DOES AMERICA HATE ITSELF?

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Posted on 12th August 2014 by Administrator in Economy |Politics |Social Issues

I think Paul Farrell is losing his marbles. His articles bounce from we are in the greatest bull market of all-time to the end is near on a week to week basis. His article below does make some valid observations, but his vitriolic hatred for all Republicans and his unabashed support of Obama and his disastrous administration completely diminishes the credibility and impartiality of his analysis.

I do believe the majority of Americans are narcissistic, selfish, willfully ignorant, self loathing, materialistic, myopic, and angry. I also believe the bread, bombs and circuses provided by the ruling class, along with massive doses of propaganda and misinformation provided by the government controlled corporate media, have contributed greatly to the decline and degradation of this once great country.

The anger, hate, and vitriol engulfing our society are just symptoms of an empire in decline. Therapy won’t solve our problems. The choices we’ve made as a nation over the last 100 years have sealed our fate. The final phase will not be pretty.

Via Marketwatch

300 million self-hating Americans need a new Dr. Freud

Commentary: We need therapy for our self-destructive secrets

By Paul B. Farrell, MarketWatch

Our deep, dark, self-destructive secret, America’s consumed with self-hatred

Yes, America has a deep, dark self-destructive secret: We hate ourselves. We hate America. Yes, Americans are consumed with self-hatred. Can’t face our demons. In denial, destroying our great nation.

Basic psychology: A dangerous virus infects America’s collective unconscious. We project our self-hatred on our enemies, the world “out there,” blaming leaders, bosses, neighbors, family. American souls are in so much pain, we attack everyone, anyone, those closest.


Library of Congress

Sigmund Freud

Yes, basic psychology. Freud, Jung warned us. Self-haters must blame. Can’t stand the darkness festering within. Project on “them,” blaming others, anyone. Self-haters carry a deep secret the therapist seeks, to help free them from their self-destructive pain.

The big problem is, this virus is spreading fast. Millions of self-hating Americans collect and dump their secrets in our one big collective unconscious. Hidden deepest: Our fear America has “peaked.” America is declining. To 1% GDP. Wars will accelerate. Do-nothing politics. Widening inequality. All hiding under the disappearing myth of the American Dream, a future where if you just work hard, tomorrow will be better than today, for our children, ourselves, everyone in this great nation. Gone. An illusion.

Yes, deep within our souls is America’s new collective reality. No longer leader of the free world, we’re falling behind, falling into a self-hatred so painful we block it from our conscious mind. In denial, we won’t take personal responsibility for our pain, our recovery. Instead, we get rid of it … get someone else to take our pain … someone to blame … someone “out there” to take these overwhelming feelings.

Americans can’t stand who we’ve become, what we’re done to ourselves, must blame someone, find someone to take away our painful self-hatred secret.

America needs Dr. Freud’s couch, to search for our lost soul

Welcome to the dark world of American self-hatred. Deny it all you want, it’s now trapped deep in our collective soul. David Rothkopf, editor of Foreign Policy, author of “Superclass,” “Power Inc.” and “Running the World,” recently captured the collective angst millions of self-hating Americans are carrying, fighting about, dying for, projecting onto neighbors, leaders, everyone, making others the enemy … avoiding the real enemy facing them in the mirror.

Listen to the collective self-hating American soul Rothkopf sees, the one tearing apart our nation. Imagine Dr. Freud here diagnosing, analyzing, advising the patient, 300 million angry Americans in pain. How do we get out of this deep, dark psychological hell hole? Listen, you’ve heard so many of these angry individual voices screaming their pains, targeting anyone and everybody, do you hear yourself?

“America is in decline … America is broke … America is unwilling to lead … America has alienated the world … America is fat … America is addicted to sugar, reality television,” and thanks to social media and selfies, America is “addicted to hearing itself speak.”

“Washington is dysfunctional …Washington is corrupt … Washington is full of liars, con men, and self-promoters … who prove that there is no limit to how far people can go in life if they have the right PAC spending dough behind them.”

Our self-loathing is so lethal says Rothkopf … “Americans are a violent people … narcissistic … misogynistic … puritanical, hyped up on religiosity … turning against science, math, and history … Americans don’t read … don’t work hard anymore … The American dream is dead … Today’s children will be the first generation who must learn to expect less, not more, than their parents had.”

Then, as any great student of Freud and Jung would do, Rothkopf intervenes, tells his patient to cut the crap, stop the whining: “Snap out of it, America. You’re good enough, smart enough — who cares if people don’t like you?” Rothkopf would make a great therapist, maybe for one, maybe even a million self-hating Americans. But not all.

Stop whining? Grow up? Take responsibility … maybe it’s too late

Today everyone wants the quick cure. But there really is no magic, quick-fix, snap-out-of-it solution. We didn’t see any with the few hundred we helped in therapy. Secrets are deep, lack of self-awareness enormous, resistance great, self-hatred projected on others powerful, so strong that if you multiply all the pain and anger of millions of angry Americans, it’s impossible to “snap out” fast, let alone change course. Therapy, recovery takes time, a luxury America has little of … it may be too late.

And how do we factor in the real enemies: Big Oil, the Koch Bros? Sen. Mitch McConnell’s army of GOP billionaires who, since the eve of his inauguration, hate everything Obama stands for? Tea partiers who hate all things government. Terrorists? Sadly, the “Great American Self-Hating Collective UnConsciousness” may be too big, hundreds of millions. With so many angry diverse voices feeding on their own hatred.

Moreover, America’s new hate-filled collective unconscious is not some brief psychological condition. Unfortunately, it’s systemic, may be permanently wired in America’s brain, psyche, soul. A massive self-destructive virus has taken control of America’s collective unconscious, our brain, our future.

This self-hatred analysis was reinforced by another column in the same Foreign Policy issue. Strategic-trend analysts Elbridge Colby and Paul Lettow ask: “Have We Hit Peak America?” Their answer: Yes. “American leadership in the world is imperiled. And at a fundamental level, the American people sense it. A number of recent polls show that more Americans than ever before, 60% in some cases, believe U.S. power is waning.”

Colby and Lettow see this new “declinist anxiety” sweeping America, supported by the facts: “The relative economic decline of the U.S. is a fact. For the first time in 200 years, most growth is occurring in the developing world, and the speed with which that shift, a function of globalization, has occurred is hard to fathom … in 1990 just 14% of cross-border flows of goods, services, and finances originated in emerging economies, today nearly 40% do. As recently as 2000, the GDP of China was one-tenth that of the United States; just 14 years later, the two economies are equal” Worse, a CNN poll “ found that Americans think by a 2-to-1 margin that their children’s lives will be worse than their own” doubting “the American dream.”

Image problem? No, we must face head-on the self-hatred in our soul

In spite of their dark data and darker forecasts, our Foreign Policy experts wrap up on a positive note: “While believing that America is doomed to decline is a fallacy, refusing to confront the problems that imperil its economic vitality would be no less a failing,” warn Colby and Lettow. “American strength and freedom of action are not rights to be inherited but outcomes to be earned. … It is time to play the long game.”

Long game? In today’s new chasing-the-hottest-trend world? Dominated by millions of social-media Twitter brains, folks with attention spans shorter than 30-second commercials? Manipulated by billionaires, Big Business, Big Banks, Big Oil, Big Government and Big Data with even shorter get-richer quick attention spans? No, what’s trending this moment always beats the “long game.”

Rothkopf laments the fact that “for the richest and most powerful nation in the history of the Earth, having ideas like these bouncing around the Internet and laced into talk-show banter sure does suggest that America has a nasty self-image problem. Call it body-politic-dysmorphia. Call it the self-hating superpower disease. Call the problem whatever you want … so long as you recognize the country needs to deal with it.” Instead, we’re deep in denial.

Unfortunately America has far more than an “image problem” that a fancy ad campaign might fix. There are too many signs that the collective unconscious of America’s hundreds of millions of self-haters has actually joined forces with their hated enemies. Yes! They are really in a classic conspiracy: Big Oil and Pinto owners, Big banks and credit-card holders, Big Business and shoppers buying essential goods, Big Tech and the rest of us endlessly searching for the next big thing, and so on.

Yes, America has a deep, dark, dangerous, self-destructive secret: We hate ourselves. We hate America. Yes, Americans are consumed with self-hatred. In denial, but won’t face our demons. America has “self-hating superpower disease,” as Rothkopf says. And it’s crushing our individual souls and our nation’s collective unconscious.

We do need to “recognize the country needs to deal with it.” But refuse. And the clock’s ticking. As Pogo famously put it: “We have met the enemy and he is us.” Not someone out there. So get Freud, before we’re past that point of no-return … before it’s too late to change direction … before we self-destruct our great nation.

13 Comments
  1. Rise Up says:

    This idiot Farrell needs to replace the “we” America-haters with “I” in this tirade. He blames the Koch brothers and big oil for our problems (and of course the “army of GOP billionaires”). Yet he offers no solutions other than to “get Freud”…which means what, exactly?

    Seems that Farrell is the one who needs psychoanalysis.

    12th August 2014 at 9:41 am

  2. Dutchman says:

    This Farrell guy is fucked up.

    Those of us who are not asleep, realize that our country has been hijacked by the FSA and our ever increasing Federal Government – which is steam rollering over our rights.

    Farrell got one thing right: “Washington is dysfunctional …Washington is corrupt … Washington is full of liars, con men, and self-promoters … who prove that there is no limit to how far people can go in life if they have the right PAC spending dough behind them.”

    And because of this: “America is in decline … America is broke … America is unwilling to lead.
    It’s not self hatred, but rather an awareness that we have been royally screwed.

    Unfortunately, the liars in Washington have converted more than 50% of the people to be dependent upon entitlements, and these people are willing to give up their liberties, just so they can get government subsidies. Right now today, we are importing 100,000’s of illegal immigrants – creating an ever larger class of entitlement dependent people.

    The Federal Government has become so large, so powerful, so out of control, so all knowing, it can’t be stopped by voting.

    Us aware people have taken responsibility – for our own lives – there are not enough of us any more to form a majority.

    12th August 2014 at 10:23 am

  3. Olga says:

    IMO he conflates the American people with the American government – at one time semi-representative. And perhaps in most peoples’ minds it still is – but how on earth can a person be told on a 24/7 basis they are “exceptional” while their own “representative” government debases their morals and values on an international stage – and not suffer mentally.

    My sheeple-peeps know something is wrong but it appears their egos are so intrinsically tied to what they believe is a government that represents them – IMO the “self-hatred” comes from being mind-controlled into thinking they are one with the government and to understand the betrayals, the lies and the total head-fucks is just too much.

    Thanks to government schooling loving your country while despising the government is not readily apparent to too many people.

    12th August 2014 at 10:28 am

  4. the tumbleweed says:

    Whenever a civilization is on precipice of its own demise charlatans come forth peddling uninitiated advice and two-bit solutions. This is a psychological coping mechanism, a form denial to mask the inevitable conclusion that the current paradigm is over. Often, these “solutions” contain increasingly mystical and magical elements. Sometimes these movements are referred to as “millenarian” in nature. From Wikipedia:

    Flagellantism was a 13th and 14th centuries movement, consisting of radicals in the Catholic Church.The peak of the activity was during the Black Death, then called the Great Death, which began around 1347. Spontaneously Flagellant groups arose across Northern and Central Europe in 1349, except in England. The ritual began with the reading of a letter, claimed to have been delivered by an angel and justifying the Flagellants’ activities. Next the followers would fall to their knees and scourge themselves, gesturing with their free hands to indicate their sin and striking themselves rhythmically to songs, known as Geisslerlieder, until blood flowed. Sometimes the blood was soaked up in rags and treated as a holy relic.

    The Ghost Dance (Caddo: Nanissáanah,[1] also called the Ghost Dance of 1890) was a new religious movement incorporated into numerous Native American belief systems. According to the prophet Jack Wilson (Wovoka)’s teachings, proper practice of the dance would reunite the living with the spirits of the dead and bring peace, prosperity, and unity to native peoples throughout the region.

    The Boxer Rebellion, Boxer Uprising or Yihetuan Movement was a violent anti-foreign and anti-Christian movement which took place in China towards the end of the Qing dynasty between 1898 and 1900. The Boxers believed that through training, diet, martial arts and prayer they could perform extraordinary feats, such as flight. Furthermore, they popularly claimed that millions of spirit soldiers would descend from the heavens and assist them in purifying China of foreign influences.[7] The Boxers, armed with rifles and swords, claimed supernatural invulnerability towards blows of cannon, rifle shots, and knife attacks.

    The crucible which has contained our society for the past 75 years is in the process of shattering, yet the people as a whole are so soft, weak, and comfortable, that our version of the Ghost Dance is to write whiny articles, draw the curtains, and queue up an entire season of Orange is the New Black to binge watch. The problem is many people, including the whiny article sad sacks, simply cannot grasp the true nature of the decline of American society: the utter psychopathic infiltration and complete corruption of EVERY SINGLE societal system, coupled with a largely-apathetic populace paralyzed by Newton’s First Law of Motion. Overcoming both a lifetime of mass propaganda as well as Occam’s Razor to realize the utter vastness of the problem leaves many trapped in the cycle of endlessly attacking straw men, like the invisible Koch Brothers or the inconsequential Mitch McConnell. This doesn’t bode well for our future, but it does bode well for whiny article ideologues.

    12th August 2014 at 11:05 am

  5. TE says:

    @tumbleweed, simply wonderful rant Sir (?) Thanks

    12th August 2014 at 11:22 am

  6. overthecliff says:

    Reality is soon to slap America in the face. The unfit will throw a tantrum. The strong will survive and prosper. It will be interesting to watch but we won`t have the luxury of watching.

    12th August 2014 at 11:22 am

  7. Pirate Jo says:

    I’m not the least bit self-loathing. It’s everyone else I hate.

    12th August 2014 at 12:05 pm

  8. BUCKHED says:

    So what’s wrong with us ?

    How about a legal system that no longer mets out justice. A system that every year grows by a thousand laws that are meant to enslave and entrap us .

    A law enforcement system that has become increasingly militarized . Where SWAT teams invade homes for white collar crimes .Where every Federal agency has full auto weapons and SWAT teams in order to invade farms for selling milks straight from a cow .

    A banking system that has destroyed the buying power of the dollar by 98% . A system that allows the Banksters to invent new ways in which to pillage the 99.99% of the world and never be prosecuted for those crimes .

    A moral system that has allowed abortion on demand, a huge increase in the out of wedlock births , a FSA army of record proportions and labeled you a bigot if you object to your money being taken away and re-distributed .

    And finally a government that through the courts controls every aspect of our lives.

    Pissed and demoralized…you bet I am but we’re in the 7th inning stretch,the relief pitcher is due
    up and he has a wicked curve ball .

    12th August 2014 at 12:23 pm

  9. efarmer says:

    Gee, I don’t hate myself. Bet Hardscrabble doesn’t either. I’d wager that most on here don’t. We just go on with our lives while this fucked up Farrell and his kind continue to screw this country into the ground.

    Farrell was clearly referring to liberals, as was espoused by Eric Hoffer in the True Believer. They are a deranged class of people.

    EF

    12th August 2014 at 12:27 pm

  10. bb says:

    Priate Jo , I like your comment. If people in this country or even this site would do what I tell them to do their lives and mine would be so much better. Most people just rebel against my wisdom. This is where I have a lot of sympathy and empathy for GOD.I know what He is going through.

    12th August 2014 at 2:01 pm

  11. bb says:

    Almost forgot . I don’t hate my country but I do hate what is being done to it.My Grandfather and Father both fought in wars for this country. Millions have fought for this country. Hundreds of thousands have been Killed and Wounded . I hate thinking it was all for nothing.Many people do not realize or care about the sacrifices that have been made for this nation. They probably never will until we are in another world war ,financial ruin or both.Then it will be to late .

    12th August 2014 at 2:16 pm

  12. Hallie says:

    Blah,blah, blah… This sort of psycho-babble, propaganda BS has outlived and worn out its original, nefarious usefulness. Farrell tries to sell what no sane person is buying.

    What could be worse than Paul Farrell’s crazy rants? Forbes’ useful idiot, Rich Karlgaard, denouncing Farrell as a frothing madman, while endorsing animal spirit insanity. Pot calling kettle black logic.

    Did Marketwatch Columnist Paul Farrell Incite Crime?:

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/richkarlgaard/2010/11/10/did-marketwatch-columnist-paul-farrell-incite-crime/

    12th August 2014 at 7:16 pm

  13. MuckAbout says:

    This guy has his head up where the sun does not shine. One fart would asphyxiate him.

    MA

    12th August 2014 at 8:28 pm

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