6 thoughts on “What Dave said

  1. The Baudrillardian difference between crisis from the Order of Production and catastrophe from the Order of Seduction.

    One can produce a crisis but never a catastrophe. Or one could substitute manufactured for produced very nicely.

  2. I don’t know how to say this without it coming off as a big pompous statement. I am just a guy who is not an expert on anything, but I have got an idea I wanted to get out there where somebody might read it, or that you might pass it on to one of your buddies like Paul Krugman. I have been reading some things about the Buddhist concept of “non-duality”, which says that things are really all connected and inseparable. You can’t change or eliminate one thing without changing the other thing.

    I think that the United States may be going into a process of disintegration and reorganization similar to what happened to the Soviet Union after the end of the Cold War. Without a single enemy to focus the Soviet’s attention on one goal, the internal contradictions and conflicts among the states and factions came to the surface and began to tear the country apart. The corrupt and dysfunctional leadership was not able to cope with it.

    My theory is that instead of “victory in the Cold War”, our country went into its own kind of process of dissolution, just a more lengthy one. It may be that this very strange and crazy situation is part of our own crisis of the disintegration of the American nation and its government. I just don’t know if we will be able to get out of it. A significant group in the country seems to be determined to provoke some kind of breakdown, and the established authorities cannot deal with it, and some of them are even conniving with it.

  3. I don’t think it’s as lofty as all that. I think normal people got conned into believing that “crazy” is the new “statesman.” TV, maybe? Big cities? I don’t know.
    The USSR rose up from individual countries with long histories. I don’t know what the equivalent in the US would be. Where I live, a large percentage of the population self-identifies as First Nation. Would I be displaced back to the Old Country? I’m only second generation, really.

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