Wency on how below replacement fertility, Woke Capital, and high anxiety are just some of the blessings modern status striving has given us:
If parents don’t themselves become more money-focused after having kids, even if they do spend lots of time with their kids, nearly everyone in the upper-middle class is obsessed with making their own kids career-focused. And this parental obsession with kids’ material well-being and financial success, to the exclusion of everything else, is an aggressively toxic force. This mentality seems to be a factor not only in the catastrophically small families of the present age, but also the rapid rise of Woke Capital — say anything, do anything to make it into elite corridors.
Caspar von Everec offers speculation as to why foreign policy doesn’t have the domestic purchase it used to have:
Americans nowadays simply don’t care about foreign policy that much. That was a luxury of 70%+ white America, where the economy was good, race relations weren’t as serious, demographics not as bad, culture not as pozzed and the left not as unhinged.
There’s simply no stomach for that stuff nowadays. Now its all about race, economic bankruptcy, leftist cultural and physical terrorism and elite power abuse. Sure people might say China is their enemy, but ask how many of them support going to war with China over defending Taiwan. I doubt it would be more than 20%. Same with Russia over Ukraine.
As multiple nations assert themselves within the geographic boundaries of a single country, what takes place inside that country increasingly becomes foreign policy. Caspar intends this as a lamentation, and there are obviously negative aspects to it, but there is an upside to it for much of the rest of the world. When America is collapsing in on itself, it’s not collapsing buildings in your country. A little gratitude, please!
The good doctor DanHessinMD diagnoses the underlying condition responsible for many of the symptoms our sick society is suffering with:
The central mental error of our age is the conceit that through clever application of language you can change the rules of the world.
Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away.
Continuing with pithy aphorisms, WorkingClass offers a great slogan for an American populist party to adopt–if such a thing existed:
Work and wages. Not war and welfare.
For those who want to work, wages will be nominally higher in the coming years. They’ll buy less, though. Foreign wars may end out of necessity despite the drastic reduction in welfare to the military-industrial complex that would represent. When Rome could no longer afford garrisoning troops in Britain because it needed them closer to home, they came home. The crisis of the third decade is only getting started.