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    America (the West) is Gone

    This article paints a dire picture. It points to many problems with the American 'view' of reality but omits Feminism. So I put a bit in.


    What I Have Learned In My Long Visit to America



    May 31, 2011 - 6:03 pm - by BarryRubin

    http://pajamasmedia.com/barryrubin/2011/05/31/what-i-have-learned-in-my-long-visit-to-america/?singlepage=true



    Turning and turning in the widening gyre
    The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
    Things fall apart; the center cannot hold;
    Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
    The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
    The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
    The best lack all conviction, while the worst
    Are full of passionate intensity.


    Surely some revelation is at hand….

    –Yeats, “The Second Coming”



    What’s most scary in America today may be thedeficit and it may be government policies, but for me the scariest thing is theway that traditional American pragmatism, an open-minded search for truth, thereliability of the media and of academia, has virtually disappeared in manycases.



    I’m talking here about the media, academia, and thehighly publicized public debate, not what all of the people are thinking.Clearly, a lot of people aren’t buying the conventional wisdom. But the importantpoint is that it is the conventional wisdom, the main ideas held by the eliteand government, what young people are being taught, and probably pretty mucheverything half of the population is hearing. I was in California, Iowa,Wisconsin, New York, Maryland, Florida, Virginia, Texas, Arizona, Oklahoma, andother places.



    While this certainly doesn’t apply to all schools,the indoctrination that I’ve seen in one elementary school shocked me. If youreally hear what eleven-year-olds are saying to each other you’d be amazed:accusing each other of being racists at the drop of a hat; thinking man-madeglobal warming is a threat to their personal survival into adulthood; viewingAmerica as evil.



    If that happens in an educational system —especially in universities — indoctrination means that the more “educated”someone is, the more “stupid” theybecome.



    The decline of professional ethics — journalistsare supposed to be accurate and fair despite their personal views; professorsshould seek truth wherever that leads them, be open-minded, and representaccurately sources and evidence — is staggering. Large numbers of ideas arepractically barred from the mass media; silly concepts are put forward thathave huge holes in them but are protected from scrutiny or criticism. (P. Feminism high amongst them) Somepeople or movements are always ridiculed ( P. Anti-feminism, MRAs, Men); others are always exalted (P. Women)



    There are hundreds of examples of how this worksand I see it every day.



    The fact that Israel’s public opinion and expertopinion can be totally misrepresented by the mass media from being anti-Obama, pro-Bibi to beingpro-Obama, anti-Bibi is frightening. We are beyond the “slant” and into the totalreversal of reality.



    The fact that during months of massive discussionof the Muslim Brotherhood it has been virtually impossible to find in thepublic debate on the big media, in academia, etc. that this is a radicalIslamist anti-American group that favors violence is terrifying.



    I’m sure you could all add examples from domesticissues and other international stories. Here are some from Victor Davis Hanson.



    Consider California, the traditional land ofoptimism and creativity (if also fantasy). In traveling there I found despair. The massive deficit isjust being ignored, as is the way in which excessive regulation is drivingpeople and enterprises out. A new governor is elected who typifies everythingthat’s wrong.



    It’s as if America — the country that was alwaysthe most ready to face facts and treasure an open, fair discussion — has lost its grip on reality.



    I realize, of course that there are many people,perhaps half of the population, who aren’t like that. They’ve found othersources of information and hold to their views. Among the elite, however, the peoplecertain in their superiority and who genuinely are possessing more power, thesituation is proportionately worse.



    Increasingly a debate over facts and evidence hasturned into a slander fest over the personal identity and supposed opinion ofthe speaker. Once someone has been identified as “conservative” or not thinkingthat Obama is great; once someone can be libelled as “racist” (i.e., if theycriticize Obama in many cases); Islamophobic, etc., that person’s views arediscounted completely.



    Recently, I have been involved in a number ofexchanges in which I presented facts only to be told they are biased opinions.Interlocutors cited no evidence or even gave any specific examples of how whatwas said wasn’t accurate. They don’t have to do so any more since feeling hasbecome truth and identity has become proof. To get them to understand that tomake an argument one must have evidence, not just a personal feeling or can puta label on the person making the statement, is difficult.



    Even being proven right by events doesn’t help. InApril, many admitted that what people like myself were saying about the Egyptianrevolution was true. Yet this prompted no reconsideration of basic beliefs orof the relative credibility of various “experts.”



    Here’s the bottom line: No matter how bad theeconomic situation, leadership, or policies might be, a country can recover if thepeople and elite are able to define the real problems and the real solutions.If the connection with reality is lost, all hope is gone. (P. As wee see daily with Feminism) That is one of theMiddle East’s central problems. Increasingly, it seems to be Europe andAmerica’s problem, too.



    The way cults (P. Like feminism) work is to isolate people fromreality and bombard them with a single viewpoint. The victim (P. Men) is cut off fromother influences by being told that they are evil and thus to be disregarded.In some ways, that is what’s been happening to America in recent years.



    One weakness of this structure is that thearguments it makes and the claims puts forward are so ridiculous that ifexposed to articulate and reasoned responses — often, even for a meresixty-second period — it quickly collapses logically. Its strength is that ithas such strong defenses against such exposure.



    Another weakness is that the use of institutionsfor politically motivated exploitation must remain invisible. If someoneunderstands that universities, mass media, and other trusted institutions havebeen distorted out of their historical, democratic, and American norms thenthat’s the beginning of seeing through deception.



    Basically, there are three ways that this systemcan be broken:



    • First, the power of ideas, which is why many perspectives are banned from campuses and mass media; distorted; and the places where they do appear discredited. Alternative ideas must have a way of reaching those who don’t already accept them.



    • Second, the power of experience, in which events show dominant ideas and policies don’t accurately interpret the situation and don’t work. Experience can bypass media and schools and other institutions but may also be mediated by them.



    • Third, elections, in which the number of people who think each way is actually counted, rather than merely “spun” by institutions controlled by the dominant ideology that is generated by a minority.



    Having lived outside the United States for most ofthe time during the last twenty years, and soon to leave again, I have seenAmerica from near and far. To have seen it so transformed close up withouthaving watched the daily “fundamental transformation” bewilders me. Yet peoplewho have lived through every minute of this process also don’t seem to be ableto explain it, or at least each explains what went wrong in a different way.



    Many think nothing has changed; many more believeall the changes have been for the better.



    It’s too early to count America out. The reality ofits exceptionalism — yes, viewing America from outside makes that reality moreevident — and its people’s strengths might well pull it out of this swamp.



    Yet in thinking about the future I feel like theBritish military attache in Istanbul, whose letter home I once found in thearchives. It was spring 1941, 70 years ago almost to the exact day. NaziGermany was dominant in Europe and steadily marching forward.



    The city was deceptively serene and beautiful, hewrote:



    “Every garden has a red Judas tree in it, and it’sa wonderful sight: even across the Bosphorus the Asiatic side is a blaze of redsilhouetted against the black cypress trees of the vast cemeteries.” He hadjust hosted a successful cocktail party with every delicacy of food and plentyto drink. Anyone would think life was perfect.



    Yet he thought this idyll would not last. Once theGermans rested a bit, he predicted:



    A smashing attack will be staged…. I think we haveat least a month….I listened to Churchill’s broadcast last night, which didn’thold out much comfort. I don’t mean that I have the slightest doubt about theultimate end, but it does look a hell of a way off.



    I, too, have no doubt about the ultimate end. But,yes, it seems too far off.


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    Cum dilectione hominum et odio vitiorum
    Love the Sinner but not the Sin.
    (St. Augustine)

    For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against Principalities, against Powers,
    against the Rulers of the Darkness of this world, against Spiritual Wickedness in high places. “
    (and within ourselves)


    A Feminist is a human being who has lost her way and turned vicious. If you meet one on the road as you
    Go your Own Way, offer kindness but keep your sword drawn.





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    Re: America (the West) is Gone

    The USA has become an embattlement made of sand. It will be washed away by a tide from the east.

    NEVO

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    When America is gone, the rest of the world will have China to deal with. The US bashers will have plenty to cry about, then.
    Greed is for amateurs.
    Knowledge without wisdom is a load of books on the back of an ass.
    Scorn and mockery towards men in need is one of the reasons feminism is dying as we speak!.

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    When America is gone, the rest of the world will have China to deal with. The US bashers will have plenty to cry about, then.
    They can only blame themselves for what is going to happen, unless the cavalry comes in the nick of time!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    NEVO

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    They can only blame themselves for what is going to happen, unless the cavalry comes in the nick of time!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    NEVO
    That's the thing, there's not going to be any Calvary. They will do exactly as their Chinese masters say or they will be punished.

    This guy knows what I'm talking about!

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    Greed is for amateurs.
    Knowledge without wisdom is a load of books on the back of an ass.
    Scorn and mockery towards men in need is one of the reasons feminism is dying as we speak!.


 

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