It was around midnight when I penned my previous post on Jim Kunstler’s latest article – : Going Full Whig yesterday. It may not be surprising therefore, that I did not possess the mental acuity at that late hour to fully take in what he was saying. So, here I am, back again, less than seven hours later, having spent a restless night mulling over the words I remember from that piece, taking a second bite of the cherry to try to explain the momentous ideas unleashed by him that may also have passed the casual reader by.
I take you to the last paragraph of Going Full Whig. Having just suggested that Donald Trump will never be permitted to hold the Republican Party nomination for President and that the party will destroy itself before allowing that to happen and/or engineer the demise of said Donald some time before the election in November through the auspices of the Deep State, Kunstler goes on to say this:
“Or perhaps this is America’s true imperial moment, when all party politics surrenders to the pre-tsunami undertow of events. None of the idiot network commentators or Wash-Po or NY Times columnists seem to notice that the global economy is sinking into a coma, and in so doing is igniting cluster-bombs of default through the financial system. That so far insidious destruction should effloresce exactly around the time of the nominating conventions. The tide will have visibly gone miles out just as Hillary mounts the podium like some bad joke of a national mommy and Trump sits fretting in his Cleveland hotel room wondering how his rococo dreams of glory turned into a shit sandwich from room service. Yeats’s widening gyre is upon us. The biggest surprise of all yet-to-come is that television will fail to explain it. The second coming will not be the reappearance of the celebrity known as Jesus Christ, but rather of the event called the American Civil War.”
This is truly a momentous statement regarding the future of America, not to mention of the world. It sits well however, with my own view of what 2016 is scheduled to bring about. I have spoken of it being a year of darkness or the beginning of a Dark Age for mankind. I used that term because I could not see clearly, and to some extent still can’t, just how this would pan out as the months of the year unfold. But what I had in mind, among such impending catastrophes as a collapse of global society, trade and finance, was the kind of unrest and conflict that an America at war with itself might instigate.
Jim uses the all too common but unnervingly appropriate allegory these days of a tsunami to illustrate a series of much more than just likely events to occur in this election year. I am not quite sure how the disastrous eventuation of a collapse of party politics together with destruction of the financial system can be termed a “true imperial moment”, but I do see how this taking place at the height of Convention Season in the second half of July 2016 could be likened to the “pre-tsunami undertow” and the associated receding shoreline that precedes the return of mountainous waves of destructive forces which would ensue. A new American Civil War, in that light, does not seem too preposterous a concept to envisage. A global war, following hard on the heels of that, to fill the vacuum a weakened America would create, would not seem so improbable either.
The terrifying thing is, that is less than five months away, convention season being the second half of July. Can our cosy and sleepy little world of material comforts (those of us that still have them) be so close to disappearing for ever?