August 10, 2017

Advance Notice: Future Schedule

OK, Waferinos-

Let me lay out what's going on in Bermworld for the next 3 mos., for those of you who are interested.

1. I shall be in Italy during Sept. 11-Oct. 3. The blog will therefore be closed during Sept. 10-Oct. 4. I know that this will generate a lot of suffering for all of us, but at least it's only for three wks.

2. I shall be giving a lecture at Thos More College nr. Cincinnati at 7:30 pm on Oct. 27, then flying to NY for a few days. The 4th or 5th (I forget) NY Wafer Summit Meeting and lunch will take place at 1 p.m. on Oct. 29. During the next couple of wks, I wd appreciate it if those of you who plan to attend wd send me yr email address. That way, I can let you know the venue for the mtg. Wafers will be flying in from London, Paris, LA, and Bangkok for the event. But pls note: this is for those of you who are active participants on the blog. If you manage to post 3 or 4 times a year, pls do not write in, asking to attend. Thank you.

3. For hispanohablantes: my Japan book is about to appear in Spanish translation. I will be giving a series of lectures on it at UNAM in Mexico City during the week of Nov. 6, and then one lecture at FIL in Guadalajara on Nov. 27, at 7 p.m.

Thank you all for your patience. These are trying times. Trumpi may knock that ridiculous haircut off of Kim Jong Un's head with a nuclear missile, but this leaves the problem of Trumpi's ridiculous haircut. Tough call.

-mb

July 29, 2017

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Wafers-

Exciting times, n'est-ce pas? Events in Washington are like a (very) bad movie. What shall this chronicle of frenzied self-destruction be called? "Die Hard with a Vengeance"? "House of Cards in Collapse"? "Lemmings Running to the Sea"? "Turkeys Rushing Toward Armageddon"? "Come Back, Reince Priebus!"? You get the idea.

I have to admit to my own lack of imagination. When I wrote Twilight (2000), or DAA (2006), or WAF (2011), the 2017 scenario of the endgame never once entered my mind. Maybe it would have, if I had written a book of cartoons. There are a number of ways a civilization can collapse, of course, but death by absurdity was one I just never thought of.

In one of his books--I think maybe his autobiography--Henry Kissinger muses on how strange and capricious History is, choosing as its agents men whom one would never imagine occupying their historical roles. He says how he was sitting in the Oval Office with Nixon, one day, observing a man whose pants were a bit too short, revealing white socks, talking in a kind of dumb vernacular, and in general, being a dork (my word, not Henry's, altho that was the idea); and thinking to himself, "*This* is the president of the United States?" I don't' think Henry has weighed in on Trumpi and the current cast of characters who people the Trump administration as yet, but clearly we need a language that goes way beyond dork and white socks. One wonders if such a vocabulary even exists.

Well, if it's absurdity, let it be absurdity. To a declinist, whatever works is the thing that counts.

O&D, amigos; O&D.

-mb

July 19, 2017

The Denial of Death

Wafers-

At the end of the last thread, jjarden posted the following article:

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/expat-retirees-enjoy-a-life-reminiscent-of-an-earlier-time-2017-07-17

It resonated with me quite strongly, because it describes the life I have been leading since I left the US. I had no real family or community there, just found it a loveless and alienating place. Here in Mexico, I have 2 families in 2 cities, with real emotional and spiritual connections. I truly love them, and vice versa. The other thing mentioned in the article that's a plus is that the gov't here is not bothering you all the time, meddling in your affairs. For whatever reason, the philosophy is one of live and let live, and the 3 times cops pulled me over for speeding, for example, they were exceedingly polite. You just don't feel harassed, let alone live in terror that you'll be pulled over and shot--an increasingly familiar phenomenon in the US.

I've been rereading a book I 1st read many years ago, "The Denial of Death," by Ernest Becker. His argument is that we take on symbolic 'immortality projects'--for example, the American Dream--in order to hide from our mortality; to deny death. This project gives people the feeling that there is meaning in their lives. But because the project is essentially arbitrary, and sits on a volcano (the fear of death), it is endowed with a kind of ferocity. He thus writes that we "wheel and deal in an idiot frenzy"--a perfect description of hustling America. All of this, he says, explains the phenomenon of depression. People start to feel that their immortality project is false, that they've been sold a bill of goods; or they feel that they cannot be successful, be a 'hero', in terms of that immortality project. (I would add, they can probably feel both emotions at the same time.) The result is that they are reminded of their mortality, and their feelings of worthlessness.

This goes a long way to explaining Trump--an illusory life-raft against the collapse of the American Dream, the promise to restore it--and also, the genocide we visit on other peoples, and the rage we see at home. Police are mowing down unarmed civilians at an alarming rate, and civilians are mowing down each other. The degree of all this was dramatically lower 20 years ago. At that time, it would be unthinkable that someone would be so offended at an oversight of not receiving bacon on their cheeseburger, that they would return to McDonald's with a machine gun and hose the place down. This would seem to be the stuff of (surreal) comedy, yet it happens all the time. Americans are depressed, bitter, and spiritually lost as a result of their immortality project having failed them--or of them, having failed it--and are going over the top on a daily basis as a result. (The stats: there is now more than one massacre a day in the US, now, defined as the killing and/or maiming of 4 or more individuals.) We are, to quote Dylan Thomas, raging against the dying of the light. There are of course better ways of reacting to our individual and national decline, but neither the country nor its inhabitants are likely to find them. All we have ever known, in America, is blind impulse, and all indications are that that is not going to change.

-mb

July 06, 2017

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Waferinos-

Nothing new to report, really. Last month, the LA Times revealed that since Jan. 1st, there were nearly 28,000 shootings in the US. 6800 people died, 13,500 were injured. The rate of all this will probably increase between now and Xmas. In short, our decline is rt on schedule.

Meanwhile, the progs continue their foolishness, as many of you have noted, and Trumpi continues to damage US standing around the world. These things will also increase over time.

The only thing lacking in my database is the per capita amount of pastrami being consumed in NY on a daily basis. This might be a worthwhile topic for us to discuss in this new thread.

-mb

June 22, 2017

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Wafers-

Well, it's been an exciting time. Every day, more evidence of collapse. There's the Evergreen disaster as the tip of the iceberg of a nation that has lost its moorings, and its ability to think straight (or think at all); there are the data that pile up on drug use and widespread misery; there's the evidence you guys have been sending in, documenting our violence and stupidity; and then, suddenly--I love it--a resurgence of trollfoons! Jesus, what could make the ol' berm happier than to crush them like roaches. I'm having fun, and I have them to thank for it. Go, trollfoons!

So we are making progress on all fronts, at least from a declinist point of view. And then, of course, there is Trumpi, who does seem to be carrying out the mandate assigned to him, of dismantling our society. He is--again, from a declinist point of view--an absolutely wonderful president. And having shmucks around like Reince Priebus (what kind of a name is that, anyway?) and Steve Bannon is also an encouraging thing.

Meanwhile, everyone seems worried about the Korean nuclear threat, whereas I suspect the real threat is Kim Jong-un's haircut. An international disgrace, for sure. Wafers are encouraged to write to the Korean leader, recommending various barbers to him.

-mb

June 12, 2017

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Wafers are very active these days, and the comments come in, fast and furious. It seems I just turn around, and it's time for a new post. Nothing special to say right now; like you guys, I'm just watching the increasing descent into self-destruction, and getting a kick out of the media's absorption in non-news. They sure get everyone stirred up, and yet it's all smokescreen, nada mas.

Just a couple of examples: One, impeaching Trump. Most Americans, not very bright, think this means throwing him out of office. It does not. Clinton was impeached and just carried on. To throw a president out of office, you need a Nixon scenario (the Power Elite tells the pres, It's over, douche bag), or impeachment plus conviction. Trump would never agree to a Nixon scenario, and the Senate, heavily Republican, will never vote to convict. So why does the MSM keep discussing it?

Two, Trump pulled the US out of the Paris accords. But the truth is that staying in the accords would have been meaningless, because they have no teeth. It's all voluntary; there are no penalties for exceeding the limits contained therein. Hence, you can be sure that the US will pursue its own 'interests', and exceed those limits (just you wait and see). Trump was merely being honest, stating that the accords made no difference one way or another. But again, all the progs get very excited, and the MSM excoriates him. Another tempest in a cup of tea, to keep Americans worked up over bullshit.

There is one bit of news the MSM won't print, although it should be the headline of all the major newspapers on a daily basis: AMERICA IS FINISHED. In lieu of that, we wallow in crap, and self-deception. Which is, of course, part of our decline. There will be no wake-up moment as we slide into the abyss; most Americans simply don't have the gray matter to make such awareness possible.

-mb