Democracy’s Turning Point

My opinion is that the turning point for democracy was the years following the election of Obama, 2009-2012.

In 2008 the voters demanded change, and gave the Democrats a big majority. But Senate Democrats refused to end the filibuster. Instead, they required Republican permission to pass anything, and Republicans did not give them permission to pass anything at all.

This set the stage for the failure of the country we see today.

Doing A Good Job Of It

You could follow Umair Haque and his site Eudaimonia and Co for more frequent documentation of the collapse.

For example:

Letter to the Chedditor (Cheese Editor)

EVERYTHING. IS. HOPELESS.

but…

SO. FUCKING. WHAT!!

It’s not difficult at all to find happiness in the fight.

But that’s the key: always be in the fight, and always as a happy warrior.

From a reader:

My favorite description of the most important thing that’s happened over the last 50 years or so comes from coal history, and it is this:

Just 50 years ago, to get anthracite out of the ground, we sent hundreds of men into tiny holes in mountain-sides with lamps on their heads, and tools in their hands. They’d slowly follow seams, pushing coal out in carts that ran on tracks they laid.

Today, we’re literally taking the tops off of mountains, scooping out what we want from their insides with shovels the size of houses, then filling the hole back in and moving on to the next mountain.

Now, thankfully, coal extraction is slowing down in the USA. But this kind of exponential growth in resource extraction wasn’t limited to coal, and it wasn’t limited to the United States. Indeed, as bad as the US ecological footprint has been, it’s orders of magnitude worse in other parts of the world.

So apply the same principle to ocean fishing… or to palm oil production… or to ranching and the deforestation that goes along with it… The next time you fly, look down at the earth and understand that 50 years ago, all that land that’s been transformed by roads and houses and parking lots and farms… Well, 50 years ago, much of it was wild.
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Terminal Decline

Guy Saperstein, writing at Sheerpost in, Why I’m Leaving America,

America once led the world in innovation. No more. We don’t even have one mile of high-speed rail, unless you count Disneyland. China has 30,000, and counting. Which country do you think is prepared to prosper in the next century?

We can’t even keep our roads repaired. America’s roads are a mess, many as bad as any Third World country. In fact, that is what America is becoming — a Third World country.

The battle is lost. America is in terminal decline and nearly 75 million Americans seem to be willing to pull it down further.

He writes about the rigged system, with the filibuster making the country almost ungovernable, and,

Biden won by 7.3 million votes — a smashing win, right? — but if just 43,000 votes in a few states had switched, Donald Trump would still be president today. In California, Governor Gavin Newsom could have received 49% of the vote in the recall election and have lost and some Republican hack could have received 18% and won. And because each state has two senators, 18% of the electorate elects 51% of senators. Explain that to Cleisthenes.

A lot of people feel the way Guy does. Terminal decline.