At any street corner the feeling of absurdity can strike any man in the face. —
The Myth of Sisyphus, ch. 1, “Absurd Walls”
The modern mind is in complete disarray. Knowledge has stretched itself to the point where neither the world nor our intelligence can find any foot-hold. It is a fact that we are suffering from nihilism. –Notebooks 1942–1951 (1964), entry for March/Aug. 1942
But the idea that the American “system” as a whole is in real trouble-that it is heading in a direction that spells the end of its historic values-that idea is difficult, indeed all but impossible, for most people to grasp.
Typically, political reform involves policies that improve or clean up around the edges of existing systems. Typically, revolution involves changing the institutions at the core of the system, often violently.
A society can continue for a very substantial period along a path characterized by ever greater divergence between the core values and ideals that give it legitimacy and the institutions and practices that create and constitute the everyday realities its citizens experience. Plausibly, a society could continue indefinitely on such a course-though clearly, cynicism and apathy would result, and at some point increasingly serious demands for change most likely would be heard.
America Beyond Capitalism: Reclaiming our Wealth, Our Liberty, and Our Democracy (Gar Alperovitz)
America has become a façade. It has become the greatest illusion in a culture of illusions. ( Chris Hedges)
As prophet, Niebuhr warned that what he called in this book “our dreams of managing history”— dreams borne of a peculiar combination of arrogance, hypocrisy, and self-delusion—posed a large, potentially mortal threat to the United States.
==The Irony of American History (Reinhold Niebuhr)
It is so damn hard these days to not awaken before the dawn and come to the very simplest of conclusions, that America’s elite and those of the rest the worlds have become nothing more than grotesque actors on the crumbling stage of a distorted and senseless play in the theater of the absurd. The rising sun does nothing to dispel the thought.
Can you not viscerally feel the total disconnect between the multidimensional juxtaposition of two distinct worlds, that of the Washington power elites, those from the land of imagery and illusion both in Hollywood and on Wall Street against all the chaos, disintegration and purposelessness of the rest of the nation? Perhaps this is what the masses in the city of Paris felt while life went on in the debauched world of the aristocracy as if nothing was changing outside their tinted windows before the fuse was lit and the blood flowed in the streets.
The illusions will fade. Unfortunately, when the haze dissipates in the canyons of finance and within the hallways of the great grey stone edifices of power in our nation’s capital, it will not be the people who shake the earth, but the boot heels of authoritarian tyranny. Perhaps, the understanding of the vastness of their power and the heights of the protective walls of the police state that they have erected around them allows such frivolity as the dark clouds of the coming chaos that will envelope us all descends with increasing alacrity.
Does the collapse of a civilization make a sound if no one cares to hear it? They seem not to hear. More likely, they choose not to hear. Our nations cry’s will be met with force as those with power and wealth will not give up the system that is forcing most Americans into a state of constructive peonage. The forces of transnational capital and a rising global State will seek to not only protect the status quo, but will attempt to accelerate its power and control. Ferguson, Baltimore and soon the rest, all are simply the crises that they will not let slip by. Desired and fanned, but not intentionally instigated. Racial conflict will lead to more controls, not less and will take the attention away from other already pronounced crisis of fraud, moral decay, economic collapse and the clear path we are well down towards global war.
Eventually however, this to will fail and the real power of the decentralizing forces of technology and history’s inevitable march of freedom will end the current crony-capitalist global fascism of the elites. The next lasting phase of humanities social evolution will emerge not as is it seems today, dictated by a system of coercive, centralized control, but with true freedom. A liberty emanating from the power of billions of free individuals singing in unison because they want to, not because they are forced to.
As predicted by Albert Einstein in 1924, global civilization will achieve a state where the subatomic retains its absolute integrity, but interacts together creating a unified whole, without the temperature dropping to absolute zero. The term in physics is a Bose Einstein condensate. In the meantime though, there will be many more acts in this painful play, a surreal play in the theater of the absurd. It is going to be getting so much worse.
This year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner was a typically obscene and obsequious affair, celebrated in ways that suggest there’s no line demarcating professional reporters from professional propagandists.The fanfare surrounding the event has, in recent years, begun to approach that of a major awards show, with celebs vamping alongside reporters and politicians. Here’s some VOGUE-ing; here’s CNN’s rating of how funny the president was; here’s something similar from TIME; and here’s Jezebel paying a special homage to Obama for getting satisfyingly mad at his ideological adversaries.Former POLITICO staffer and documentarian Patrick Gavin was allowed space at his former employer to publish an opinion piece, in advance of this year’s correspondents’ dinner, reflecting on all this.In a remarkable bit of introspection, Gavin concluded the event has become a cynical metaphor for the deepening disconnect between Washington – including the press – and the nation under its governance.“Something has to change,” wrote Gavin:
To the chagrin of the residents of Panem, pockets of plebs became unruly just 40 miles from the Capitol on the most important night of the year for Washington D.C., aka Hollywood for ugly people.The timing of this gross display of elitist narcissism was once again less than ideal for these self-absorbed societal leeches. If you recall, Barack Obama was similarly engaged in a massive party last year just as Ferguson burst into flames. I noted this in the post: “A Good Time Was Had By All” – The Obamas Dance the Night Away as Ferguson, Missouri Burns.
To be clear, a guy on CNN just said: “If people are looking for news, I’m sure they can find it somewhere.”
This is a must watch: