America, as I have long and often suggested, is in a state of social collapse. Is that down to Donald Trump? No. The process has been going on for decades, as Umair Hague maintains in his latest piece ‘Bye Bye America’ on Medium’s ‘Bad Words’.
“One bad leader didn’t make all of this true — decades of neglect did. Thus, the challenge is undoing those decades of neglect.”
It has a lot to do with the fact that America is basically a society based on hate, an unhealthy foundation for building anything.
“The deep antipathy to public goods, healthcare, education, and so on, in America is the result of a legacy of hate.”
Hague suggests that only a series of minor miracles can turn things around, and this is where I tend to disagree with him. Miracles are in short supply these days, even minor ones, and even Hague’s final points seem to negate that possibility. I agree. There is now no stopping the collapse. It’s completely natural. It’s what societies do.
“Life will go on. Just not very nicely. Life doesn’t stop because societies collapse. Life just keep going. What collapse really means is that life gets worse and worse. Inexorably, like the frog in the pot. Take the example of life expectancy. It’s already falling. As millions of Americans lose healthcare, what’s going to happen? It’s going to fall further, faster, obviously. That’s what collapse means at a personal level. Life itself dwindles day by day. People live shorter, meaner, dumber, nastier lives.
And, as ever, dumber, meaner, nastier people don’t undo the mechanisms of their collapse. They only ever tug the strings faster and harder.”
Just you watch and see.