We live in a time of utter corruption of the thought process. Ours is the Age of Willful Blindness. It is so bad that perfectly obvious looming threats are routinely ignored, whereas non-issues like Global Frauding occupy the full attention of our elite leaders.
It is regrettable that I cannot begin the discussion of how best to survive the coming collapse of the West without devoting an entire column to saying what the danger is.
Safety precautions are not meant to be perfect, merely not be more trouble than they are worth. Wearing a safety belt in a car will not protect your life in every case, merely in enough cases that it is worth the minor trouble of buckling up.
Now imagine you are in a car that you notice is being driven by a drunk madman suffering an open head injury which is interfering with his ability to make critical judgments. He is chained to the steering wheel. The car is headed toward a cliff. However, whenever you or the other doomed passengers point out that the car is heading toward a cliff, half the passengers in the car scream the most filthy insults, abuse, and denigration imaginable, shrieking like loons, spittle flying, and insist there is no cause for alarm; and the driver pushes more firmly on the accelerator pedal, so that the car speeds toward the cliff more quickly.
At that point, any safety precautions one could take more cumbersome than a mere safety belt, such as a crash helmet, or even a parachute, would be called for.
Lest I be accused of obscurity, in this parable, the cliff is the financial and military situation of the West.
The driver is the political Left.
His insanity is called Political Correctness, which punishes anyone who tells the truth and flatters anyone who lies.
The intoxicant is political power, an unholy lust to control the hearts, minds and souls of other men, run their lives and ruin their lives.
The pulsating head wound dripping blood and gray matter is the modern educational system or, rather, asylum.
The screaming loons are the press. Their sole mission is the prevention of an educated and intelligent discussion of the coming disaster or, for that matter, of any topic.
Financially, had the United States a decade ago embarked a rigid budget cutting program and strict austerity, cutting all the various forms of welfare payments, transfer payments, and bribery, either by atomic or bacteriological agent, on a major city of the West, or several of them, we might have been able to embark on a depression only twice as bad as what tormented our fathers under FDR.
However, instead, the Leftists in America elected the most profligate figure in human history. Astronomical amounts of money were borrowed and spent with no plans to repay, and no idea what to do when the bill comes due. These are amounts beyond comprehension, amounts beyond the combined gross national product of all the nations of the world. The United States checking account was already at zero when Obama took office; this spending took place in the first year â€“ and then it exploded and expanded and accelerated.
That is just the national debt, not the unfunded liabilities, which are an order of magnitude higher.
Millions and tens of millions of dollars were lost without any record of where it went. Whether this was bribery, or peculation, or mere mishandling of funds, no one knows and no one can say, because the press never investigated it, nor the Justice Department, nor anyone. There are corporations and nations whose entire military budget is less than the missing amounts lost in the orgy of spending.
Militarily, the United States has done exactly everything wrong from the very beginning of the Global Islamic War, including refusing to declare war, and refusing to call it war, refusing to follow the money to the actors funding the terror, refusing to hold conquered terrain, and refusing to identify the cause of the problem. We have made ourselves as weak and vulnerable as possible to the preferred decentralized tactics of the Jihad, and encouraged the enemy by shows of weakness and indecision, despite possessing an overwhelming military and industrial advantage.
The cause of the problem is Islam, which is a political-theocratic movement older than the nations of Europe, and which had not changed its basic mission at that time, nor its tactics.
Examples could be multiplied endlessly: When hundreds of German women are raped, robbed, and sexually assaulted in a series of planned outrages over New Year’s by Islamics, for example, the immediate mission of the press is to channel the discussion into Gun Control. As if that were the major problem facing the nation or, indeed, a problem of any sort, major or minor. And the German politicians tell their women to dress more modestly. That same week, the Miss Universe contest is soberly debating whether or not to drop the bathing suit segment of the contest because the Islamics find it immodest. The federal prison system has decided not to buy and serve bacon anywhere in federal prison for fear of offending the Islamics.
If London or New York is blown off the map by the Obama Bomb that this administration has given the Iranians the go-ahead to build, or used an electromagnetic pulse weapon to wipe out our comically and foolishly vulnerable electrical grid, a sizable section of the United States riots for a week or two, and starves and dies.
The money needed to restore civilization to working order is gone. Weâ€™ve spent it all. We have spent all the money in the world. There is none left to borrow, none left to pay interest on the debt. The World produces roughly 70 trillion dollars worth of goods and services a year. The US government, including unfunded liabilities, owes over 90 trillion.
That is trillion with a T. If you counted to a trillion one number per second without pausing for breath, you would need to live 31,000 years. I happen to have this figure at my fingertips because I wrote a book of this title, and this is roughly the time it would take to fly to the a globular cluster NGC 2808 in the constellation Carina traveling at the speed of light. You see, I started writing the book in the Bush Administration, when only astronomers used the word â€śtrillion.â€ť
Now, America survived two world wars and a cold war without a collapse of our civilization, or a slide back into barbarism. That was then. This is now. When Pearl Harbor was bombed, the unanimous reaction of the United States was one of righteous outrage. When the World Trade Center was destroyed, using civilian airliners as bombs, half the nation blamed the United States and called for our immediate preemptive surrender. We fought a conventional war against a decentralized enemy and half the nation, the Left, voiced their absolute and unambiguous support for the Jihad and expressed a hatred of George H.W. Bush so insane that it developed its own byword: Bush Derangement Syndrome. The achievements of the Bush war years were small and tardy, but a good beginning â€“ and the Obama Administration not only reversed those gains but put the West into worse military situation than before 9/11.
So, the chance that our civilization will outlive twenty five years without the grid failing is low. The election of one or two conservative warlike presidents will accomplish nothing, since the rot is now too deep, the corruption too advanced. What was once the lunatic fringe hardly worth laughing in scorn to notice is now the mainstream Left, the mainstream media, the orthodox indoctrination in academia, enshrined in law.
Our society, absent a divine miracle from God, is certain to crash. What can you do to prepare yourself for the impact? That we will examine in our next column.
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John C. Wright is a retired attorney and newspaperman who was only once hunted by the police. He is a graduate of St. John College (home of Mortimer Adler’s “Great Books Program“). In 2004 he foreswore his lifelong atheism and joined the Roman Catholic Church. He has published over 10 SF novels, including one nominated for a Nebula award, and was described by Publisherâ€™s Weekly as “this fledgling centuryâ€™s most important new SF talent.” He currently lives in fairytale-like happiness with his wife, the authoress L. Jagi Lamplighter, and their four children.
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