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American Political ‘Elites’ Have Lost, Almost, All Touch with Reality: 1

Throughout recorded history, one of the most consistent and definitive signs of the impending end for any empire is the disconnection of its political (and other) elites from reality. Some of the most famous examples of this from the past century include the incredibly and consistently bad decisions made by pre-1917 revolution elites in Russia, the highly dysfunctional decision making in last two decades of Austro-Hungarian empire, the unbelievably dumb decisions made by the three pashas and their flunkies in WW1-era Ottoman empire, the very stupid decision by British elites to get involved in WW1 etc. My point is that, regardless of the continent, ethnicity of people or historical era.. all dying empires end up being led by elites who have lost touch with reality. While I have theories about the reasons behind this pattern, it is best discussed in another post.

This post will focus on the many signs that american political elites, like their many predecessors in other dying empires, have lost all touch with reality. Some of you might think that losing touch with reality is the same as being stupid or incompetent. Well.. it isn’t. Losing touch with reality is something which occurs when the person in question has such faith in their own mental model of the world that they disregard any external evidence that it is incorrect. In other words, they keep making decisions based on a mental model of world that has increasingly tenuous connections to reality. While they might have some initial partial success due to system inertia, sooner or later their luck always runs out and a series of bad decisions end up sealing their fate. One of the most interesting features of this disconnect from reality is that, faced with increasingly bigger defeats, elites of dying empires double and triple down on the very positions causing their losses.

So what about 2020 makes me think the elites in this country have lost touch with reality? Well.. a whole fucking lot! And let us be clear about something else, their loss of connection with reality has been increasingly obvious since September 12, 2001. However, it has become too hard to ignore for the past decade and is a thoroughly bipartisan affair, with both major political parties and the deep state fully behind this disastrous trend. Since I have to start from somewhere, let us begin by talking about the decision of Democratic party establishment to nominate a person with visible signs of dementia (Joe Biden) as their candidate for the presidency. If they didn’t want Bernie (a spineless pushover) to win the nomination, they could at least have got a hack without dementia such as John Kerry to be the establishment’s favorite in primary.

But the Democratic establishment, like its Republican equivalent, is too intellectually bankrupt and lazy to pull off this shit in a semi-competent manner. Their selection of Kamala Harris, a black establishment politician marginally less slimy than HRC, as the “safe” choice for VP position in Democratic ticket simply shows more of their intellectual bankruptcy. Let me remind you that when Kamala Harris dropped out of the Democrat party primary, she was polling at 3-4% and ended up in 4th or 5th position in the state she currently represents as a senator. It is as if the Democratic party learnt nothing from their clobbering at the hands of Orange Man in 2016. Why else would they think that a black female version of Tim Kaine was the best choice for VP slot on their party ticket? Do they think that repeating 2016 will yield different results this time?

It appears that this is the case, and these dumbfucks believe that the result of 2016 election was an aberration rather than due to a buildup of popular discontent with the course of electoral politics over past three decades. They are delusional enough to believe that “racism” was the biggest reason Trump won in 2016 even though many swing voters who voted for him in the Midwest had previously voted for Obama.. twice. But intellectual bankruptcy and delusion is not a monopoly of Democratic party. Establishment Republicans are just as dumb and delusional as their Democratic counterparts. Witness their inability to stop a “reality show” clown from snatching the Republican party nomination from many establishment favorites in 2016 primaries. Do you remember how easily Trump ran over establishment favorites such as Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and many others.

But it gets worse.. remember what Republicans did after Orange Man was elected in 2016? Well.. they tried to repeal Obamacare without replacing it with anything better. While Obamacare is a sloppy blowjob to insurance companies, it was at least marginally better for many people than the web of shit which preceded it. MikeCA might not agree, but the Republican effort to repeal Obamacare was the main reason they got thrashed in 2018 mid-terms. So what have Republicans achieved since 2016? Not much, other than passing tax cuts for corporations and rich + getting lots of right-wing federal judges appointed to further the interests of corporations and rich + supporting wars in far off countries (the last two actions being bipartisan). In other words, they did exactly what you would expect establishment Republicans to do.

But how is any of this a sign of losing touch with reality? For the past thirty years, the Republican party has increasingly become a party of white people, especially of the working class type. So what promises does the Republican party offer the majority of its loyal voters? Well.. in addition to professed support for social conservatism (banning abortion, opposing homosexuality, upholding gun rights etc), they offer working class whites the promise of making sure that non-white people have a shittier life than them. But note that most Republican voters are actively opposed to most Republican economic policies such as free trade, job outsourcing, allowing corporations to become monopolies etc. This scam worked for about twenty years, though it had started to wear thin by the mid-2000s. Over the past ten years, changes such as legalization of gay marriage + inability to reverse Roe Vs Wade etc have made a mockery of their alleged social conservative platform, except perhaps for delusional old white people.

My point is the support for wedge issues based in social conservatism (with notable exception of gun rights) has become untenable. At the same time, the quality of life for white working class has decreased a lot over past two decades, but especially in aftermath of GFC of 2008. There is a reason why white working class has been doing so much methamphetamine, opioids and alcohol over past 10-15 years. This is also why the (empty) promises of Trump to restore manufacturing and similar jobs for this group resonated so much with that group during the electoral campaign of 2016. Given the changing racial demography of this country, the smart thing for Republican party to do would be courting this base with economic populist policies (not unlike Democrats under FDR) instead of fixating on social wedge issues that have been pretty much decided.

The white working class voter of 2020 cares far more about having a job, rising costs of housing, education and healthcare rather than banning abortion or gays. But Republican establishment, like its Democratic equivalent, is in thrall of corporations and ultra-rich. It is therefore unable and unwilling to read the writing on wall and adjust its positions. Luckily for them, the Democratic establishment, which is paid by same groups, has no desire or ability to exploit this weakness. But as Trump showed in a very spectacular manner in 2016, and politician willing to break away from the neoliberal economic orthodoxy (if only in words) can effectively steamroll the Republican establishment. You can bet that a few young Republican politicians (Cotton, Hawley, Rubio), who are smarter than Trump, have already internalized this message.

But how is any of this manifesting itself in 2020? For starters, both Democrats and Republicans have been unable (and unwilling) to understand how badly the COVID-19 shutdown has affected the economy, and not just in the short-term. While the relief package offered by Republicans is laughably inadequate, even the somewhat more generous one proposed by Democrats is quite inadequate. There is something darkly comic about Republicans showing contempt for working class people who have lost their jobs while Democrats pretend to care about budget deficits and maintaining collegiality with Republican counterparts. While somewhere between 30-50 million people in this country are either officially unemployed or cannot collect unemployment even though they have lost their jobs, politicians from both parties are attacking each other on social issues which almost nobody cares about right now.

Trump and his coterie of dumbfucks are promising a rapid return to normality, without the means or capability to do so. Democrats, for their part, are promising open-ended lockdowns which will mysteriously end if Dementia Joe wins on 3rd of November. Neither groups has any worthwhile plans on reopening the economy completely, procuring enough doses of an effective and safe vaccine let alone do anything about compensating the millions of small business that have been devastated and will likely shutdown forever by the time this shitshow is over. But what do you hear on Clinton News Network (CNN), MSDNC and Faux or read in establishment rags such as NYT and WP? Well.. it is mostly the latest clickbait scare news about COVID-19, bullshit about political manoeuvring and “norms” that very few outside the incestous political types care about, articles supporting the latest american wars and unsuccessful attempts at foreign intervention, more stuff about how Trump is a liar, stupid, evil etc. Notice what is minimized or missing?

These corporate news outlets either completely ignore or devote very little space to issues such as the socio-economics of reopening schools and universities, the tens of millions without jobs who are increasingly unable to pay rent or mortgages and in some cases afford to buy food and medicine, the millions whose small business or gig jobs have gone under, the total inadequacy of current government programs for helping the unemployed, the rapidly growing loss of confidence among people about “epidemiologists” and “experts”, the massive increase in rates of opioid overdoses in many economically distressed regions of country, the long-term effects of university lockdowns on finances of those institutions, the effect of revenue loss due to small business closure on local and state governments + the general loss of faith in the future of this country.

The political “elites” and their catamites in corporate media have their head too far up their behinds to actually notice that the country they pretend to lord over is rapidly coming apart. They keep on playing the stupid old games they know because they are intellectually bankrupt and therefore totally incapable of actually solving problems. I will write more about what the almost complete mishandling of COVID-19 crisis says about the american elite in the next post. I also hope to tackle how the willingness of this country to start conflicts all over the world without the wherewithal to actually win them is another sign of its loss of touch with reality.

What do you think? Comments?

  1. P Ray
    August 14, 2020 at 12:31 pm

    They can only lose touch so completely with reality when them and their relatives:

    1)are living and working in the same social class

    2)have – like many others in Western society – perfected the art of disengagement and separation and social atomisation (JADE – an Alcoholics Anonymous acronym – Justify, Arguing, Defending, Explaining) so that at the very first appearance of social awkwardness or difficulty, the person gets completely cut off … so there is no real motivation to discover disappointing reality or unfairness.

    It’s a self-reinforcing reality that comes from too much individualism. But maybe in the West the workaday life is also out of whack so that to keep their jobs and please their corporate masters, people have to stay away from the unhappy, the unlucky, the unattractive and the unstable.

  2. MikeCA
    August 14, 2020 at 2:20 pm

    There is no question that Republican elites have lost touch with reality. In 2004 one of Bush’s advisers (thought to be Karl Rove) told a reporter:

    “We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality—judiciously, as you will—we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors…and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do”

    The Republican party has isolated itself in the Talk Radio/Fox News bubble where it tries to create its own reality. The Bush administration created an alternate reality outside of the Fox Bubble that convinced most people that Iraq had WMDs and was a treat to the US. The complete failure of the Iraq invasion bought reality crashing down on the Bush administration. The Republican party is entirely based on wishful thinking and fantasy: tax cuts for the wealthy always pay for themselves.

    It was Democrats that labeled themselves the reality-based community in response to Karl Rove’s remark. While Republicans have done virtually nothing to help ordinary working people, it was Democrats in 2009/10 that set out to rescue the economy, regulate the big banks to try to prevent another collapse like 2008 plus protect consumers, and to reform the health insurance system towards the goal of universal coverage.

    What did Republicans do when they got back in power? Undo most of the bank regulations and change the mission of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau from protecting consumers from financial corporations to protecting financial corporations from consumers.

    The Democrats are the only party that has done anything for ordinary working people in the last twenty years.

  3. RYU
    August 14, 2020 at 8:15 pm

    All His the beauty of the ARYAN Man !!!

    Advocates Diaboli has been laughing at us nationalists by paying methamphetamine infested women for “services.”

    Whilst it is true that many aryan warriors were addicted to Pervertin this is immoral

  4. RYU
    August 14, 2020 at 8:18 pm

    I post these pictures because I care.

    If I can convert one more white man to bath house nationalism, my work is well done here!

    I think you have made the point. Now it is just boring and repetitive.

    • Jack Donovan
      August 14, 2020 at 8:41 pm

      white genocide is realz…

      PS, stop leaving nasty messages saying that if we had sex with wimminz instead of men we could have babies….

  5. Jack Sparrow
    August 15, 2020 at 12:15 pm

    The OP has spread a lot of false info on this blog that European countries have better social safety net programs than America. This latest article by NYT paints a different picture of how those benefits programs are really working out in Europe: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/13/business/europe-precarious-workers.html

    • RYU
      August 15, 2020 at 1:44 pm

      You expect us to read something behind a paywall?

      Must be the
      Jew Pork Limes again!

      MAGA, keep our bath houses white!!!

    • P Ray
      August 15, 2020 at 4:05 pm

      The social safety nets of so many places that were sold as “good for working-class people”, are now being shown as merely money pits where few people have a chance to claw their way out of poverty.

      … same with Australia (ScoMo’s JobKeeper/JobSeeker benefits)
      … same with New Zealand (Jacinda’s wage subsidy)
      … same with UK (Rishi’s furlough)

      That’s why earlier I said there would be a sudden influx of white people into Asia as English teachers.

      The next generation of half-white kids will be truly a marvel of identity crises, and shrugging off of the “White makes right” mentality, as those kids will realise that playing second fiddle really sucks.

      It’s going to be entertaining for sure.

  6. RYU
    August 16, 2020 at 10:58 am

    ah, yes, my favorite bath house nationalities, the one who loves a white man like no other.,.

    https://manchesterinklink.com/feds-want-new-charges-against-crying-nazi-christopher-cantwell/

    Crybaby Chris needs our help/. You know his words of “I’ll rape your wife” was baggadaccio ala Donald Trump. His rookie covered peeped is for the luv of the white man only!

  7. August 16, 2020 at 11:15 am

    AD, you thought you was safe getting your knob polished at the Brass Rail…

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/aug/16/canada-toronto-strip-club-brass-rail-tavern-covid-19

    Well, even with your fancy nancy WFH job, you now got the covid aids..

    Since us nazi’s are into “accelerations”-look it up, RYU was too stupid to know what it meant…

    We intentionally got the covid aids then we kissed them juice and knee grows on the lips, we let ’em fuck us like they was mighty whitey…

    yeah, degrading, but we did spread the covid aids!

  8. Jack Donovan
    August 17, 2020 at 10:22 am

    Which one of you has been leaving these pictures of AOC at the wolves of vineland?

    https://external-preview.redd.it/R5s_j7LnZHF8HOSXarQCyfXgPEcER_YRHcQAylRsV4c.jpg?auto=webp&s=5500d2864ae99702c38b06c53f7421cf05c32da8

    You think the armpit hair will turn us str8 again, you hindu muffins, you…

  9. MikeCaCa
    August 18, 2020 at 10:48 am
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