this is the irrational belief that the United States will always remain the wealthiest and most powerful country in the world and that we can endlessly pillage the rest of the world for spoils. The United States became the wealthiest and most powerful country in the world because of an ethic – and that ethic is evaporating. That those fighting over the allocation of spoils cannot take a step back and look at the big picture will be our doom. Unfortunately many of these people have been taught by a deficient education system that it was always this way – hence they have no concept that the ethics leading to the morals leading to the laws that allowed the United States to become what has become are wholly different that the ethics they profess today.
I honestly think there is no other solution than to let it crash and burn and then rebuild. The United States has more than enough energy, food potential, infrastructure and smart people so we can rebuild (in what ever configuration) on a rational structure once the chaff gets burned away.
Sometimes societies just collectively go insane and this society is ready for a straitjacket in the rubber room.