Its quite interesting to see how spreading Hopelessness is affecting different societies around the world. In the Middle East, this has manifested itself for quite a while in the form of increasing Religious Fanaticism. In Russia, its increasing Alcoholism, in Japan a stoic acceptance of their impending social collapse graphically depicted in Anime. Here in the FSofA, increasing Postal Events by “Psychos”.
Despite the fact the behaviors are precisely the same between an Islamic Suicide Bomber who walks into a Hotel lobby and randomly blows up whoever happens to be there and an Amerikan Psycho who shows up in a Safeway Parking Lot with a Glock, the actions aren’t perceived in the same way either by the media or by the typical Amerikan Observer. When a Muslim pulls this stunt, rather than fixing the blame on the psychotic actions of the individual, the blame is placed on the Religion of Islam in general. When an Amerikan Psycho goes Ballistic, the root causes are placed on that person’s Individual Psychology.
Following a particularly spectacular Postal with high profile victims, the media immediately goes into overdrive to find out as much specific detail about the Psycho’s prior life, parents, home life, school records, work records, whatever they can dig up. In the end, you get a finely detailed Profile of the individual, which of course about always pegs that person as a disaffected loner with some kind of Fringe Group affiliation.
The key here is that this person’s problems are never seen as being caused by his immersion is a corrupted society, but when looking at a Muslim Terrorist that is how it is ALWAYS seen. Muslim’s aren’t seen as Psycho because they are individual nutcases, they are seen as Psycho because they are part of a Psycho culture. For the Amerikan Psycho the opposite is described, his behavior results from his own deficiencies and not because of the Psycho Culture he is immersed in. Interesting, no?
In both cases, the person is marginal in the society as a whole. Muslim Suicide Bombers are a VERY small fraction of all the Muslims wandering around out there. Similarly, Amerikan Psychos are a very small fraction of HS Losers or Postal Workers. In both cases though, these folks latch onto the most Violent means of lashing out against the society they are immersed in as they can. In its own way, Amerikan culture is just as sick as Islamic culture is, and so the psychos/terrorists on both sides act out in very much the same way.
The sicker the culture, the more Psychos or Terrorists it will nurture. There may or may not be biochemical imbalances that contribute to the metal illness in the individual, but the total psychosis doesn’t come just from inside the mind of the psycho, it develops over time as a reaction to events and circumstances in that person’s life. The less real caring there is in the culture, the longer psychotic behaviors will develop, and after a few years the person is just a Time Bomb waiting to explode.
There is no telling at the moment how many Time Bombs are ticking out there, but as more people slide off the economic cliff and the culture doesn’t CARE about them, the more of them we are bound to create. For a while longer I suspect this will just manifest itself in Individual Psychos going ballistic, but as with the Muslims, as it gets worse this will evolve into a Group Activity. It already has really in the form of some Fringe Group Militias out there, just as of yet one hasn’t exploded before the Gestapo got wind of their activities and shut them down. However, worsening conditions will eventually overwhelm the ability of the FBI to catch them all, and so one will eventually succeed in pulling off some stunt to lash out.
Meanwhile, as Individual Psychos are analyzed in the MSM (and in the Blogosphere also), each side of the Political spectrum seeks to place the psycho into the camp of the other group. Conservatives hope to show the Shooter was a Liberal Left Wing Pot Smoker, Liberals hope to show he was a Conservative Right Wing Fundy Christian Tea Bagger. This isn’t really very important, because once somebody slides into psychotic thinking, they can take any ideology and use it to self-justify their actions. Statistically speaking, if there are more Left Wing Fringe groups out there than Right Wing, then more of the psychos will be Lefties. That was the case in the 1960s, with groups like the SDS, the Weathermen, the Black Panthers and the Symbionese Liberation Army. Today there are more Right Wing Fringe Groups, generally the Christian Militias and Survivalists and Wackos from Waco. So nowadays when a psycho goes ballistic, its statistically more likely that person will have nominal Right Wing politics. This doesn’t play well on the media level for more centrist Conservatives, so they have to do Spin Control dissociating themselves and their philosophy from that of the Shooter. Its still kind of up in the air whether Jared the Shooter was a Righty or Lefty psycho, so both sides are trying to peg his politics to the other side.
The next really BIG form of Spin control in the attempt to legitimize your side of the Political debate in both the MSM and the Blogosphere is to dissociate your ideology as promoting Violence as a Solution. Probably the most common phrase you will read somewhere in an article is “Violence doesn’t Solve Anything”. This is powerful Group Think, especially because in any way being associated with Violence, even just saying something like “Banksters and CONgress Critters should be Hanged” could be construed as promoting violence and get you a visit from the Black Vans and a one way ticket to GITMO. At the same time, I cannot possibly COUNT the number of times I have read an analogue of the statement “Banksters and CONgress Critters should be Hanged” on all the websites concerned with the Financial Collapse, from Zero Hedge to this one and from both sides of the political spectrum. For the most part, long as its phrased in an abstract way and you don’t target individuals, you are probably pretty safe, but you sure would be in a world of shit if you Twittered out that Lloyd Blankfein should be fitted for a Hemp Necktie and he got strung up the next day. So I personally would never say such a thing, I just report what other people might say. LOL.
On a philosophical level, you really have to wonder about the Group Think idea that “Violence Never Solves Anything”. I mean, wasn’t the American Revolution pretty Violent? It solved the problem of Taxation without Representation, at least for the first 5 minutes after the war finished anyhow. Wasn’t WWII kind of Violent? At least for a few years it squashed down an overtly Fascist Goobermint from taking over the world.
If Violence doesn’t solve anything, WTF has it been undertaken EVERY time some people want to throw off the yoke of Tyranny? These folks missed a more effective solution to resolve the problem? What? Andy Hardy couldn’t just say “Hey Judy! I have a GREAT idea! Let’s do a SHOW! Then we can use the Box Office receipts to pay our Taxes and everything will be just SWELL!” LOL.
Doug Casey just cannot IMAGINE why people Riot. Doug would never Riot, he’s too busy counting up the Gold Coins in the basement safe of his Argentinian Doomstead to Riot. LOL. I’ll clue Doug in here. People RIOT because Peaceful Demonstrations aren’t WORKING. People REVOLT because the Ballot Box isn’t WORKING. Just about everyone would PREFER a Peaceful Solution, and usually they do try peaceful means before they LOSE IT. Saying it “never solves anything” is a crock of shit. It solves lots of things. Mainly, to get a good solution with Violence, you need to have significantly more Dead People on the other side of the line from you. Achieve that result, you have a very good solution for a while.
I can PROVE Violence works as a solution. Lets say me and another guy both claim the same Water Hole in the Desert. We fight, one of us dies, the other guy has plenty to drink. Problem SOLVED! Violence works very well as a solution, it has since the dawn of time and not just for Homo Sapiens either, just about every other form of animal life on the planet as well.
Who does Violence generally not solve problems for? The people in charge of the Status Quo of course. If they can convince the Slaves that Violence never solves anything, they can keep those folks enslaved forever! Generally speaking, people who have lots of Property and Wealth are VERY against Violence as a solution, whereas the Have Nots tend to be more FOR Violence as a solution. It doesn’t take a Rocket Scientist to figure that one out.
Property holders become Pro-Violence once their Property Ownership is threatened, either by the Have Nots in society or by a Goobermint above them which is robbing them of their Wealth through Taxation. Our Founding Fathers decided Violence was a GREAT solution when the Crown over in England was taxing the living shit out of them. It SOLVED the problem for them also, although for most of the rest of the J6Ps in the Revolutionary War who fought for them to keep their property it didn’t do such a great job of solving the problem.
Regardless of anybody’s moral principles with respect to Violence as a Solution, the fact of the matter is that Violence will be undertaken here one way or the other, because we are rapidly running short of other options. How successful that violence will be at resolving the problems and who it will be most successful for remains to be seen, but by no means is it possible to say that it doesn’t work. It always works for one side in the battle, the WINNERS. They then also get to write the History books.
Anyhow, at the moment over here within our own borders, the violence while increasing is still a rather disorganized form of violence without much rhyme or reason. This is likely to morph over time into more organized forms of violence, AKA Civil War. Whichever way it comes out, whether the winners are the Illuminati or J6P, one problem will certainly be solved, or at least a big dent in the problem will be made, which is Population Overshoot. Lots of Dead People will solve a LOT of problems.
War? What is it Good For? Culling the Herd. That is why we have always done it, and why we will do it again. Unfortunately this time, due to extreme overshoot resulting from accessing the thermodynamic energy of Oil for the last century, the Biblical numbers of a 25% reduction when the Four Horsemen Ride Herd over Humanity is unlikely to be sufficient to solve this problem. If we keep the Death Toll to under 90% on this go round we will be fortunate. The Grim Reaper is waiting for the biggest Harvest of Human Souls of all time here, and before this century is done, more than 5B people will walk into the Great Beyond. That is just the way it is, the Doom Stout version of the future from the keyboard of RE, D.M., Ph.D.D., C.T., S.A. (Honorary Degree of Doom Meister, Dr. of Doom Philosophy, Collapse Theorist, Seer of the Apocalypse issued October 2008 by a Talking Moose and Flying Squirrel 4 clicks NE of Moose Creek)